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I just got my printer to start working again after a long spell of nothing. (I think my printer is tempermental, but that's a whole other story!) So now I'm ready to print and all I need is...ink. Oh, yeah.
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Who's super-cute, kind of mischievous and funny, too? No, not just about every preschooler you ever met. (Okay, them too!)
But I mean Shaun the Sheep!
If you haven't heard of him, get ready to, because he's staring in his own Shaun the Sheep Movie coming out August 5th and he'll be everywhere for awhile!
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Summer, to us, means water play every day, flip flops as a wardrobe staple, and all the frozen treats you can eat without a major attack of brain freeze!
So the perfect way to celebrate the mid-way point of summer? With an ice pop party, of course!
(Kay did ask, "I still don't have to go back to school for awhile though, right?" Guess she's not bored with the season just yet!)
Kay would come home from kindergarten this year eager to show off what she'd learned. I've found her quietly writing on her easel making up math problems and solving them. Sometimes she needs to ask what a "16" looks like, or if a particular problem she's done is correct.
So I thought - number line! (To be honest, my motive in creating one was at least partially due to laziness; you can only say "16 is a 1 and a 6" so many times. Now I can just say, "Check your number line!")
Kay has always looked at paint as more of a sensory experience than a creative endeavor. Sure, the older she gets, the more effort she puts into making a "picture" but sometimes she still likes to tap into her inner toddler and play in the paint.
But that's what process art is all about! Although she does take the messier route,process art is more about the exploration than about the finished product. She has this down to a T!
Why do I do activities with my daughter? Why not just let her come up with her own ideas? When I was a kid, we used to play in a puddle and were HAPPY about it. We even had to sleep there! (Okay, not really - I was a spoiled city kid, but you get my drift!)
Perhaps the reasons a parent does activities with their kids is different for each person. I do it because I like to, because I hope we're making some good memories together, and because I love doing things to spend time together.
But perhaps even more important is what doing activities with kids is NOT.
It's not something extra to feel guilty or competitive about. ("I made my child a whole town out of cardboard boxes. What did you do?")
It's not something you need to be creative to do. Can't draw a straight line? Me neither. Who cares? Certainly not your child, who things everything you do is pretty awesome (except when you say, "no" - that's not awesome at all!)
Let's just get this out of the way first. I hate bugs. Really hate them. I've done my best to suppress this around Kay, even trying to show an interest in them, "Wow, how many legs does that one have? Where are his eyes?" when in reality my skin is crawling.
But this post is about creepy crawlies of the plastic kind so I'll get through it.
We love blocks! Building works on fine motor skills, hones critical thinking and, most importantly, it's just a lot of fun. But even the most ardent builders can get bored with just one material. Lucky for us there are so many other options - and most are probably already lying around your house, just waiting to be put to a new use!
So when I found myself with a growing collection and needed something to do with them, I turned to creative bloggers, of course. These toys are all made from, you guessed it...shoeboxes!
I have a secret. I can not throw away a good shoebox. There, I said it. Actually, any cardboard box. They're so full of opportunity and I might need them...one day in the distant future.
Summer gives me a headache.
Well, that's not entirely true. Sunscreen gives me a headache. Picking out the right one - UVB, UVA, SPF...huh? - and then remembering to use it, chasing the kids and smearing it on (especially wiggly toddlers!)...THAT gives me a headache.