Saturday, June 30, 2012

You Can Do It

I've been wanting to take Baby K to a reading at the public library for quite some time now...  So I was quite excited when NFL Defensive Tackle Dwan Edwards came to read Coach Tony Dungy's children's book You Can Do It!  (We're big football fans at our house.)  A great moral message in this story, as the title indicates.  I should probably purchase this book, being as K most likely didn't absorb much with the one-time reading.  But it was great to watch her sit among all the other kids at the library!  Such a big girl, she is.  :)
Story:  You Can Do It by Tony Dungy
Age:  9 months
          1.  Public library.
          2.  Football treats.
          3.  Viking sensory noise maker.
NFL defensive tackle
1.  Public library.  Baby K got to meet this Buffalo Bills player after storytime!

deviled footballs
2.  Football treats.  Here's some football treats we made earlier this year, for anyone looking for tailgating ideas!  (Dipped strawberries in chocolate, drew laces with melted white chocolate.  Smashed a soup can to use like a cookie cutter on the football-shaped meat & cheese tray, drew laces with ranch dressing.  Devil eggs, made laces with slices of green onion.

meat & cheese footballs
strawberry footballs
Rattle, shake, & check out the colors!
3.  Sensory noise maker.  Football season is still months away...  But we can certainly celebrate the VIKINGS all year long!  :)  Filled this container with purple & yellow items from around the house; plastic eggs, pom poms, pipe cleaners, rocks, silk flowers, bells, feathers, & a cowbell.  Glued the lid on, tied some ribbon, painted "Go Vikes" on one side, "Make Some Noise" on the other.  And now Baby Girl is ready to cheer on our favorite team!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Haiku Baby

Remember writing Haikus in school?  This book takes me back to those days!  It contains great artwork & Japanese poetry geared toward babies discovering nature.  A colorful book, offering an excellent opportunity to mix a little Japanese CULTURE with those key concepts of learning; EXPLORATION & REPETITION.  I'm quite pleased with the flow of these poems!

A favorite line;    
In tickly-toe grass
a buttercup offers up
yellow nose kisses.
    Poems for daddy!
*  StoryHaiku Baby by Betsy Snyder
*  Age:  8 months
*  Activities/ Experiences:  
          1.  Card of poems.
          2.  Miso soup.
          3.  Rice sensory bin.
homemade card
1.  Card of poems.  Started reading this board book around Father's Day, inspiring a special homemade card of poems for daddy.  (The front was created with Stampin Up products.  --Check out my friend Sue's Stampin Ramblings for all kinds of crafty ideas!)

Once I recalled the repetitive pattern of Haikus is 5 syllables, then 7, then 5....  It became a fun way to show daddy our appreciation!
2.  Miso soup Delicious!  One of her first foods, Baby K seems to enjoy this Japanese-style broth.  A healthy treat, known for strengthening the immune system.  Smooth & delightful to the taste buds!
3.  Rice sensory bin.  We played with our fine motor skills & eye-hand coordination in this Japanese-inspired tub.  Baby Girl pinched, pushed, & dumped those little grains of rice while listening to the beautiful orchestra in Memoirs of a Geisha's soundtrack.  Even picking rice out of the carpet appeared to spark her interest!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Watch Me Throw the Ball!

Apparently, momma's got a sweet-tooth!  The Mo Willems book we selected for Toddler Approved's Summer Virtual Book Club is about Elephant & Piggie playing with a BALL...  And what activities did I come up with??  Slightly DESSERT-related!!

*  StoryWatch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems
*  Age:  8 months
*  Activities/ Experiences
          1.  Tapioca ball painting.
          2.  Having a "ball" with whipped cream. 
    1.  Tapioca ball painting.  Cut a couple ball-shaped pieces of paper, mixed coloring in tapioca pudding (Get it? Tapioca pearls, like teeny tiny balls!), and added actual balls to roll around in the "paint."  Baby K really dove into this activity, analyzing & squishing the gooey texture between her fingers.
    "Oh yummy paint."

    "Hey, I can make these balls roll!"
    (after)  Masterpieces!!!

    2.  Having a "ball" with whipped cream Okay, I figured this would be fun.  But it ended up being WAAAAY FUN!  Baby Girl sang & splashed in the pool of balls & whipped cream for a long, long time.  Tasted, squeezed, & slapped the various textures.  Played so hard, she promptly fell asleep after hosing off in the tub!
    Step 1:  Add whipped cream.
    Step 2:  Add colorful balls.

    Step 3:  Add a baby!

    Here's more Mo Willem book experiences:

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    The Very Quiet Cricket (again)

    I adore Eric Carle's books!   Mainly for the artwork, but also the simple stories too.  So of course I was excited to discover The Very Quiet Cricket was this month's story for the Virtual Book Club For Kids at Toddler Approved.

    There's an assortment of bugs throughout this story.  A little cricket tries & tries to greet them, but his wings don't make a sound...  Until the very end, when the last page gives an actual chirp.
    *  StoryThe Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (again)
    *  (See a previous post of this book, titled The Very Quiet Cricket.)
    *  Age:  8 months
    *  Activities/ Experiences:
              1.  Creepy crawly cubes.
              2.  Bug blocks.
              3.  Watching/ listening to live crickets.
      The Very Quiet Cricket
    1.  Creepy Crawly Cubes.  Filled a muffin tin with water & plastic insects.  Froze it overnight, then plopped the buggy ice into a bin with grass & twigs for a "cool" sensory experience.  We played & played with the cubes 'til Baby K's hands were... well, like ICE! 
    (before)  water & fake insects
    (after)  bugs on the rocks

    Butterflies, Grasshoppers, Praying Mantis, Oh My!

    Baby Girl seemed to be so "in the zone" while sloshing the melting objects around, that I was able to monitor her from afar, letting her do her own thing without me interupting.  Although she did check out the plastic creatures, the natural elements received a lot more focus, connection, & thinking.  --Pinched blades of grass, examined the ice.  --Our lil nature girl!

    Blocks gone buggy!
    2.  Bug Blocks.  Stuck insect stickers on wooden blocks while we stacked 'em, crashed 'em, & banged 'em around.  Her latest skill of holding a block in each hand while thumping them together, sure makes this mama proud!

    3.  Watching & Listening to Live Crickets Took a trip to the pet store to check out some real-life "hop hop" and "chirp chirp."
    Crickets.  Eek!
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