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{Earth Day Activity} Creation Book

Last week I saw this post from the Happy Home Fairy and I knew I had to do it with the girls. We’ve been working on it for the last week and the girls have had a lot of fun learning the song for each day. (Now it’s all they sing – at full volume.) …

{Earth Day Activity} Recycling Fun

As I mentioned last week, we recycle as much as we can. We have bins for glass, plastic and tins and a box for waste paper. We also have a box to collect items that the girls’ preschool uses for crafts. The girls know which items are supposed to go in which bins, but I …

{Earth Day Activity} Earth Girl Shirts

Last year we made an Earth Girl out of paper, but this year I wanted the girls to really get the idea that they can be Earth Girls by taking care of our planet. I want them to recycle, and pick up litter and live as “green” as possible and I’ve been thinking of how …

{Earth Day Activity} The Lorax

One of the best things about having children is being able to rediscover all the great children’s classics. I don’t think I read Dr Seuss’ The Lorax when I was younger, but it has become one of my favourites. It is also a great way to teach children about the importance of taking care of …

{Earth Day Activity} Toilet Roll Trees

I was inspired to do this craft by this pin. During the craft I read to the girls from Isaiah 61:1-3. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that …

{Earth Day Activity} Grass Crowns

If you follow me on Pinterest you can usually guess what kind of craft series I’m planning. For the last few days I’ve been pinning Earth Day ideas like crazy. I was only going to do a craft with the girls on Earth Day, but why do one when you can do seven or eight? …

12 Days of Christmas – Day 8 – Hand/Footprint Angel

I think I found this craft via Pinterest, but I forgot to make note of the page. I couldn’t remember the exact details of the craft, so I adapted it slightly to do with my girls. Materials: Yellow paint Pink paint Piece of cardboard Marker Wool Piece of tinsel/sparkly pipe cleaner/glitter Glue Angie made two …

12 Days of Christmas – Day 6 – Paper Plate Angel Wings

I saw this craft at Maker Mama and thought it looked like fun. Materials: Paper plates (11 per child – 8 for the feathers, 3 for the centre) Ribbon (2 pieces per child) Glue gun Glitter Pritt glue I drew an eye-shape in the centre of the plates and cut out the crescents, keeping them …

Introducing Earth Girl

  My daughters had so much fun doing all the Easter crafts, that on Monday my eldest asked, “Is it really the last day of Easter today?” At bedtime that night, she asked, “What craft are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?”     My plan was to get back into the Fruit of the Spirit devotionals …

About This Blog (And Me)

Hi! I’m Melanie, wife to Jacques and mom to Angie and Emmy. Jacques and I met at Wits drama school way back when, and got married in 2009. We live in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we plan to stay unless God calls us elsewhere. Wind in a Letterbox was launched in 2014 as a place for me to …

Springtime Splendor – An Art Workshop For Everyone

I received access to this course in order to review it. This post contains affiliate links. There’s a sign in our town that says “the earth without art is just eh”. I am in complete agreement. I believe that God is the ultimate artist – just look at a sunset, or rose in bloom, or …

Why Is It Important To Be Water Wise?

One of my favourite smells is that rich earthy scent just after it’s rained. There hasn’t been too much of that lately, though. South Africa is currently experiencing a drought so bad that the water in the Vaal Dam is almost at critical level. I remember going fishing with my dad and uncles when I …

A Letter To My Son

My sweet boy, Today we finally get to meet you. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms, to see your face and feel your tiny fingers grip mine. For months I have felt you move inside me; gentle flutters at first, getting stronger and harder as you’ve grown and pushed and turned around. …

Hope In Uncertainty

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with my own drama lately so I haven’t been paying too much attention to current affairs. Ligament pain and a pinched nerve mean that most days, I’m curled up in bed by mid-afternoon, hoping the girls aren’t breaking down the house. The third trimester is so much fun, guys. But …

Keep Calm; It’s A Boy

In six week’s time, I’m going to be mom to a boy. At one of the early scans, my gynae said he was pretty sure it was a boy. And I hoped that at the next scan, he’d say it was actually a girl – but he didn’t. When he pointed out Peanut’s “credentials” and …

{Christmas Craft} Wooden Peg Angels

This choir of angels was inspired by this post on Crafty Morning. The girls had a lot of fun making them, even though it took three days to complete. (We took two days to paint the pegs.) What you need: Wooden pegs White paint Gold/silver pipe cleaners Small white doilies Pink cardboard Pencil crayons Glue …

Where Is The Love?

We’re not very good at this love thing, are we? I’m not talking about loving our family, our spouses, our children, or our friends, because we do love them, albeit imperfectly. It’s this “love your neighbour” thing we get so wrong all the time. The literal next-door neighbour we don’t know because our walls are …

Stepping Out Of Martha-Mode

I haven’t done a personal, from-the-heart post in a while. I’ve been caught up with homeschooling and lesson prep, with moving to a self-hosted domain and all that entails, with just keeping my head above water at this crazy busy time of year. How is it the middle of November already?! It’s so easy to …

Rocket Counting Activity {FREE PRINTABLE}

I have another free printable for you today. This one is rocket-themed to fit our letter of the week – R. (Because who says little girls can’t play with rockets?) Find the download link at the end of this post. This is similar to the bee counting activity I posted the other day. I’m working …

DIY Elsa & Anna Costumes

I found some lovely ideas on Pinterest when planning the girls’ Frozen party, and when I saw how easy it was to make Elsa and Anna costumes, I knew that I wanted to do it for them. To make an Elsa costume: Materials: one prewashed white T-shirt turquoise fabric paint glitter sequins fabric glue elastic soft …