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.
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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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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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.
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!
Today we got another large cardboard box. (Thank you Ann!) Oh, the possibilities are endless ! After letting the kids play with it as a tunnel, we got to work creating our newest creation…. rocket ship!
This one even has some control panels inside! Oh what a hit with all!
SKILLS: Imagination, Fine Motor, Sharing.
Each Wednesday I get ready to recycle this box. And each week it turns into something new & I just can’t seem to part with it yet.
Today it became a tent!
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
Today we spent over an hour outside playing in the leaves. And all of this was lead by A. I love watching and participating in all of her stories and adventures.
At one point we were all sitting on the ground and we were pretending to roast marshmallows for the birds. It does not matter if I understand all of the thoughts & stories in her head. It does matter that I encourage and play with her!
We also spent time raking, scooping, pouring, throwing leaves in the air, making music, & talking about the different seasons/ weather. What a great day!
SKILLS: Imagination, Loving Nature, Storytelling, Learning Seasons, Gross Motor, Fine Motor.