Friday, August 31, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Sensory Fun



It's Friday and that means it's Kid's Co-op time. Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

There were so many fun ideas shared last week from crafts to fun lunch ideas. This week I'd like to share a few fun ideas for sensory play.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Books = Fun: The Little Engine That Could

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We have a train lover in our house. AJ (age 3) has loved trains for some time now, so we've accumulated quite a collection of train toys and books. One of our favorite books is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. We decided to expand on the story by making our own Little Engines.


Supplies Needed:
Construction paper (several colors)
Glue sticks
Scissors
Old magazines
Markers



The girls started by assembling some pre-cut shapes to form the train. We used several sizes of squares and rectangles for our trains. Once they had glued their pieces down, they started looking for toys to fill it up. They searched through a few old magazines and catalogs to find toys for their train. They then cut and glued their pictures into the train car. 


After our trains were full, we used markers to add the details. Lizzie (age 5) added wheels, a window, smoke, and even a smiley face.



AJ (age 3) filled her train so full of toys that it could barely move! We had fun exploring one of our favorite books and hope to explore many more of our favorites this way.

We're always on the lookout for more books about trains. Do you have any recommendations?

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Back to School


It's Friday and that means it's Kid's Co-op time. Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

There were so many fun ideas shared last week and it seems a lot of us are busy getting ready to go back to school. Today, I'd like to share three posts that celebrate back-to-school time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Love of Books


How do you promote a love of books with your kids?

Give me your best advice in the comments. I'll compile them and share your advice in an upcoming post about encouraging a love of books. (If you have your own blog, leave me the link so I can include it as well.)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

A New Rhythm to Our Week


Our days and weeks are about to get different. Lizzie starts Kindergarten soon, so five days a week every afternoon, she'll be enjoying the big, wonderful world of school. No longer will the three of us be spending all day, every day together. While Lizzie is at school, AJ will be doing preschool at home with me. I'm planning a fun Letter of the Week program with her that should be fun for both of us. And don't worry, I plan on sharing our fun with all of you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

BabbaCo Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that entered the BabbaCo giveaway! Rafflecopter picked a winner and the winner is...

Pamela H. who said her favorite arctic animal was the penguin.

Congratulations Pamela! Check your e-mail for details.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Math Play: Circle Hunt


Circles, circles every where! We still had several craft foam circles left after making our sewing basket, so we decided to do an easy hide and seek game with the circles. This idea is so simple that there's not much to write about, so I'll just leave you with these pictures of some of our hiding spots. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Explore Nature: Forest Treasure Jars


Earlier this summer we spent a wonderful week at Lake Catherine State Park. We spent the week camping with my parents, hiking, swimming, and impressing the park rangers with our knowledge of bird skulls. Instead of the usual souvenirs, such as t-shirts or small trinkets, we brought back several nature treasures we found on walks around the park.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kid's Co-op: In the Kitchen


It's Friday and that means it's Kid's Co-op time. Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

There were 185 fabulous ideas shared last week such as sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, outside fun and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts that will get you in the kitchen.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

BabbaBox Review and Giveaway - Closed

Disclosure: I have been compensated and provided with a free BabbaBox from BabbaCo. But, all opinions are my own. 


I've got a special treat for you that I hope you'll enjoy. Recently I was contacted by BabbaCo to do a review of their fabulous kid's activities boxes. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. The BabbaBox is a monthly theme-based activities box designed for kids ages 3-6. Inside, you'll find everything needed to Create, Explore, Story Tell, and Connect. Our BabbaBox was based around the theme Polar Explorers. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bloggers Go Olympics: Move Like a Gymnast


Have you been watching as much Olympics as we have? We have it on every night and are so inspired by all the swimmers, divers, runners, soccer players, and every other athlete. The girls have been running races, pretending to dive... synchronized diving nonetheless... and learning how to run relays. But, by far, our favorite events have been the gymnastic events. While admittedly, we're not able to turn flips on a balance beam or go launching ourselves off of a vault, we still had fun moving like a gymnast.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia


This month Around the World in 12 Dishes traveled to Australia. My girls were thrilled to learn about Australia and make what is now our favorite cookie, ANZAC biscuits. Where have you been all my life?

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Science Fun



It's Friday and that means it's Kid's Co-op time. Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

There was 160 fabulous ideas shared last week such sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, kid-friendly recipes and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts full of science fun.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Let's Pretend: Police Station


It's important for young kids to have knowledge of different community helpers that serve their city. We recently learned about police officers and the role they play in our city. After reading a few books and talking about the different roles a police officer plays, I gave the girls a police station pretend play kit I had created. They had a sign, badges, and notebooks for writing tickets. I was able to create everything from items already in our craft supplies and our recycle bin.