Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Morning

Here are some pictures from Christmas Morning ... believe it or not, there aren't too many pictures. Maybe on one of the iPhones? I will have to check my husband's....but for now, here are just a few. It was a very happy morning in our own home...which made it that much more magical for me, as a parent.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tree Band

Before we decorated our Christmas tree, Buga took it upon herself to get the job done. One day I came home and she had pieces of play fruit woven throughout the tree as "ornaments". The next day I went into the living room and the tree was turned into a Tree Band - she put drums, drum sticks, silver bells, marracas, and rhythmn sticks in there. I love seeing the Holidays through the eyes of a little one!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

City Sounds of the Season

We got to go into the City today and enjoy some Holiday Fun - Macy's Dickens Village, the Macy's Light Show, and the new (last year) Comcast Show. Buga really enjoyed the festivities and was mesmerized by the sights and sounds. I love simple (free) holiday traditions like this!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Simple Christmas Tree

Another Simple Project for Toddlers. We got a little felt tree cutout from the craft store. Buga used her fine motor skills to squeeze the glue from the bottle and place rainbow decorations on it : sequins, gem stones, pipe cleaners, and ribbon. She enjoyed decorating the tree - next time I will keep some more objects handy to add as she put all the gemstones in the same place and we didn't have enough to fill up the tree (or to share!)

Buga's on the Left, Mama's on the Right -
there weren't enough decorations to go around!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Toddler Candy Cane

We made this cute little candy canes together this week. I know it is a Very Simple project, but for a two-year-old it is perfect and works on some very important motor skills.

First I cut out a candy cane shape in red.

Then I gave Buga a piece of white paper with lines drawn across it. She cut out the "strips" by cutting on the lines - a great fine motor skill builder.

I Just Love Her Look Of Concentration...
Determined to Cut Straight Lines!

Then she glued the white strips wherever she wanted on the red candy cane shape.

Then, together, we flipped it over and I helped her turn the candy cane while she cut the excess white away.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree!

It is a tradition of my side of the family to cut down our Christmas tree for the Holiday. We traipse aimlessly through the rows and rows of trees to find the "perfect" one. Everyone has such different opinions as to which one that is, so there are funny arguments, and freezing fingers along the way. We sing Christmas songs and try to defend OUR pick. This was the first year we brought Buga along for the tradition. Though she is a little young to get into the whole thing, she just loved being outside....running through the tree field...singing songs...making friends...and making a case for HER "perfect" Christmas tree. We finally decided on one and brought it home where we were happy to warm up by the fire and decorate together. It is these kinds of traditions that make the Holidays so special.What Holiday Traditions do YOU and YOUR FAMILY share? I would LOVE to hear about them! :)

And We are Off to Find the PERFECT ONE!

A Stop to Admire the Beautiful Work of a Bird Long Gone.
The Nest we found in one of the trees was a good nature lesson
and a reminder of life's simple beauties.

Stopping to smell the Pine Trees...
mmm....the smells of the season

You could get lost looking for the perfect tree -
good thing Buga was in a PINK jacket!

Buga making a case for THIS one being THE perfect tree!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mini Bilibo and Pixel

This is another one of those things I had looked at but never bought...and then I was in the right place at the right time and got this set for $5.00!! I didn't even know they carried Bilibo...Anyway, it's one of those great open-ended play things. The only limit to game play is that of your own imagination. I love toys like this. Buga had fun shooting them, stacking them, rolling them, turning them into hats, and singing happy birthday. I am sure we will find many more ways to play with this very cool and colorful set.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Paper Mache

Buga and I recently did a craft project I found in a parenting magazine. Early Introduction to Paper Mache - using tissue paper and flour paste.

What You'll Need:

1/2 cup water
1 cup flour

old paint brushes

tissue paper in 2" squares

1. spray the bowl with cooking spray or oil
2. tightly wrap the bowl in Seran wrap
3. mix flour and water together in another bowl with a whisk
4. flip bowl upside down on newspaper-covered table
5. layer tissue paper squares on the outside of the bowl using the paste (make sure you have at least 5 layers all over the bowl)
6. let dry overnight
7. peel Seran from bowl and then peel away from the tissue paper
8. trim rim to make it look more uniform (optional)


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Buckets and Sponges

bucket toss

I bought these simple buckets and sponges for some outdoor fun. I thought we could wet them and have a sponge fight or sponge-bucket-toss. Unfortunately it was yucky outside that day, so we stayed inside to play....and we came up with a boatload of ways to play with these simple toys.

car road

for building and tumbling down

bucket toss

stool for sitting

drum for drumming

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Science Experiment : Colors and Light

I have been trying to incorporate some more "curriculum" like things into our learning time. Science is one that I have been trying to add in...I bought these really cool test tubes that I know will get a lot of use for different types of activities. I thought it would be fun to change the water color using food coloring...and try to mix them.

First I let Buga use a medicine dropper to get water from a cup and put it in each of three test tubes : which we would turn into the red, blue, yellow tubes.

Once they were filled she added some drops of food coloring to each...this proved tricky because she added too much yellow making it look orange and too much blue making it look almost black. Next time I will limit how much goes in somehow. I had to really dilute some
to make them more accurate colors.

Next we closed up all the tubes and shook them to disperse the color more evenly. This made some bubbles, too, which was fun to see how the bubbles changed color.

Next we added 3 more test tubes and trays. And Buga poured about 1/3 of each color. First we did Red into Two different Tubes. Then we poured Blue into one of the same tubes (to make purple), and one New one. Then we did Yellow into one each the Blue (for green) and Red tube (for orange). I wanted to have some original colors still remaining so we could see all six colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.

Then we looked at all of our tubes using a Flashlight. We flashed the light through the tube onto a white piece of paper to see the colors.

When we were finished we used the medicine dropper again and dropped one of each color onto a paper towel to see the colors again.

It was fun...I think she is a little too young for all of it....but it is fun to have an idea to play around with. I am sure she learned something from it, even if it wasn't 1 + 1 = 2 . We worked our fine motor skills with the medicine dropper...and our listening skills with following instructions...Mama worked on her patience. All in all, a good learning experience :)