Monday, June 4, 2012

D is for Dogs, Doughnuts & David

We finished up our Alphabet Time unit for the letter "D" quite some time are a few highlights from our study!

:: Language Arts ::

~ other "D" book ideas ~

Along Came a Dog
Jemima Puddleduck
The Story About Ping
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight
Dinosaur Roar!

~ Letter Study ~

D tracing worksheet from First-School Preschool Activities
D coloring page (not pictured) & play dough mat from Homeschool Creations

 :: Bible ::

~ D is for David & Goliath ~

Last time we read the story of David & Goliath, Little Monkey was just a bit too little to remember it.....but THIS time, he LOVED the story, to say the least!  This one is a page-turner for a 3 year old boy, for sure. ;)

(from The Children's Illustrated Bible)

~ Slingshot and Bag-of-Stones Craft ~

(I posted pics & instructions here.)

We used supplies from around the house to put these together...the "stones" (not pictured because they are inside the bag) were made of crumpled-up foil, which turned out to make awesome projectiles in General's estimation ("excellent speed & distance, but not able to break anything or hurt anyone").

Of all the crafts we've done together, THIS one has been the favorite (for Little Monkey) by FAR!  General and Rose each made a set of their own, too, and they've all been having fun with these ever since.  (Actually, I've been surprised at how sturdy these toys turned out to be!)

At first, Little Monkey had a hard time trying to figure out how to make his slingshot work....but General was more than happy to give a few lessons. :)

And it wasn't long before General pulled out their toy swords (from Christmas) as well, and they had a lot of fun taking turns re-enacting the fight!

He put on his best Goliath face while LM (playing David) remembered his line from the story very well - "You come at me wif a sword, but I come at you wif my swingshot in da name of da Wowd!"

Very realistic re-enacting. :)


:: D is for Dogs ::

(I found the Golden Retriever Coloring Page here.)

We have a chocolate lab named Duke, and so there are quite a few doggy-lovers in this house!  Peanut was just beginning to say "doggie" at the time we worked on this unit (although, usually he would just say "arf!" instead of the word dog, lol!) - and it was sweet to see how interested he was in all of the stories and projects.

Little Monkey and Peanut made peanut butter Doggie Treats as a surprise for Duke - who was more than happy to help us out with our little study. :)  I posted many more pictures & the recipe here.

~ Puppy Chow ~

Then we made this (very sweet)  doggie-treat for the rest of the family. ;)  Something easy for Little Monkey to do, almost on his own (with a lot of instruction from Mom).  I found the recipe here.


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups Crispix cereal
3 cups powdered sugar

Combine the peanut butter, butter & chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly.  Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla & stir well.

Our little Peanut (who happens to love peanut butter - can you tell?) wanted to help out, too....but he got a little distracted by the delicious spoons and cups!

Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal into a very large bowl.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.

Place the powdered sugar into a large zip-lock bag.  Add the cereal mixture to the bag (about two or three cups at a time) and shake to coat each piece of puppy chow with the sugar.

I try not to keep super-sugary things around the house very often, so you can imagine how much everyone enjoyed this!  But even more fun was the plot they came up with for Daddy when he came home from work later try and see if they could convince him to eat this "real" puppy food, lol!

~ D is for Ducks ~

Rose came up with this craft for Little Monkey, all on her own...and was his Teacher For The Day, too!

Didn't it turn out so cute?!  Rose wrote a little tutorial for the craft, which you can read here. ;)

~ "D" Recipe :: Doughnuts ~

These were easy to make, and I just used a frying pan to fry them up...very simple!  Our recipe is posted here.

And that about wraps up all of our letter "D" fun!  We've been working on "E" for a few weeks now, and hopefully I'll have some pics ready to post, soon!

Hope you all have a joy-filled Monday!

:: sharing at ::


  1. Definitely aDore the photo of David anD Goliath!!! p.s. I love to Devour puppy chow :>)

  2. What great photos! It looks like you've all been having fun learning together! ♥Joy

  3. I work hard at amusing myself, but I must say you all have THE most fun ever! Also, you had 4 or 5 of my favorite books - Angus, Carl, Harry, and the Ducklings! I can't wait to try one of those slingshots!


  4. Some great letter d stuff in there. :o)

  5. Your creating a beautiful life for your children...

    And it shows!

  6. Looks like a perfect week. Love it!!!

    Lindsey @


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