Monday, October 29, 2012

Ideas to encourage practicing the piano

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My daughter's Piano teacher lent me the book: Mommy, can we practice now, by Marie Parkinson.  I found a lot of great ideas to encourage children to practice without being prompted. Some of these ideas are from the book and some of my own:
A. The child can fill in one part of the dot to dot page every time they practice a song.
B. Roll a dice to tell them how many times to practice a song
C. Color in a section on a coloring page, every time they practice a song.
D. Child can pull puzzle piece out of a box, every time they practice.  When they have enough pieces, they can assemble the puzzle.
E. At Christmas time, The child can add an ornament to a small tree every time they practice a song.
F. Assemble a picture.  On a poster board draw a tree and ever time they practice the child can add a leaf to the tree.  Child can cut out leaves as a craft project.
I did a version of this, but made a flower.
I wrote the names of the songs on the flower petals and placed them in a cup.  Lillie would draw a petal out of the cup and play that song.  After playing the song, she would tape it to the flower stem.

G. Use board games to encourage practicing.  Child gets to add a game piece or draw a card from a game.
For example: Add a Cootie game piece, or Mr. Potato head piece.
H. Child adds a sticker or stamp to a card every time they practice a song.
I. Child can use a chart to mark each time they practice a song.  Once the chart is filled, they can redeem it for a special prize or activity.
J. Child can add a marble or coin to a container every time they practice a song. Once the container is filled, they can redeem it for a special prize or activity.
K. Put names of songs on spinning wheel.  Let child spin spinner to pick song.
L. Put names of songs on slips of paper and drop into a container.  Let child pull slip out of can and play song.
M. Every time a child practices a song, draw a part of the picture.  After several practice times, the picture is complete.
N. My pianist loves crafts.  She can add a bead to the string and build a necklace or bracelet.
O. Dot-to-Dot Song. I placed the song name next to each dot on the picture.  It mixed up the practicing order and it gave her a goal to achieve.

P. Pretend that they are putting on a performance.  Be sure to clap and cheer after every song.
Really, the best way to encourage your child to practice is to make a game out of it.
Q. Card game. Use 4 playing cards for the 4 lines of a song.  Ace=1st line, 2=2nd line, 3=3rd line, 4=4th lines.  Mix cards up and pull one out of the stack.  Play that line of music that matches the card.
R. Extra screen time. This week I wrote song names and the number of times to practice the song on index cards.  Lillie drew a card, played that song.  I also wrote the number of extra screen time minutes that she received for practicing that song on the card.  She earned an extra 25 minutes of screen time yesterday.
S. A spread sheet with each item that needs to be practiced that week. After the song or technique is practiced a sticker is placed in the box.

T. I list the songs or techniques that need to be practiced that day. I make a card for each day. I make each card different, so she doesn't get bored.
U. Cut out feathers with names of song or technique that needs to be practiced. After practicing that element, the feather is glued onto the turkey body that the child made. My daughter painted a paper plate orange, used a marker to make the turkey neck and head out of a toilet paper roll.

V. Make a copy of the piano music and cut it into sections. I placed the sections in a cup and my daughter drew them out of a cup. She plays the section of music and then places it back in the cup.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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Turkey Ribbon Shirt Tutorial

I saw this brown shirt on pinterest from Love from Texas and I wanted to make it for my little turkeys.
First, I made a pattern for the turkey body by tracing around a couple of glasses.
Next, I transferred the pattern to the back of the fabric and cut it out.

I lightly pinned the turkey body onto the shirt.  I make it easier to pin, I placed a magazine in between the layers of the shirt.
I cut and sealed the ends of the ribbon with clear nail polish.  You can also use "no Fray." I have heard of some crafters heat sealing the end, but I have never tried that. (If you have a tutorial on how to seal the ends of the ribbon, please post the link in the comments section.  I would like to try this sometime, since I make other ribbon crafts.)
Next, I pin the ribbon feathers under the edge of the turkey body.
I used wider ribbons for the back feathers and thinner ones for the front ribbons.  I also noticed that it looked better when I used mostly pastel ribbons.
I sewed along the outside edge of the turkey with a straight stitch. You do not need to embroider the edge. I thought about stopping at this point, but I wanted to try the embroidery tool on my sewing machine.
Next, I embroidered along the outside edge of the turkey. This was the first time that I used this feature on machine and I don't think that I did that bad.  I can't wait to try other embroidery projects.

For his beak, I made a triangle out of orange ribbon and used the hot glue gun to adhere it to the shirt.  I also tacked it on with a few stitches. I used round bead buttons for the eyes.

Please post links to the turkey ribbon shirts in the comments section.  I would love to see them and any tips or tricks that you might have.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fat Free Apple Cake

This is a virtually fat free cake.  It has 9 ingredients and it is super easy to make.  This recipe uses applesauce in place of oil.
I found this recipe in a light cooking (publications international) cookbook that I bought at a library book sale. Makes 15-20 servings, 170 calories, 0 fat

4 cups of apples cored, peeled and thinly sliced
3 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
2 cups of flour
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract

First, spray 9x13 or 9" spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray. Peel and thinly slice 4-5 medium apples to make 4 cups.
Beat egg whites until foamy.
Stir sugar and applesauce into egg whites.  In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients and vanilla to egg whites, sugar and applesauce mixture. Pour over apples.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  I baked the cake for 55 minutes in spring form pan. Or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Birthday Hand Prints

Every year, we paint Lillie and Sophie's hand on their birthday and place it on the back of their birthday plate. This has been a tradition since Lillie's first Birthday. We have looked back at her hand prints every year.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hand Print Artwork

I have been doing hand print and foot print artwork with Lillie since she was a baby.  It is a great way to capture the size of their hand print at the time of that the artwork was made and it creates a great gift for grandparents.
We made these turkeys two years ago.
 3 years ago a outlined Lillie's hand and had her color the page.
 Shortly after that we made Santa hand prints.
 Five years ago, I made a ghost out of her foot print and a pumpkin out of her fist.
 This is one of my favorites...a Butterfly out of Lillie's foot prints.
 Also 5 years ago, I made flowers out of her foot prints, a sun from her fist and raindrops from her thumb print.
 This year, we made spiders that we saw all over pinterest.
As we do more artwork, I will post them to this posting.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pinterest finds this week

This sounds so yummy.  I know that my family would love it.
Scarecrow Crunch Recipe 9-14-09050

This is a cute handprint card.  I haven't done handprint artwork in a while and we might have to do this one.

Candy experiments.  Educational and you get to eat the extras.
Candy Experiments

These are great ideas for hand and footprint artwork.

Chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter rice krispie treats.  Sounds yummy from
Chocolate, Caramel Peanut-Butter Rice Krispies Treats

I plan on making this recipe from Mel's kitchen cafe this week:

This looks so cute to make from

Check out this mud closet that was made from a bookcase.

A Date night envelope for the kids with games inside from:

Yum, these dump cake recipes sound easy and yummy.

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