Passport to Fun - Jamaica

Travel the world from the comfort of your living room with this Passport to Fun series!  Whether you use these ideas as a date night, family fun night, or homeschool study, you'll be sure to have some fun, mahn, and bring a bit of Jamaica's culture right into your own home!




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You'll remember that I came up with a pretty awesome idea for G's Christmas gift last year.

If you're new here and don't know what I'm talking about, then feel free to wander on over to this post to read all about it.

I'll wait.

Even though we spent all of 2016 traveling to new countries each month, we had so much fun I decided to extend this series indefinitely - so many cool places to learn about and we've even got a list of places we want to return to in the future!

Project Snapshot - Week 169

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

Hmmm...now how am I going to get all the way up there?

A neighboring county holds a creative Storybook Forest Festival each spring and we were excited to make it to the event this year.


Local businesses set up tents following classic children's book themes and offer games, crafts, and free goodies as the kids stroll around.

We came home with about ten books (Yay! We never turn down a free book!), full bellies (free hot dogs!), and a collection of wonderful memories of a day spent together as a family. 



What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Ready, Set, Find Easter

Looking for a great book to stick in your little bunny's basket this year, or to help get everyone ready for Easter? 

Check out this cute little interactive board book that's sure to brighten your child's spring!


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Gv enjoyed this cute little Christmas book this past winter, so I was excited to get my hands on the Easter version to add to this year's Easter basket:




5 After 5, Favorite Bible Verses

I can't wait to read everyone's favorite Bible verses this week - I'm so curious about how many similar ones will pop up on everyone's lists!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was best birthday memories and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List your 5 favorite Bible verses


I have a lot more than five favorites, but here are a few that top my list:

Friday Frivolity - 80s Music Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in style.

This week, we're throwing things back to the 80's and taking a look at some of the most memorable songs from that decade.


The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book, by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Check out this fabulous new Easter activity book - featuring that silly bear family we all know and love: The Berenstain Bears!




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Gv enjoyed her Berenstain Bears Sticker and Activity books for Christmas and Valentine's Day so much, I knew finding a new one in her Easter basket would be a huge hit!




Latticed Learning - Parables

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible



Pages pages 351-356, 375-384 & 391-404 in this Bible and 265-269 & 283-299 in this one


Read a Little More


I discovered several great books for this week's Bible stories:





The Parables of Jesus







Sing Some Songs

We mainly just stuck with "Jesus Loves Me" this week, but I did also find these songs about the parables of Jesus.


Watch Some Videos

This video as well as this one were staples for the week.





We also enjoyed this little video for the lost sheep:



We love the videos from Saddleback Church, like this one for The Prodigal Son:



This one for The Good Samaritan:



And this Parables lesson:



I also found this Little Bible Heroes video:





Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about the parables of Jesus:

To illustrate the parable of the fisherman's net, I filled a container with water and we put in some of Gv's plastic toy fish and bug critters.

Then Gv used my kitchen spider as a "net" to separate all the good fish from the other things in the water.




For the parable of the Good Samaritan, we did a bit of dramatic play.

Gv pretended that one of her dolls was the injured man and had some stuffed animals pass by and refuse to help.

Then Gv pretended to be the Samaritan who stopped to help.  She decided that the best way to help would be to make the injured baby comfortable and then "check her out" with her doctor's kit.




I also traced Gv's hand and together we turned each finger into a character from the story:


The injured traveler, the Good Samaritan, and the ones who walked on by (great, now this song is stuck in my head!)


To help Gv better relate to the parable of the lost sheep, we played "hide & sheep."

To do this, I hid her little sheep somewhere and she had to hunt everywhere to find it.





To help Gv better understand the parable of the prodigal son, we made this:


This craft is pretty straightforward - I traced Gv's hands in brown construction paper, cut a sheet of blue paper in half lengthwise, then cut out a round head.  Gv glued on some googly eyes and drew on a mouth, then she stuck on some tissue paper hair.


A big hug of forgiveness!


Even though the parable of the mustard seed wasn't one that we read, I couldn't help but give Gv a real mustard seed and then show her a bunch of photos (I just Googled it) of what happens when that tiny little seed grows up.


We also didn't read about the parable of the leaven, but I talked about it a bit and then Gv made this fun bread in bag recipe all by herself. 

Vigorously kneading her bread.

Success!  (she gobbled up one of the loaves right out of the oven)


We used lots of imagination when an old sock became a fish puppet.  As we read about Peter catching the fish with the coin in its mouth for the temple tax, we acted the whole thing out.



I know I totally could have made a better fish puppet for this, but it was good to work our imagination muscles (plus, I was plain lazy!) and considering the fact that Gv and I had to take turns telling and acting out this story ten times, I'd say it was still pretty successful.


Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game (with free printable!)

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!  See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting How Do Dinosaurs... Book Club selections!


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great fun last year (see links at the end) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die


This month, we're focusing on some books we don't own, but have gotten plenty of from the library, the How Do Dinosaurs series: