Life Cycles: Sea Turtles

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sea turtle life cycle made out of felt.


Sea Turtle

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The Sea Turtle life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Sea Turtle Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little sandy shore as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the sea turtle lives and direct them in placing the picture with the sandy shore on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Sea Turtle


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Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

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How To Use A Hair Donut

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Happy Monday friends!  Today I’m going to be showing you how to use a hair donut to make a full bun like the one pictured above.

[The beautiful “Tree Of Life” necklace I’m sporting in this post is from Eager Hands Jewelry Etsy Shop]

Hair donuts can be found at most convenience stores that carry hair products.  Don’t feel like going to the store?  No problem!  You can buy one on Amazon by clicking the pictures below.

Beige:

Brown:

Black:

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To begin, put your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.  Then, pull the ponytail through the donut.

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Next, spread the hair around the donut making sure to cover the entire donut.

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Starting from the back, take the hair that is sticking out away from the donut and gather it around the hair donut.  I like to twist the hair as I go around the hair donut, but you don’t have to.

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Once you have wrapped the hair around the hair donut, you can secure the ends with a few bobby pins.  Then, to secure the bun, place several bobby pins all around the bun.

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Once you are happy with how the bun looks, pull on the hair going into the bun by lifting with your fingers.  This will keep the hair from sitting flat on your head by creating fullness around the bun.

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That’s all it takes!  Pretty simple, and so cute!  If you have any questions about this tutorial please leave them in the comments below.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Polar Bear

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sequencing activity.


Polar Bear

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The Polar Bear life cycle has three stages.

1. Polar Bear Baby

2. Polar Bear Cub

3. Polar Bear Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little ice cave as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.

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  1. Label three notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the polar lives and direct them in placing the picture with the ice cave on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Polar Bear


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

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Mohawk Divided Updo

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Mohawk hairstyles are a growing trend these days, and I’m going to show you one of my own creations below.

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To begin, separate your hair into a section like the one pictured above and begin a dutch braid.  A dutch braid is similar to a French braid as you are adding in sections, but it is different in the fact that you bring the left and right strands under the middle strand instead of over the middle strand.

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The, separate the braided section in half and braid each side securing the ends with a clear elastic.

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Take the rest of your hair and gather it into a high ponytail.  Backcomb that ponytail and create a messy bun securing with a clear elastic.  Use some bobby pins to adjust the messy bun.

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Take each braid and wrap it around the messy bun, pinning in place with bobby pins.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Butterfly

 

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a butterfly life cycle made out of felt.


Butterfly

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The butterfly life cycle has four stages.

1. Egg

2. Caterpillar

3. Chrysalis

4. Butterfly

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little leaf as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

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[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly
  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-4 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw four arrows on another notecard, and cut them into four squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 4 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the butterfly lives and direct them in placing the picture with the leaf on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Butterfly


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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Side Braid into Lower Braided Bun

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Summer here is getting hot and muggy!  I’ve been wearing my hair up almost always these last couple of weeks.  While I was on vacation a month ago, I created this gorgeous updo for you to try out.  It’s a great everyday style, or you could dress it up with a pretty clip and wear it on a special date night.

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To begin, take a small section of hair from the side of your part with the most hair (mine is on the left, which looks right in the picture).  Braid the section by crossing the right side over the middle, and then the left side over the middle.  Pull apart the braid to loosen it and make it look fuller.  Then, pin the braid onto the side of your head with a couple of bobby pins.

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Next, take two small sections of hair on either side of your head right by your ears.  Bring them towards the back of your head and secure in place with bobby pins.

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Braid the rest of your hair in a regular braid crossing the left strand over the middle, and then the right strand over the middle.  Once you have reached the end of the braid tie it off with a clear elastic.  Pull on the braid to make it fuller.

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Wrap the braid into a bun, pinning in place with bobby pins.  Tuck the ends of the braid inside the bun and pin with a few more bobby pins.

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Life Cycles: Introduction

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-August I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes science projects, music and movement, sequencing exercises, and outside exploration.

Today I’ll be sharing some great books on life cycles, educational tools, and how to introduce life cycles to your toddler/preschooler at home.

 

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Books

 [What Will I Be?]

This book is a great way to introduce animal life cycles to toddlers/preschoolers.  Included are the butterfly, polar bear, sea turtle, frog, and bird life cycles.  Your child can lift the flaps to see what each animal turns into.

[From Seed To Plant]

This book introduces plant life cycles to preschool and young elementary aged children.  It even has a science project at the end where you watch a plant grow from a bean.

Continued Reading

[Scholastic Life Cycle Books]

These books handle more of the vocabulary related to each life cycle.

[The Magic School Bus: Plants a Seed]

We love the magic school bus!  This book is based off the episode, and it does a wonderful job explaining how plants grow.


 Educational Tools

[Butterfly Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a butterfly life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and an adult butterfly.

[Frog Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a frog life cycle: egg, tadpole, frog with tail, and an adult bullfrog.

[Ladybug Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a ladybug life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and an adult ladybug.

[Plant Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a bean plant life cycle: seed, germination, seedling, and a green bean plant

[Plant Life Cycle Magnets]

This kit includes magnets to model up to 6 stages in the life cycle of a bean plant and apple tree.  If you are a teacher, this is a great tool to use in your classroom!


How to Introduce Life Cycles

Books are a great place to begin.  Start by looking at your local library for books about life cycles.  If you get stuck, ask a librarian for help.  They are trained to point you in the right direction.  Librarians can also help you find other resources in your local area, such as places where your child can learn more about life cycles, animals, and plants.

My three-year-old has a basic understanding of life cycles.  She knows the difference between a baby, kid, and an adult.  When we go to the zoo in the springtime, we get to see the farm babies.  She has seen them grow and get bigger as the summer goes on.  If you have a farm that you can visit, that would also be a great opportunity to introduce life cycles of animals.

We’ve already talked about flowers in this series and planted our own in the ground and in pots.  Invite your child to plant some seeds/bulbs and watch them grow over the summer.

I’m so excited to have you with us on this journey!

Good luck and happy learning!


Thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

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Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

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Bridal Series: Hair Adornments

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Welcome to the last post of this series on bridal updos and getting ready for the big day.  From April through June, I have be sharing various updos, tips on make-up, the do’s and don’ts of wedding hair, veil placing, and bridesmaid updos.  If you missed the previous posts, don’t worry, I’ve included them with their links below:

Bridal Hair: Double Rose Updo

Bridal Hair: Messy Chignon

Bridal Hair: 5 Rose Updo

Bridal Hair: Soft Waves

Bridal Hair: Crisscross Loop Updo

Bridal Hair: Boho Braid with Flowers

Bridesmaid Updo: 4 Braids in a Bun

Bridesmaid Updo: Wavy Ponytail

Bridal Make-up: A Natural Look

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Veils

Wearing a veil is a classic choice, and you have many options.  You can decide the length of your veil and where you would like it placed on your head.

[Lengths]

  • Cathedral (108 inches)
  • Chapel (90 inches)
  • Ankle (70 inches)
  • Waltz (54 inches)
  • Fingertip (45 inches)
  • Hip (36 inches)
  • Mid-hip (33 inches)
  • Waist (30 inches)
  • Elbow (25 inches)
  • Shoulder (22 inches)
  • Birdcage

The veil should be placed in close proximity to your updo, either above or below.  If you want your updo to be seen during the ceremony, wear the veil below the updo.  If you would like the veil to been the focal point for the ceremony, wear the veil above the updo.  Either of these options look great, but depend on your preference.

The longer veils work the best with dresses that have trains that same length, or a minimum of 20 inches beyond the train of the dress.

Keep in mind that where you place your veil will determine the length.  For example, if you decide to wear your hair in a high updo that sits at the crown of your head, it will be a different length than if you were to wear your hair in a low updo.  Also, if you wear your veil above your updo, it will be a different length than if you were to wear your veil below your updo.


Hair Accessories

[Headbands]

  • Tiaras
  • Lace
  • Crystal
  • Floral
  • Goddess
  • Headwrap

The accessories you incorporate into your hairstyle will be dependent on the style of your dress and the formality.  For example, you shouldn’t wear a tiara when you are wearing a goddess wedding gown.  Also, wearing a lace headband when wearing a lace wedding gown might be overwhelming with the texture that lace gives off.  If you are wearing a lace wedding gown, you would be better off wearing a head band that was made of Crystals, Flowers, or a non-textured fabric.

[Clips]

  • Combs
  • Hair Pins

Clips can be used by themselves or they can be used next to or above the veil.

[Flowers]

  • Wreath
  • Headbands
  • Combs
  • Hair Pins
  • Clip

Flowers are very trendy this wedding season.  From baby’s breath to roses, flowers are an excellent way to dress up any updo for your wedding.  You can incorporate them into your updo by placing them in between the layers of the braid, or in between the twists or curls of your updo.  Or, you could place a large flower above your updo.  There are also floral headbands that look the best paired with a lower updo.  Floral wreaths also look best paired with lower updos.  If you would like to combine a wreath with a veil, you have two options.  The first one is to wear the crown above the veil, so that the veil covers the back and front, with the crown placed on top of it.  This requires a specific veil that doesn’t have a comb for an attachment.  The second option is attaching the veil to the back of the crown.  If the veil has a comb attachment, insert the comb into the wreath.

 

If you are in the Minneapolis area and would like your hair done by me, you can email me at mustardseedfamilyblog@gmail.com

 

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Transportation Wrap-Up

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Welcome to a new series about Transportation on Mustard Seed Family.  From April-June I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a field trip to the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.


Trolley Ride

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There is a Streetcar line that is run by volunteers in Minneapolis.  It goes from Lake Harriet to Lake Calhoun, and it only costs $4 for our family to ride!

We bought our tokens, and waited for the trolley to come.  It runs every 15 minutes, so it wasn’t a long wait.  Calvin made some friends and tried to steal their candy.  That little sneaky Pete!

Ella got to see the tracks and we watched the trolley ride across them.

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The inside of the trolley was just as you would expect it to look a hundred years ago.  The tokens were the original ones used!

As soon as the trolley started driving, the kids were hooked.  It even tooted its horn while going under a bridge.  That made all the kids laugh.

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Overall this is a great way to end our transportation unit.  Tune in next week for what’s next on Mustard Seed Family.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Transportation: Planes Week 1

Transportation: Planes Week 2

Transportation: Planes Week 3

Transportation: Trains Week 1

Transportation: Trains Week 2

Transportation: Trains Week 3

Transportation: Cars Week 1

Transportation: Cars Week 2

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

Transportation: Cars Week 2

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Welcome to a new series about Transportation on Mustard Seed Family.  From April-June I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a fun outside activity that teaches them the rules of the road.


Following the Rules of the Road

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[Materials]
  • Driveway
  • Car (We used our little tikes car, but you could build a car out of a cardboard box)
  • Chalk (white, red, green, yellow, blue)
[What to Draw]
  • Round-about
  • Stop Signs
  • Yield Signs
  • Parking Lots
  • Stop Lights
  • Two lanes with a dotted yellow line and a solid yellow line

[ROUND-ABOUTS]

Draw a circle with the green chalk to make the middle of the round-about.  Then draw another circle around the green circle leaving four spaces open for the roads with white chalk.  With the yellow chalk, draw a triangle and write the word “Yield” on it.  There should be a yield sign by each open space.

Show your child how to use the round-about.  They must yield (slow down and look both ways), then enter the round-about and turn right at whichever road they choose.

[STOP SIGNS]

Draw an intersection (three-way or a four-way).  Then, draw a stop sign for each way.

Show your child how to stop at the stop sign.  The must stop before the stop sign, look both ways, and then they can go.

[PARKING LOT]

Our parking lot had four spaces.  You could have as many as you would like.  We had two regular spaces using the yellow chalk to separate the parking spots.  Then we had a police parking space, and a hospital patient parking space.  Use the yellow chalk to draw diagonal lines for the police only spot, and use the blue chalk to write “Police Parking Only” or something of that nature.  Then take the blue chalk and draw a handicapped sign.

Show your child that they have to park in between the two lines.  If you would like, you could give them a “hospital parking” sticker to put on the front of their car.  This will teach them that they can only park in certain spots with permission.  Explain that when they back out of their spot they must look behind them to make sure no other cars are coming.

[STOPLIGHTS AND TWO-WAYS]

 Draw a two-way road with white chalk (this road will have to fit one car on each side so plan accordingly).  Then, use the yellow chalk to draw a solid yellow line down the middle and/or a dotted yellow line down the middle.  You can add arrows to show your child which side of the road they are supposed to drive on.  For the stoplights, just draw a rectangle with a red, yellow, and green circle inside.  We put ours right next to the two-way.

Show your child which direction they should drive on the two-way road.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Transportation: Planes Week 1

Transportation: Planes Week 2

Transportation: Planes Week 3

Transportation: Trains Week 1

Transportation: Trains Week 2

Transportation: Trains Week 3

Transportation: Cars Week 1

Go check them out and tell me what you think!