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Toddler Favs: The Tiny Compass

April 26, 2016 in Baby / For Babies + Kids / For Kids / For Mamas / Giveaways / My Mamahood

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We LOVE finding new companies and products! We recently discovered this company called The Tiny Compass (Cutest name ever, right?!). They have everything from clothes, to prints, to wooden toys! I’m so excited to see what else they come up with in their “tiny play” section because my toddler is loving these blocks! I love how they’re different colors and the shapes are so cute too!

So if your’e looking for another cute store to stalk/shop on instagram definitely check them out (HERE) I think you’ll love what you see!

Also… a little bird told me that there will be a giveaway with them soon over on FB in the Mamahood Community. (If you’re not apart of the group yet, shoot me an e-mail so I can add you! themamahoodblog@gmail.com)

Happy Tuesday loves!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

This post was sponsored by The Tiny Compass, but all opinions are my own.

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #2

April 11, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

Hi sweet friends! I got some amazing feedback from last week so I figured I’d keep going with these little Family Home Evenings. Thank you all so much for sending me your messages and pictures of your activity last week! I loved seeing it! Here is this week’s lesson: (As usual, always very simple!)

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Lesson #2: My Heavenly Father Loves Me

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: My Heavenly Father Loves Me (music: HERE)

Scripture: 3 Nephi 17:11-12, 21-24 (scripture: HERE)

Lesson: Show a picture of Christ holding children (HERE) and talk about when Jesus taught the people he asked to bring their little ones to Him. (Point to little ones.) They sat on the ground around Him and Jesus knelt and prayed. (Show how we pray – kneel and bow heads) Then he blessed each child, one by one. Jesus did this because he loves his children. (hug themselves). Talk about the things we just sang about (birds, sky, lilac tree, etc.) and explain that Heavenly Father sends us those things to enjoy on the earth because He loves us. Explain to your child/children how much you love them and how much Heavenly Father loves them too.

Activity: Have them draw a picture of themselves inside a heart OR frost heart-shaped cookies.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Heart-shaped sugar cookies (click HERE for my swig recipe that you can use)

Let me know how this week goes!

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE: Toddler Edition

April 4, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

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Something that I always loved growing up was “Family Night”. My parents made it so fun. Whether it was a spiritual lesson, swimming, singing, making treats, a service project, weeding the backyard, or playing dodgeball on the tramp together-they made those times so special for us kids and it helped all of us become best of friends. I truly believe that we are really close because our parents put Family Home Evening as a priority in our lives. I’m LDS as mentioned before, and we are asked to set aside our lives and just be with our families every Monday night (or whatever works best in certain situations). I feel so grateful that my parents stuck with it, even on nights when all of us kids were fighting or when schedules were crazy, I don’t ever remember them saying “We’re gonna just skip FHE tonight”. They always did it, even when it was like pulling teeth. Those are some of my sweetest memories of my childhood.

Now that I’m on this side of things…having a lesson can be a bit tricky with a toddler… so sometimes our lessons have ended up with us doing a quick lesson and going out for ice cream, or a quick scripture and playing soccer in our living room. One night it was so chaotic we just did a quote while washing our toddler in the tub and getting him ready for bed.

So my husband and I sat down and decided we want to be better at teaching our children. We want what is being taught at home to be the primary source. So we created a Family Home Evening manual to use to help our toddler learn gospel principles in the home.

As I was trying to figure out how to teach him, the thought came that I should center it around primary songs. My little boy LOVES singing (as a lot of toddlers do), so each lesson is based off a primary song with gospel principles included.

DISCLAIMER: I’m all about simple. In fact, for me… the more simple the better! These lessons don’t take hours… little kids (and myself!) don’t have that long of an attention span. So you will find simple gospel principles, simple activities, and simple snack and treat ideas. I teach sunbeams, so a lot of the content is from there too. You will also most likely have all the supplies and everything you need at home!

*Direct links for more sources on words w/ all caps (still working on fixing that on my site!)*

 

 

Lesson #1: I am a Child of God

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: I AM A CHILD OF GOD

Scripture: PSALM 82:6

Lesson: Show a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus (here) and talk about how Jesus was once a baby.

Explain how Heavenly Father was Jesus’ dad and that he is our dad too. That’s what it means when we say “I am a child of God”.

Share your feelings about how much you love your kid(s) and why they mean so much to you.

Activity: Make painted handprints on card stock and write “I am a child of God” next to it.

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Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bakes (my recipe is HERE)

Free Printable: (Click HERE)

 

Let me know if you end up doing this with your family! I’ll post more lessons on Mondays!

Xo,

Aubrey

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