We started our rainbow theme this week. With all this rain I am hoping to see a rainbow. But I have things planned to make a fake one for science project. But for now we learned a poem and played with rainbow colored beads and pipe cleaners. I also hung up curly ribbon in the playroom door. Every time we go through a rainbow.
Went to a garage sale for a daycare going out of business. Purchased legos and wood blocks. The Little Hands love them. Also bought some more dish toys. Can never have enough places to set at the table. Pretend is so much fun. They even pretended to play sleep and go to work.
Now that Squirrel knows how to do the army crawl he sure gets around fast. He is even explore beyond his domain. You really have to watch where you walk when he's about. He even gets himself stuck now and then. The poor dog even as to watch it.
Not sure what he was thinking here. But he is a boy and will try something.
Not sure what inspired this show of affection but Hayseed went up to Dolly and gave her a hug. Of course she soaked that up like a sponge.
Now these two are true twin siblings. They have such a bond that we can never understand outside of the womb.
The rest of the week was just a nice time. It rain part of the week so we were inside but had a fun time playing freely and games.
Made a simple paper plate craft for our rain theme. The Little Hands love to glue. So we glued cotton on to paper plates, cloud, and tied curly ribbon to the bottom for rain fall. I just punched a few holes on the bottom and laced the ribbon. Just love curly ribbon. It adds that extra special touch.
Then I included a sensory activity. Shaving cream. What fun. This lasted for 45 mins. They weren't sure how to play with it. LOL.! But after a few minutes things came naturally to young minds. Fun! Bugs walked like a mummy when it was time to wash up. We still landed up washing some clothes but it was worth it. I do have to say that I am glad I didn't add blue food coloring to the tub. I'd have smurfs running around.
For our science we made rain. Take a clear jar, fill with water and spray shaving cream to the brim. (If you do more then that it won't work). Use blue food coloring on top. Your explaining how the cloud get heavy with water, it rains. The blue food coloring seeps through the shaving cream and floats down into the water like rain. Big hit. Found online under a weather search.
Even though there was a chill in the air I wanted to get the children outside. So I have been getting them into the habit of chores. Letting the chickens out, checking their feed and eggs. Then off to give the horses hay.
We did decide to go for a walk up the field road. It was just to inviting.
The Little Hands woke up early from their naps because our fearless guard dog wouldn't quit barking when Squirrels mom came to get him. So we went outside. Tossed a ball around for awhile. As sunny as the sun may be there was a chill in the air. Our noses were getting cold.
So we played our ABC game.
I got the kids started on doing a little jig when we got something done right. You can just about image how they get into that. LOL.!
We started our rain theme with The Old Man is Snoring. Not a sign of rain though. Dean was kind enough to watch Squirrel for me so that the kids could get some fresh air. He has back issues so he stayed home to rest. We took a brisk walk to the horses and gave them a bale of hay.
Had some quite time in the playroom. I decided to reorganize the play areas a little. I am getting ready for changes that I want to do in here. Right now I am looking for tables. Brought out some puzzles and sewing cards.
Loved how their kites turned out. Added a little curly ribbon and hung from the window. It is tempting for them to not touch the ribbon. It is bouncy.
Hayseed was the only one here today. He had a nice time playing by himself. We decided to take a walk and say hello to the horses. But of course had to walk through the mud.
Our science experiment was how wind moves clouds around. This also led to our talk about bad storms and how we need to be safe. I was very proud that Little Hands knew were to go in a storm. Storm drill.
Played a color matching game this week. I used the colors of the rainbow and kites printed out. I will continue to use this throughout the month.
My daughter came over today with the grandkids. The 2 younger ones stay while older sis went with her dad. The Little Hands had fun.
We went for a nature walk in the field. Found deer tracks all over .
Today we used sponge paint brushes to paint on blue/black paper to make cloud shapes with white paint.
Later we enjoyed the new tea set and had a tea party.
Took sometime to take a much needed walk in the field. Didn't think we would get this in with the light sprinkle earlier.
After school Hero went to help Jake do chores.
Today we played the matching game that I made with clouds and raindrops. I put upper/lower letters on the clouds and lower letters on the raindrops. I scattered the clouds on chairs, window sills and on the table. Dolly and Bugs had to find the match.
Children + pipe-cleaner + beads = fine motor skills + fun.
Had some great fun with the new babies. They were part of a Grant that I receive. I am purchasing some much needed fencing for a play area. Part of the Grant I needed to include multicultural items. I chose these Black American boy dolls. We named them Sam and Micheal.
We start this week with clouds. After reading It Looks Like Split Milk went out on the deck to look at the clouds.
For our science project we took a blue sheet of paper and folded in half and squirted white paint on it. Then you fold them back and press. Open to see the design. I turned out pretty cool. Mental note: get an eye dropper that works better.
After we were done I put the gate up so the Little Hands could run on the deck. Oh the fresh air does wonders.
We start last wee with the theme of Spring. But as we all know Spring is delayed. So we made the best of it.
Catching snowflakes on our tongue.
When we went to say Hi to the horses the ground was still frozen. Weren't able to walk in puddles yet. We also made sure the chickens are snug in their nests.
Know once we got inside and started to play, I seen this little guy in the window. I am not of a big fan of mice but the Little Hands giggle uncontrollably. Yuck. They watched this little guy for an hour. This is definitely a sign of Spring.
We also play a counting game. I had foam butterflies and dice. Each one took a turn rolling the dice and taking the correct number of butterflies.
Later they practice cutting. Great fine motor skills.
They also love milk caps. They sort them out. As you can see Hayseed spends his time putting the caps in a can and dumping them out.
The Little Hands couldn't make up their minds, watch the mouse or cut. So they went back and forth.