Weather Tree by Betsy Wetsy on Flickr
I’m in love with weather trees.
I’ve admired them over the years and always wanted to start one with the kids.
Weathertree.com offers this one for sale from the UK each year…
And they also offer one that focuses on goals (weight loss, exercise completed, eggs laid by chickens and small business profits are some examples!) instead of weather…
And this gorgeous one is available on etsy.
I’ve had several pinned on Pinterest for a while now to inspire me to make my own.
Some people just color them with one or two colors for sunny or cloudy, while some color-code the leaves for hot, windy, rainy and so on. On some calendars, you can see people colored the leaves several colors to show changing weather or various elements of the day’s weather.
We’re going to do the weather (cloudy, rainy, snowy, sunny, etc.) for the main part of the leaf and outline the leaf to show temperature (hot, cold or mild). Of course, here in Minnesota I think anything above zero counts as mild these days.
Ours is printed and we’re filling in the first leaf tonight.
I’m in love with this darling little free printable from Delightful Distractions.
The book can be printed and used in a multitude of ways — you can cut it into strips to make a tiny book for your purse, cut it in half for a medium sized book, keep the pages intact for a binder, or cut each little square out to make little notes for the fridge and such to remember those quotes.
Click here to go print yours!
“Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions–the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself…”
Here’s a lovely free printable for parents from Brene Brown, to help us remember the important things in this journey. Be sure to check out her lovely article about it in the Huffington Post too!
Here’s a fun little printable craft from The Toymaker — Marble Mice! Just print out the pattern on cardstock, cut out, and add a large marble inside.
The Toymaker says…
These Marble Mice are fun to make and roll around on your desk. Cats love them!
(Photo courtesy Evan-Amos, Public Domain)
I’m not much of a journal keeper, but I think I could be if I got to use these delightful pages from Grace is Overrated.
Blog owner and artist Christie Zimmer says:
These pages were created out of a sense of delightful (and occasionally insightful) personal exploration. They combine fill-in-the-blank journal prompts with off-kilter to-do lists with game-show-inspired lightning rounds with whatever else comes to mind. I’ve had a great time creating them and I hope you’ll have just as much fun filling them in. Collect them all in a binder or envelope and look back every once in a while to see all that you’ve accomplished!
The pages are absolutely delightful and could be used by moms or kids (or anybody else!) alike. (Christie asks that her images not be reprinted elsewhere so you have to head over there to see the pages.)
Click on each page to view it and download it via Google docs. If you have trouble printing, check out her FAQ section for troubleshooting ideas.
I think I’m going to need more ink…
Here’s a lovely little free printable from Growing Play. I love it! Head on over to print out the PDF freebie.
Here’s a sweet little printable to help the kiddos remember the good and plan for 2012…
Head on over to thirty handmade days to snag it!
I happened upon this delightful free coloring page (art really!) at Beauty that Moves and instantly fell in love with it. Isn’t it wonderful? Head over for your free download to do one with your kiddos (or yourself!).
Katherine Marie Photography has the most adorable little veggie cards for you to print out and use for games like Concentration or Go Fish! Click here to get your set.
In other news…
Nine ways to get your mama mojo back
and Making flowers into perfume
Yamaha has the most amazing models available free for download! You can find everything from motorcycles to Japanese animals that you can print on heavy paper, cut out and assemble with the kids. Some of these are really intricate and amazing. These would be great fun for motorcycle loving daddies (or mamas!) to put together with the kiddos.
The site also gives lots of information about the animals and other models.