Friday, January 28, 2011
It does take quite a lot of food coloring to get a bright red, but it is definitely pretty and sparkly!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
To go along with it, Miss M made a bear hibernating in his cave.
First she colored the bear printout.
Then she glued paper scraps onto a paper plate to make his cave. This time she did the complete project with no help from me, including cutting all of the collage pieces herself.
I am linking this to stART at A Mommy's Adventure and Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted Art. You can see many great book ideas and craft projects at both sites.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
To our surprise, she turned out to be a great player, and didn't need any help at all to move her pieces. In fact, she was the only one who didn't end up knocking over the tower at some point!
Monday, January 24, 2011
J ended up finishing in second place on the day, and we were all there to cheer him on.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I used dried apricots for the beak and feet and chocolate covered cookies cut in half for the flippers and head. Chocolate chips were the eyes, but mini M&Ms would work as well.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Our family read aloud right now is The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was a favorite of mine when I was a child and I am glad I can share it with my kids. I think it's a classic for a reason.
You can see other suggestions for books at the What My Child is Reading blog hop over hosted at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This week we are studying Antarctica, and in particular penguins. We read a number of books on penguins, but the one Miss M enjoyed the most was Penguins, Penguins Everywhere! by Bob Barner.
To go along with the book, we made handprint penguins. M wanted us all to make them, so Baby B and I participated. She had me do Baby B's hand in grey, since penguin babies are grey in color. Once they were dry, we glued them onto a piece of blue paper that was fingerpainted with a white ice-scape.
M really liked this one, probably better than the paper cup penguins we made before Christmas. She still really loves any handprint/footprint craft and painting is still her favorite medium for art.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This involved painting a paper plate brown and cutting circles from brown paper for the head and flippers. The mouth is also a folded circle glued down. The tusks are painted white craft sticks. The only thing we are missing is the whiskers. I had intended to use brown yarn around the mouth, but Miss M didn’t want to do that part. You can find the complete directions for this craft on Danielle's Place of Crafts and Activities on the Walrus Crafts page.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The first was the blubber experiment. We filled the sink with ice water and felt how cold it was with our bare hands.
Then I sandwiched a large amount of vegetable shortening between two plastic bags to represent blubber. Miss M put her hand inside the bags and placed it back into the water. This time, she couldn’t feel the cold at all.
The second was an illustration of how animal’s fur acts like a coat for them. We filled two jars with hot water. One we wrapped in a lightweight summer shirt, the other we covered with a sweater and hat.
We then put both outside in the cold for 30 minutes. When we brought them back in the one with the light shirt was cold, but the water in the other one was still warm. (This is a great illustration on why we wear a coat and hat in the cold, also).
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Name snowman (I took the picture before M finished writing her name - one letter on each circle). She cut the arms herself.
Counting snowman-shaped marshmallows
Making shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks
Cutting mittens, sizing from biggest to smallest, measuring with marshmallows (mittens from Musings of Me)
Sometimes the simplest activities are the most fun. This week's favorite was ice-skating using wax paper for skates.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The illustrations in the book have snowmen made out of crumpled paper, and M selected some natural fiber paper with leaves and flowers pressed into it for a similar look.
We then searched the craft room and house for unusual objects she wished to add. She added hair and feet to her snowball and said it was herself.
She keeps asking me to make the rest of our family, so I forsee many more snowman portraits in our future. You can see many more stART ideas over at A Mommy's Adventures.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Since we are working on a winter theme, I wanted to make her some fun journals (as she calls them) to have to go along with our theme. One has blank pages and is for her to use as she wishes and the other one is for us to do some shared writing. Some of the pages have simple topics that M can do on her own such as "draw a snowman." Other pages have a topic that we will do together. M will answer the question out loud and I will act as her scribe. These are still simple topics such as "I like penguins because.."
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The idea is to use a low basket filled with interesting objects from your household and nature. Of course, you need to make sure they are large enough not be swallowed and safe enough to be mouthed. Ultimately you want to gather between 50 and 100 objects of different shape, color, texture, weight and smell.
I started out with just five objects to see how he responded, and he LOVED it! Baby B spent over 30 minutes expoloring the objects in the basket. I found it fascinating to watch him as he carefully pulled the items out, explored them, and then put them aside. He went over each item and when the basket was empty he picked it up and explored that as well.
two unpolished interlocking wooden circles,
a black and white crocheted rattle with jingle bells inside,
a fabric book with a baby-safe mirror inside,
a fabric owl puppet,
a satchet of lavender
and a small animal figure.
There are so many things you can include in a Treasure Basket and I plan to add more items soon.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
This was Baby B's first Christmas! We were blessed to have my parents, my grandmother and one of my brothers come visit us this year. It was so nice to see everyone, and the kids loved all the attention. We tried to get a family shot before mass on Christmas Eve, but getting 9 people and one dog to all look at the camera was pretty much impossible!
The day after Christmas we all went to the Dallas World Aquarium. We love this aquarium, which is more like a zoo. You walk through the various levels of the Orinoco rainforest and an exhibit dedicated to the world of the Mayans, seeing all the plants and animals from the treetops down to the water.
My mother and grandmother.
This time we were able to see a fantastic dance ceremony put on by some Mayan dancers to welcome the new year.
We stopped to buy my brother a pair of cowboy boots (it is Texas after all) and Baby B got to try on his first cowboy hat.
Baby B turned seven months old at the end of December. He is sitting up on his own, he can scoot himself backwards, and he is trying desperately to crawl forwards.
2010 was a great year for us, and I am hopeful 2011 will be the same.