Free Play Activity : Stirring and Mixing

Henry is sometimes all business and no play. He thinks a lot of things are ‘his job’. As he often says, ‘It’s my job’ in his bestman’s voice. This day was no exception. [His facial expressions in all of the photos show exactly his seriousness of the day. No smiles.] Time for some free play.  I set […]

It’s Playtime! : Move That Body!

Science@Home had a great post linked up to last week’s It’s Playtime: Body Games! These games are played with just your body! They all really encourage play in children of all ages! We are very active in this house and do many of these games on a regular basis: Running! Wrestling! Tickling! Some games that I’m most excited to try: Rolling […]

Stacking : Trial & Error

As we were playing the other day,  I looked over,  and saw Henry building this: I was quite impressed! Those are skinny blocks and they stood as tall as him! I’m not quite sure what they are exactly, or where we even got them. But this could easily be done with any kind of box.  […]

Henry’s First Egg Decorating

  This is Henry’s first year of actually trying to do some egg decorating. We tried some new [to me] techniques this year. I got inspired by the 26 Ideas and Techniques for Egg Decorating list that I put together earlier this week. Henry, my mom and I tried 4 techniques. ————————- Vibrant Egg Dye Aren’t these […]

Paper, Paint & Vehicles

[After two other failed crafty attempts today.] Henry created this piece of art:   While I was getting supper on the table, I handed him a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper. Color of his choice: Green. Poured some washable paint in a container. And gave him his green paintbrush. [A couple of months ago, Henry and I bought this […]

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activity ending with a beautiful craft for Easter Start by adding shaving cream to a pan. [Henry had troubles pushing it hard enough to make it come out.] Add food coloring. Swirl the colors around. Swirl some more [and end up with a not so pretty color] Build towers. Add utensils. [Henry […]

Food Tracks & Layered Play Dough

Making tracks with trucks and tractors in Play Doh is nothing new in this house. Instead of vehicles, today we tried food!   [play food] Craters made from grapes! Corn on the Cob made nice rows. And a fork? It makes for a great tool to tear it all up!  While Henry was exploring the […]

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Balloon Art

In continuing with our balloon extravaganza : we painted balloons today. We painted them two ways : [1] paint before blowing up the balloons [2] paint blown up balloons I liked painting the balloons beforehand the best. It had a sense of mystery. What will this look like when it gets big?     Henry wasn’t as […]

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Balloon Badminton

What can you do with a couple of balloons? [Ideas are welcome!] I blew up a couple balloons and the first thing we did was:play Balloon Badminton! I put together two rackets with paper plates and Henry’s drumsticks. I just scotch taped them on. We did have a couple instances of them falling apart. You […]

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Box Flap Bridges & an Experiment

I think I can now be certified as a  civil engineer. What? Experience would be needed? Experience: ABC Mat Road Bubble Pop Road and the latest : Box Flap Bridges I had a ton of box flaps that I cut off from a previous road project. (ha, more experience!) This time I thought some bridges […]