Free Music Staff for Your Little Mozart

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Free Printable Blank Music Staff Paper for your little composer at PagingSupermom.com

Last summer I created blank music staff paper at the request of my daughter. I took the above photo of her with her very first composition and shared it on Instagram. Although it was always my intention to share the free printable sheet music paper with you, somehow I never got around to doing it. So I dug out the file since I’m filling in for Aimée on Worksheet Wednesday today. (She’s jetting off to ALT San Francisco, and I’m staying home with baby Rockwell who is cooing up a storm lately!)

Kids really do love to create things, and if your child is taking piano lessons or otherwise musically inclined they are bound to be thrilled when you hand them a stack of blank music staff paper. Here is a video of Attalie playing her latest song, which she calls “Speed.”

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Cupcake War Themes

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My oldest daughter just turned nine, and to celebrate her birthday she wanted to hold a Cupcake War. I don’t think she has ever seen an episode of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, but she loves the Cake Boss series, and somehow picked up on the “Cupcake Wars” phrase. So we invited over a few of her friends and got baking!

How to Host a Cupcake Wars Party at PagingSupermom.com

How to Host an Easy Cupcake Wars Party at PagingSupermom.com

Turns out a Cupcake Wars birthday party is pretty easy to pull off. As far as party decor goes we created a simple “Cupcake Wars” banner and hung some colorful, tissue paper honeycomb balls and fans. (I’m sharing our free printable Cupcake Wars Banner template below). Then we used butcher paper as a tablecloth to make clean up a breeze. We marked the girls’ spots by simply writing their names on the butcher paper with a marker.

Cupcake Wars Mini Cake Stands How To from PagingSueprmom.com

Cupcake Wars Party Decor and Setup Ideas at PagingSupermom.com

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Worksheet Wednesday: What’s the Contiguous United States?

Contiguous Map United States Printable

Coloring map of the Contiguous United States and many more free Printables from PagingSupermom.com

Since my family travelled pretty much all summer, my boys suggested we color in a map to show the states we visited this year. I quickly formatted and printed this map only to discover confusion among my youngest. He was so concerned: where were Alaska and Hawaii? Since we hadn’t visited either of those states, I (lazily) left them off the map which ended up presenting us the perfect opportunity to explain a couple terms we hear referring to similar maps: The Lower 48 and Continental United States.

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Books Alive: Fox in Socks

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So happy to have Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional visiting today. She brought along a super-darling craft that goes with a book I’m betting you know and love.

If you have kids (or even if not!) you’ve probably read a few Dr. Suess books. Or many of them… we have a whole stack! (I prefer the board books, honestly, they’re shorter haha! I’m not much of an “out loud” reader.) Anyways, the rhyming words of Fox In Socks has always made my girls giggle, so I knew my book for the Books Alive Summer Reading Series had to be this one.

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Also, foxes are so cute! Going along with the socks theme, I decided to make some fox sock puppets. (I felt very clever… heehee)

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Fox Sock Puppet tutorial on @PagingSupermom

Aren’t they sweet!? And so easy to make.

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We Heart Mom Coloring Banner

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We shared this We Heart Daddy banner before, and now our kids wanted a Mom version.

How cute is this FREE Mother's Day Banner that kids can color from @PagingSupermom

Of course this banner is perfect for Mother’s Day, but we have an inkling they might be planning to make it to welcome us home from SNAP conference. We had actually created the Dad banner not for Father’s Day but to welcome Dad home from a trip — we always miss Dad when he’s away. Come to think of it, we actually now have a Welcome Home banner too — clearly we love banners! The great thing about banners are that you get a big bang with just a few pieces of paper.

How cute is this FREE Mother's Day Banner that kids can color from @PagingSupermom

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Printable Inside Out Characters

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Last week my girls and I saw an advanced screening of Disney/Pixar’s new Inside Out. We all loved the movie, and it’s really saying something when both my 4 year old and me enjoy a show so much we can’t wait to see it again. Afterwards, my girls and I brainstormed Inside Out party ideas and crafts over ice cream. Our favorite idea was this “Jar of Joy.”

Free Printable Joy gift tags or party favors, inspired by Disney's Inside Out Movie via @PagingSupermom

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How to Make a Mobile

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I am so excited to finally share Baby Rockwell’s nursery makeover with you. We’ve had a few delays, but I just put the finishing touches on things, and I’m happy to report that Mr. R loves his room (Thank you Land of Nod!) Today I get to share his favorite detail of the moment — the Galaxy Star Mobile we created to hang above the crib.

DIY Mobile Tutorial at PagingSupermom.com

Rockwell seems to have no choice but to stare into the Star Mobile with wonder and awe, while I scurry around after Modette who is shamelessly tearing the room apart faster than I can put it together. No wonder it has been so hard to get the place photographed! (Hopefully this week!)

DIY Mobile Tutorial at PagingSupermom.com

Using leftover American Crafts Cardstock and Glitter Paper from our Glitter Academy project, and my Cricut Expression 2, I cut out 140+ of stars in about an hour (WAAAAY better than by hand!). To make a mobile you will also need a few No. 12 Screw Eyes, fishing line, and two 3/8-inch, square, wood dowels cut down to 22-inches. (If you ask, the hardware store will usually cut them down for free.)

DIY Mobile Tutorial at PagingSupermom.com

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