Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Easychair Ride

We've found that the leg rest on our rocking chair makes a great horsey ride for M. What else allows you to read a book and entertain a 23 month old at the same time?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Easy and Cheap Suncatcher Craft

Here's a great craft for toddlers from my aunt and cousin. It requires a lid from a margarine container (or I imagine that a yogurt lid would work too), a large amount of Elmer's glue, a piece of string or ribbon, and items to decorate the suncatcher.

First fill the container with Elmer's glue and decorate with shells, etc.

Let the glue dry completely. The glue dries clear and can be popped out of the lid.

With a sharp point make a hole in the suncatcher and put a string through it.

Hang it in front of a window and admire!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Last Day of School Tradition

A lot of families have fun first-day-of-school traditions; my cousin's family has a cute end of school tradition as well.

They take a picture of their daughter stepping over the threshold of the classroom of each elementary grade. That way they capture the very last moment of "kindergartenhood" etc.

As she stands at the threshold, my aunt says something like. "This is the last moment of your being a kindergartner. When you step through that door you'll be first grader. Are you ready?...One...two...three- step through!" (Hugs and excitement!) "Now you're a first grader!"

Isn't that fun?

Does your family have any fun traditions/ activities you do on the last day of school? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Same and Different Activity

We've been working on a new concept lately- the concept of "same and different." To practice, we've been playing a little game.

I made a set of picture cards out of halved index cards. I drew four simple pictures and made four copies of each. Then I shuffled the cards and turned over two cards in front of M and asked her what the pictures were.

I then asked her "Are they the same?"

If they were different, I would say, "No, they're different," and we would shake our heads sadly together.If they were the same picture, I would say "Yes!!! They're the same. Let's clap!" and we would clap our hands together. M loved the clapping- got very excited. Understanding the concept is still a work in progress, but she has fun with the practicing!
I suppose it's also good preparation for eventually playing the memory matching game together.