Superbalist Kids Shoes

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Superbalist Kids Shoes
Yes, you read right, Superbalist recently added a new category, Superbalist Kids Shoes! I LOVE this website and have bought quite a few goodies from them for myself (before their new kids section was introduced), now I can get the kids shoes without leaving the comfort of my home! Seriously though, the range is awesome and I just HAD to share my favourite finds.

Girls’ Shoes

My brother Shaun is getting married in March and I’ve been looking for some cute navy shoes for the girls to wear to this formal wedding. I just couldn’t find anything I was happy with and then I stumbled across these Cotton On Kids Ballerina Pumps while looking for shoes for myself and just fell in love! Seriously though, who doesn’t love glitter pumps? Fifi and Pixie are besides themselves with excitement and can’t wait for these to arrive.
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Pixie’s feet have been growing so much over the last few months that we can’t keep up. When I was placing my order for their wedding shoes, she begged me to buy these Cotton On Kids Hippo Clogs that look “just like Daddy’s, only pink.”
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Fifi, on the other hand, asked if she could get a new pair of sneakers since she has outgrown her current pair (again…). She is currently deciding between the Adidas Infant Superstar and Convers Kids All Star HI high tops. This may take a while….
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Boy’s Shoes

Koko is so much easier to shop for. He took one look and chose these red Connverse Kids All Sta LO Junior and the Adidas Orignals Kids Stan Smith sneakers. Though neither pair is for the wedding. I think the red converse would rock his outfit, but he’s not biting.
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Baby Girl Shoes and Baby Boy Shoes

As soon as Shaun and Minette (my future Sister in Law) get married, they best get to working on a niece and nephew for me so I can buy some adorable baby shoes. I just LOVE the Shooshoos the they have in stock at the moment. How cute are they in pink and blue?
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Superbalist is currently running a promotion for first time buyers. Get R250 off when you spend a minimum of R600! What a Bargain!

Baby Girl Shoes | Baby Boy Shoes | Girls’ Shoes | Boys’ Shoes

Did you know that Superbalist have a mobile application? I didn’t. You can download the application on your Android or Apple device here:

Superbalist Kids Shoes
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Please let me know if you have had as much fun shopping on this site. I absolutely adore it and wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.

Happy shopping!

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Exploring the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

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The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is an extraordinary, all-weather family destination situated in the vibrant and safe precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg.
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With more than 350 interactive maths, science and technology exhibits it is the largest and most visited science centre in Southern Africa. In addition to the hundreds of exhibits it also offers a wide range of leisure and educational activities and events.

Koko recently finished building a clay scale model of the solar system and to finish off the astonomy theme science lessons, we took our group to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.
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The kids loved it. There are so many interactive exhibitions that the kidlets were a little overwhelmed. We did, however, have a guided tour and our tour guide was wonderful with the children.

The kidlets loved the Microsoft exhibition. Koko played on the Kinect and the girls alternated between the laptops and the tablets.
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Our favourite interactive exhibition, by far, was the Mind Ball game.
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Koko couldn’t relax enough and eventually got frustrated sitting there watching the ball roll towards him. We could see immediately when he started over thinking and eventually lost. He wanted to go again, but there just wasn’t time.
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Fifi and Daniel drew a tie (they hit the time limit). Daniel was amazing, I’ve never seen such focus from a 7 year old in my entire life! Watching his brainwaves on the monitor fascinated me. Fifi was concentrating so hard, she stopped breathing and went red in the face! Silly girl. These two monsters had us all in awe with their determination to win. They were thrilled that they had tied!

Mindball is a two-person game controlled by players’ brain waves in which players compete to control a ball’s movement across a table by becoming more relaxed and focused. Mindball is produced by the Swedish Company Interactive Productline. The concept, introduced in 2003, originates from the prototype Brainball which was developed by Smart Studio at The Interactive Institute, also in Sweden.

We were treated by a science experiement show by the Sci-Bono resident scientist. The kids loved watching things explode, change colour and expand. Watching these little faces in awe of what you can do with “simple” ingredients had me worried we might have explosions going off of home, LOL, but they were expressly told that they were not to try any of these at home. Thankfully Koko is a very careful child, so I don’t have to worry about that and Fifi and Pixie weren’t that interested until he made a helium balloon explode!
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Once our group left, we spent a further 2 hours just exploring the centre and all the exhibitions. Even with 4 huge school buses arriving full of school children, we had plenty of space to explore and didn’t have to wait for turns at the exhibitions.

All in all, we highly recommend this facility. Its educational AND loads of fun!

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The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Southern Africa’s largest science centre, is affiliated to the Gauteng Department of Education to support maths, science and technology education and to help build to South Africa’s science, engineering and technology capacity. Sci-Bono is responsible for implementing the Gauteng Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Strategy.

Sci-Bono started as a partnership project of the Gauteng Department of Education and various private sector partners. Located in the historic Electric Workshop in the cultural precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg, Sci-Bono annually receives hundreds of thousands of visitors to its a large collection of interactive science and technology exhibits and exhibitions. Sci-Bono also offers a broad programme of science and technology related events, activities and programmes for both the general public and the school community. Sci-Bono is now one of the most popular leisure and educational destinations in Gauteng.

Sci-Bono is a Non-Profit Company funded by its principal, the Gauteng Department of Education, It also benefits from grants and donations from donors in the broader public and private sector. Sci-Bono is also supported by various scientific and engineering bodies in industry and by the diplomatic community in South Africa.

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Letters to Santa are Old School

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With Christmas fast approaching, Koko has asked when they are going to write their letters to Santa. Fifi said she would much rather send an email to him with her online wishlist. I was flabbergasted! I couldn’t believe that my little 7 year old daughter is tech savvy enough to know what an online wishlist is, for starters and that she’d rather write an email, than a letter via snail mail.
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This little conversation between siblings got me thinking. Where would one send an email to Santa? Is that even a thing?
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Well OF COURSE it is! Here are a few places I have found online:

1. Clause.com
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This site has a form you can fill out to send an email to Santa. It is cute and simple to use.

2. EmailSanta.com
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This site not only includes a form to email Santa, but also access to the Naughty or Nice list, Christmas Countdown, Joke of the Day, Toy bag of Fun, Present counter and you can view live streaming of emails received by Santa from all over the world!

3. SantaClaus.com
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If your child is old enough to write their own email from scratch, this is the site for you. This site also has an option to receive a call from the Big Guy himself.

4. Elf HQ
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Santa gets millions of letters, cards, texts, faxes and emails. Thank you for choosing to send him a message through ElfHQ.com — that gets your message straight through the North Pole Post Office immediately and right into Santa’s hands as soon as possible.

Please understand though that Santa does not have time to respond to all the mail he receives. But he does read it ALL.

5. Letters to Santa
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Send letters to Santa and receive an instant reply. No email address or home address needed.

6. Portable North Pole
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Santa’s free video is coming later in the season!

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Freebie Friday: Owl Resources

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Owl Resources

If you have been reading my blog for a while or follow my Instagram page, you’ll know I have a “slight” love, ok so its really an obsession, for Owls (barn owls are my absolute favourite) and Mugs (not in any particular order). Pixie recently asked for “owl school” and I have shared those printables with you. Here are a few more owl freebies I have been collecting.

Owl Math Freebie from Paula’s Preschool and Kindergarten
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Addition, subtraction, and ordering by size are all fun with this Owl Math Freebie! Students will solve addition or subtraction problems and then color by number, and will cut and paste owl lengths from shortest to longest. Simply print and go to add some owl themed fun to your math class!

Owl Theme Class Jobs Freebie from Fancy Free in 4th
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Perfect for Back to School in the Owl Themed Classroom! Here is a list of a few classroom jobs and I have provided 2 blank ones for you to add any other job specific to your class.

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables & Gift Idea from Living Locurto
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It’s hard to believe that school is almost out for the summer! For an easy Teacher Appreciation gift, you’ll love these adorable free printable owl teacher gift tags and card by Angeli! She always comes up with the cutest illustrations and free printables for us.

School’s a Hoot! from Delightful Designs
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Owl Printables for Back To School

FREE Owl Circle Label Templates – Editable from FlapJack Educational Resources
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It contains six blank templates that can be edited in PowerPoint to organize your classroom in so many ways – transportation, lunch choice, work stations/centers, etc.

Colorful Owls in Pretty Tree Clip Art Image from My Cute Graphics
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Owl Babies from Homeschool Share
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Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
ISBN: 0763617105
Level 1 unit and video by Robin Diedrichs

Owl Prowl Kindergarten Kit from Homeschool Share
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created by Ami

{FREEBIE} “Owl” About Numbers! Math Work Page from Class of Kinders
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Owl Week (with freebies!) from Highland Heritage Homeschool
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Various owl printable freebies

Owl Opposites Flashcards ~ Free Printable from 1+1+1=1
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There are 16 different flashcards in this set…
short/tall
hot/cold
slow/fast
white/black
big/small
clean/dirty
more/less
dry/wet
same/different
light/heavy
low/high
hard/soft
short/long
front/back
empty/full
weak/strong

Owl, Owl, 1 2 3 Freebie (Numbers 1-10) from Clearly Primary by Jill Bell
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This is a set of 2 math centers that focus on the Numbers 1-10. The owl theme makes them great for Fall or anytime!

Concepts covered:
Ordering numerals 1-10.
Reading and printing number words 1-10.

Each center includes print & laminate cards, a recording sheet, and student directions.

Printable Valentine Activity pack from My Owl Barn
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You can download the Valentine Activity Pack for kids with total of 56 pages of fun! There are math activities, coloring pages, printable valentine cards, writing activities, crafts, a banner and so much more.

10 FREE Owl Crochet Patterns from The Steady Hand
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1. Jip the owl by Tessa van Riet
2. Owls Two Ways (crochet) by Ana Clerc
3. Owlie Friend Pattern by Sam the SAHM
4. Wendy the Owl by Divine Debris
5. Huggable Owl Pillow by Yarnspirations
6. No longer available
7. Mr. Hoo by Carey Huffman
8. Sleepy Owl iPad Crochet Bag by Paper, Needles and Sweets
9. The Original Not ANOTHER Owl Hat! by Oombawka Design
10. Hooty Owl Coasters by Sally Mae

Halloween Printable Owl Masks from My Owl Barn
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These Halloween masks are perfect to wear with your owl themed costume. There is barred owl and barn owl to choose from. All you’ll need to do is download the one you want, print and add some string.

Owl Letter Match Freebie for Preschool and Early Childhood from Jennifer Hier – Early Learning Ideas
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Owls ABC and fall fun for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten class! A great way to introduce letters at the beginning of the year.

Students will practice letter recognition and will have an opportunity to explore phonemic awareness as they play this cute letter match game. Children match the baby owl letter cards to the letters on their game board. The set includes 4 game boards and a complete set of lowercase baby owl letter cards

This owl activity is perfect for your preschool, pre-k, SPED, and kindergarten classrooms.

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Montessori Madness ~ Owl School

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Pixie LOVES owls, just like her Momma. This month, we have been working on Owl themed Preschool printables I have found online.

Pixie has loved the variety of goodies I have prepared for her. Her favourite, so far, being the mask. Go figure.
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The following printables have been used for this month’s work:
You’re a Whoot! with printables from Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
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The following items are available as free downloads:
Thinking skills
Fill in with colors
Letter Recognition
Complete the patterns
Counting on owls
Maze
O is for Owl writing sheet
Circle the different item
Math skills
Prewriting practice

Owl Preschool Pack from LittleMonkeyPrintables
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Included in this download, you will find 17 activities:

memory game
shape matching
count and clip cards
coloring page
prewriting page
ten part puzzle
size sequencing
word builders
owl fact cards
finish the pattern page
owl magnet/dot page
two Bible verses
5 Little Owls poem
scissors skills
roll & graph activity
handwriting page (O,o)
circle the smallest

5 Little Owls Printable Puzzle from Growing in Pre K and K
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Printable Five Little Owls Number Sequencing Puzzle 1-5

Letter Tumble from PreKinders
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This owl letter tumble game can be used to practice matching uppercase to uppercase letters, lowercase to lowercase letters, or uppercase to lowercase letters.

OWL Numbers FREE from KidSparkz
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OWL Numbers FREE

This is a set of number cards with an owl theme, 0-10. Three cards for each number – the number, a ten-frame representation, and the number word. Use for recognition, sequence, memory games, hiding and finding games, and of course, matching.

from Making Learning Fun
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Have the children put the paper on a cookie sheet. Have the children complete the picture by putting a magnet in each circle. Some people use pompoms or bingo markers with them. This activity is designed to promote one to one correspondence and letter recognition.

Lacing Cards with Owls from Making Learning Fun
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Using a small hole punch, punch holes at the dots. Have the children lace yarn through the holes.

Owl Shape Craft from Making Learning Fun
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You can have the children glue them to dark blue construction paper as a reminder to the children that owls are nocturnal. You could also give the children construction paper scraps
and let the children add to seen. An alternative idea is to cut patterns for the owl pieces,
and have the children trace, cut and assemble.

O-owl writing sheet from Making Learning Fun
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Five Little Owls from DLTK
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by Leanne Guenther – it’s the same idea as all the other “Five Little ____” nursery rhymes (pumpkins, snowflakes, chickens, monkeys, etc) so it isn’t terribly original. They’re fairly simple to write but some of them start to be a bit repetitive (which is fine for preschoolers!) because there are only so many things that rhyme with four, three, two, one and none.

Owl Mask from First Palette
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Super cute printable owl craft (choose pink or blue) from Kids Activities Blog
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Let imagination run wild when creating owls – pull out the leftover craft supplies because owls may need feathers, pom poms or to be painted like a rainbow!

Printable Preschool Set: Owlette from Learn Create Love
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This set includes the following:

Which Owl Is Different – a 4 card set in which your child has to find and circle the owl that is different. You can use this sheet as a whole, or laminate, cut out each card, hole punch the corner, and stick a key ring through it to keep it as a card set.
How Many Owls? (3 pages) – A fun set of cards for your child to practice counting and writing numbers. I laminated, cut out, hole-punched, and stuck a key ring through our set.
Stacking Cards – Laminate and cut out, then have your child arrange in order from largest to smallest or vice versa… or, of course, stack! =)
Line Tracing – Help Owlette get to her friend by tracing the lines provided.

Owl Patterning from Rachel Lynn
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This a quick and cute patterning activity. It will require a keen eye by the kiddos since all of the pictures are owls. They will have to pay attention to details!

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Montessori Madness ~ Valentine’s Day Preschool Trays

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Wow, its been quite some time since I’ve written of our Montessori adventures! Here is a sneak peak of Pixie’s Valentine’s Day Preschool TraysPreschool Trays this week.

I printed off two Preschool Packs from Over the Big Moon and A Teaching Mommy
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I printed all the pages of both packs to keep Pixie occupied for the duration of the week, and possibly longer (totally dependent on her level of interest and how much work she wants to do at the time, of course) and popped into a file folder. I loved the cover of the Valentine’s day Pack from Over the Big Moon so much that I decided to use it on the cover of the file folder to make it easier for Pixie to identify. She will often grab a file folder with her previous themes and redo some of the activities.
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Her trays today have the following printables available:

Valentine’s Day Spelling from Over the Big Moon. This particular activity requires Scrabble like tiles, we unfortunately don’t have any she can used (we have a collectors Scrabble set, so that’s a no go), so I just printed off two sets of the recommended tiles they suggested on the original file.
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V is for Valentine Do-a-dot painting from Over the Big Moon. Pixie L.O.V.E.S. her dot painters and this page excited her to no end when she saw it come out of the printer.
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What comes next worksheet from Over the Big Moon. I cut out the pictures for Pixie to glue onto the worksheet. I’ll be letting her cut them out from now on. Some scissor practice won’t hurt.
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Letter Hh sorting from A Teaching Mommy. Here she sorts the capital from the lower case letters into the appropriate box.
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In addition to the activities above, we’ll be using our new Spielgaben 4.0 set! (Post on all our Spielgaben fun coming soon!)

Follow us on Instagram to catch us in action during this week of L.O.V.E.

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