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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mobile Fun


I didn't realize how much little ones liked mobile until Boo arrived. I quickly learned that even a fussy, high needs baby, could be soothed by a little smackeral of something floating or moving overhead. At home we have this wonderful Butterfly Mobile that quickly became a favorite.


At my Mom's house, I had to improvise and found a simple way to create some eye candy that our little one absolutely loves looking at.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Sorting Dish

Christmas Sorting!

Buga used her wooden tongs to sort some Christmasy objected in a simple divided tray.
We had bows, ornaments, shaped erasers, and bells.
I put all the objects in the middle and she had to separate them into categories.


Next time I will build in some other ways to sort -
like bows, and then different colored bows so she could sort by type or by color.
It was a good little something-to-keep-her-busy
while I packaged up some things to be sent out.
Here they are all sorted.



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree!!
Oh Christmas Tree!!
How Felt-y Are Your Branches!

I recently had the idea for Buga's room - a Christmas Tree!
I used to decorate my room growing up for all the holidays, Christmas in particular
and I thought it would be fun for Buga to have her own little place
to decorate for the upcoming holiday.
She has a flannel board on one of her closet doors - the perfect tree-hanging spot!
So I went to the craft store and bought a yard of green felt.
We cut out a Christmas Tree Shape.


With Felt scraps I had around the studio, I cut out some Christmas Ball Ornament Shapes. While I packaged things up she used her glitter glue, felt shapes, and buttons to decorate them. We usually do a tropical-colored themed Christmas - hence the bright, non-traditional colors!


When they dried she got to decorate her tree. The felt ornaments stuck to the felt tree on the flannel board. Magic! She loved that they did this. She kept arranging and rearranging her masterpiece until she got it looking just the way she wanted to
(not the way I would have done it, but I tried to keep quiet while she created.)


And here we decorated it together later...a little more the way I would have done it!
I am a little Type A - can't you tell?

Needless to say I think it was a hit because every visitor that we've had so far has been shown the grand tour - Oh Christmas Tree. She keeps un-decorating and re-decorating the tree....
so that's a success in my book!

It was totally inexpensive.
A project that involved her every step of the way.
And one she keeps playing and pretending with.

We will do this again next year....maybe adding some garland or candy canes...or ginger-people!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Candy Cane Tape Relief Painting


Highlights High Five magazine came in the mail this week. Buga ALWAYS heads straight for the "Make This" and "Cook This" section. This month they did painting projects with tape - so that when you peel the tape away the negative space shows through. She immediately wanted to do it. And I wanted to make it Holiday Festive so we could hang them on the door. I decided to try candy canes and use red paint. I cut out the candy cane shapes from white Tyvek envelopes - - I was busy packaging up orders and happened to spot a stack of them - - I thought they would glisten differently because of the shininess ofthe envelope...and the contrast of the matte red paint - and I didn't have painter's tape handy, so I wanted to make sure that the tape I used would peel away easily from the paper. Needless to say, you could use any kind of paper you want, but it may work better with some kind of non-permanent tape - like painter's tape...and if you had different widths, that would be even cooler. But this is what I had available, so here's what we used:

Tyvek envelopes - I think about 6
Red Paint
Paint Brush
Tape
Splat Mat (we used last night's pizza box)


I cut out candy canes from the envelopes in two different sizes. Buga helped me cut the tape (though I did most of the tape cutting).

Buga was in charge of tape placement.
So she went about putting the tape wherever she wanted on the candy cane cutouts.


When we were finished we used red paint to paint all over the visible white space.


Next time I do this I am going to add some peppermint extract
to the red paint so it will smell like Christmas, too.
Won't that be fun??


When the paint dried (not too long which was good for Buga's impatience),
we peeled the tape away to reveal the white underneath.


I love how they turned out - imperfect - but you know they are candy canes.
The lines are a little crooked and fun.
Ohh, they look great on our front door!
And we get to see them every time we walk into the house.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

So Excited for New Products



Lil Boo's Bakery - Here is one of Buga's Christmas present this year. Though she hasn't "tested it yet", I know she is going to just *love* it, so I am posting them in the shop for other little entrepreneur cookie-enthusiasts. I love how all the pieces came together in this boxed tin....perfect.

Lil Boo's Bakery-in-a-box
$65

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ribbon Dancing

I have used these Flutter Fly Streamers with Buga before - but she has really started to get into them and is now able to use them in a myriad of different dances. I love how amazing her rhythm is. We try to have music time every morning while I cook breakfast. I pull out instruments, or Silkies, or our Flutter Fly Streamers for her to use as props while she moves to the music. This morning we had the FFS out and she loved them. She came up with ways to move them that I didn't even think of. She loves everything musical. Magical.


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These Flutter Fly Streamers can be found in my shop:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mama May i Stocking Stuffers

In need of some Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays?


Mama May i has the perfect goodies
to make your little one's stocking special this Christmas!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reaching and Grabbing

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I am already trying to remember when this was. it was a while ago....
that's why I need to blog about it right away! Next time maybe I won't be so delayed in posting.
In any case, Boo started reaching and grabbing (this summer)!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Park Day


I am taking this opportunity to post a blip in time.
My "little one" - who's not so little anymore - has physically grown so much this past year.
Buga has mastered the jungle gym. Her gross motor skills have matured incredibly in such a short period of time and so has her courage. I love how she jumps right in and wants to explore whatever she can get her hands or body on.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Boo's Growth and Development (when she was 3.5 months old)

When Boo was about 3.5 months old I put her in a high chair for the first time. She loved being able to sit upright while exploring her toys from a new perspective. We took all the toys off and just put water onto the high chair tray, too...and she loved splishing and splashing in the little bit of water. She ran her fingers through it and over it. Tried to taste it. Grab it. Push it over and off. I love the simplicity of good play. Sometimes you really don't need much. Just imagination and a mind for exploring and discovering - little ones are hardwired with everything required.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pumpkin Number Line


Buga is only 3 (well, 3 and a half)...but she has always shown an interest in numbers. She can count pretty well, and can identify all one-digit numbers. Lately she has been reading the clock...but saying each digit instead of the bigger numbers. So she will tell me: "It's 1. 1. 6." Instead of one sixteen. I decided we had better work on the names of the bigger numbers - - she can count much higher and says them, but can't yet identify them. I decided to write numbers on little pumpkins for the autumn season and make a "number line" using the pumpkins. She really liked playing this game....hopefully it will help her begin to identify names of numbers that have more than one digit. I will be doing this again in the winter time with something like snowflakes, gingerbread men, or candy canes, I think.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cute Stuff Sale


I am excited to announce our participation in Nice Girl Notes Cute Stuff Sale!! This Saturday, November 19th we will be selling so super Cute Stuff for super Cute Prices! It runs like an online auction - something shows up for a discount - if you are the first to claim it you get it for the discounted price. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am really excited to be a part of it. I've included over a DOZEN different items so get some "Mama May i Shop for Christmas" done while sitting on your sofa sipping hot cocoa. There is a lineup of great shops participating in this event, so have your Gift List out and ready. This Saturday evening from 8 - 11!

The details can be found on Roo's blog Here

What Mama May i item tops your Christmas List this year??

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bento

peanut butter sandwich, pepperoni, almond slivers, cheese stick, carrot sticks, green grapes


I have always loved the ideas of bentos. For adults. For kids. For toddlers. There is just something about cute little colorful foods combined together in a thoughtful way that makes my heart happy. Even though Buga doesn't eat lunch at school or have to bring a lunch to school I found myself investigating bento lunches before the school year began. I decided to buy an arsenal of fun Bento supplies so I could start crafting our lunches this way. I don't do iteveryday but I find it's good practice so that when she does start school I hope to be a little more efficient at packing them. She loves opening her little boxes to see what's inside - like a small nutritious gift for the day - she gets surprised and gets to explore what's inside every lunch. Yum! What do you find yourself packing a lot of for your little ones lunches?

Fruit, granola, yogurt, baby carrots


strawberries, blueberry yogurt, carrot sticks, peanut butter sandwich heart, fruit leather strips


peanut butter sandwich circle, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, dressing in the little bunny container, almond, green grapes, apples cut like flowers with a bunny fork-pick


Pink-a-licious. strawberries, raspberries, pink lady apples, sausage and egg wrap with a pink toothpick, on a pink plate


carrot sticks, cucumber slices, hummus in the green lion container, green grapes with a bunny fork-pick, green apple, tuna fish, strawberries, teddy grahams


cheese stick, baby carrots, green gapes, honey crisp apples, tuna fish sandwich, teddy grahams



Monday, November 7, 2011

Boo's Dolliloop


I love when my little one's are left to discover and play with things I've created and made for them. It truly warms my heart like nothing other. Boo absolutely LOVES her Dolliloop. I didn't think she would be ready to play with it for a while, but at 3 months she has already developed a love and bond with her little lovey. She holds her, grabs her, explore her hair...


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Count With Me


Buga has always been super into numbers - counting - adding - relating to numerals. I wanted to create something wooden for her to play with that could be around for a while so I created the Count With Me Play Set. She likes lining up the number planks in number order. She also likes counting the disks and laying them out. I liked being able to add a themed manipulative (these cute fish from our Highlights Magazine) to work on some 1:1 Ratios. I think I will expand the set to include numbers > 10 because they seem too easy for her.

If you are interested in a Count With Me Play Set you can find them in my Shop MamaMayi.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

School Lunch


With the beginning of the school year comes thoughts of a yummy school lunch. I have been exploring fun ways to present Buga with healthy lunching opportunities and fell in love with Bento style packing. Though she won't be taking lunch to her little school this year, I thought it would be fun to pack up a Bento every now and again when we go out to the park or on car trips. Here is my first attempt. She loved it, and every yummy tidbit inside.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Brew - Sensory Bin

It was a cold and rainy day. My little one needed something inside to play...something Fun. something that would catch her attention and keep her interest. I decided to pull out the Halloween sensory bin toys. I put rice in a super sized salad/mixing bowl (once my grandfather's) - - this thing has to be about 2.5 feet in diameter. The sound of the rice swishing around in the metal bowl was amazing. And it did keep Buga's attention. And it did get all over my floor. But, that's okay for one day....it gave me an excuse to do a detailed vacuuming.



She made Witches Potion, and Halloween stew. She filled up the little pumpkin ice cube trays and emptied them out again. I loved the scratchy Halloween sound the rice made when she stirred her brew. We listened to Halloween music while she played.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stirring My Brew

Witch's Apothecary

pretend kitchen play, dabbling in chemistry, creative thinking, Halloween fun.


A while back - at the beginning of the Halloween season, I came across some "specimen jars" used for decoration. I loved the spooky, eerie thought of these but didn't want to spend the money on them for decoration - maybe some day if we had a party. I "banked" the idea as I do with so many things that inspire me...


Last Thursday during the bitter cold rainy days I had to do something to keep Buga occupied inside to keep us all from going crazy. I remembered I hadn't yet taken out the Halloween Sensory Bin supplies so I quickly gathered them, some rice, and a HUGE metal mixing bowl - we are talking about 2.5' in diameter. I just loved the way the rice sounded as it rustled against the metal bin. We listened to Halloween music while Buga pretended to "bake", make "potion", and "stir her brew".


Fast forward to this week. I was in Michael's perusing - looking for some supplies for the shop when I happened upon the "organization section" of the store. Drool. My house is not organized, but it's not from a lack of my trying. And I do so love organization. Anyway, I found these cute plastic scrap-booking jars on clearance (and I had a coupon)...and I thought, oh, I know these could be SOMETHING.


Continuing on my shopping journey I came to the Martha Stewart Halloween Crafts section (which was on sale / clearance because the holiday is so close) and I came upon these magnificent specimen "labels" for a Halloween party. I loved the look of them so much that I decided to head back to the organization section and pick up those bottles. (This picture is actually them, but smaller...I had to copy and resize them to fit the bottles. But now I have the originals I can use for a party sometime, too.)


When I found these, I had a plan. All of the dots connected to make a pretending
game / kitchen / store I thought would be so much fun. It just hit me and here are the fruits
or toadstools of my labor of love....


Here are the bottles, all labeled. Now for the fun part - deciding what would go inside. I wanted all of the items I found to resemble somewhat the labels...not to be too small, so we could add them to our "mixture" and still take them back out again (for sorting purposes) and restocking purposes...and to be spookily fun.


I turned an old wooden cooking spoon into a cooking "broom" with a little left-over chocolate colored yarn.


A little bit of this and a little bit of that and an Apothecary Shop I made. I scrounged up an old witches hat and cauldron from the basement. Some leftover styrofoam "meat" trays from the grocery store to use as "plates".



I gave it to Buga this afternoon to play with. She sure did fancy her new role as witchress in the brewing kitchen. She played with it for a couple hours today which made me totally happy. She loved discovering what was inside each of the bottles. While we cooked we sang the song....


Stirring and stirring and stirring my brew.....wooooooohhhh.
Stirring and stirring and stirring my brew.....wooooooohhhh.
Stirring and stirring and stirring my brew.....wooooooohhhh.
Tip toe. Tip toe. Tip toe. Boo!!


She insisted she was a good witch and refused to put in the "skulls" -- arsenic -- as she didn't want to hurt anyone. She said the Eyes of Newts helped people and loved the Frog Slime (which I was fluff for stuffed animals...I wish there had been a spider's web label or swamp fog).


Needless to say, I totally enjoyed making it. She totally enjoyed playing with it. And it is a little play set I will be sure to keep in our Halloween bin to use again next year.