Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Picnic With Monet

One of my very favorite painters!  Excited to share this board book of Monet's art with Baby K...  His depictions of nature & landscapes are certainly appealing to the senses.
StoryA Picnic With Monet by Julie Merberg & Suzanne Bober
Age:  infant
1.  Picnic.
2.  Feet painting.
3.  Butterfly craft (& mommy's tattoo!).
1.  Picnic...  with Monet's paintings!
picnic among the trees
age 8 months

Monet's art joined our evening.

age 2 months

2.  Feet painting.  Baby Girl has done a few feet paintings while lying on her activity mat...  But now that she can sit up, she's graduated to feet painting in her jumperoo!  I just dab a lil acrylic paint on the paper while she squishes, squooshes, stomps, & splats with her feet.  Its messy fun! 

Taken from a brain-based learning class, Mozart's Piano Sonata in D Major was a great, fast-tempo, accompaniment to this activity. 
age 9 months
Aww, baby legs.

Paint! Paint!
 4.  Butterfly craft.  And mommy's tattoo!  I've done the painted butterfly footprints with Baby K a few different times now.  They are such a cute keepsake to hang on the wall & to make into cards.  Even though, I gotta say, I find getting a baby's footprint to be quite a challenge! 

While creating these latest momentos, it struck me.  What a brilliant idea for a TATTOO!  I searched online, thinking I couldn't possibly be the only person to come up with this.  And I did find some cartoon-looking tattoos, but I really wanted was something more realistic.  I put my design on paper, gave it to an amazing tattoo artist, and she turned my vision into a piece of art!!  Even though this was a rather impulsive creation (usually I'm much more of a planner!), I ADORE carrying my baby's precious little feet with me wherever I go...   

Wow, perhaps Monet is even more INSPIRATIONAL than I thought!  :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Romeo & Juliet

One of William Shakespeare's most well-known plays made into a children's board book!  Baby Lit, the series is called.  An introduction to the world of classic literature with simple pictures & easy to understand words.  I give this series a big thumbs up for it being unique & entertaining, not because I think it will somehow give my child a leg up in the literary world.  --Cause lets be honest, Baby K mostly prefers drooling on these pages!  :) 

While reading about these star-crossed lovers, we took on a rather English theme.  (Somehow I just can't seem to read it without an English accent today!)  Went to a Shakespeare play, checked out a variety of dry teas, & tasted a spot of tea.

* Story:  Romeo & Juliet by Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver
* Age:  Infant
* Activities/ Experiences:
         1.  Shakespeare In The Park. 
         2.  Sensory bin of tea.
         3.  Tea party.

1.  Shakespeare In The Park.  If your town offers this, its fun.  And free!  Baby Girl & I spread out a blanket among the other patrons, shared some icecream, & took in a little Hamlet-- before the rain started in & we retreated to dryer ground.  Made a scrapbook page of the evening, using Stampin Up products. 

2.  Dry Tea.  Its sticky, as it turns out.  But an entertaining sensory experience!  Feeling the grains, drawing with our fingers, smelling the teas...   

3.  Tea party.  Lately, I seem to be sneaking a tea party into our day fairly often.  (Must be a girl thing.)  But this English theme gave me a legitimate reason.  I wore my queen tiara & Baby K semi-wore a big English-looking hat.  Those Brits sure are known for those extravagent hats, arent' they!

My favorite quotes:
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
-Romeo & Juliet, 2.2

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
-Romeo & Juliet, 2.2