Posts Tagged With: Independence

Hidden Art

Today I handed A & S this cardboard covered in aluminum foil & told them they had to figure our what was inside, WITHOUT opening it up.

It was interesting watching them try & figure out what to do. Finally she started pressing on it. Then her response was, “there’s a bump.” So I encouraged her to continue.

Finally she figured it out!

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Simple balance scale

This week we are learning about Heavy/Light. So after a quick Pinterest search I created our own simple balance scale. This included: a plastic hanger, tension rod, & 2 small paper bags.

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Light box

The newest addition to our table was a new light box. (I got the directions to make it here.) Along with the light box I added a basket with some objects to try out.

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Pegboard, Golf Tees, & Rubber Bands

Today I spent less than $3 on golf tees to use with my extra pegboard & Rubber bands. This has been well spent money!

I took an spare cardboard box, used painters tape to secure pegboard to the box. Then I handed A & S some golf tees and rubber bands. They are having a blast!

A & S had fun trying different ways to push or pound the tees into the box.

A is making different shaped with the golf tees. Then they had a great time adding rubber bands.

Fun was had by all, and it continues even days later!

SKILLS: Fine Motor, Shapes, Colors, Imagination, Independent Play, Cooperative Play.

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Daily Center

A has been showing interest in time.  (Well she is getting frustrated with not understanding how much time there is until things.)  So we have created a daily center that has a timeline & clips for our daily activities. 

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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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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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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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