ACTÍVA Products Review

ACTÍVA Products Review

We love creating things, but we mostly color or paint because everything else can get quite messy. I love finding out about new art supplies to be able to use with my kids. We were given the opportunity to review Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products. We also received a free pdf download to their e-book ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS. The e-book is filled with ideas on projects to make with the rigid wrap and celluclay.

What are ACTÍVA products? ACTÍVA products are products that you are able to use to create a lot of different art products. The possibilities are endless. You can make anything from a simple butterfly with the rigid wrap to more complex sculptures using the celluclay.

Ridgid Wrap is a plaster cloth that allows you to use only what you need for a project. It is simple to use by cutting the roll into strips, dipping into water, and applying it to a cardboard (or any material) cutout shape. It dries quickly and can even be put into the microwave to allow it to dry even quicker. When it dries, it is hard just like plaster, but much simpler to use.

CelluClay is an instant paper mache that is used by simply adding water to the product. It adheres to most any type of material. Once it is mixed, you can store this indefinitely in the refrigerator.

We used this product by going through the projects listed in the e-book. We looked for an easy beginner project to do. Since my girls like butterflies, they decided to try the butterfly project. It was simple to cut the shape from cardboard using the template. I then helped them cut some rigid wrap pieces to use. We got a bowl of water and started applying. It was easy to do, but my 6 year old needed some help to make sure it went on smooth. The first layer dried quickly (we waited about 30 minutes) and then they applied the second layer and formed the head and body of the butterfly. When we finished the second layer, we decided to wait overnight to let it dry before painting. My girls had fun painting the butterflies different colors and making them their own.

My girls liked creating their butterflies and they are looking forward to creating more things. We liked this product because it easy to use and it is not messy. I love letting my kids create things, but do not like when there is a mess to clean up. I always overlooked art projects that required a lot of time and money and mess. This product is fast drying, easy on the pocket book, and doesn't create a lot of mess. So this product will definitely be a keeper for us. I look forward to helping all of my kids create some beautiful masterpieces.

The website offers lesson plans that look like something we could use throughout the year. The projects range from simple to complex.

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {ACTÍVA Products Reviews}



Five Minute Friday ~ Collect

What do I collect? To be honest, I've really never collected anything until I was in college. Back then, I started collecting anything that had or was a giraffe after playing a game. I stopped collecting giraffes soon after I began having children. Now, as a homeschool mom, I collect books. I cannot go to a library sale or any discount or thrift store and come out empty handed. I always find something that I think I am going to read or use with my children. So, now I have boxes and boxes of books that I have collected waiting to be used. My youngest is in 1st grade now and I have started to go through the books to see what I have and what I can use with her. I also have pulled some out for my older kids to read through this school year. I love books! And I probably won't stop collecting books for a long time.

I'm linking up over at the Five Minute Friday blog.


Trust Fund ~ Movie Review

My family and I love to watch movies. We also love it when we get to see a movie we had not heard of before. We also love when the movie is family friendly. We were able to review the movie Trust Fund by Mapelle Films.

Trust Fund is a modern day, contemporary Prodigal Daughter story. The movie is about the Donahue family- Grayson (dad), Audrey (sister), and Reese. Reese is a young writer but likes to do things her way. Her father has a successful publishing company which he started with his wife, Audrey and Reese's mother, who has passed away.  Reese doesn't want her father to publish her book because she wants someone else to take notice of her. She eventually lands a deal and is given an advance of money.

Reese finds out her mother has left her and her sister a trust fund worth $10 million to be divided between her and her sister. Because Reese has no money (she spent her advance), she decides to take matters into her own hands. She sets up an account and has the money transferred. She then takes off for Italy where she runs into big trouble.

Reese comes back and begs her father for a job at the publishing company. Grayson is just so excited that she has returned that he gives her a job. Her sister is not so happy. She can't understand why her father is happy. She was the one to stick around and be responsible but her father seems to be ignoring her.

As the movie progresses, we learn more about the Donahue family and the Donahue family learns more about love. Will Audrey and Reese become friends? What happened with their mother's trust fund?

The cinematographer/producer was a homeschooler from 1-12 grades back in the 1980's. You can read more about him here.

We enjoyed watching this movie together as a family even though it is more relatable to female teens. We spent some time discussing the movie after we watched it. My boys did watch it but found it to be boring. My almost 12 year old daughter (who is more in the age range for the movie) found some parts better than others. She will probably enjoy it more in a few years when she is in her mid teen years. In addition to the movie, there is a downloadable study guide and also a book, Love Was Near, for reading after watching the movie.

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (Z)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Well, we made it to the letter z for this blogging through the alphabet round. I have had fun learning about the men and women in the Bible. If you haven't read any of the posts, you can read all of them at the landing page.

 Zipporah: "a female bird"

We know that Zipporah was Moses' wife. Her father was Reuel (Jethro) and her sons were Gershom and Eliezer. Zipporah met Moses one day at the well. She and her sisters were taking their father's flock to give them water. Some men tried to drive the women away, but Moses defended them and watered their flock. Their father had them invite Moses to dinner. Moses stayed with them a while and Reuel offered his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. They soon had sons and Moses decided to go back to Egypt.

Exodus 2:21-22 ~ And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Zacchaeus: "pure"

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector in Jericho. He found out Jesus was going to pass through and he wanted to see him. When he got to to the place, there was already a crowd and Zacchaeus was short and not able to see anything. So, he climbed a tree. When Jesus was passing through, he saw Zacchaeus in the tree and told him He would be visiting his house.

Luke 19:2-3 ~ And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

Luke 19:5-6 ~ And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

I am linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Home School in the Woods ~ Make-a-State Activity Pak Review

Home School in the Woods - Make-a-State Review

I always look forward to teaching our state’s history to my children. I have tried many different things to try to make it a fun learning experience, but I always feel like I could do more or the kids want to do more hands-on projects while learning about the state. When I found out that Home School in the Woods was offering a new Make-a-State Activity, I was excited. And that meant we could study, learn, and do a hands-on activity for any of the states. Their Make-a-State Activity is part of their line of Activity-Paks series which includes The Old Testament, The New Testament, Composers, and Artists.

What is Make-a-State Activity Pak?
This activity is offered as a download or on CD. We received the download version and it was easy to download the zip file to the computer. Once downloaded, all I had to do was unzip the file and click on the start file. The start file has all of the links needed to make your state lapbook. This pak includes everything you need to make a lapbook for all 50 states. There is an introduction file that explains the project and also lists some other helpful resources. The start file has all of the links to the activity pages you will need to print. It also includes a photo of each activity so you can have visual while putting your lapbook together. And it also includes directions on how to assemble the finished activities into the lapbook. There are also two bonus items- a state page that has info about each state and a “Name That State!” file folder game.

How we used the Make-a-State Activity Pak:
We will be visiting Florida later this summer and I wanted to give my kids a brief history of the state. My three older kids have visited the state before, but they were very young and don’t remember much. The last time we visited was when my older daughter was six months old and she will be twelve this year! So, I figured they could use a brief history of the state before we went this time.

I printed out each activity all at once. We decided to do one activity at a time. We worked through about 2 activities per week.  My girls did most of the coloring and cutting and my boys helped with the writing.

We mostly used the one page bonus about the state and some of the websites listed in the introduction file for our research. I didn’t want to do a full history about the state just a brief one before our visit and using the bonus page and websites helped us to learn just what we wanted to learn before our trip.

Instead of putting the lapbook all together at the end, we would put it together as we went along. After each activity, we would add it to the appropriate place in the file folder (lapbook).

Oh, I almost forgot. Each state comes with a recipe for you to try out. We kind of cheated on that one. The recipe for Florida is key lime pie. I have made key lime pie in the past, but for this project (and since it has been so hot here in NC) I cheated and bought a key lime pie for us to eat. Maybe when the weather is cooler, I will make a fresh key lime pie for us to enjoy.

What we thought:
Everyone (even my teen boys) enjoyed going through the activities and learning a little bit about the state of Florida. I think I will use this with my 1st grade daughter over the next few years and do a more in depth study of each state. We can cover as many states as we want to each year until we have covered them all.

Home School in the Woods has so much to offer. We have reviewed the U.S. Election Lap Pak from their Lap-Paks series. We also reviewed The Middle Ages from their Project Passport series. We love the projects from Home School in the Woods because they are hands-on. It helps my kids learn a lot more when they are doing a history activity and not just reading about history.

FREEBIE ALERT! Their latest “project” is offering an A-La-Carte page full of hands-on history projects. Right now, because it is the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal, you can get that project free by using the code “alacarte” during checkout.

Hands-on History {Home School in the Woods Reviews}



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