Monday, February 20, 2017

Tot School: Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is such a fun day to celebrate with kids!
My husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day at all, which is fine by me;
however, I do want Sweet Pea to know what the day is about and why.
I still want to make it special for her, but I didn't want to spend money. My desire was to spend some really good quality time talking and making things special for our Love day.
Mother Goose Time to the rescue! 
Every month we get a Celebration Kit in our monthly box that helps us celebrate the holiday/season of that month. Enter in our Valentine Celebration Kit!  We used this kit for several days last week spreading out the activities and adding some more to celebrate the day of love.

On Monday, we met up with a bunch of our homeschooling and stay at home moms and had some fun craft time making our little LOVE BUG Headbands and then we made our own strawberry jam! 
(I couldnt take pictures since I didn't have permission, but here is Sweet Pea's creation)

After making the headband, we placed 3 strawberries and a little bit of sugar into a sandwich size bag. All the tots worked on their smashing and poking skills as they created their own strawberry jam, which they then placed on some homemade bread!  It was a delicious and fun snack! 
You could take it a step further and use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut the bread before spreading the jam.  Some kids did this, but not Sweet Pea.  Once that bread was in her hand, it was to her mouth... she doesn't mess around with food! Ha! 

On Tuesday, which was Valentine's Day, Sweet Pea and I worked on making Daddy a card using some of the supplies from our Celebration Kit.  We also used the Heart Stamp Mother Goose Time sent as our monthly shape stamper...Perfect!

As soon as Daddy walked in the door from work, Sweet Pea started hollerin, "DaDa card! DaDa card!"  It immediately put a smile on his face.

Growing up, breakfast for dinner was always such a special treat.  So that's what we did to make the day a little more special and different without spending money.
Sweet Pea LOVES to help in the kitchen, so she worked hard on stirring the pancake batter together with a touch of pink food coloring for just a little more pizzazz!  I used a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the batter into a heart shape.  We served our pink pancakes alongside scrambled eggs with cheese, smoked breakfast sausage, heart shaped bacon for daddy and me, and strawberry milk thanks to Nesquik!


To end the day, we did one last activity out of our Valentine Celebration Kit... a letter heart matching game.  Sweet Pea is into matching... in fact, she likes to match her bows and socks to what she is wearing that day! This activity was really easy for her, but she still enjoyed it.

At bedtime we read a few of our favorite LOVE books.

What a wonderful way to celebrate without spending more money on stuff!
Next month the Celebration Kit is on St. Patrick's Day and you can download it here! All you have to do is fill out the form!  It's a FREE download!

Happy Celebrating!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MGT: Manipulative Monday Giveaway!

Are you ready for a giveaway?
There's a million great things about Mother Goose Time, but one of our top 5 things we love is the new manipulatives we get each month.  Manipulatives are hands-on objects children use to work out problems.  They manipulate objects to learn. 
Mother Goose Time sends us 2 new sets of manipulatives each month. One set is usually some kind of counter or sorter, such as a batch of pink and red plastic pigs, or an assortment of colored bears of varying sizes.
The other type of manipulative is usually one that deals with reasoning and logic, such as beakers for pouring or tangram pattern pieces.

What's our favorite way to use manipulatives?

Sweet Pea is 2.5 years old.  Right now she loves to match things together and search and find items. Placing our manipulatives in fun textures is one of our favorite ways to use them.  I buried our bears when we did some one to one correspondence which you can read about here.  We've hidden them in sand, and they are always invited into the bath tub or water table for more water play. 

She also loves to match, so finding 2 of the same color or shape is one of her favorite things to do. "Look Momma...2 yellow trucks." 

Ideas on how to use Manipulatives with Kids:
  1. Create Patterns
  2. Sort by a Characteristic
  3. Work out Math Problems  (use 3 red pigs, bring in 2 pink pigs. How many pigs are there now?)
  4. Use them to tell a story.
  5. One to One correspondence
  6. Just play with them! 

So are you ready to win your own 2 sets of Mother Goose Time manipulatives?

Click on the link below to answer 1 question about how you use or would like to use manipulatives with your little one.

This giveaway will be open from 2/13/17-2/20/17. Prizes will be fulfilled by Mother Goose Time and may vary from those pictured. Must be 18 years or older to enter to win, and a resident of the USA. Void where prohibited by law. Winning entry will be checked to verify completion. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification of winning. Failure to respond will be considered forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be drawn.

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