Apr 9, 2015

House of Burke: The Shop!

Have you been wondering where we've been lately? We have been super busy underneath piles of fabric preparing to open our very own shop! House of Burke: The Shop, is now live and currently featuring bandana bibs for your little ones, with more exciting baby and toddler accessories on the way. I have been sewing since I was a young kid, and opening a baby boutique has always been a dream of mine! I love shopping small and supporting other small businesses, so I am so excited to bring all of our handcrafted goodies to you and your family. 

What is a bandana bib you ask? It is both a stylish and practical way to combat drool and/or add some flare to your little ones outfit!

Although Bentley may be my model above, they are certainly not just for boys! Girls can rock bandana bibs too! 

We have opened our ETSY SHOP so go on over and check out our fabric choices! We currently have over 40 choices. We will be adding a variety of different baby/toddler accessories in the coming months, so stay tuned. 

Now without further ado, OUR GIVEAWAY!! To get House of Burke: The Shop off it's feet and to get some of our amazing bibdanas onto your little ones, we are having a giveaway. This giveaway is centered around Instagram! We are trying to grow as a small business over on IG, so head on over to HouseofBurkeTheShop on Instagram , FOLLOW US, like this image, repost it (we think screenshotting and reposting images is the easiest!), and make sure that you tag us in it and #houseofburketheshopgiveaway ! I will be choosing one random winner when we reach 250 IG followers!! 

Thank you so much for your support! Head on over to our Etsy shop to pick up some bandana bibs for your littles! Watch our IG and Facebook page for shop updates (as well as our regularly scheduled programming!!) 

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Apr 5, 2015

Displacement Experiment for Toddlers

Happy Easter! Today we are participating in the A-Z Science Experiments for Kids series (click the link for more info and to see some of the other posts!) hosted by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. We have been trying to incorporate more science and math into our toddler homeschool days over here, so this series was perfect! We chose letter D for Displacement. I set up a simple activity for Kingston using eggs.

First we took 4 glasses and filled them up with 1/2 cup of water each. Then I set out an empty plastic egg, a plastic egg filled with beads, a hardboiled egg, and a raw egg. (Note: Make sure that your little one is extra careful when handling the raw egg!) I also provided a ruler and a dry erase marker so that we could control and measure our experiment. 

I started by giving Kingston a brief lesson on displacement. I tried to use toddler terms to explain that when you put objects in what, the water has to move out of the way and is displaced. We talked about how small objects may move the water a little while big objects would move it a lot. (This of course prompted Kingston to want to put his giant tractor in the glass of water, but he got back on track once we took the ruler out! Oh toddlers!) 

We measured the water in the glasses with the ruler first. K told me that the water came up to the 2, so we marked our glasses and wrote 2's. Then, I had Kingston gently place each egg in the cup and we measured the amount of water that was displaced. 

Kingston hypothesized that the two plastic eggs would float and that the hardboiled egg (which was still warm from the stove) would sink because it was "berry berry hot!". Our displacement activity was clearly a sink or float activity in his mind. I loved seeing his wheels turning and that he was thinking scientifically, even if he wasn't quite understanding the displacement concept yet! 

We observed that the plastic egg floated and didn't displace any measurable water, the egg filled with beads made the water rise to 2.25 inches, and both the hardboiled egg and the raw egg displaced the water equally to 2.5 inches. We used our ruler to measure all of these and determined that the raw and hardboiled eggs displaced the most water. 

Once we were done observing, our science experiment quickly turned into a water play activity. . . because what toddler can resist water play?! He was pretending that the beads inside the eggs were his seeds and he was planting the seeds in the water. Pretty clever and scientific if you ask me! ;) 

Interested in seeing the other posts in this series? Head over to the A-Z Science Experiments for Kids Landing Page to read the posts and follow along! 

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Apr 2, 2015

Make Way For Ducklings Print Craft

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It's that time of month again: Book Club Play Dates! This month, we read the classic Boston based story Make Way for Ducklings. This story is really close to my heart. It's a story I grew up reading. I used to go on field trips and visits to Boston's Public Garden to see the statues of the ducklings. I can't wait to take Bentley there to see them soon! Our copy of Make Way for Ducklings was given to us at Kingston's baby shower. It has been very well loved over the past two years!

We made a super simple and fun print craft to go along with the story of Mr. Mallard, Mrs. Mallard and their 8 little ducklings. 

To make our ducks we used washable paint and ink. To make Mr. Mallard, I inked Kingston's hand with brown ink . I then inked his thumb with green ink to make Mr. Mallard's green neck and face. For Mrs. Mallard, I painted his hand with yellow washable paint and he printed that. Then I painted his thumb and he smooshed it on the paper 8 times to make Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack! He made sure he counted them up and that they were all there. When everything was dry, I used markers to draw on the duck and duckling details. I think it turned out really cute! You could add scenery details too if you so desired. 

Head on over to my fellow Book Club Play Daters pages to check out their activities! 

Snack: Make Way For Ducklings Duck Snack from Still Playing School
Sensory: Make Way for Ducklings Sensory Play from Sugar Aunts
Craft: Make Way for Ducklings Print Craft (That's US!) 
Busy Bag: Make Way for Ducklings Busy Bag from Craftulate

Stay tuned for our book next month! We will be reading Dinosaurumpus!

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Mar 23, 2015

Easter Basket Ideas from I See Me

(Disclosure: We were sent a complimentary personalized products for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!) 

It's almost time for Easter, and what better way to fill your child's Easter basket than with some amazing personalized books and products from I See Me!. We love I See Me! In fact, this our third review that we have done for them! You can find our other reviews here: Hello World! and Speedster review and our original review of The Super Incredible Big Brother and other products. Adding an I See Me book or product to your child's Easter basket would make it EXTRA special. I know that I can't wait for my kids to see all of their personalized products in their basket on the morning of! 

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Mar 21, 2015

Easter Egg Activities for Kids

Spring may not be in the air around here (we are still buried under snow!), but Easter is right around the corner whether the sun is shining or you can't even see the grass! I love Easter. The Easter baskets (my favorite), the bunnies, and of course Easter eggs all get me excited! This past Share It Saturday, there were quite a few awesome Easter egg activities and crafts linked up. This week we are featuring some of our favorite Easter egg posts!

Shaving Cream Painting Marbled Easter Eggs from Still Playing School 

Easter Activity: Potato Stamps from The Practical Mom 

DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs from Study At Home Mama

Paint Chip Easter Eggs from Sunny Day Family 

Tape Resist Easter Eggs from House of Burke

Easter Egg Hand Prints from Fun-A-Day

Wobbly Easter Eggs from And Next Comes L 

Easter Egg Sensory Bottles from House of Burke

For the entire month of March. we will be guest co-hosting for Share It Saturday! Make sure you link up your fantastic kid-friendly posts below for a chance to be shared by us next week. Check out what my Share It Saturday co-hosts are up to this week!

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Mar 20, 2015

Pre-Writing and Painting with Carrots

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Happy Fine Motor Fridays! If you are a long time reader of our little blog, you might have caught on that we have a thing about carrots. The funny thing is, I don't even like carrots. Well, not really. It's probably one of the main reasons why we are always using them for crafts and projects: I typically buy a bag and let it rot in the back of the refrigerator! 

Back when our blog was just a baby, little baby Kingston did a Painting with Carrots project. With Kingston working on pre-writing skills, and Bentley at the same age as K was back then, I wanted to revisit that activity and tweak it a bit to fit both boys!
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Mar 19, 2015

Palm Print Truffula Trees

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We LOVE The Lorax by the infamous Dr. Seuss! It is the perfect book for teaching environmental awareness. The Lorax is all about saving the Earth, protecting the trees, and giving an important message about the effects that our actions have on the environment around us. The best part is that this book does so in a way that really appeals to little ones! We are huge fans of both the book and the movie, both of which center around the beautiful, colorful truffula trees. These adorable palm print truffula trees are a great easy keepsake craft to make with your kids after reading the book. 
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