The Artful Parent, I decided to give it a try with the kids. It seemed very low on the mess and high on creativity. And it's always nice to paint with something other than paintbrushes and fingers! Besides, my babes have a strange fascination with Q-tips. It was nice to just let them at 'em!
go BIG on this next time around with large circle-shaped sponges on door-sized sheets of contractor's paper!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Filth Wizardry post on using foam sheets for bath play, I created a little foam sheet visor for shampoo time. Really too, too easy and yet so very useful!
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Monday, October 18, 2010
Made by Joel inspired me to get the sidewalk chalk out again! My younger cyclist really enjoyed the little wiggly bike path I drew her, while the oldest was into making signs and arrows about which way to go. This could be great fun, for creating a mini traffic park of our own in the future!!! This is a great activity for young preschoolers that we will definitely be revisiting!!!
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
And, there's been no place quite like Grandma's cabin in the forest...
With blue skies and autumn around us, it was a good time to pack up and get out...
A friend of mine made my kiddos the best pick up and go bags ever as one of her first sewing projects. These bags (inspired by Soulemama), have been great for packing up each child's clothes and small treasures for a quick weekend away! They're useful and remind me of how very much my kids are loved by one of our most esteemed family friends.
Good memories made out and about as we prepare for wintry whimsies indoors.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Recently I found the most useful and doable Ikea hacks for a lady with no tools! The Lack Lego Table inspired me to create my own Duplo Lego table of sorts on the adult Ikea desk we use as a kid's play table. With some adhesive putty (cheap and available at Tesco stores) I stuck some Duplo boards to one half of the kid's table. I love it - all the fun, without any of the commitment of another purchase, or permanently altering the table in any way. The kids are enjoying the more stable foundation for building their Lego creations too!
Speaking of the kid's table - it's probably my favorite piece of furniture in the kid's room. My genius mil gave us her combination Galant Ikea desk a year ago and suggested we use them for both adults and kids. How can such a big desk be used for kids?! Again, my mil pointed out that the legs of the table are adjustable. We got them down to the lowest height possible, picked up some stools and voila a LARGE, SPACIOUS (read: no fighting about being elbowed by sibling) workspace!ArtfulParent. Six kids easily fit around the desk and when we have had more, we have simply brought in one of the two desks from the adult work space, lowered the legs and added it on! Another great benefit - the desk will work for the kiddos for their entire childhood and on through college! Worth it - don't you think?!
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FilthWizardry for the creative idea of turning our windows into works of art!
Posted by Light at 12:24 AM
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Here's how I do it. While I'm reading a story to one of them, I set out the MP3 on "voice", choose "record now" and start a-readin'! That's it! Later on when we are in long lines or long car rides, perhaps a restaurant, I whip out my little technological wonder (with headphones/earbuds attached) and voila - happy, quiet, EDUCATED, ENTERTAINED children! Did I mention that relaxed momma part?! Oh yes, I love that part very much indeed! We also have some MP3 listening time at home during quiet time for the non-nappers! My oldest son (5) can handle a reading without pictures, whereas my daughter (3) still uses them to keep her focused on the story. For her, I make sure that the recorded stories she listens to are ones we have read many times together so she is very familiar with the pictures that are read along with the text.
One more tip I look forward to applying to our own family! We're bilingual - Dad is Czech. I'm planning on having him record some books in Czech (with page turn signals for following the book in hand) - so the kiddos also get more reading from the parent who spends more time outside the home.
I'm looking forward to how far I can go with this as the kids get older!
Posted by Light at 10:12 PM
Monday, October 4, 2010
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