Monthly Archives: November 2016

Smithsonian National Zoo 

Today,  mid November, was in the 70°’s . So I & the kids headed up to the Smithsonian National Zoo.  There were a fair amount of field trips there,  but it was never too crowed.  

We started off in the Asian Trail with the Elephants, Pandas, Red Panda, & the Otters.  From there we wandered some of the big cats, zebra, & others.  Then we found our way to the American Trail. We spent a long time watching the Beaver & Seals. 

After a bit of lunch we strolled around for a bit mre before heading home.  Both A & S fell fast asleep on the way home. 🙂

What a great day & A is already asking to go again!

SKILLS: Appreciating Nature

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Woodland Themed Baby Shower

Today I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for a friend.  We were so happy that we could help celebrate with them and their friends. To go along with the theme of their nursery we did it all in a Woodland Theme.  It was a huge success.

Parts of our shower consisted of: A photo booth, Fingerprint Tree Guest Book, Baby Advice Mad Libs, Thank you cards, Decorating Onesies, and a kids station (Trucks, Sun catchers, & several things for coloring).  We also had the luck of a gorgeous November day and were able to take advantage of the wonderful outdoors at the Walker Nature Center in Reston, VA.

I had so much fun making a lot of the decorations for the party.  Including the Wooden Fox(who knew foil transfers were so amazing?!), the Wooden Squirrel, and the Foam Tree House! What a great day to spend with friends!  It was amazing to see how talented everyone was with the puffy paint on the onesies! And the food, catered by Wegmans was delicious as expected!  What a wonderful day it was!!

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Tissue Paper & Water

We were working on activities for the upcoming baby shower we are hosting. (Stay tuned for that post). This moment it was cutting tissue paper for woodland animal themed sun catchers.  So A was having fun cutting & tearing the paper, (Fine motor) and then putting it in a large pink bowl. (Which can you believe I got in college and I still remember that?)  Then A looked at it and said, “What happens if I add water to it?” (questioning) So….

I said, “Let’s find out!”  So A ran and got the eye droppers and filled a cup of water and brought it over to the counter. A proceeded to slowly at first add water, then after a few times with the dropper, she poured in the rest.  Then she sat there and played with it with her hands.  (self-directed play)

I find it very interesting listening to her as she does these activities.  (describing) Sometimes she makes up stories, sometimes she describes it to me.  After a little while I asked her what happened with the water.  She told me that it is like play-dough because it made a ball and it gets squishy. (observations)  These are great observations!

SKILLS: Self-directed play, Fine motor, questioning, describing, observations

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Our Cardboard Castle 

Today we saw a huge stack of cardboard boxes at our neighbors so A went and nicely (manners) asked if we could play with them.   They said yes & so we worked on carrying them (gross motor)  over to our porch.  

A started arranging them so I asked what did she want make. She decided on a castle looking at some pictures on the phone.  (decision making)  So with most of it being her ideas we arranged the boxes and added tape. Then she decided it needed a bridge so we added it along with a rubberband and some sticks so the bridge could stay closed. (Imagination, problem solving).

Later we brought out markers so A & S could decorate it.  Later K came over and he enjoyed the castle.  They even found alternative ways to play with it and the slide.  (working together) .

SKILLS: manners,  Gross Motor, decisions, Imagination, problem solving, working together

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