~ Look It Up ~ Bookmarks

Look It Up Bookmarks :: Zim on a Whim

This simple and easy project came about when my son and daughter became obsessed with this fiction book series called Warriors by Erin Hunter. They follow the adventures of four clans of wild cats, with characters being a mix of good vs. bad. The clans have a hierarchy and the different cats have different positions within the clan. They have their own words for certain things; for instance a human is called a “twoleg”. I could go on and on about these books, but basically they are so interesting to my 9 and 11 year old that they can’t  put them down. They come across lots of descriptive words of which they don’t know the meaning, so these bookmarks are here to help!

When they come across a word that they don’t know, they can write it down on the bookmark and look it up later. (Because how dare they put the book down and look it up at the most interesting part!) I love that they are learning so many new adjectives!

Look It Up Bookmarks :: Zim on a Whim

The great thing about these is that they are two-sided so when they run out of room on the one side, they can flip it over and use the other.

Look It Up Bookmarks :: Zim on a Whim

I will tell you what I used and you can use what you have on hand. This is a no-fuss project and it doesn’t need to look perfect. It’s purely for function! 🙂

Look It Up Bookmark :: Zim on a Whim

I used the following:

~ Ruled/Lined paper

~ White Card Stock found at craft stores or Target/Walmart (but you can use anything that is stiffer than the ruled paper to go in between; you can even use postcards from your junk mail pile!)

~ Glue Stick or some other type of glue for paper that won’t be too wet

~ Paper Trimmer – or – Ruler and X-acto knife or scissors

~ Hole Puncher

~ Thin ribbon, yarn, or string

~ Small pencil (like the ones from mini golf), mini marker, or crayon

~ Clear Adhesive Glue Dots or hot glue gun

Here’s how I made the bookmarks:

For each bookmark, I cut two pieces or ruled paper and one piece of white card stock to 2-1/4″ wide by 8″ long. (You can make yours any size, but just remember their writing is sometimes larger than ours.)

Then I took the glue stick and evenly glued one piece of the ruled paper to one side of the card stock. (Make sure to put the glue up to all the edges.) I smoothed it out so there were no air bubbles. I flipped it over and did the same to the other side with the second piece of ruled paper.

I punched a hole in the top, about 1/4″ down or to the first blue line.

I cut a piece of ribbon about 18″ long. Then I threaded one end of the ribbon through the hole and tied a knot.

For the other end, I took a mini marker and added a few glue dots (Zots) around it toward the bottom. Then I wrapped the other end of the ribbon around the glue, leaving some ribbon to tie another knot. (If you don’t have the adhesive glue dots, a dab of hot glue with a glue gun will work just fine.) I found that just tying the ribbon around the writing instrument didn’t hold it and kept slipping off.

Now my little readers were ready to start writing down words and looking them up!

By the way, if you have children about 9-12 that love animals and adventure, I recommend the Warriors books. When mine have finished reading all those, they plan on moving on to the Survivors series about dogs!

Have a good weekend!
Micha

Tips for Tuesday 3/12/13

Tips for Tuesday | Zim on a Whim

Has it been a week already since I posted the first Tips for Tuesday? Oh my. I’m a little surprised, not only in that, but also that I remembered it’s Tuesday to post a few more!

1. EGG FRESHNESS TEST

Do you ever wonder if your eggs are really fresh? Do the stamped dates on the carton really matter? Here’s a great way to tell if they are fresh or if you need to toss them. Get a bowl and fill it with water. Place your eggs in the water and see if they sink or float.

Egg Freshness Test | Zim on a Whim
If they sink, they are fresh.

If they stay submerged, but the wide end doesn’t want to stay on the bottom, they are still good but use them up quickly.

If they float, toss them.

2. KEEP APPLE SLICES FROM BROWNING

If you have to pack lunches for the little ones, this tip might come in handy for you. When the kids are little, it’s hard for them to bite into a big apple so they prefer apple slices. But if you pack them, they turn brown. You don’t need to buy the overpriced prepackaged apple slices anymore!

Keep apple slices from turning brown

Just slice up your apple and put the slices in a bowl. Add some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and soak them for about 10 minutes. Either soda works and it can be flat – it doesn’t matter. I usually do this and then make the rest of the lunches. I’ve had them soak for less than 10 minutes and it still works in case you’re crunched for time. I don’t dry them; I just let the excess drip off and put them in a resealable bag.

They will stay good all day. I am not sure if they last longer than a day, but if I test it out I will update.

3. HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If you have high blood pressure or you were told you were borderline, you might consider having these items as a snack: Raisins and dark chocolate!

Raisins and Dark Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure

It is suggested to eat a snack of raisins 3 times a day, but even once a day can’t hurt!

We’ve all been hearing about the benefits of dark chocolate for some time now because of the flavanols it contains, from lowering your cholesterol to lowering your risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce the dilation of blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.

Hope you can use one or more of these tips…and if you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to add them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
Micha

President’s Day Cookies

presidents day cookies

Maybe you have seen these already, but I just saw them last night and I had to share them with you! How cute are they? If you have kids that will be home tomorrow for President’s Day, this would be an easy, fun, and yummy project for them to do. Teachers, if you are feeling overly ambitious, I think your students would love these!

For Abe Lincoln, you need Nilla wafers, mini chocolate chips, a chocolate bar, and a black edible marker.
For George Washington, you need Nilla wafers, JetPuffed Mallow Bits in vanilla, and a black edible marker.
To adhere the sweets, simply use frosting.

Check out www.partypinching.com for lots of other adorable ideas for the rest of the year!