We haven't done a small world set-up in a while and I had a lot of fun preparing this butterfly one. (Possibly more than Kay had playing with it, but that will be our little secret!)
Kay has been all about butterflies since she came home from school with an "All About Butterflies" book that she wrote and illustrated herself. Now she tells us about them all the time and wants to look up photographs of them online. So a butterfly small world seemed like a perfect fit.
Suitcase? Check. Directions? Got 'em. Antsy preschooler? Yep, got that one, too!
Kay is not one of those kids who can quietly gaze at the clouds as we drive along. She likes to move and sitting in a car for more than 10 minutes is probably her idea of punishment. But we have found some ideas that work, even for her, and some other mom bloggers have added their suggestions as well.
I want Kay to know that the little things matter. Small, seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a big difference.
That's why I put together a "month of kindness" during July. It really helped us focus each day on doing something small that would make someone smile.
So we're keeping it going!
While our July calendar was a freebie for our newsletter subscribers, I wanted to share our August calendar (which is very similar with just a few changes) with everyone!
Will you join us in making this a kinder summer?
Thanks for HP and MomSelect for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I just got my printer to start working again after a long spell of nothing. (I think my printer is temperamental, but that's a whole other story!) So now I'm ready to print and I've see a whole bunch of awesome ones I just had to share with you!
Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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!
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions and ideas are mine. #OutshineSnacks #CollectiveBias
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.