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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

In the Tall Tall Grass


We have been reading stories and doing story art projects a lot this Spring. I like that we are exploring different types of materials and relating them to books we've read. It helps build story-telling skills, memory, and most of all comprehension. Buga likes to experiment with art when I let her get messy and one of her FAVORITE things to do right now is Cut....so Iincorporated cutting into this project.

What you will need:
- 1 piece of background construction paper (we used white)
- 1 half piece of green construction paper - cut the length of the paper (long and skinny)
- I marked lines about every inch on this green paper as "cutting lines" and
made "stopping dots" about 3/4 of the way down
- Other construction paper to use for collaging
- glue (we used a glue stick)
- scissors
- crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- sheet of insect stickers

1. Buga practiced cutting on the straight grass "lines"

2. On the line drawn side, I made a crayon line where she was to put the glue.
She glued along the strip. Flipped it over and placed the grass at the bottom of the background construction paper.


3. She put the stickers around the picture - she hide some in the grass...


...and made a little insect "family" in above the grass on the right.
She had a whole little story as to why they were together.

4. I cut out one flower. She glued it on....she cut out more object on her own (sticks and branches)

5. She continued to decorate her picture with crayons. She made a sun in the background (difficult to see but it's right under the flower), grass lines, and sky lines....

It is now on our fridge. She showed it to Daddy as soon as he got home from work.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Snack Time

Snack Time!


I have been wanting to make these little sandwich flowers for some time now. I saw them in a parenting magazine and thought they would be a fun way to each "sandwiches". They were easy to make and a fun addition to our play date snack time.


- First you take a piece of bread and flatten it with a rolling pin.
- "Squish" it into a greased muffin tin in a flower formation
- Bake for about 10 minutes at 200 degrees until light brown and formed
- Let cool
- Fill with favorite sandwich goodness
we used turkey lunch meat with slices of string cheese on top


I also put out a tray of yummies for snacking.
cantaloupe, edamame, carrots, and mini pepperoni

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Handmade Baby Goodness


Buga and I made some blocks for the baby....among other handmade goodies!
She was so proud to be a part of it, and I love having her be involved.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Dirt


In our Spring unit we have been doing a lot of work with bugs, worms, dirt, compost, etc. One rainy day I was looking for something to do with Buga and remembered this recipe from my childhood and thought it would be appropriate for our Spring theme....not to mention fun in the kitchen. Buga LOVES to make sweets in the kitchen because it's one of the rare times she gets to indulge in yummy, sugary, goodness. Needless to say, this recipe was a hit....however she was not interested in "eating worms" - so we left out the gummies (fine by me!)

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Here is the Recipe if you are interested:

Ingredients:

1 lg. pkg. Oreo cookies
1/2 stick butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 1/2 cups milk
2 packages of instant French vanilla pudding
1 (12 oz.) carton Cool Whip
Little Clay Pots
Artificial flowers to make the look authentic


Instructions:

1. Crush the Oreo cookies in the food processor. Set aside.

2. Cream together butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk and pudding mix together. Incorporate into the creamed mixture.

4. Fold in Cool Whip.

5. Fill holes at the bottom of the clay pots.

6. Layer each pot with cookie crumbs and pudding mixture, ending with cookie crumbs (dirt) on top.

7. Chill in the refrigerator.

8. Add flowers and gummie worms before serving.

*Note* This recipe can be cut in 1/2 to make a smaller portion.

Yum!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cranium


Cranium Polar Bear ABC Game


We received this game from a family friend for Christmas, but just opened it! Buga loves trying to "catch" the letters in the icy water and then match where they belong.


I love that it reinforces alphabet recognition skills and shows how letters put together make words. It's a great little game where we are also learning to share and take turns - an important work in and of itself!


The Pottery Place


We went to the pottery place recently on a whim. Buga has been interested in doing something like this ever since she saw an episode of Caillou where he and his grandma make a mug for his Mom. This is exactly what we did.


"I want to paint a mug for you, Mama."


I am glad I didn't decide to make one too, because I would have liked to be there a lot longer than she did. It worked out well that we did this as a teamwork project. I can't wait to see the finished product and have this special mug living in my cupboard.

Monday, April 11, 2011

You're Making Me Dizzy!


I don't know what it is about little kids wanting to be DIZZY. Even I, as a child, remembering the thrill and fascination of a spinning chair or Tilter-World. Whatever the amusement, Buga enjoys that very same pleasure. It makes me dizzy watching her, but she cracks up in hilarity...which just makes me smile :)

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Featured on Parent Map!


What a wonderfully nice feature on Parent Map! I am honored to be a part of their "10 eco-friendly toys for kids" list !!

Thanks so much for adding my shop!


Flutter away

The Mama May I Etsy shop has some of the coolest eco-friendly, creative toys on Etsy and these flutter fly streamers are no exception! Priced at $27, this whimsical toy features twelve hand-dyed, rainbow silk streamers, handle hoops that are sealed with organic beeswax and jojoba oil and a muslin bag for storage. Great for the environment and also for plenty of imaginative fun! Be sure to check out the rest of Mama May I's awesome selection -- you won't regret it! We as well highlighted her zoo edition match game in our 2010 Etsy holiday gift guide.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Box Car

With a little imagination, This:
cardboard box

Becomes this:
personal driving machine


Buga found a cardboard box. She pretended to drive it like a car.


So we decided to cover it in easel paper, decorate it...



and turn it into a car.

I added a side-car snack holder so she could grab a snack or drink on the go...or when we pretend to go to the "drive in movie theater" - and we put a pillow in the back seat for her to lean on.

It's been a while since we made this car, but she still uses it. She brings all her babies into the car with her and goes to the grocery store, the mall, the park, the zoo....
Don't worry, we make sure they have their seat belts on.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MSN Glo Feature !!

I am so excited to announce the shop has been featured in an MSN Glo article called
Our pocket-sized Gumdrop Tops are featured as a welcome addition to any party favor!


You can find these little cuties at : MamaMayiShop.com
$6 each

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wipeable Coloring


I made these wipeable coloring sheets by photocopying some of Buga's favorite coloring book activities - I copied them at 60% so they would be more portable. I laminated each page, hole-punched it, and bound them together with a metal ring from Staples. We use Crayola Wipeable Crayons with it.


I keep it in the car or Go-Bag for occasions like this : The Grocery Store. I dread going to the grocery store because it is never a fast trip. I always know what I want to get, but we always get side tracked and I end up chasing after a toddler with items on her own list. So I do whatever I can to Cart her. This is one of those activities. "You can play with this cool activity book while you're in the cart!" Sometimes it works, sometimes it only works for a couple aisles....but it's worth a try. It makes my life so much easier.


Here she is intensely enjoying her Cart time :)


Friday, April 1, 2011