SK Showcase and Weekend Links

For this week’s Simple Kids Showcase, the spotlight is on Nicole and her family.  Nicole writes:

I’m a firm believer in finding ways to incorporate lessons and learning into everyday play. I blogged about this recently in terms of teaching my little ones more about faith (64 Crayons…Redeemed). 

So, I’ve been trying to find a way to get my daughter interested in letters through creative outlets beyond the magnets on the fridge.  We recently bought some white Crayola Model Magic (great non-toxic stuff that dries firm in 24 hours).  She and I shaped the letters into the lowercase alphabet and over the last few days, we’ve been painting the letters together.  At each stage, we get to name the letters, feel them, move them around and talk about the noises they represent.  And once they’re all painted, I’m sure we can start to use them as figurines that ride on matchbox cars, eat in the play kitchen, or need to be pushed around in the stroller or wheel barrow. 

The Model Magic runs about $5 per bag and we were able to make all 26 lowercase letters with one pouch.  We bought white so that we could paint it together, but I’m sure you could have lots of fun with other colors as well.  There’s lots of possibilities here with uppercase letters, numbers, symbols, etc.  The learning is almost accidental as the focus is on having fun and being creative.  That’s my favorite way to learn…when I’m not even trying.


Nicole’s trying to learn about being a mom, a wife, a friend and seeing God through every step at

Those turned out great!  Thank you for sharing, Nicole!

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Thank you all so much for taking a little time to respond to my reader survey last week.  Your feedback has been enormously helpful.

One thing I hope to do on a weekly basis is to share links to writings, pictures, ideas, and tips that are relevant to the Simple Kids community.  If you come across a great read during the week, feel free to email it to me so I can add it to the list!

Simply Practical
Notions and Threads: Cheap and Easy Bath Toy Project
Katherine Marie Photography: Organizing Art Supplies
Such Things: Morning Start

Simply Delicious
Under the High Chair: Twitterpated over Roast Broccoli with Lemon
Nourishing Days: One Pan Meal – Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Inspired Projects
Cluck and Tweet: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Kids Craft Weekly: Paper Plate Crafts
Playful Learning: Alphabet Inspiration

Inspired Images
Days of Grace: Gifts of Spring

Inspired Words
Like Merchant Ships: A Grandmother’s Legacy
A Worthy Life: wild thang, y’all make my heart sing!

Wishing you a weekend of rest and reconnection celebrating the simple!

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  1. LOVE those letters! What a great idea… oh, and the one pan chicken meal looks delicious! Love the mix of different things here. 🙂

    Natalie@Naddy’s Blog’s last blog life at the moment, thanks to wordle 🙂

  2. Thanks for the link and all of the great recommendations!

  3. That’s a great idea–I’m definitely going to do this with my kids (one set of letters per kid, of course, so they can each paint their own and thus reduce arguments).

    Alison’s last blog post..Leaving Your Mark on the World

  4. Hi,
    Just found your site from a follow friday recommendation on twitter. I’m thrilled! Love our weekend showcase post, can’t wait to delve into all your categories


    Stacy of KSW’s last blog post..Kohl’s Cares for Kids Giveaway

  5. kristina says:

    thanks for the links!!! and i LOVE the letters! this is going on our summer list! can’t wait!!!


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