Outdoors in April [take 1]

We've been getting outside every day so far - staying true to the challenges*! Not much for activities yet - as its still pretty cold. Although, today it hit 70[!!] and all I did was go for a walk! Henry went with Dad to the farm and played in the tractors all afternoon. Henry and I have been working on raking the lawn for the most part. Henry has been digging in some ...

High Five! [week 9]

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High Five!  to This Week's 5 Hands On Finds!   These are 5 Activities and Crafts that I've found   but haven't had time to try them out yet, but want to make sure I do them. [my very high-tech way of bookmarking them] Where'd these finds come from? The following blogs that are full of hands on finds! [Be sure to give them a High Five! and check out their ...

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activityending with a beautiful craft for EasterStart 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 used a fork and knife for creating.]Once Henry was about to lose interest.We added more ...

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 prints food can make, I was dinking around creating Layered Play Doh ...

Balloon Art

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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 interested as I was in painting the balloons before they were ...

Activity Course with Balloons

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Every child I know has a fascination with balloons. At every birthday party, every kid wants to take one home. They are usually the highlight of the party... [unless you have one of these at your party.] So this week I thought: Why do the balloons only come out at birthday parties? They bring lots of entertainment in just being balloons. But there's so much more you can do ...

Balloon Badminton Activity for Kids

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What can you do with a couple of balloons? [Ideas are welcome!] Not to worry - I've put together a list of 30 things to do with balloons! A favorite of ours is balloon badminton! 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 ...

High Five! number 7

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<align=left> High Five!  to This Week's 5 Hands On Finds!   These are 5 Activities and Crafts that I've found   but haven't had time to try them out yet, but want to make sure I do them. [my very high-tech way of bookmarking them] A lot of movement and large scale ideas  in this week's finds! Where'd these finds come from? The following blogs that are full ...

Henry vs George [0-6 months]

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<align=left> I thought it would be a great way to capture the memories of the boys by putting them side by side. I do not mean to compare my children and say one is better than the other. But who doesn't look back at what their first child did when their second child just did the same thing? When the boys were born, they looked identical. Over the course of the last 6 ...

Box Flap Bridges & an Experiment

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I think I can now be certified as a civil engineer. What? Experience would be needed? My 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 would be fun to add in the mix. I used clothespins to hold the flaps ...

Toddler Talk : Helping

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The one thing that lets me have some sort of order in this house, and keeps me sane, is that Henry loves to help me clean and do my regular household work. Dust mopping the wood floors has become a weekly necessity and this is Henry's favorite! I shortened a Swiffer mop by taking out a couple of the sections, so now its just his height. When doing laundry, Henry always jumps ...

Bubble Pop Road & More

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I order a lot of my baby supplies (formula, baby food, diapers) online. My latest shipment came with a ridiculous amount of packaging. I ordered a stovetop's worth - it came in 3 gigantic boxes (above) and had about 1 1/2 boxes worth of packaging.  Since I had no control over the first R (reduce), we moved onto the second one - REUSE!Henry and I spent a morning making a ...