Lately, Avery has been dreading her math. She’s good at it but she just doesn’t like it. Fair enough but sorry girl, you still have to do it.
Last week, she decided that she wanted to have a painted rock sale. She has been talking about this for awhile but this particular day, she was mostly trying to get out of math. But I went with it that day. I don’t know why but instead of arguing that she had to finish math first, I just said yes. And what a great choice that turned out to be!
They designed and painted their rocks.
They made a sign.
Copywork, spelling, writing: ✔✔✔
Avery priced the rocks and calculated how much money they could make.
They waved at the cars and sat outside for hours.
They got along✔, worked together✔, and had a ton of fun✔.
Maybe we can’t throw the lessons out the window every day for a rock sale but when you can say yes, SAY YES!!
Avery just recently turned 7. One of my favorite things about this girl is her creativity in picking party themes. One year, she did a Malificient theme. Another year, she did a Grinch theme….for a September birthday.
This year, she wanted to do a Nerf party. These are pretty popular in our circle but instead of a war (because why would she want to shoot her friends), she wanted a Nerf challenge party.
She decided on 7 challenges for her 7 years. Everyone got 7 shots at each target and we had a prize for the “Top Shot”.
I spent a few weeks deciding on the challenges and creating them. It was so fun! We had a blast planning and preparing for the party and all of the guests had fun too.
The 7 challenges we did were: spinning targets, swinging targets, zombie attack, ping pong precision, sniper training, balloon pop, and tin can challenge.
The “Top Shot” award
The party itself was relatively inexpensive because I made the challenges from mostly recycled materials and we did snack foods instead of a full meal. The most expensive part of the party was getting these cute little single shooters for the favors but they were a big hit so it was worth it!
This was possibly my favorite theme that she has picked so far….but she’s already brainstorming for her 8th birthday so we’ll see what she picks next….
Back in February we went on vacation to Maui and on the airplane, my girls received coloring books and samples of Wikki Stix from the flight attendants (seriously, A+ Alaskan Airlines!). The girls loved the Wikki Stix and spent a good portion of the flight playing with them. For a mom traveling with 2 small kids, anything that keeps them occupied is a total win in my book.
Imagine how awesome it was to see that Timberdoodle carries Wikki Stix and that they are used in an educational capacity! Timberdoodle has the Wikki Stix Alphabet in their Pre-K Curriculum Kit which is perfect for Kaylee’s age!
Kaylee is 4.5 and is right in the middle of mastering her letters. She knows most of them well enough that she sometimes gets bored doing the standard alphabet workbooks but she does need more practice to master them. This Wikki Stix Alphabet set is perfect for her to keep practicing her letters while switching up to something new and different and FUN!
Wikki Stix are easy to use and easy to manipulate. They bend and flex in the tiniest hands and you just push them gently onto the boards to stick. The boards clean up with a dry paper towel without leaving a sticky mess around (because we’ve got enough of those already). As per the instructions, we cut a few of them into halves and thirds but the girls were also happy to fold them over as needed. Try as Kaylee might, they don’t just tear apart which is awesome if you have a little honey badger like I have 😉
Even 6.5 year old Avery got into it! Since she wanted to try them out too, I gave her the boards with b and d since she still occasionally mixes those up. She also went “rogue” and started spelling her name and small words with the Wikki Stix.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things about Timberdoodle curriculum is that it is FUN and the girls don’t necessarily see it as “doing schoolwork.” Wikki Stix Alphabet totally fits into that category! The girls love it and choose it during free play time, in addition to when we work it into school time.
Anything that puts such huge smiles on my girls’ face is worth every penny….the fact that its educational? A serious bonus!
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own!