Fluffy Tree Pencil Toppers

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These fluffy foofy funny pencils are meant to look like the trees from The Lorax; they’re a fantastic craft if you’ve recently read the book with your child… Or just to have the coolest back-to-school pencils in the room!

To make the pencils, first wrap in tape. We used yellow washi tape and then wound around that with black.

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The trick of winding the tape at an angle was a bit difficult for Travis, but I was proud of him trying!

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Next we used craft boas and small Styrofoam balls for the tops of the trees. You can attach the boas with tacky glue, which will require a bit more patience, but Travis requested hot glue. That made this a grown-up step! Glue one portion at a time, working around until the whole ball is covered, then trim off any excess boa.

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Poke a sharpened pencil into each Styrofoam ball to make a hole; now flip the pencil around and hot glue the eraser end into the hole you’ve created.

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Your pencil tree is ready to use!

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Out and About

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Instead of the usual verses of Wheels on the Bus, here’s a fun song I’ve taken to singing as I’m out and about with Veronika, to teach her about sounds that things in the world make.

First name the thing. It’s helpful to use the real word (think: dog instead of doggie), and then say the appropriate sound. You might sing:

The dog in the town goes woof woof woof

Woof woof woof

Woof woof woof.

The dog in the town goes woof woof woof

All through the town.

Repeat for every appropriate item in your day, varying the verses as needed! Here are some fun ones we found just today.

The tractors on the farm go brrrm brrrm brrrm.

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The guitars at the fair go strum strum strum.

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And the cars on the road go vroom vroom vroom.

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There are so many verses of this you’ll probably never run out! We finished with a read-through of a fun sound book at home! Try Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck.

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Blueberry Mini Muffins

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These adorable mini muffins are just the right size for a baby’s hands, making them a fantastic Baby Led Weaning breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, stir together the applesauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add the flaxseed, canola oil, vanilla, apple juice, yogurt, and milk.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Stir in the blueberries.
  4. Divide the mixture between 42 mini muffin cups, about 1 tablespoon per muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

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