Well, we spent our Uu day talking about umbrellas. I took out my umbrella to show A., and we went under it and talked about it's parts.
Then we played an umbrella game- an idea I found in a book. Basically they said to make raindrops out of blue tissue paper (I used white b/c that's all we had- besides isn't water in essence clear?) and throw them on top of the umbrella and watch them splash off. I didn't think it was that great of an activity but A. really loved it and didn't want to stop playing. She also had a tantrum when I told her it was time to put the umbrella away (so think twice before showing your little one an umbrella!!).
Archive for July 2009
I wrote a blog post on this activity organizer I made for my daughter a while back, and I never really got around to finishing posting about what I put inside each bin. ABC & 123's Thurday Picnic Table Talk is about Organizing, so now's a good time to finish posting about this :)
And probably the only other organized children's area we have in our home is the art area.
- on the shelf we have (top to bottom, left to right) stickers, beads, glue, paintbrushes, watercolour paint palette, scissors (in green tin), stamps, crayons, pencil crayons, markers, playdough, holepunches, stencils, colouring and scrapbooks, magazines for cutting, box of scrap paper. The containers used are mostly recycled ones from crackers or baby wipes containers, or from the dollar store, a few from Ikea.
- in the closed cabinet I have things I don't want A. playing with such as small beads, acrylic paints, mod podge & wood glue, and that's pretty much it.. my paints take up most of the space in there, I managed to accumulate a lot of paint from my days in highschool! Above the cabinet I have tins with my stationary and stamps and envelopes.
I can't wait to see what everyone else has posted about at ABC & 123!
(I will update this post with links to where I got the activities soon)
Spiral Art- A. held the pen and I helped her make it go in circles to make these designs
Stamping- This was A's first experience with stamps.. we used paint since we didn't have any ink pads.
Shape Stencil Shirt- Using the shape stencils we made on our Ss day, we decorated a shirt (onesie) with fabric paint
A. is super proud of her work of art and she couldn't wait to wear it and she doesn't want to take it off!!
Stringing spools on Shoelaces is pretty tough for A. but maybe it'll be easier as she gets older. I put this activity in the keepsake box we made along with our button snake activity to make A. her own sewing box.. something that I can take out for her to play with when I'm busy at the sewing machine. I hope I can add more things to this box as I go along so A. can have her very first sewing kit.
Here is our Arabic Alphabet calendar for the month of August.. some days have more than one letter a day as I wanted to wrap things up before Ramadan which will be around the 21st or 22nd of August. I tried to group similar letters together too. I don't think I'll be doing as many activities as I did with the English Alphabet but mainly work on making an alphabet book like we did for the english alphabet, a colouring, and gluing experience A. really loves- which I find really solidifies each letter for her.
I wanted to go out today for our Rr day to collect rocks but it was a really Rainy day!
I remember as a child, I absolutely loved collecting rocks! They're everywhere and every one is soo unique and beautiful :) I think she will really enjoy this activity for years to come. I also think it's a good idea to stop and appreciate the beauty in God's creation and reflect on His signs in nature, especially as a family living in the city - so occupied with day to day life.
This rainbow activity was originally supposed to be a Rainbow colour Toss game, where you toss the plastic lids trying to aim for a certain colour, but that was getting really out of hand and my daughter was throwing the lids wayyy off and laughing her head off! haha.. so I changed it up a bit - from a gros motor activity to a fine motor one- and showed her how to match the colours of the lids to the rainbow. I think when she gets older we can try doing the rainbow toss game again, and even include scores ie: lids that land on red get 10 points, lids on orange 8, etc.
I found this idea in a nature book I got from the library called Child's Play in Nature, it looked simple enough and I had all the supplies.. and A. actually had a lot of fun running around with it and letting it blow in the wind at the park.
- Ribbon or paper streamers
Wow the weather has been so nice I haven't gotten around to updating my blog! I didn't even get around to doing many of the activities I had planned for these letter days, there are just too many great ideas out there!
Then we did the Octopus Dance. We were going to make Orange Julius and have an Obstacle Course but we didn't get around to it, but hopefully soon!
- 2 nylons (you can get a pack of two from the dollar store)
- a balloon
1. First bend and shape your clothes hanger using pliers.
5. do the same as above for the second hanger, and enjoy some tennis with your litte one!
Another Mm day activity. Mm is for Me! I got this wooden doll from Michaels the other day. My daughter painted it :). That's not her picture though, that one came with the doll, I still have to find a picture of A. to put in it.
We also started an All About Me book that we printed out from this link.