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Cats, Birds, Words, and Christmas (week in review)

Cheerios bird feeder

Johnny was super proud to bring home this bird feeder from preschool this week! So far the birds aren’t too interested in it, though. Maybe the bell scares them? I’ve also wondered how easy it is for birds to even eat cheerio bird feeders – they are very fun to make, but have any of you had any success with birds eating from them?

Johnny works on a paper chain

We welcomed Christmas with a paper chain for our Christmas tree, as well as by sewing and coloring Christmas tree ornaments. Mike also did some sewing, making a Tow Mater softie for Johnny.

kitty cat mask from a cereal box

Lily colored this cat mask very carefully during library craft time, and she was immensely proud of it! Johnny saw it and was inspired to make a Buzz Lightyear mask.

Using Lively Letters to spell words

Emma has carefully saved all of her Lively Letters from school, and she used them this week to teach Johnny and Lily how to form words.

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We also got another chance to spend some time with a baby. I was lucky enough to take a few pictures of this gorgeous little girl!

Sharing this post with the Afterschool blog hop, hosted by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns this week!


MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

7 thoughts on “Cats, Birds, Words, and Christmas (week in review)”

  1. What a sweet little baby!

    I love it that Emma is teaching her brother and sister. How cute is that?!

    As far as the Cheerios go, can you put some PB on it? Then you’ll get the squirrels.

  2. We have never made a bird feeder. I am interested to hear if any birds end up having a nibble from Johnny’s bird feeder.

    What a sweet picture of Lily with her colourful mask. Your library offers excellent crafts for the younger children.

    it’s sweet that Emma has kept all of her letter handouts from school and is using them with Johnny and Emma. A future teacher perhaps!

  3. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    I love that cat mask! I’ve never seen a bird feeder like that before, but it looks fun to make. My son put out a pine cone bird feeder. We didn’t have much success either, at least not while we were looking. :)

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    It’s wonderful to see each of your children flourishing with their unique skills and interests. And that little baby in your photo is just dreamy!

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