Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fun Inside on a Rainy Day

About a month ago we decided to try out the story time at Eidem Family Farm in Brooklyn Park.  Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and story time was canceled.  However, the lady at the farm was nice enough to let us roam around a little bit to check out the animals since it wasn't really raining.  Little L had a blast "feeding" the goats straw and checking out the other animals!  She also enjoyed running around checking everything out but was a little bummed that we weren't going to have our picnic that I was planning to eat at the farm.  So after we left we had a "picnic" in our living room!  Later that day I made up some "Fourth of July" play dough and we had a grand ol' time!  Here are a few pics I took!

Driving from the farm

Eating at our picnic lunch

We watched a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode where Minnie plans a picnic while we had our picnic!

Here's a pic of the play dough I made.  I added food coloring to the two and I added glitter to all three.  It is kind of hard to see the glitter in the picture but it made for pretty play dough!

This play dough is really great!  Super easy to make and super smooth and fun to play with!  I will definitely be making more in the near future!

My attempt at an American flag since we were learning about "America's Birthday"  

Here is the link to the play dough recipe I got from Counting Coconuts.  Seriously LOVE that blog!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Trip to the MOA with Grandpa

A couple of weeks ago when my dad was here after Memorial Day weekend, we decided to take a trip to the MOA to check out the Sea Life aquarium.  There was a deal where the tickets were the cheapest I've ever seen them and you know me and a good deal!  Little L had a BLAST and was just running around checking everything out.  You can see in a couple of pictures that my dad had to pretty much pull her out of the water!  

Notice that Grandpa is actually holding onto her pants so she doesn't go head first into the pool!

After running through Sea Life, we were pretty hungry so we grabbed a bite to eat at Johnny Rockets!  YUMMY!

And since Grandpa is a huge fan of all things Apple, we had to stop in the Apple store.  I love the fact that they added a little kids station with computers and fun games!  Little L was hooked and it was hard to get her out of there.  Do those Mac guys know what they are doing or what!?!

A fun filled trip for all!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fun at the Park!

Here are some pics of Little L playing at a nearby park.  There is a little pond that is surrounded by geese and ducks so after playing in the park we went over and fed them some bread.  Little L loved them but I had to stop her from walking in, sitting in, and trying to pick up the birdie droppings!  :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pirate Treasure Sensory Tub

I love the idea of sensory tubs (I found them on a couple different mommy blogs, specifically Counting Coconuts) and Little L has been loving them too!  I decided to do some pirates stuff last month and put together this tub to go along with the theme.
I filled the tub with black beans for the "dirt" and then put coins from the dollar store as well as some necklaces and bracelets.  Then she got to dig through and find her "treasure"!

I had a hat and eye patch from the dollar store to complete the pirate feel.  :)

Putting the black beans in her "hook"

I made the mistake of leaving her unattended while she was playing with the tub and this is what I came back too!  Needless to say I didn't leave her alone with the tub after that!  :)
 We read a couple different pirate books including: Backyardigans Pirate TreasureShiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC,  Do Pirates Take Baths?,  and Night Pirates.

Along with the books I used this Pirate Tot Pack from Homeschool Creations blog.  The Bible verse that it focuses on is "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also" so it's been fun to include the Word on that while we hunt for treasure!  And hunting for treasure is one of Little L's favorite activities that we did to go with our pirate theme.  We take the "doubloons" that we used in the sensory tub and hide them around the house.  Then we dress up as pirates and go around looking for our treasure!  "ARRRRR"  :)

This is a pic of the hubby with Little L after a treasure hunt!