Friday, July 31, 2009

I is for Iceberg

We've been having some extremely hot days here, so cool down activities have been a must! I've seen this idea on many blogs and always wanted to try it out with Bekah.

The night before, I froze a few small toys in a small bowl of water. The next day, I put that in a larger bowl with some warmer water. We went outside with two spoons and a squirt bottle with warm water. She had fun "chopping" her toys out of the iceberg.

She was so proud when she got a toy out of the ice!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ice Cream File Folder Game

Today we continued our letter I activities. I went over to File Folder Fun and found this Ice Cream Scoops File Folder game. It took a little bit of preparation on my end, but was so worth it in the end. Bekah really enjoyed it. She only did it once today, but I think she'll come back to it tomorrow.

Bekah matching the colors of the ice cream cones.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Yesterday was such a busy day for us (we closed on a house we're buying!) that I decided to take a break from letter "I" activities. Bekah still wanted to do something fun, so I turned to something that wouldn't take up too much time. It actually ended up being one of Bekah's favorite activities ever. We had gotten the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni from the library and decided to do this activity with along with it.

We read the book together. It's such a cute book about two best friends, little blue and little yellow. When they hug one day something amazing happens....they turn green! Bekah loved it!

We then took a blob of blue paint and a blob of yellow (little blue and little yellow) in a sealed baggie.

Have the friends hug together.

Look! It's turning green.

Bekah thought it was just amazing!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Letter I

This week we are learning about the letter I. We have a lot of activities planned for this week, but we started with making our letter into an ice cream cone. Bekah was very excited for this letter since she loves ice cream so much. I got this idea from Funny Days with Mommy and Maddie and also No Time for Flashcards (I love their blogs, you should check it out!) We began by drawing out the letter I on a piece of brown construction paper.

I then drew 3 ice cream scoops to put on top.

Bekah glued these on top of the ice cream cone and added the sprinkles and cherry on top.

Of course sprinkles were eaten during this project!

Almost looks good enough to eat! Yummmm!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday for Breakfast

It is sometimes very hard to get Bekah to eat breakfast. Yet, if she doesn't eat in the morning she's miserable. That's why I thought muffin tin Monday for breakfast would be perfect. It worked! She ate almost all of it. We've been really into opposites lately, so we did a Opposites Muffin Tin Monday meal. She loved it!

Our muffin tin Monday meal was:
(Hard and Soft) Frozen blueberries and banana, (Rough and Smooth) Outside and inside of a kiwi, (Wet and Dry) Cereal with milk and cereal without milk.

We love Muffin Tin Monday. You can learn more over at Her Cup Overfloweth.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dog's Colorful Day

Bekah loves books and crafts, so when we have a craft that goes along with a book it's a sure hit. When I saw this craft on Superheroes and Princesses I knew we had to give it a try. Dog's Colorful Day is by Emma Dodd. We were able to get this book at our library, but I have a feeling we'll be adding it to our own collection.

First I drew Dog freehand. He was pretty easty to draw. (Bekah had just woken up, doesn't she look sleepy?!)

Next I found pictures of all the things that give Dog his spots and laminated them. (Sorry, I couldn't get this picture to turn right for me...oh well!)

We then read the book and Bekah added the spots to Dog as the story went on. She couldn't wait to show her Daddy when he got home.

At the end of the book Dog gets a bath, so Bekah wiped off all the spots with her hands. She loved this part!
This was such a wonderful activity!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dinner at McK's

Not too long ago I read a blog where someone had taken a McDonald's Happy Meal and kept it in her pantry for a long time as a sort of experiment. Funny thing is, it did not go moldy or stinky like "normal" food would do. It got hard as a rock because of all the preservatives in it. (sorry, I can't remember what blog it was). After reading that I was ready to give up our McDonald's and opt for something better for us. I saw this idea on Itty Bitty Bistro and immediately knew this is what we would do. They called it "MomDonalds", but we called it "McK's" (because our last name begins with a K). I even included a little prize to find inside the bag.

Overall, it was a success. She didn't like the fries, though. I made them too spicy for her (whoops!). But, overall, I would do it again. She especially loved the little toy inside (of course!).

Friday, July 24, 2009

Puffy Paint

I've seen recipes for puffy paint on many different blogs and have always wanted to give it a try. We got some squeeze bottles for the paint from our local dollar store and as soon as we got home she asked for puffy paint. It was really easy to make.

This is the recipe we used:
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
mix all and add food coloring to color it how you'd like. Pour into squeeze bottles

Have fun painting!

Bekah really liked making puddles!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Buzz Buzz Buzz

Every so often Bekah and I do an art project that we can put up on her bedroom windows. After we took the red, white, and blue stars down from 4th of July she wanted to do something different. When I asked her what she would like to do she said "bumblebees!" So, that's exactly what we did.

Cut a teardrop shape out of yellow construction paper. Using black paper, cut strips for his stripes. Glue these on the bumblebee's body.

Cut a circle out for the bee's head. Draw a face on you bee.

Glue the head to the body and cut the stripes to fit your bee. Cut wings out of wax paper and tape onto the back of the bumblebee. Add antennas and now you have a bumblebee.

Play with him before you hang him up!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mr. Bassman

As I've mentioned in a previous post, we absolutely LOVE Laurie Berkner. We recently got the CD Rocketship Run and are constantly singing those songs. Bekah's new favorite song from that cd is Mr. Bassman. She asks for it again and again. The other day I was trying to figure out a craft to make with her and after the 10th time of listening to Mr. Bassman it hit me....let's make a string bass. We talked about the string bass and she was very excited to find out that her Daddy teaches kids at school to play the String Bass. We also looked at pictures of the string bass and this is the craft what we came up with.

First draw a bass on a large piece of construction paper. It doesn't have to be perfect!

Next have your child paint their bass. We used brown paint to make it look authentic.

After it dries have your child add strings to it. Basses have 4 strings. We used twine I had on hand and double sided tape to attach it on the top and bottom of the bass.

Cut your bass out and enjoy. You could also use cardboard to make the bass hold up better. We think Mr. Bassman would enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday Swap

Today Bekah and I got everything together to send to our Super Summer Swap partner. It was such a great thing for us to do in that it really taught Bekah about sharing what we have. This is why I was soooo excited to hear that Michelle over at Her Cup Overfloweth is hosting a Muffin Tin Monday Swap. We couldn't be more excited, since we look forward each week to muffin tin monday. You can visit here to learn more.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Willow Valley

This past week we were enjoying time away in Lancaster, PA. It's pretty close to where we live, so it's not a bad drive, and it's so beautiful out there. We stayed at Willow Valley where they have a small indoor "water park". It's mostly for young kids, so it's perfect for us. Bekah loved going down the froggy slide. It's pretty much all she wanted to do ALL vacation. I have to first I was a bit frustrated with this. I mean, I had so many ideas of things we could do and places we could go.....she just wanted to be at the pool. Well, my husband helped me to see what was important. After all, we came on vacation to relax. So, we planned only one thing a day and for the rest of the time we were at the "froggy pool". It really taught me that I have to be more flexible and after that we all had a wonderful time.

Dippin' Muffin Tin Monday

Well, we're back from our vacation in time for muffin tin Monday. Vacation was wonderful, but it's also good to get back into the swing of things. Today we had a guest for muffin tin Monday. Bekah's cousin, Mikayla came over for lunch and playtime. It was her first muffin tin meal and seemed like she really enjoyed it.
The theme at Her Cup Overfloweth today was dips and sauces. Bekah is not a huge fan of dipping (strange, I know), so she actually didn't dip her things, but I tried. They had hotdogs with ketchup, bananas with yogurt, and oreos with milk. Can you guess what Bekah ate first? Right....the oreos! I was planning on taking them out after the picture until she ate her other food, but forgot. Thank goodness she ate her other food after the oreos. My baby takes after me with her sweet tooth!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Piggy Paint

I just had to post about our new favorite product. Piggy Paint. I love having painted nails. Especially toenails. I don't always take the time to do them, but when I do I feel so girly and special. Just recently Bekah started to notice my pink toes. One day she said, "Mommy, did someone use pencil on your toes?" I laughed out loud, it was so funny! Around this time I found out about piggy paint on a blog. (Sorry, I don't remember which one). So, I went to the site, we picked out 2 colors along with a polish remover and it was on its way. Bekah was so excited that she told everyone she met she was getting piggy paint. The day it came we dove right in and painted her nails. Daddy was sad that his baby girl is growing up, but I had a mommy/daughter moment that will live with me forever. It has little to no odor, dries in no time, and comes in many colors. We picked purple and pink.

It's totally worth the money and Bekah and I both recommend it.