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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Rocking Chairs

Most of the time that we go to the craft store the kids like to sit in these wooden rocking chairs.   So I decided to buy 2.

I let the kids pick out their paint colors.  A of course picked blue.  S picked green.  
I am happy with how they look for the most part.  They both could use one more coat. (But would need to buy more spray paint,  so…). Also,  I bought some stencils this project,  but am not certain if I will end up using them.  So for now,  they are done. 

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Explorers of Nature

With these rare extra nice Spring like days in February, we have gotten outside top enjoy it.  I am trying hard to instill a love of nature in my kids.  I feel that it is very important to care & appreciate our world.  I also want them to enjoy it so they can come & love going to the National Parks,  Camping, & overall love being out there. 

So,  we have gone exploring!  Some days it is right behind the house,  other days it is to some of the local parks.  I try and make sure we have times that that can set the pace and the route.  It is really neat to see what catches their eyes!  

I would call these trips a success!

SKILLS: Nature, Independence, Observing 

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Giant Arm Knitted Bunny

I saw this pattern for a giant arm knitted bunny by Flax & Twine and decided to give it a try.  (Which is slightly amusing because I do not know how to knit) .  

So I let A help pick out the yarn.  And of course she chose a blue.  So after practicing for a bit,  I think I kind of got the hang of it.  

It went pretty quick.  I made the body part one night.  Then the head the next.  A couple nights later I had the opportunity to assemble the bunny.  Once again,  I was not 100% sure what to do,  but I gave  it a go. I am happy how it turned out!  Now let’s see what A & S have to say in the morning.  🙂

Update: The “big bunny” was a hit this morning! 

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Rocket Ship

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. 

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Kids Homemade Valentines Day Cards

A came to me tonight & said she was sad because she did not have anything to give me & Papa for Valentines Day.   So I grabbed some construction paper,  few stickers, crayons, & let them go.   

It is nights like tonight that make me proud. First,  A wanted to do something nice for others without any prompting, and second,  she helped S  and made sure he had all of the things he needed. 

SKILLS: Fine Motor, Artistic, Empathy, Compassion.

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Neverending Box

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! 

SKILLS: Imagination 

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Let’s Go Exploring! 

We have a friends birthday coming up and I decided to make a Let’s Go Exploring bag.   I learned that I create much like I live my life….I an idea in my head, figure out a few of the details,  and then pretty much just wing the rest.  And for the most part I am pretty happy with the results.  🙂

First the bag.  I saw a few patterns/ ideas online & decided to pick little parts of each.  The bag is made out of 1 leg of a pair of cargo pants & 1 men’s shirt.  (Thank you Goodwill).  Since I didn’t really plan it out, it turned into a messanger bag instead of a backpack.  Other than that I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  

Next, the binoculars. Many thanks go to my neighbor for helping figure out how to create the vision in my head.  The main part is from PVC pipe.  Then we had to figure out how to attach spacers & the strap.  (Thank you Goodwill for the belt we used as the strap.)  I am very happy with how these turned out!  (The kids were sad they could not play with them! )

Then we just added a drawing pad and a couple nature scavenger hunt activities.  Happy birthday & adventuring B!

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Cardboard Santa Sleigh

We are having a blast with all of these cardboard boxes.  Today along with the cozy nook we made a Santa Sleigh!

I don’t remember how we got to this decision,  but we did and I am so glad!  I love how the sleigh turned out,  and even better is how much A & S love it! 

It is equipped with back supports, a seat, runners, & even trusty reindeer!

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