Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's the little things - like ice cubes

It's the little things - like ice cubes - at restaurants. A part of me didn't want her to play with her ice cubes....but the scientist inside me indulged her in this simple pleasure and I was so happy to see her playing and peace (for like 30 minutes) while we waited on a very busy Saturday night. She used her fine motor skills to fish them out. And science when she watched them melt on the plate. She counted them. Swished them Caught them. And ate them.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tissue Paper Fish

We are always looking for ways to incorporate our themes into our art projects. We recently decided to make an under the sea "mural" on our door using different methods of expression for different creatures in the deep. We are learning about the beach and ocean now, as a prelude to our trip to the beach. Buga really enjoyed this project an
d so did I. It was easy, used some different materials, and was super colorful. It provoked us to layer different colors together, and at the end we got to see how light effected the colo
rs and transparency. It turned out like a little stained glass window. We will definitely be doing this again (maybe in the fall with leaf patterns).

Here's what you need:

2 sheets of clear contact paper
colorful tissue paper squares
permanent marker
stencil of the object you wish to create (we used a fish for our Ocean/Beach theme)

1. I taped the clear contact paper down to the table so it wouldn't move all around.

2. Buga placed the tissue paper squares all around the contact paper...layer
ing, overlapping, filling up all the sticky spots.

3. I placed another piece of clear contact paper over top of the original

4. I traced the fish outline - only because I don't let her use permanent markers...but she could have done it with another writing implement.

5. We cut out the fish with a pair of scissors.

6. She played with the "fish family"

7. We taped them to our front door.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shark drawing

Buga drew this picture of a "shark" after a recent outing to the "aquary-min". I thought it was surprisingly accurate and I love looking back on these little masterpieces.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ladybug Counting

I made these for one of our bug themed learning centers. Buga has a really good sense for numbers for a three year old and this reinforces one-to-one ratios, counting, and numeral recognition.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Every time we go to the park Buga yearns to meet "friends" to play with. When she sees little people her age playing she gets so excited: "Mama, Mama...Look! There are lots of friends at the park to play with!"

I am not the biggest extrovert, that's for sure, but she reminds me how easy it can be to make friends. Friends are Strangers you have not yet a philosophy she lives by. I wish I had that mentality when approaching a crowd of people.