Friday, December 23, 2011

Homeschool : D is for Diesel

It's all about the dog this week.  Our chocolate lab, Diesel, turned 9 this year.  He's the best dog.  With cold weather on its way we decided to have him professionally groomed so he could spend the winter indoors roasty toasty warm with us.  The girls are loving it!  He sleeps in their rooms.  They put hairbows on him.  They sit on him and cuddle him.  They sneak him donuts and cookies.  He lets them.

Paper Dog Ears
Oh, how my kids love to pretend to be "puppies" home, in the bath tub, at Walmart, at the Post Office, in the car, at the doctor's office, at the dinner table, in crowded restaurants.  These simple dog ears kept them busy for DAYS.  DAYS!

This is the head band.  I folded it to make it stronger.  Staple these together to fit the kid's head.

These are the ears we used.

Then staple the ears to the top of the head band.

Since it's almost Christmas we turned some of our dog crafts into presents for Diesel.

Homemade dog treats
adapted from Pink Pistachio
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/2 T baking powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 T oil

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.  Knead into a ball.  Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut out treats with cookie cutters and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness).

This was the best baking activity for the girls.  They could play with the dough and I didn't have to worry about people eating it.  They pretty much smashed it out and cut the cookies by themselves.

We also did our usual letter worksheets and colorsheets from and

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