Friday, November 30, 2012

space alien name art activity

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 Bear {4 yrs} can spell his name aloud and recognize it in written form.  so, it’s time to start working on learning to write his name.  {please note that the following project was done twice.  once with his real name and once with his nickname for blog purposes… and he was thrilled to do two of them!}

 
to start off, i folded two pieces of construction paper in half and wrote each of our names on them.  then i cut out around the names.  once the papers were opened up, it provided the shape that our aliens would be.  this was the only part of the activity that was structured.  after this, Bear had full control over what materials to use and how to use them.  i set out a large tray full of various craft supplies for us to choose from. 
  

decorating the name aliens was fun for both of us… every now and then i actually make my own version of projects with Bear.  for the longest time, i stopped because he strived to make his look just like mine.  this only caused frustration for him and a bit of heartbreak for me. 
 
 
once they were done and the glue dried, we put them up in our preschool area.
 


for more space-related activities, check out this Space Monster Math with Playdough post i did at Learn with Play at Home.
 
as well as these:
Mm is for Moon: Tot School from Train Up a Child
Mm is for Moon: Kindergarten from Train Up a Child
Moon Buddy from Let's Lasso the Moon
Bubble Wrap Moon Walk from Our Feminist {Play}School
Thinking Creatively from Play Dr. Mom
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Activities from Inspiration Laboratories
 
 
 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Practicing Colors & Patterns

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A few weeks ago, Bear was having a bit of a rough time with his dad gone for work.  When we got a package from Safari Ltd, his spirits were instantly lifted.  We got the On the Road Toob, one of their many great mini-figure toobs.  The set contained: a mack truck, delivery truck, police car, firetruck, school bus, car, truck, motorcycle, and four-wheeler. 
 
I couldn't get the tube open fast enough for Bear.  He loves anything with wheels, so this was a perfect surprise for him (as you can see by his smile below).  He also *loved* the catalog and later on, set to work circling items he'd like to add to his animal collection. 

   

After he had a chance to play with the vehicles awhile, I set up a color-matching and pattern activity using the vehicles.  For color matching, I used crayons that corresponded to the vehicles, I had Bear "park" the vehicles they matched.  (I rubber-banded the black and white crayons together for the two vehicles that are both colors.)

   
 
After he matched colors, I used a few of the vehicles and crayons to create a pattern out of the crayons for him to reproduce with the cars. 
 
 
Anything with wheels quickly becomes a favorite in our house, and these mini-figures are no different.  Because they are so durable, Bear is even able to play car wash with them without any paint wearing off.  We have also used quite a few of our fave Safari Ltd figurines to turn our train table into a zoo safari and the People at Work Toob to explore community helpers.  I think it's safe to say that we'll be adding more of them to our collection soon, judging by the many, many circles in our catalog. 
 
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Monday, November 26, 2012

the final "in {her} shoes" post

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i have been so blessed through this series.  through this project of mine, i've been able to hear the stories of so many amazing and inspirational mommas.  but as with everything, all good things must come to an end.  but fear not, there's another fun new series starting after the new year.

here are the women who've shared their lives with us...
just click on their picture to read their story!

kerry     christy     sheri
amy     julia     aunna
sj     carly     laura
maria     jennifer     lish
3 krazy chics     tara     melanie
jenni     wendy     michelle
nicole     jen     kim
breena     maggy     tc
rebekah     sierra     ali
mary anne     shannah     kellygina     andrea     charisa
inhershoes     Photobucket     mel
danielle     charlotte     the monkoshruti     rachel     lauraisil     krissy     Photobucketchrissy          pam
   
kristina      gina     eddie julie      adrienne      joyce susan      heather      Lyndsayrenee      varya      mary beth andie
 
  
 
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