Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Starry Night Sky

Please forgive the awful grainy and spotty pictures. My nice camera could not be used at the time, and my phone lens is shattered to high heaven which is why they look this way. #momlife


This camping theme from Mother Goose Time has some of Sweet Pea's most favorite topics:
Bears, Stars, Racoons, Moon, and Pinecones are just a few and today we did our star activities.
She loves to change our Topic poster.  We talked about the stars and I asked her to place her finger on the brightest star which is what she is pointing to below. 


I explained that the star is called the North Star, and stars can make up designs in the sky called constellations.  It was time to do our Constellation activity. 


Sweet Pea didn't make her own constellations, but we did the "Play" section from above and she really enjoyed matching all the stars and placing them in the correct spots.


When she finished the Constellation activity it was time to make her own starry night sky during our Invitation to Create


I gave her white tempra paint and instead of a paintbrush, MGT sent us a toothpick to make tiny dots on the paper.  I'm sure you can guess how long that lasted... 
like 3 dots maybe.  But fingers make great dots too, and sure enough, her fingers were in that paint. 




One thing I didn't expect was how the white tempra paint would turn the blue paper purple in some areas.  It was a great galaxy look!  Love it!  Sweet Pea added glue and was anxious to put on the glitter.  I handed her a quarter teaspoon to pour the glitter with, which worked great and definitely good practice with coordination and fine motor skills.
But you know kids... it only lasts for so long before they get to pouring. 




A starry night galaxy sky.

These were the perfect quiet and peaceful activities we needed as we had a baby napping in our home while we did our Star Day activities.  Such a blessing to be able to just open a bag and be able to make, do, and most importantly learn.



Happy learning! 


  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Camping Indoors

Rain, rain, go away.... come again some other day!

It's been raining just about every afternoon 'round here, but that's not stopping us from camping out with our Mother Goose Time!  In fact, rainy days are the perfect days to build tents indoors, which is just what we did on Tent Day.

A queen sized sheet, dining room chair, and old high chair were the perfect supplies to build our tent before we started solving some sticky situation cards that Mother Goose Time sent to place in our pocket cube.  Here was one of our dilemmas:


As soon as I read the problem, Sweet Pea took off to her bedroom and walked out like this...


She grabbed every blanket from her bedroom, dragged them to her tent, and built herself a pallet on that "rocky and uncomfortable" ground.  She then decided to add couch pillows and books for me to read to her.  How can you pass that moment up?


After reading our books and camping out in the living room, it was time to create a tent in our Invitation to Create.  MGT sent us red paper, blue paper, yellow tissue paper, and 2 little craft sticks.  We began by studying the photograph of the red tent provided, and Sweet Pea remarked about the trees in the background.  
I asked,"What can we use to make trees in our picture?" She exclaimed, "Leaves!"
So we went outside and gathered some leaves, twigs, and pine needles.  After collecting our nature stash, she went to work gluing down all her outdoor items. 



I cut her red paper into a semicircle and Sweet Pea chose to place it on top of her leaves. She then snipped (but really tore) her yellow tissue paper and glued it on top of her tent.  
I loved watching her layer her work. 



Like most two year olds, Sweet Pea can not get enough stickers.  After seeing a random sheet laying around (tell me you do to), she decided to add some stickers to her tent artwork.  Here is her masterpiece, now displayed on her wall:



Friends, don't let that weather ruin your plans!  Just bring the sunshine into your home and watch your kids become happy campers :) 

Happy Camping! 

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