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DIY Thinking Putty

Today we are having our electric panel replaced,  so that means 4-5 hours without power.  Which,  we spend a lot of our time outside so it’s not that big of a deal.  But we have decided to make it an “Adventure Day”.  Part of our adventures is doing something new.  So one of our new things was Sparkle Thinking Putty.  We used the instructions by Little Bins

 

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Magnetic Wall

We have recently moved and are still getting fully situated in the new house.  Part of that includes setting up areas for the kids.  We used to have a magnetic board in the kitchen for magnet play, but this house does not have a place for that.  So today I created a 2’x3′ magnetic wall in each of the kids rooms.

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Felt Button Chain

As summer is coming to an end and it is getting to be coat/sweater weather here I am reminded that A & S do not have a ton of experience with buttons. So I have created a felt button chain project that incorporates buttons!

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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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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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Kid Activities by Age

So I have been organizing lately and realized I had several partial notebooks/lists of activities by age for with kids.  So, I took some time and created an electronic list.  Feel free to check it out!  Kid Activities by Age!

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Water Beads

We stopped at the craft store this morning to grab some water beads.  We managed to find the ones that were not already enlarged so A could watch that process.  It was nice that it took only about 4 hours because we were able to start it before lunch and then by the time she was up from nap and snack they were ready to be played with.

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The Original Playhouse

A, S, & I ventured up to New Market, MD recently to visit The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum.

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Organization: Toys

Our general toy box was not working for me or the kids, so it was time for a change.  Thanks to a friend we received this handy Ikea organizer. Then I used my phone and Polaroid Zip printer to take print photos of what went in each bin.

This has resulted in more of the toys getting played with (instead of just being buried at the bottom of a box) and helping her clean up her toys.

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