Friday, March 20, 2009

What We’ve Been Up To

Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s been so busy around here. Also, my computer was down for a couple of weeks, so I had to share with dh.  We have done a lot of fun learning activities but only a few pictures to document. Still, I thought I’d share…

We’ve spent a lot of time at the park. Zhana is such an outdoors kid and I’m loving it.  We don’t have a swing set at our home but recently we did hang up a single swing on our back porch and she has a little slide. She goes out there every chance she gets. I’m hoping to make her a sandbox soon. What are your favorite out door items that you have for your little ones? I’ve been considering one of those one-person teeter tots.  I feel like it is good for kiddos to be outside a lot when it is warm so I’m very interested to know what is in your backyards.  Picture 022

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Picture 017 Picture 028Also, I have to admit that one of the greatest benefits of park play is that she gets completely worn out. My daughters “goes” from the second her foot hits to ground in the morning until very late at night when she finally gives in and passes out. She rarely takes naps willingly, so I enjoy a day at the park for this secondary benefit… 

Picture 030Finally, we got around to marble painting. I’ve been wanting to do this for at least 6 months but didn’t have a marble. Finally we did it!  

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You'll need :
shoe box 

Place the paint into muffin tins. Drop your marble in the paint. Lay the paper in a shoebox. Roll marble by moving box from side to side.  We both enjoyed it because it was different from our usual painting. 

We’ve been playing dress up, making masks, and so on…

Picture 051 Picture 050 We worked on the letter C. We now have 3 of our wooden blocks completed. A is decorated in apples, B like a bee, and C similar to cow. I highly recommend this activity.  You can get the wooden letters for $1 then simply paint them a theme corresponding to the letter. It makes a cute little room decoration, learning, art, and helps them to remember what they’ve learned.  When people visit, she always shows them because she’s quite proud of them.

Picture 053We made handprint Leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day. I got this idea from another blog Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.  We both loved this and made several! 

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We did aluminum foil painting that I read about at the Teachingtinytots blog.

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We’ve done much more that I just haven’t documented well but here’s a start to well starting again, lol.


Nicki said...

We love the park too! We don't have one right now but I would love to have a trampoline for the bouncy kids in my family! Even a small one would be great to help them blow off steam! We have a Little Tikes set in the yard now, but Little Bear is almost too big for it!

Hadley said...

wow y'all are busy!

My girls love to have kitchen stuff in their sandbox. They are also very much into riding toys. Other standbys are always bubbles and sidewalk chalk (oh, and making sidewalk paint with cornstarch, water, and food coloring!)

We have swings, but no slides and such. We had one at our other house, but they so rarely played on it, we decided not to move it. We do go to the park a lot though!

Robin said...

Pretty blog......and such fun too. My children are adults now, but your posts brought back sweet memories.
Hope your day is a beautiful one.

Rachel said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog - yours looks fascinating! And Zhana is so cute!!

fidget said...

I am so trying marble painting!

Carol VR said...

Our park has the same purple dinosaur rockers and so I thought we may have been from the same town.... however I don't recognize the other things in the park.

Allena said...

your daughter is so freakin cute! thanks for stopping by my blog i just wanted to hop over and say hey.
the marble painting sounds like loads of fun. i'm going to have to try it out.

Tia @ Tia Saving Cents said...

What a fun blog! Love your header and your daughter is adorable! Thank you for stopping by my blog and joining the party! I look forward to visitng your party this week!

Sarah said...

Oh how I wish I had seen this craft for St Patrick's day! Must file it away in my to do for next year.

Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) said...

Ah the freedom of a single child to interact with...

I still enjoy having my closely bunched group of three (I don't think I'd have as much time to write otherwise...)

Thanks for visiting my blog (You might enjoy Saturday's post-- it's list of all the advice I've collected on my blog since I began writing it.

Interesting spectrum (to me).

Have a blessed day.

Amy said...

shew, busy lady! Well it's so nice to but a blog face to a comment. Thanks for swinging by my little blog, that happens to be my heart, my soul, my guts....ok it really means a lot that you came by. Thanks.

Carolee said...

Stopping by for the UBP.

I love the wooden letter idea!

You are such a creative momma!