Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com Seasonally Inspired Living and Learning Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:33:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-Blue-Bells-Square-32x32.jpg Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com 32 32 80384574 Our Favorite 4th of July Books for Kids http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/good-4th-of-july-books-for-kids/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/good-4th-of-july-books-for-kids/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:33:28 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6732

Book List for the 4th of July This is the first time that I have done a list of 4th of July books. I don’t usually make a big deal about reading about the July 4th because it seems like a general “it’s our country’s birthday party” is enough of an explanation for young children. […]

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Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy “Tie Dye T-shirts” http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/easy-tie-dye-t-shirts/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/easy-tie-dye-t-shirts/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:09:46 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6524

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackSnapShare #SnackStories #CollectiveBias A Fun Summer Camp Craft When I was young, a popular summer camp craft was to make tie dye t-shirts. Unfortunately, real tie dye is a messy and laborious process. These days, however, there is […]

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Poppy Flower Crown http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/poppy-flower-crown/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/poppy-flower-crown/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:34:00 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/2014/06/12/poppy-flower-crown/

Poppy Crown We did this project a few years ago, but I wanted to reshare it with you, since it was such a cute craft. At the time, I happened to mention something to Sola about daisy chains and daisy crowns. Of course, she was transfixed with the idea and we began trying to collect […]

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How to Make Butter With Kids http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/how-to-make-butter-with-kids/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/how-to-make-butter-with-kids/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:40 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6682

Teaching Kids to Make Butter Teaching kids how to make butter is a fun activity in itself, but it can also be a fun science experiment. Most people choose to make butter with kids by using  a jar and a marble. Having done the jar method a few times with my older kids, I can […]

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Glass Gem Window Mosaics http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/glass-gem-window-mosaics/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/glass-gem-window-mosaics/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:47:14 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6671

A Really Easy Craft Aren’t these glass gem window mosaics pretty?!?! They are so easy to make and a great way to enjoy the summer sunshine. The leftover gems are fun for kids to play with too! They make great pirate treasure, fairy stepping stones, math manipulatives, game pieces, or whatever else your child’s imagination […]

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The Best Summer Picture Books http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/best-summer-picture-books/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/best-summer-picture-books/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:48:00 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/2014/06/25/summer-book-basket/

It’s time to be getting out the summer nature table and summer book basket. We don’t have as many summer books as we do winter books. I still haven’t figured out if this shows a personal or publishing industry bias. One does tend to want to be outside during the summer, rather than inside and […]

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Geography of Egypt Lesson Plan and Printable http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/geography-of-egypt/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/geography-of-egypt/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:17:03 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6527

As I mentioned in a past posts, we are using Little Passports (affiliate link) for our geography “spine”. The fifth kit that comes with the Little Passports World Edition subscription is Egypt. As usual, I created a printable mapping Egypt worksheet. This worksheet includes all of the places that are covered in the Little Passport […]

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Mango Poppy Seed Body Scrub Recipe http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/mango-poppy-seed-body-scrub-recipe/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/mango-poppy-seed-body-scrub-recipe/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 17:11:20 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6506

Sugar Scrubs Attract Ants Last spring, I posted about a Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub that I made for Sola. It worked great until we moved into an apartment with ants. Yikes! I never thought about ants before that as we never had them in our house! After the apartment, even once we moved into this […]

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Review of Seasons of Joy http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/review-of-seasons-of-joy/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/review-of-seasons-of-joy/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 13:00:26 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6489

I was recently sent a copy of a lovely Waldorf-inspired book, entitled Seasons of Joy and I just had to share it with all of you. Seasons of Joy, written by Claudia Marie Lenart, tells the story of the changing seasons via gorgeous wool paintings of children playing outdoors and exploring the unique gifts that […]

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Pizzeria Style Pizza Crust Recipe http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/pizzeria-pizza-crust-recipe/ http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/pizzeria-pizza-crust-recipe/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 13:27:05 +0000 http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/?p=6465

I have to make a lot of my food from scratch now, because my nephrologist has put me on a low sodium diet. I do love pizza though, so I have been refining my pizza crust recipe over the last few months and am very happy with the results of this recipe. I used to […]

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