How We Made Our Free Timeline Figures Adorable
While I made a heap of timeline figures using classic art, I didn’t realize I’d want us to add a heap more people and events to our timeline as time went on (haha — timeline, time going on? Ahem.). Rather than make a heap more timeline figures, I downloaded these because they are SUPER CUTE and every figure we could possibly want is included.
And while these didn’t share the problem that our curriculum’s figures had (read: they were drawn by someone who really shouldn’t be allowed to wield a sharpie), they were still sorta boring. Black and white, and flimsy paper (because that’s what I printed them on).
Then only, and I mean ONLY solution was to make the already-cute timeline figures EVEN CUTER, and to make them durable via my handy-dandy laminator.
So we colored and colored…
And colored some more.
And then I laminated and laminated and…
Ha, not gonna say it.
One could use clear contact paper, if one did not have a laminator. Or one could just buy a laminator. $20 for all the slick-smooth-keep-it-forever crafty love. I’m sorta head-over-heels for my laminator (sorry honey — don’t be jelly, K?).
How do you make your homeschool/life more beautiful? And follow my timeline board on Pinterest if you want the scoop on new figures the moment I find (or make) them!
October's Ivy Kids subscription box featured the adorable book Night Animals. This and the cute as anything plush skunk were without a doubt the highlights of the box.
Our second Kiwi Crate proved almost as much fun as the first. I say almost because the first crate had such "playtime" value, while the second was very much scientific exploration and experimentation. Great value, of course, but let's be realistic, nothing is quite as fun as making a real working stethoscope.
September's Ivy Kids box (made possible by our Hamilton Schools homeschool partnership!) featured Chicka Chicka 123, a book about counting! My first surprise: the format sent was a board book.
This is our first year working with a partner public school for a few fun educational extras. My favorite addition? The subscription boxes! Sure, foreign language is fun, and art (things the older kiddos are doing through the school), but what's better than your own personal activity kit, new every month? I have a thing for subscription boxes, I'll admit.
How we made our downloadable timeline figures super cute!
When it comes to homeschool technique I've tried everything. Work boxes? Tried it. Digital planners with printed-out schedules? Been there. Pre-planned curriculum packages that cover all subjects? Done it. Totally online learning like Easy Peasy? Yup. The non-homeschool option: Public/Charter school? Yes, even that.
And no matter what I did, every day was a whirlwind of...
Last summer I went a little nutty. See, I was SO excited that our curriculum recommended a timeline. SO SO excited that timeline figures came with it. Until ... I opened the packaging. The timeline figures were ... ugly. So I made ancient history timeline figures using classic art! And now I'm sharing them with you, free!
I used to hate read-alouds. My neck would get tense, my throat would feel stiff and sore and my voice would hurt. (And if you say a voice cannot hurt, I assure you, it can.) Here's my story of how diagnosing and treating Hashimoto's changed my life in an unexpected way.
Mud Pie's Flat Stanley returned not long ago, so while the kiddos were asleep with flu and fevers, I took the photos Stan collected and made a little video.