Helpful Leaf Writing Activity for Kids

This amazing and helpful leaf writing activity for kids is a guest post from my bloggy friend Cassidy over at Freshly Planted and I encourage you to go follow her blog……I especially love her Waldorf-inspired weekly lesson updates. You can also see her beautiful day to day life on Instagram – think nature study, creative art projects, and beautiful chalkboard lessons among other things! Thanks for sharing with us here, Cassidy!

Helpful Leaf Writing Activity for Active Kids

Nature Writing Activity for Reluctant Writers

As our days grow shorter, the fine line between inside our house & the world outside blurs. Our children’s shoes come inside with dirt falling off on the floors, their clothes smelling of pine sap from recently scaled trees. While school time is important, they’d often prefer climbing a tree or dragging large branches around the woods to assemble more stick teepees. I don’t blame them. As our neighbors heat up their wood furnaces everything smells like fall.

Like the geese practicing formations in the sky, they need to exercise their wings before coming inside to nest for the winter.

Flying is an important skill for children to have, as is writing. Just as it takes many synchronized muscles for a goose to fly, it takes a child many muscles in a hand to write. While the majority of curricula focus on getting children writing & reading as early as possible, Waldorf sees the value in waiting to fine-tune a young child’s motor skills so they can focus on large movement play instead. Since our son is constant movement, we’ve really appreciated this. While he’s warming up to writing, he would much rather be building blocks or poking his sisters when we’re not looking.

He craves play, and needs movement.

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Playful Writing Exercises

So we sculpt letters out of playdough together, assemble letter blocks into words, and cut letters out of magazines to paste into books. We’ve also discovered writing trays. They include writing, without losing play. This is valuable for all students- especially reluctant ones. Their space also allows for unrestricted arm movement, and they’re easily adjusted to younger & older learners (imperative in a multi-age homeschool setting like ours).

We created this writing tray to incorporate the nature our kids love so much.

Leaf Writing Tray Assembly

    • On a large tray spread about ½” of fine dirt on the bottom
    • Gather leaves and write sight words (or below variations) with a permanent marker
    • Find the perfect stick and have child practice writing
    • Shake the tray gently between words, or rub over lightly with hand

 

Now the dirt’s off my floor and into my schoolroom! And we couldn’t be happier.

 

Cassidy Sevier is a former classroom teacher who now homeschools three active kids. She blogs their homeschooling & creative adventures at Freshly Planted. She loves to create activities, adventure in the woods with her kids, and sneak dark chocolate when no one’s looking. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Weekly update for Nov 6 – 12, 2016

I’ve been missing sharing our weekly update every Friday , so I’m going to try to link up with the Weekly Wrap-Up again each week and share what we’ve been up to. I suspect, based on previous attempts, that it’s a bit like starting a new diary on January 1st, but we’ll see how it goes this time!

I should mention that I share little snippets of our day on my Instagram account most days, so if you’re interested you can follow me over there as well. Those are things that are part of our life but don’t necessarily fit into any blogging category, or a post.

This post contains affiliate links.

This week was not a big buckled-down school week for D,9. He’s been helping to prep garden spaces outdoors, going on walks with his brother before hunting season starts, and riding the goats. He has this game we call Goat Rodeo where he throws on his bike helmet and rides our buck Cletus around the pasture. They both enjoy it, but if you’ve ever smelled a buck in rut you’ll understand why D has to bathe and change his clothing immediately afterwards!

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Occasionally, Frankie the ram decided he’d like to ride Cletus too. That’s a little problematic if D is on there at the time.

We’ve made arrangements for the young bucks to head off to the Great Pasture in the Sky in the next week. It’s really hard to say goodbye, but it’s an integral part of our homestead’s income flow. We know we’ve given them lots of love and a good, if short, life. On the plus side, both does are pregnant again so we’ll have new kids to play with and enjoy pretty soon. We are hoping for lots of doelings this year so we can increase our herd. Last time we had 4 males out of 5 kids. We’ll buy a few new goats too, to mix the bloodlines.

 

As part of D’s Earthschooling curriculum this year (a secular Waldorf curriculum that even offers daily lesson plans as well as lesson blocks) he is learning about housing around the world.  Since we also need to build a new barn for the sheep for the spring (we’ll be increasing our flock too, barring unforseen disasters), his learning will come in handy as for his final project this school year he’ll be an active participant in its design and build. Hands-on learning for the win! (Side note to Farfar: Feel like coming down in late spring and playing with power tools? We’d love to have you!)

M,16, is well into her grade 11 (how did that happen?!) school year. She’s taking Chemistry, British Literature, art, and math this term. Her scheduling challenges from last year seem to have been resolved as she has more practice; she created her own schedule again this term and has stuck to it beautifully. The first two courses are with AllInOneHighSchool.com and the other two are ones we developed together.

M’s main interests in her own time at the moment are SFX makeup (hideous scarred creatures appear in her clothing regularly and freak out the dogs) and 3D modeling on her computer.  I love seeing what she does, although I usually see it as I am getting up and she’s just heading to bed.

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November 11th is both Remembrance Day and Martinmas here. You can see what we did for Martinmas last year here. This year, there have been a lot of coyotes and wolves very close by, so we’ll take a road-only lantern walk and then have our lantern-light picnic and storytelling under the bare apple tree in our front yard. It won’t be as much fun as walking through a winding path in the woods, but a lot safer!

A couple of final notes: I’m now writing for Rainy Day Mum and I had a couple of posts go live recently. You might want to check out my Wet Felting Wool Play Mat Tutorial and the Upcycled Sweater Owl Babies stuffed toy craft to go with the book of the same name.

And I have changed to a different mailing list company, so if you’d like to sign up for our email newsletter (to be published approximately biweekly, or whenever I get around to it), it would be appreciated. I promise not to spam you, share your info, or make you jump through hoops.

What we’re reading this week (for bonus points, guess who’s reading which!):

Happy Friday!

 

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The Best Easy Granola Recipe Ever!

If you’ve been looking for the best and most delicious easy granola recipe ever, look no further! This is so easy that even your younger kids could prep it ; older children could make the whole thing themselves if they were so inclined. Freezer cooking fans or novices will love that it can be prepared and frozen ahead of time – just pull it straight from the freezer and toast it in the oven ready for breakfast.

This one is a recipe I have tweaked over the years from my favorite freezer cooking manual, Fix Freeze Feast (affiliate link). I have owned this for about 10 years now and still use it regularly. The recipe I have changed to include healthier oil and organic goodies to suit our own preferences.

I’ve made this as a printable recipe because you’re going to want to keep it.

The Best Easy Granola Recipe Ever!

The Best Easy Granola Recipe Ever!

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cups oats
  • 4-5 cups of the following, your choice but about a cup of each: sunflower seeds, hulled pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds (but chia seeds are better if you add them after the granola's toasted) ,sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, or any other nut.
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup honey or real maple syrup - try to buy local if possible
  • 1-2 tbsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • dried raisins, cranberries, apricots, goji berries or whatever you like the taste of
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil (or you can substitute another mild-flavored oil that will withstand heat)
  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix your dry ingredients except the fruit in a very large bowl. Let the kids mix it with their hands!
  3. While they're doing that, get a saucepan and mix the oil, honey/maple syrup, vanilla extract and water in it. Bring it to a just boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Retrieve the bowl from the kids and pour in the liquid. Mix with a big spoon until it's all evenly blended. At this point, sometimes there are clumps. If you like your granola clumpy then leave it. We don't, so I add more oats a cup at a time until it's even and smoother again.
  5. AT THIS POINT, IF YOU ARE FREEZER COOKING, DIVIDE IT INTO LARGE ZIPLOC BAGS OR FREEZER SAFE CONTAINERS AND FREEZE. YOU CAN TOAST IT STRAIGHT FROM FROZEN WHEN YOU'RE READY.
  6. Pour about half of your mixture into a large baking dish, baking tray, or roasting pan. Don't grease it first. Bake for 15 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10 mins to toast your granola evenly (pay special attention to the corners).
  7. When the smell is just about killing you and people are walking on your heels to know when they can eat it .....and it's lightly browned......take it out and let it cool for 10 minutes. Add your dried fruit and chia seeds, if using them. Store in an airtight container, if it lasts long enough to store.
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If you’ve never made granola before I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how little work it takes, and as an added bonus it makes great sensory play for the kids in the kitchen with you 🙂 A few notes about this easy granola recipe:

-Wherever possible I highly recommend that you buy organic. The entire thing, even with organic food costs, works out about the same as sugary cereal and fills you up much better.

-I triple this recipe when I am freezer prepping. For the dry ingredients, my biggest bowl doesn’t hold it all, so I use three big bowls and divide the parts evenly but I make all of the liquid at the same time in a bigger saucepan.

-In a pinch, you can substitute some applesauce for a little of your oil, honey or maple syrup, but not the whole portion or it won’t stick together. I’d say no more than 1/4 of the liquid could be applesauce if you’re running low on something.

-I’ve thrown in a few items below that I use for freezer cooking on a constant basis, in case anyone is looking for a gift idea for a busy friend or family member, or to begin freezer cooking themselves. They’re affiliate links, but I only share products that I know, use and love myself. Happy cooking!

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The benefits of cooking and baking with children

With this post about the benefits of cooking and baking with children, I’m delighted to welcome my friend Jenn (better known on Instagram as GoGeekMom) to The Usual Mayhem with this fantastic guest post.  Thanks, Jenn! I hope you’ll come back and share again.

My favorite time of the year is here. The lazy days of summer are gone and replaced by cool, windy days full of snuggles and storytelling by the fire. My favorite thing to do this time of year is cooking and baking with my family! We make all kinds of things together such as soups, stews, cookies, and lots of breads. Cooking and baking are simple, necessary parts of our family life.

Food is the thing that sustains us, comforts us, and brings us together. We should include our children in this process as often as possible so they get a sense of how special it is to provide nourishment for someone else.

I have some friends who are hesitant to get their kids in the kitchen. They worry that someone will get hurt or there will be too big of a mess to clean up. I’ll admit cooking and baking with kids can be a bit messy at times, but it is always well worth it.

Here are just a few of the great things your child will gain from cooking in the kitchen with you:

The benefits of cooking and baking with children

Memories- Cooking and baking with our kids give us a chance to make real, lasting memories. As parents we tend to think that the big events are what our children will remember, but it seems the opposite is true. If I look back on my childhood I remember the little things, like how my father would brush my hair or how my mom and I would bake cookies for Christmas. I have the big memories, but I cherish the little ones even more.

Responsibility- One of the best lessons we can give our children is to have responsibility in their home. Meal preparation is done multiple times a day and each time can be a great lesson in responsibility, carefulness, and serving others. Children want to know that they can be an important helper during the day and that they can do the same things their parents do. My children all have jobs around the house. Cooking and baking is a rotating job that is always done with Mommy or Daddy’s supervision.

The benefits of cooking and baking with children

Pride- Picking the recipe is always the job of my main helper for that day. I have certain recipes that I know can be made successfully by our whole family. We often use the Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book for choosing our daily meals and snacks. It is a very reasonably priced book and has lots of great, easy recipes from Waldorf teachers. We mostly stick to healthy options, with a once a week sweet treat. When kids see a project through from start to finish they are able to get a great sense of pride in their work. Seeing the joy their food brings to others is the icing on the cake- pun intended 🙂

Hand Strengthening–  Do you have a child who struggles with handwriting?  Perhaps you have a kid who gets frustrated at holding their crayons properly.  Give them some bread dough to knead!  There is a reason why Waldorf school children make bread every week, and it’s not just because it is a delicious snack.  The grinding of the grains, the mixing of the dough, and the kneading of the bread all work on those muscles that children need to do their handwriting in the later grades.  Cooking and baking give kids a way to put their exuberant energy into something truly productive and beneficial to their whole being.

The benefits of cooking and baking with children

The benefits of cooking and baking with children

Cooperation–  When you have more than one child you need to give everyone a job so they can all work together.  In these photos we made sugar cookies.  While my 5 year old helped me make the dough, my 3 year old played with her blocks in her pretend kitchen.  Then both of my girls helped me knead the dough until it was nice and smooth and they helped me cut out the cookies.  We popped them in the oven and worked together to clean up and get ready for the next step- decorating!  I frosted the cookies while the girls took turns decorating them with festive sprinkles.  When they were all done we thanked each other for working hard to make these treats.  This shows our kids that when we all work together we can accomplish wonderful things.

Modeling Behavior–   Your little ones are modeling your behavior every day, so make the activity fun and lighthearted.  If you have a good attitude about cooking and baking, your children will follow suit.  It’s easy to get frustrated when they make a mistake (believe me I’ve been there).  Just trust the process and if they make a huge mess make sure they help to tidy up!

Math and Science–  Baking provides a fantastic learning experience for kids about math and science.  When you have really little ones there is no need to go any further than measuring, chopping, mixing, and pouring.  Those are the learning experience for young children.  For the older ones who are already doing a little bit with the four processes or fractions you have a real life lesson in how those numbers actually work together.  Baking from a recipe teaches an older child to follow directions, be precise, and it gives you a chance to explain how the different ingredients work together to achieve a desired result.

The benefits of cooking and baking with children

And now, for the bonus learning experience…….

Bringing joy to YOUR life– Being in the kitchen with your kids can seem counter productive.  As adults we just want to get dinner on the table as fast and efficiently as possible…..after all cooking is just one of the many things we have to do each day for our family!  To a child cooking and baking is an exciting adventure, a chance to really imitate adults and create something they can enjoy with you.  These are the opportunities we get learn from our kids.  Seeing the excitement that a child gets from trying new things can really renew your sense of joy in that task.  Sharing an experience like this with your child is the best part of parenthood!

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Nature play seasonal background tutorial

 

We made this nature play seasonal background tutorial to go with a nature table originally, but I’ve been finding it on the floor being used for creative play more often than anything else! In case you’re looking for an eco-friendly wood gift idea for kids, or just want to surprise them with something new to help them explore nature with play, here’s the easy how-to.

One note: We have only very basic tools, such as the circular saw. If you have a scroll saw, your center cuts will be much easier and you won’t need the rasp. This entire project took less than 3 hours including painting time.

You’ll need:

  • Two rectangles of plywood or other  wood (ours were 24″ wide by 12″ tall by 1″ deep from scraps of board that we had in the workshop, left over from setting up a basement greenhouse)
  • A circular saw
  • a metal rasp
  • sandpaper or a palm sander, medium and fine grits
  • (optional) beeswax polish or polyurethane for finishing
  • paints for your backgrounds (Soy paints are wonderful if you have them)

Start by cutting out your two rectangles, if you haven’t already. They can be any size you like as long as the width is double the height (so they all make squares once you’re done).

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Don’t be afraid of your circular saw. They have a blade guard to protect you, so as long as you aren’t waving it around like a horror movie actor, you should be perfectly safe.

Measure the center line on one of the rectangles and sketch your line in pencil to halfway up towards the top. Widen it to the depth of the board itself (in this case, it was 1″) like this:

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Cut down the line with your circular saw, widening as necessary with multiple cuts until it can slide easily but snugly over the other rectangle, like so:

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You’ll have some leftover bits at the top of your cut that don’t break off; this is where you’ll use your rasp. See?

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Sand both pieces well with medium grit sandpaper so they’re smooth and there aren’t any jagged bits or splinters. Round corners and edges, both for safety and because it feels much nicer to handle.  Keep running your fingers over it to catch any bits you may have missed.

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Don’t forget to round the corners and the edges of the slots you cut.

Wipe with a damp cloth and re-sand with fine grit until you’re happy with the results. Wipe it again and let it dry.

Paint a different season in each “square”. As you can see, it doesn’t have to involve any particular artistic talent! Let it dry, then finish with beeswax polish or polyurethane.

That’s it! Now either wrap it or sneak it out onto a table for your kids to discover in the morning.

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P.S. My tutorial for the wet felted play mat that you see here at the bottom of this nature play seasonal background tutorial will be live on Rainy Day Mum’s blog shortly. Watch out for it!

Teach water facts with Minecraft

M,16, has created a new add-in for your child’s Minecraft game! This one is a Minecraft water facts parkour map to help teach water facts with Minecraft, a freebie of course.

(You may remember the Minecraft math games she has created  in the past, all freebies too!)

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Her younger brother was interested in the water cycle one week and so M put together a series of  water cycle facts that you have to know in order to reach parkour in the game. She’s shared a few notes:

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If you fall you’ll re-spawn at the start, so there is no real issue with not making a jump, making it easier for less experienced players.

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There are five facts in total at different places on the course.

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There are ten jumps in total, with all of them being about easy to intermediate skill level.

This is, I’m told, easy to download and install. You can find the download link to teach water facts with MinecraftM says that she can be reached at geckosissims at gmail dot ca or in the comments if you need any help getting it installed and running …..although if your kids are like mine, they can probably do it with one hand and half an attention span!

Do you have Minecraft fans in your house? You might like to look at M’s great freebie Minecraft math games and other Minecraft goodies from around the internet on our Minecraft Pinterest Board.

 

 

 

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Gryphon online safety update

Disclaimer: All opinions about Gryphon’s online safety parental internet control app are my own. I was compensated for my time in putting together this post. I am not required to offer a positive review. (You know me well enough to know that I’d never do that!)

I thought the readers who checked out the Gryphon online safety Kickstarter campaign might like to see an update.

For those who missed my post about a week ago about these internet parental controls, I highly recommend that you read more about how it works to keep your kids safe online, even remotely. If you’ve ever had a moment’s worry about what your kids are doing online and how much time they’re spending doing it, imagine being able to set schedules, filters, and co-ordinate with other like-minded parents.

Ready for some incredible news?!

In just 2 weeks, Gryphon is more than 75% to the funding goal on Kickstarter and has been featured in some awesome publications!

The San Diego Union Tribune
WSJ.com
9 to 5 Toys
Curbed.com
Uncrate.com

If you have not reserved one, it’s not too late. Go grab a Gryphon online safety control on Kickstarter now.   They are extending the early bird special for this week only.  Help them reach their goal and everyone will receive 1 FREE year of intrusion detection and whole house malware filtering ($49 value).

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Pie on face, pie in face!

Our family game night this week was possibly the messiest we’ve ever had (and that’s saying a lot!)

We were sent a new game from Hasbro called Pie Face Showdown.  We promptly declared our family game night  this week to be Pie Night, and served Pizza and my Mum’s grasshopper pie recipe which I’ve shared below….as well as a post-supper game of Pie Face Showdown with Gay Lea Real Whipped Cream-followed in very short order by showers all around. 🙂 Believe me, it was necessary and well worth it!

Hasbro game Pie Face Showdown

There’s no complicated setup, no huge lists of rules, and our entire family was able to join in and enjoy.  (It reminded the adults a little of Slap Bet on How I Met Your Mother, but a painless and edible version.) If you’d like to see how they suggest playing, here’s a video:

What a blast! We played sort of a round robin version where the “winner” – i.e. cream-free-faced- from round one played the winner from round 2, and so on. Of course, some of us wanted to go again out of turn, and may have lost deliberately once or twice in order to get more whipped cream. And the dogs were determined to help with the cleanup.

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There may also have been some shameful cheating.

img_9278 img_9280 In case you’d like to try Mum’s Grasshopper Pie recipe, I’m sharing the image below straight from her recipe book to her scanner.  The Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao are a pricey but useful part; they last forever and make incredibly delicious boozy Shamrock Shakes for adults on St. Patrick’s day, as well as being fantastic in a creamy cheesecake or just poured lightly over ice cream after the kids are in bed.

What do you play for family game night?

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DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids (and teens!)

Halloween is a fun day, no question. Dressing up, spooky food, parties, trick-or-treating – all adds up to a great time.

You know what’s not a good time? Those costume price tags.

Halloween is a holiday you want to enjoy, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on, right? Me neither, so I’ve put together a collection of DIY Halloween costumes for you.

In this collection, you’ll find 20 great ideas for making your Halloween costumes for your kids. You never know, you might be inspired to create something completely different!

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Amazing DIY Jellyfish Costume | Almost the Real Thing

This is a pretty amazing costume to light up your Halloween!

 

Freezer Paper Skeleton Costume | Instructables

Costume-making doesn’t get any easier than this. A bit of paper and paint is all you need.


Felt Monarch Butterfly | Buggy and Buddy

Felt butterfly wings are pretty simple to make and they make a great costume.


Fairy Halloween Costume | Country Living

Make your little girl’s dream come true with this DIY fairy costume.

 

Watercolor Paint Box | diynetwork

Turn your little artist into a watercolor paint tray.


Kids PAC-MAN Halloween Costume | Effortless Chic

PAC-MAN. Need I say more? I kind of want this one myself.

DIY No-Sew Rainbow Unicorn Costume | Jane Can

Unicorns are pretty popular these days. This costume doesn’t require any sewing.


Umbrella Bat Costume | Evil Mad Scientist

This costume would be great for a teen. It requires a bit of assembly, but is totally worth it.

Mummy Costume | Martha Stewart
This mummy costume can be made from items you have in your kitchen.

DIY Mermaid Halloween Costume | Lauren Conrad

Mermaids are so popular these days and this costume isn’t overly complicated to create.


DIY Cute Homemade Lamb Costume | The Joy of Fashion

This lamb costume could be used for a child or teenager.


DIY Frozen Queen Elsa Costume | Love Maegen

What girl wouldn’t want to be the snow queen?


No-Sew Pokemon Ash Ketchum Costume | Kids Activities Blog

Your little Pokemon hunter will love dressing up like Ash for Halloween.

 

Paw Patrol Marshall Costume | Coolest Homemade Costumes

If your little tykes like Paw Patrol, they’ll love this costume.

 

DIY Kids Buzz Lightyear No Sew Halloween Costume | Fun at Home with Kids

This Toy Story character is still popular with kids. No sewing required.

Cruella DeVil Costume
To make this costume, you’ll need some makeup, costume jewelry, a scarf. Easy peasy!

 

MINECRAFT Steve Costume | VinoBaby’s Voice

Minecraft is a sure-fire winner for almost any kid!

 

Darth Vader Costume | Instructables

Put this costume together for your Star Wars fan.

DIY No-Sew Crayon Costume | Paging Fun Mums!
This is so cute! Add some friends with different color costumes, and you’ve got a box of crayons!

 

Harry Potter Wizard Robe | Pieces by Polly
15 minutes + a little magic = an easy costume!

 

What DIY Halloween costumes have you made? Share in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Online safety with the Gryphon parental control app

Disclaimer: All opinions about Gryphon parental internet control app are my own. I was compensated for my time in putting together this post. I am not required to offer a positive review. (You know me well enough to know that I’d never do that!)

I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers chosen to introduce Gryphon! We have three children of very wide age gaps (24, 16, and 9). While we try to offer trust in their judgement, the maturity is not always there to make an appropriate choice about online safety. Luckily, now there’s a parental control app for that.

Gryphon online safety parental control smartphone app

The digital age brings a wealth of information and conveniences, but we can’t ignore the risks it poses for the family. Most children are exposed to the Internet at the age of 6, and 70% of children see inappropriate content by accident. The average family has 10 Internet-connected devices and counting, creating new security threats and vulnerabilities. However, the existing parental control tools are too complicated to use and expensive with annual subscriptions.

Gryphon is a powerful yet convenient approach to online safety. Gryphon combines a high-performance WiFi router and a simple-to-use smartphone app, making it easy for parents to manage the connected home from anywhere. All security features are built directly within the router itself, eliminating the need to install additional apps on your connected devices.

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Setting up the Gryphon router takes just three steps and a simple tap with the Gryphon app. Grant access to specific websites, restrict internet access during various times of the day (such as during sleep and homework), and monitor your connected home devices like thermostats or cameras to prevent hacking. This can be done on your smartphone from anywhere.

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Check out this short video to see how it all works:

Gryphon Online Safety from Pure Cinema on Vimeo.

 

The app even features a social collaboration tool, so you can work together with fellow homeschooling parents to create a safer Internet for everyone, by recommending and rating specific websites.

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The people behind Gryphon have worked hard over the last year on the design and the software platform and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign today for the final production of Gryphon. You can go to http://www.gryphonconnect.com to find out more about the product and the campaign. I think it looks fantastic and I know I’ll be offering a contribution to bring this app to the homeschool and family communities. Check out the site, watch the video, then please consider joining the Kickstarter campaign!

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