Independence

Do & Redo Gingerbread House

I saw this post by Frugal Fun For Boys & Girls and I was so excited to try it out. In fact,  I invited friends over the same day & made a quick trip to the craft store. 

After letting A help pick out items to decorate the house with,  we headed back home to get it ready. 

It was very easy following the directions for building the house. A was excited to help me measure & draw the lines on the cardboard. Then A spent a lot of time cutting extra pieces of cardboard. 

The hot glue was super easy & sturdy for the house.  (Much easier than frosting!).  Then I added velcro to the house & then to the different decorating items. 

A  and her friend had a blast decorating their houses.  And they even redecorated it a few times during the making process! 

SKILLS: Independence, Decisions, Fine Motor, Measuring, Cutting, Working Together 

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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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Day Trip: National Arboretum

So I & the kids joined some friends for a trip to the National Arboretum in DC. This was our first time there & were amazed that all of this is in DC.  There was no way to see all of it, but we saw & enjoyed a lot of it!  The Capitol Columns, The Bonsai Garden, & a lot of time in the Youth Garden.

We meet one of the gardners in the youth garden & she helped A pick a fresh tomato.  And we learned that all of the harvested food gets donated to the Capital Food Pantry.  Then the kids played in the natural playground and couldn’t be happier!

We walked around the Capitol Columns from 1826. Then headed to the Bonsai Garden & saw the wide variety of trees.  Along with one Japanese White Pine from 1625!

The traffic was crazy heading out that way,  but we would love to go back & explore more!

SKILLS: Appreciating Nature,  Independence, Exercise

 

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Dinner by A

So I had no plans for dinner & Ada said she wanted eggs & then asked to help.  So,  A helped make most of dinner! The menu:  scrambled eggs,  bacon, & toast. 

She helped to crack the eggs,  stirred, & scrambled. Added the bacon to the pan & helped get the bread into the toaster. A pretty delicious dinner by a 3 year old!  

SKILLS: Cooking,  Independence.

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Tie Dying with Friends

A few weeks ago we meet up with some friends for a play date & tie dying. We let the girls shake the dye,  decide how to twist/ wrap, & then squirt the dye.  

We even added some sand from the sandbox to see what happened.  (Results:  no change).

SKILLS: Independence, Art, Fine Motor, Experiment, Curiosity. 

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Outside Play Garden

We have a small garden that does not seem to grow flowers well,  so I decided to change it around & make it more fun for the kids. 

A had a lot of fun going out & digging for the moss with me.  Now any time we are our she points out any that she sees. 

 A is happy digging in the dirt,  playing with the animals, & feeling the moss on her feet. 

I would call this a success. 

SKILLS:  Imagination,  Outside Play,  Getting Messy.

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Free Form Art Project

Today Either found some objects & asked if she could use them.  So,  I grabbed a few more things and let her go to town.  The only real direction I gave was saying what to try first.   

Started off with stamps,  which always turns to her using the stamp pad as a wide marker.  Then used some stickers and foam beads.  I like how she decided to stack items on top of each other. 

SKILLS: Art, Creativity,  Confidence,  Fine Motor Skills,  Not One Correct Way

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Fire truck is finished

I have finished the fire truck busy board.  (Well except for a few idealistic finishing touches).  The best part is,  both A & S LOVE it!!

The gear wheels work great,  especially after I screwed them on (vs just glue). The key door latch is A’s favorite part.   Right now the door bell just clicks,  but it is wireless so I could make it work.

The board is made mostly of 1/2″ plywood (because that is what I had)  and then on the back I attached four  2″x2″ boards to create a frame so the truck sits away from the wall. 

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Chore Chart

I have finally finished A’s Chore Chart.  I’m happy with how it has turned out.  And so far A seems excited about it.  

We talk in the morning about what we will do.  Then after dinner we talk again & fill in the spots. It has helped having it in an area that we see a lot.

SKILLS: Independence,  Responsibilities, Memory

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Magnets

I have many different projects going and they all seem to be taking longer than I thought.  (But really I have 2 kids & other responsibilities so who was I kidding).  🙂

The other situation I keep running into is all of my projects are partially formed in my head,  so I keep running into situations I need to find solutions for.  (It seems like things that should be easy are not…). But,  I keep making headway & I am excited about how the projects are turning out!

Here I am making some fun magnets for A’s Chore Chart.

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