For My Little Ones on School Days {Stubby Pencil Studio giveaway}

Somehow we mostly ended up taking this summer off from homeschooling, despite the fact that we usually school year round.  As we prepare to start up again next month, I am focusing on what I will be doing with all my school-aged kids, but even more so, what I will keep my two little boys busy with while I work on lessons with the others.  They are wild and crazy and very much into everything, so I need a plan!  I like to find activities that they can do alongside their siblings, and as far as homeschooling goes, I often have younger children working at the kitchen table alongside the older kids.  Art is my go-to activity.  We’ve recently made some bedroom changes, and now Silas has a little spot for art in his bedroom too.  He loves to draw and write, more so than any of my other children, and certainly more so than they did at his age.  And Job usually likes to do whatever Silas is doing.

I teamed up with my longtime favorite, eco-friendly school and art supply shop, Stubby Pencil Studio, to stock up on supplies so that we will be ready for school days.  Silas loves colored pencils, and watercolor pencils are always fun.  We love these jumbo ones.  I buy blank notecards for him to draw and paint on as a sturdier option than plain paper, without being as expensive as watercolor paper.  Silas is also very interested in practicing his letters (not something my girls were really into at this age-every kid is different!) and he likes using the Laddie intermediate sized pencils.

I don’t typically give my younger children regular sized crayons because they break so easily, but Silas is at a place now where he can use them a bit more carefully, and lately he has really been enjoying getting to use these soy crayons.  We have been using these for many years, and I keep a stash of them in my art supply drawer.  I prefer crayon rocks for Job.

I haven’t purchased modeling clay in ages, but decided to give Plastilina clay a try with the boys.  It held their attention for longer than I expected, and it will be an activity that I pull out when I am nearby to supervise.  Scented markers are another new favorite of both Silas and my girls.  They have spent hours drawing food-themed pictures with them!

If you are looking to stock up on art or school supplies yourself, Kate from Stubby Pencil Studio is offering one Small Things reader a $75 gift certificate!  In addition save 15% off all orders through August 31 using the discount code GINNY15 at checkout.  For your chances to win:  leave a comment on this post and then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  The winner is Lisa C.!
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Nova Natural Toys & Crafts {giveaway!}

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Nova Natural has been my favorite place to buy high quality children’s toys for many years now, so it’s always exciting for me to share their business with all of you!  If you’ve been reading here for the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen some of our favorite things, purchased from Nova, here on the blog.  I am often asked about our nativity, and then there are our favorite interlocking blocks, and more recently this crossbow that we bought for Silas.  Larkspur is using the high quality watercolor set that she received for her birthday on a daily basis.  Oh, and these sailboats!  They are fantastic, and really last.  I could go on and on!

From Nova Natural:
Nova Natural is a small, family-run business based in Vermont. It was created around the mission of providing natural, wholesome products that encourage every child’s individual spirit to flourish.  We practice sustainability by working with small businesses and artisans to offer high quality, long lasting products with a high play value. That means they don’t get used once or twice and then tossed aside. Rather, they’re made to last, sometimes for more than one generation.

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We’re excited to offer some great new products this summer that encourage outdoor play. For days at the beach, we have sturdy BPA and phthalate-free sand toys. Choose from several different sets, including one sized perfectly for toddlers. We have new kits for exploring your own backyard: a botanist’s case, which includes a flower press, magnifying glass and notebook, and an explorer’s kit, complete with binoculars, a compass, rope and a satchel. Also new this summer are outdoor hammocks! Hang one up outside and leave it out–they’re perfect for reading, relaxing or just creating a cozy place for watching the clouds go by. For children who like to work with their hands, we have two new wooden tool boxes with real, child-sized tools. Who knows what you might build this summer? And of course, we are well-stocked with classic toys for summer: kites, boomerangs, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and more!

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For the giveaway, Nova Natural would like to offer one winner a $50 gift card.  In addition, when you join their mailing list (scroll to the bottom of their homepage, and you will see the place to enter your email address), you will receive a coupon for $7.00 off your order.

To enter this giveaway, start by leaving a comment on this post.  Then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below, logging in with either your email address or your Facebook account for your chances to win.  You will need to start by selecting the option to leave a comment on this blog post.  In addition you can receive two chances by joining the Nova Natural mailing list, and another chance for following @novanatural on Instagram!  The giveaway will end on Monday, June 29nd at 7 a.m. EST.  The winner will be announced later that morning within this post and notified via email.

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