Imagination

Cardboard Submarine

We have been reading several books about water, exploring the seas, and submarines. Papas Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming is a wonderful book. So we decided to build a cardboard submarine! This was our first cardboard creation that I actually created a plan for first.

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Creative Art Project

Today we decided to spend our morning doing a creative art project.  First we cut pictures out of a magazine.  Then using glue sticks (slightly less messy than squeeze bottles) attached them to a big paper.  Then we proceeded to complete the picture by drawing what we thought would go with it.   We cut out a skirt & A drew the rest of the person.  We cut out a blob & S saw a butterfly & then a person.  We cut out a shoe & made it a hat.   The possibilities are endless! 

SLILLS: Fine Motor (cutting,  gluing,  drawing), Imagination, Storytelling 

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TravelWee

I found this cute post by MmmCrafts called TravelWees and decided I needed to try it!  And I have to admit,  I love how she turned out! 

What a fun little craft to make.  This one is a gift and I look forward to seeing where she goes! 

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Cardboard Bulldozer 

What a fun morning surprise for A & S! I created a fun,  with moving parts,  bulldozer!

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DIY Superhero Capes

After having several occasions where A & S have wanted to be superheroes I decided it was time to get them some capes.  After looking online I decided to make them.

A & S helped pick out the fabric (fun note: the stars glow in the dark!) and we used the pattern from CKC Patterns.
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Once Upon A Dream

Today we took advantage of the cold weather and headed out to try a new play place.  This is the closest one to us, but it is still a bit of a drive.

First thoughts: I like how clean and welcoming it feels. The kids quickly made themselves at home. There were a wide range of activities for both of them.  The owners and workers were very friendly.  We even happened to be there for their cupcake/cookie decorating event. (More of that in a bit). The train table, treasure chest, and horse were some of their favorites.
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Train to Anywhere 

Today we decided the house should be converted into a new creation.  So we tried a few different ideas and ended up with a train. 
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Tree Stick House

Today we cleaned up our front area and collected all of the sticks that A has collected.   So with these sticks we decided to build a house from the sticks.  Then of course we added all of our collected evergreen branches.
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Rocket Ship to House

We decided it was time to re-imagine our rocket ship.  So, today it turned into a house,  which included a chimney, doorbell, & a room with a mailbox.   The mailbox is the biggest hit for both A & Saturday. 

A only wanted a chimney if we could add a Santa 🙂  We had fun decorating house & making our mail. 

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Nook: Play Well

Today I and the kids headed into Arlington, VA to visit a new play place called Nook.  Check out their site here:  Play Well: Nook.

Things that I really liked:  

  • How open & clean it feels.  Their color scheme white & grey.
  • That I can pretty much see my kids from any point. 
  • They rotate some of their areas every 8 weeks.  
  • They offer classes and different activities. 

Areas that my kids liked the best: 

  • My 20 month old loved the train nook. There was a table he liked,  but there was also a wall ledge track which he enjoyed! 

  • My 3 year old loved the ball pit .  

Our takeaway: We really enjoyed our here.  In fact it is the first place we have come back to the same day (after lunch). However,  I feel the distance  and the price is too high for me to make this,  an even occasional, play place to visit. 

Thank you for a wonderful day & maybe we will see you in the future!  

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