Today we covered our kid table with aluminum foil, held in places with painters tape. (We find ourselves using painters tape (great ways to make quick roads/obstacle courses on the floor) & Foil Tape (best way to hold pieces of cardboard together) so often!) Spread the drop cloth underneath and then got out some paint. We also used this opportunity to try out our new fun shaped rollers & dabbers. We squirted a bit of paint right onto the foil and let them go. (It was fun watching them work together squeezing the bottles and painting on the same big area).
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I had a couple extra glass doors from any old medicine cabinet, so I decided to try a DIY Stained Glass project. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, but even more I had fun doing it.
First I picked a deign for my window. Then I half traced/free-handed the design on with a Sharpie.
Next I used a combination of black paint and regular white Elmer’s glue to make the thick black lines.
Then I used clear glue and colored paint mixed together to paint in the rest of the design.
Next time I would probably use a little more glue to paint ratio.
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Tags: Art, DIY
The 2018 Winter Olympics have started! To celebrate we held an Olympic Party! We had everything from Olympic games, Olympic themed foods, & great friends.
So we had the opportunity to watch a College hockey game at our alma mater a few weeks ago with family. This was a first for S, but A’s second game. The kids enjoyed it, especially the live marching band. And after we got home it was all S could talk about. So I grabbed some cardboard box, tape, & scissors & got to work making a couple hockey sticks and a puck. I ended up putting some plastic knives between 2 pieces of cardboard before taping them together for added stability. And it worked like a charm.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Keep on reading!
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!!
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