Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Fingerprint Wreath

As I promised here is another little Christmas project we did.
I used the idea and printable (Christmas pack 1) from the amazing site 3 Dinosaurs I discovered not too long ago. You can find tons of printables for different themes and kinds of activities. So make sure to check it out some time.

We used washable paint instead of ink pad, because that what we had on hand.


I showed Andrew an example how we going to do it and he started printing with his fingers. He asked to help him telling me what color to use. So I was making green fingerprints.
Then we filled the red ones and voila!


The wreath is ready! Andrew already has plans for it. He decided to give it to mommom for Christmas. So sweet! My baby is growing up!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Sensory Bin

It is almost Christmas and our family is sure ready!
When we put up the tree a week after Thanksgiving, my 3 year old Andrew was asking if it is going to be Christmas tomorrow? "Tomorrow" is quite a big word for him. It might be the next day, next week or next year it is all Tomorrow)
So I said: No, honey, not tomorrow. When it says 1 day left on our countdown, that's when Santa is coming! And right now it says 26. So we have to wait a little.
The response just blew me away, like any other toddler's logical idea)))
He said: Mama, write 1 there NOW! Then Santa can come tomorrow!


So with all that excitement we are waiting for Santa and while doing so, I try to get him involved in differents sorts of christmas activities, that I wanted to share with you.

Sensory bins. You can do any kind you want. I always wanted to make one for Andrew but for some reason I never did. I thought it involves too much. like going to the store and buying a big bag of rice or noodles, because what I had home wasn't enough to fill the bin. Yesterday I remembered that we had some bird feed left that was just enough for that! So I got really excited that finally I have no excuses and made a Christmas sensory bin.

If you not very familiar with what it is, it's pretty simple. It is a bin / container filled with things that require the use of your senses. It is a wonderful tool of education for children of different ages. And let me tell you kids just love it.
If you want to read about sensory bins and get some ideas and tips for making your own check here.

So while Andrew was watching his cartoon, I got the clear plastic bin that we already had and filled it with bird feed. Then I add couple measuring cups and spoons, and throw in some little wooden ornaments, couple toys and just let him explore.



First I put it on the kitchen table but we fast realized that its much easier on the floor. If you worry about the mess you can get a bin with higher sides or put in on the washable and easy removable mat, or just let it be like I did and sweep the floor when done.

Andrew had so much fun! First I played with him and we digged and pour and measure, we played ornament hunt, we sort and count and even role played with the toys. It was just fun to put my fingers in the birdfeed and touch it, fell different textures. I felt so happy for some reason, like I was touching something from my childhood with the tips of my fingers.
Then he was playing on his own while I was cooking dinner. He was still showing me things and telling me what he was doing and how goos he did))) but it didn't require my presence next to him.

While watching him play and thinking why in the world I didn't do that earlier, I realized that we actually had sort of sensory bin, but I never thought of it in that way. My friend that has an older son, gave us once a Tonka Pods. It is sort of mini sand box that can be filled with rocks, sand or water and comes with different tools and cars.
That was the only picture I could find. Ours is a little bigger and green. I filled it with little pebbles and keep it in the house. We have a crane and cement mixer tools, but mostly we use little CAT construction trucks. I was a little disappointed to find not so good review because we used it for almost two years now and love it! It could make a nice present for little boy!


                           

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

August Virtual Book Club for kids

You know how much time it takes to read book when you have a toddler, some are read one hundred times a week. And that sometimes {at least for me} it is hard to find appropriate book in a library without really looking through it, making sure that it is age and content appropriate for your child.

So when I found that virtual book club hosted by several blogger moms, I was soooo excited! They chose the author for each month of the year, you can read any book of that author, make a craft and link it up. And I'll tell you there are some good ones.

August pick was Lois Ehlert.
For me as a person that grew up in different country is absolutely amazing to discover new authors and books and share them with my child.

Just because I didn't know any of the books, we went to our local library and got several different books. I will list only the books that we have read and will mention what I loved about them

Planting a rainbow is great for learning colors and flowers.

 
Beautiful collages
names different sounds like jungle of the bell etc

 
As you understand it is book to read when you learn numbers

Love the idea to be a friend to animal
 
We really just looked through this because Little Man wasn't too interested
but it shows beautiful folk art pieces, so it was very interesting to me
 
Shapes, colors, animals. Amazing book!
 
It is just great how the artist creates animals from simple shapes
Plus very easy rhymes you can learn with your child about each animal
One of Little Man's favorites. He always puts his hand to the hand on the front

You can learn different kind of birds and plants just by reading this book



that was a long list! But I enjoyed reading every book to my three year old and my three months old liked to look at the pictures as well.

Talking about the craft, I sometimes having hard times doing crafts (or any other activities) with Andrew because his attention does not last long (most of the times). You never know when it will amaze him and just will make him do it all and ask to do some more. So I usually prepare for something easy and short and have some more ideas in case he will want to do anything else.

i can not really pick one book that inspired us (they all are wonderful, aren't they). We did two crafts. Two CATS.


I cut the shapes and made a little drawing how to put shapes together to make a cat. All Andrew had to do is to glue them like om my scheme. He also was naming shapes while glueing them.

Another craft we made when he saw me writing this post and all the pictures of a book and a picture of his cat. He said: Mama, I want to do it again! Again a CAT!
So I just had to come up the same minute with some kind of a cat



 We used our handprints. Mine for body of the cat, and Andrew's for the head.


So here it is.. Fluffy furry cat!
When we show it to Andrew's daddy, he said it was a spider. lol

So there you have it. Two cats we made after reading Lois Ehlert books.
Check out the virtual book club  for other ideas and craft on Lois Ehlert books.








Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Daffodils




this year spring came pretty early with all the flowers and greens... One of my favorites in spring are daffodills.
Too bad they are done blooming already!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring time

This is it! This is the time to finally take all that summer clothes out of the boxes (they actually went there not too long ago...)
Forget about boring gray and black winter clothing and just jump into something bright, something that will make you smile!
Time to enjoy nice breeze in the park and get warm in the sunshine! I love spring! I love to open up windows in my house and feel that fresh air coming in. I love to watch trees becoming green and see flowers bloom. There is just something about spring that doesn't let you be the same. Something that makes you change for better, be different, try something new...




Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bunny

Except for squirrels, we also have some bunnies here, especially in spring and summer.
They either looking for food at the backyard or sit on the grass in front yard, or just hopping by)

Last summer one of the bunnies was always sitting in front of the steps every time we came back home. We so got used to our bunny. We always watched him from the car, because even if he was  here all the time, he still didn't let us to close to him. Andrew kept on trying to chase him yelling "Bunny!!!"

With the spring coming I can't wait to see our friend again. At least I hope for it.







Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretty Rose




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