Bubble Fun

Play and Learning
Bubble Fun Bubble time is practically a given on any day.  We have a collection of wands and plastic containers we like to use.  In our collection are, traditional wands, self made wands,  straw wands and also a battery wand so that even before being able to work a traditional wand my children have felt like full participants in our bubble games. Blowing bubbles is great fun but then what? Check out the bubble games we like to play. Double Bubble One person is the bubble master and blows bubbles, everyone else is paired up by holding hands and runs around trying to catch and pop the bubbles with the free hands.  This is a great way to foster cooperation and a sure to end up in many laughs.  Try…
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100 Fun Things to do this Summer

Play and Learning
The boys, baby and I have put together a huge list of all the things we want to  try doing this summer.  I tried to organize the list a bit and well here it is...  From bubble games to marbling paint to backyard cooking and other adventures check out our ideas and may we all have a fun filled happy summer! 1.       Play with Bubbles 2.       Make bubble wands 3.       Play Bubble Golf 4.       Make Foaminators 5.       Make Mudpies 6.       Create butterflypies 7.       Cook up rock soup 8.       Build a Windsock 9.       Build a Kite 10.   Build a Wind chime 11.   Create a Wind catcher 12.   Build a Garden Mobile 13.   Create a dream catcher 14.   Paint with finger paints 15.   Paint with water colors 16.   Create marble prints 17.  …
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Joy of eating…family style

Nutrition, Parenting, Positive Discipline
*This  article was also featured at at Authentic Parenting* I  strive to serve healthy yet yummy and appealing meals everyday.  The goal being to not to create kitchen master pieces worthy of Top Chef (what an awesome show) but rather  to capitalize on my children' s adventurous nature and allow them a chance to explore tastes and textures. To have fun and exciting family meals,  and create an overall joy of eating, we focus on  portion awareness,  respecting individual tastes, opportunity,  modeling healthy choices and relaxed table manners. Portion Awareness Sometimes its easy to forget that the tummy of a toddler/preschooler is tiny - a great way to remember is to look at their hands. A child's stomach is roughly the same size as it's hand curled into a fist. …
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Spring Time is Bug Time

Play and Learning
For the month of April we are doing a Spring & Bugs theme. Books The Grouchy Lady Bug - Eric Carle The Very Busy Spider - Eric Carle The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle Art Friendly Ladybugs Giant Spiders Heart Caterpillars Beautiful Butterflies Songs Itsy Bitsy Spider If you are happy and you know it (Grouchy and you know it) March of the Ants Games & Activities Ladybug habitat Spring Time scavenger hunt Bug Boogie Woogie Dance
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15 Play Activities For Rainy Days

Play and Learning
15 activities to do indoors on a yucky day! 1. Build a fort 2. Make paper airplanes 3. Paint with cars 4. Build with Lego 5. Build a book city 6. Read stories 7. Play follow the leader 8. Dance 9. Make up a silly song 10. Play music band 11. Set up an obstacle course 12. Pretend post office 13. Finger paint in the bath tub 14. Bake a cake 15. Go on a treasure hunt.
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vrooooom…car painting

Play and Learning
I find this to be a fun activity for a rainy day. I Line a table with an old shower curtain or table cloth or lots of newspapers. Then lay out long sheets of paper or many smaller sheets of paper tapped together. I Place different colored paints on paper plates. Then place one or two toy cars, trucks, tractors  on each plate. (I like to choose vehicles with various tire patterns) The children cover the tires of each vehicle with paint (rolling car in the paint) and then drive it on the paper.  I model this once or twice but then let them loose... The colorful tracks and the different track textures makes for really cool looking designs! When it's time to clean up we play car wash -…
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Every day is a great day to say…

Parenting
I love you. I overheard someone say today "if the love is there, they will know it, there is no need to say it"  and it got me thinking, is there a need to say it? At what age to children realize that the love is there no matter what we say?  What about other people in our lives, adults, our friends or parents, do they need to hear those words? Why do we often only say these words in extraordinary moments - like hospital, boarding a plane or when someone is hurt ? I say "I love you" to my children all day - all the time. When I hug them goodbye I say it and then say it one extra time. I also tell my husband that I…
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Pretend Play and Ice Skating

Play and Learning
We Tried out a new activity idea today -  "ice" skating indoors. Skates: Wax Paper, Paper Plates, Baking paper. (We tried them all and the best glide was from the wax paper, although the plates stayed under small feet the best) Ice Rink: We moved the coffee table and rolled away the area rug then added  some play cones to mark the rink. We happen to have wood floors - but I think even on carpet it could turn out to be fun. We added some  music and took turns pulling each other and spinning around together. This was a great way for the boys to take turns requesting songs and waiting to be pulled and then working together trying to pull me. All in all it was a low…
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Just Ducky.

Play and Learning
For the month of January we are doing a duck theme.  Check our other themes on the book club page. Book Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Art Feather Duckies Materials: Construction paper or colored paper. Feathers, googly eyes, glue. Cut out a duck silhouette in Yellow, White or Brown paper. Glue onto another sheet of paper. With glue, add feathers to the tail a body of the duck. Add eyes and a beak. Decorate the rest of the paper with stickers or crayons. Songs Six Little Ducks Games & Activities Duck-Duck-Goose Egg Hunt Waddle-Waddle-Jump Ice Skating Nature Walk
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Cotton Ball SnowPeople

Play and Learning
Here is a project that we love making  - usually on a snowy day. Materials: Construction Paper (Blue or any color really) Cotton Balls, Pencil. orange, black paper for details (or white paper and crayons), crafting pompoms or buttons.  Any round bowls or small plate.  Glue stick or Glue. 1. On a sheet of paper, help or let your child trace around the bowl or plate to make three circles mimicking a snowman.  Using orange paper cut out a carrot nose. 2. with  the cotton balls to make some wispy pieces to glue onto the circles making a snow like covering on your snowman. 3. Let your child add the details like eyes, carrot nose,  buttons, smile, etc.. 4. Decorate the rest of  the paper with stickers, glitter, or more…
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