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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Elmo Garden



We have been trying to garden more lately, which is near impossible when you don't have a front yard....or back yard...but we recently planted a new tree and some flowers in the 2 foot x 2 foot square of garden in front of my house. Buga has been really excited to dig and especially water the plants. When we found this Elmo gardening kit we had to buy it and grow some seeds. So here we are, trying to plant some seeds with our nifty little kit....She really enjoyed it. I only wished we had a yard to do the "dirty work" in...but I guess the splat mat will have to do for now :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

*New Product* The Family Box Play Set


A whole little world inside a box…like your little one’s imagination, you will find a world of play, a world of fun, a world of learning. The Family Box will inspire creative play and enchant young story-makers. Each family has six members (one for all the colors of the rainbow) and six coordinated sleep sacks. Entice imaginative thinking while reinforcing beginner color concepts, size relations, fine motor skills, and open-ended play.

Each family member is made of natural wood and has one of six colors marked on their bottoms. There are six coordinating sleep sacks made of comfy, cotton fabric. Encourage cognitive problem solving while your little one practices matching sizes or colors and enhances fi
ne motor skills.

With a dash of imagination, the play and learning possibilities are endless….
Stand the little people Shortest to Tallest or Smallest to Biggest.
Match the colored bottoms to their sleep sacks.
Tuck the little people into a sleep sack they fit into.
Count the people in the family.
Group the "kids" and "grown-ups" or "boys" and "girls"
Play.
Pretend.
Learn.

*The Family Box contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 3. As with all toys, little ones should be supervised while at play.*

Friday, May 21, 2010

Coffee Filter Art

This is a great Art project that doesn't require too many additional tools...and is process oriented.

What you'll need:
Coffee Filters
Washable Markers
Spray Bottle with Water
Newspaper for easy clean-up

1. Lay newspaper on a work surface
2. Doodle, draw, write with markers onto the coffee filter
3. Hold coffee filter art up and have your little one Spray it

Watch how the markers rub, dribble, drip, and spread....it's a beautiful process and produces a delicate, whimsical piece of art

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Garbage Find!!

Look what I found in the Garbage!! I can't wait to finish refurbishing this trash treasure. Here are some before pictures...can't wait to get to the "Afters".

Monday, May 17, 2010

Deleware Children's Museum

I love Children's Museums...in general. I always have. When I was a child. When I was a teenager. Now that I am an adult. I LOVE how interactive things are...and I love that designers, toy makers, builders, and artists come together to collaborate on such remarkable learning spaces. It is inspiring.


I've recently had the opportunity to see a few new-to-me children's museums. The Delaware Children's Museum (DCM) just opened about two weeks ago. Having a Please Touch Museum Super Membership (I am a part of the ACM network so I can go to other children's museums free of charge) I decided to give this one a try.

Initially I was put off - finding out that my ACM network didn't work there. If I had bought my membership and ACM status from, say, the NJ Discovery Museum, it would have gotten me in no problem...but because I bought it through the Please Touch Museum it didn't work. This really made me frustrated...especially when I had to pay $12 admission for both Buga and Myself.

The museum is Beautiful. It has the same professional look and feel that the Please Touch Museum does. It's not Mom-and-Pop, it's definitely corporate. It is professional and put
together. There is a lot of natural light throughout the building. The exhibits are thought out and pretty. We really enjoyed the recycled garden area...the river...and the "tot" space. There
were several exhibits I wanted to take my time looking at, but my 2-year-old made it impossible. The floors are still partially unfinished...and I don't think it's a design element. There are several exhibits still "under construction..." and there isn't a theater or additional programming going on. It is only one floor, and though beautiful, I felt like I overpaid. Buga actually said she was ready to go...where other museums I've had to bride her with lunch just to get her out the door.

Though we did have a good time while exploring.



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Pocket Lovey Note Debut



I have always wanted to incorporate little love notes or wishes into my blankets and loveys...I just haven't gotten around to it until recently.

Last week I had a custom order for a Pocket Sized lovey. The size of my Fidgets, but no crinkle paper, fewer ribbons, and soft squishy minky on the back. So cute and portable. Its intentions were simple: provide comfort and security to a 3-year-old. Small enough to fit into his pocket. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate my Lovey Note idea.

And so here it is....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rice Bin with Numbers


I recently "hid" number puzzle pieces in Buga's Rice Bin. She had to excavate to find the numbers and then fit them into the puzzle. I found this great little puzzle from the dollar store! She loves her sensory bin. It's a great way to sneak another layer of learning into play!




Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lego Mania


Buga found some Lego Duplo blocks in her Easter basket and eggs this year. I forgot how much fun it was to build with Legos! We sat and listened to some classical music while we constructed this little house. Such simple fun. Great for fine motor skills, imagination building, understanding of mathematical, spatial, and physics concepts.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Great GrandPap

We recently went to the Lake to visit Great Grandpap. We had so much fun seeing our family. I miss our getting together as much as we used to, but the time we spent together we will certainly cherish.


Here is Buga with her Great Grandpap.
"Pap P." (Pappy)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Chopsticks



We enjoy going out for Thai food every now and again and I love when Buga enjoys eating her edamame and lo mein. I especially love to watch her try to use her chopsticks like her Mama. They have these little chopstick additions to make it easier for little ones. They are great!

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I always bring them home with me when we are done for the learning closet. We use the chopsticks to move pom poms and such to help build fine motor coordination skills!