Well this isn’t really a DIY project, but I wasn’t sure what other label to put on it. The older boys are two years apart, so obviously they are at different places as far as learning goes. Biggest Brother is learning to read and spell, while Big Brother knows his letters and just enjoys practicing them and spelling his name. It provides fun spelling and letter sounding practice for my oldest, reinforces letter recognition for his brother and gives me time to sneak in some form of chocolate while they aren’t watching.

I bought two sets of Alphabet stamps from Hobby Lobby: uppercase and lowercase. They were $12.99 each, but I bought them when they were 50% off…so a good deal for stamps. If you are OCD this will drive you crazy: the stamps have ink all over them and are always out of order. It takes a deep breath for me not to want to organize and clean them all the time. These are also the stamps I used on our prayer journal. Big Brother finds stamping his mouth just as much fun as stamping the paper…

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  • Ben & Noel - Hi Ashley, we really enjoy reading your blog! Beautiful pictures and awesome ideas! Glad to see the boys!

It’s been a while, so I thought I’d post some fun DIY projects…for mom and kids. Spring Break is nearly here…

Vintage Style headband by Craftzine - I will so make one for my daughter…among the 5 billion other things I hope to make for her within the next 4 months!

Passe Partout Photo Frame Wall Clock via Apartment Therapy – great for any big empty wall

Matchbook Notepads at Design Sponge – fun for kids. I think you could do something similar by covering a pack of post-it notes.

Fabric Scrap Memory Game from Inchmark – SO MUCH CUTER than our Dora Memory Game!

Fun Shaped Bubble Wands from Martha Stewart – great for a warm Spring Break day

Indoor Hop Scotch Mat from Marth Stewart – I think it would be fun to let the kids decorate this too.

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  • Stephanie - Thank you for all of the cute and great ideas!

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks for letting me know you like the ideas Stephanie. I am never sure if people enjoy stuff like this as much as I do!

  • Serena - Thanks for these fun ideas, Ashley. I was just thinking I have 4 kids home with me all next week….we will be doing some of these! How exciting :)

  • LouAnn Crill - Hi….I’m looking for the template mentioned on pg. 15 of the freshstyle magazine, holiday edition…thnaks of you can help !!!!

You guys had some fun ideas for the wood from yesterday….it does have something to do with my house, but not the nursery. As soon as I finish the project I’ll post some pictures. Now I have some ideas of more things to make – just got to convince Chris to cut more wood for me!

I know I have posted previously on how much I love Philbrook Museum, but I have to do it again. We took the boys there in February for the “Free Second Saturday” and “Family Day” activities (WHICH IS AGAIN THIS WEEKEND). I hadn’t been in a LONG time – Big Brother had never been. We had a such a great time. There were tons of very organized activities for the boys that we could do at our own pace. The boys also had a great time looking at paintings, artifacts, etc. – and RUNNING crazy in the back part of the garden. Now thru April 26th is an American Photography exhibit that is incredible.

Philbrook now has a MyMuseum Program for kids. “As members, families will receive art activity cards, an art supply, and an awesome toolkit to put everything in. And every month, MyMuseum club members will receive more cool stuff for their toolkit. Its fun, it’s educational, and it’s free!”

The boys are already excited to go back each month for their next art supply and art card. The MyMuseum takes place everyday…not just on Saturdays. I won’t be there this Saturday for the March Family Day – I’ll be doing my first SnapShop! If you are local, I highly recommend going out there this Saturday…or any day for that matter!

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  • carrie - I’m looking into that! Thanks for the tips. Still waiting for the big post…… remember my nightmare of a dream……

  • bopha - very cool, lincoln is definitely getting into hands on things. the best part is that it’s free!!