Wow, what a fun week! We started out continuing our color themes with some “blue” painting.
We didn’t do a whole lot of blue activities, though we did play with blue toys and talk about the color blue throughout the week. We didn’t have a blue meal (just not enough naturally blue foods), but I do think they are catching on. When waiting at the doctor’s office I asked Lucas to tell me the colors of the beads on one of the toys and he got them all correct! Even Yellow, which we haven’t focused on yet. 🙂
The most exciting thing this week, though, was that we started our Tot Time with our friends. C and her twins (E and N) came over on Friday for our first themed day. We chose “All About Me” and I came up with several activities, books, and songs for our day. I didn’t get pictures of everything, but here are some of the planned activities:
Things did not go as planned, but we both agreed before we began that the objective was not to do everything, but to go with what the kids wanted to do. We started out trying to read I like myself by Karen Beaumont. It was actually pretty funny. Kyla and Lucas came and sat with me as I began to read, but E and N were too interested in all the new (to them) toys. We decided to go ahead and start reading and hope that they would join us. Only, it upset Kyla so much that they weren’t listening that she got up (and of course, Lucas joined her) to coax her friends to come read with us. It didn’t work, but that was okay.
Next we tried making “salt dough”. They plan was to make hand prints and cook them to paint later. But they had so much fun playing with the dough, we figured that was more of the point than actually making something.
Next, we measured their heights using ribbon. They laid down on the floor and we cut the ribbon as close to the length of them as we could manage. But we got off somehow because somehow E’s ribbon was shortest and we are pretty sure she’s the tallest (or at least tied with Lucas). We also brought out our bathroom scale and found out that Kyla and Lucas weigh the same! Exactly 28 pounds. But E and N didn’t want to stand still on the scale, so we moved on.
The kids all decided that bouncing on the beds was the best activity to do next. LOL They bounced and had fun while I set up for lunch. I had put together a muffin tin of pizza toppings to make pizza faces on sandwich flat bread. This was a huge hit. The kids loved covering their pizzas with toppings (though we didn’t really have any resemblance to faces). I wish I’d gotten pictures of their final products, but I was too busy to remember to grab the camera.
After lunch we tried dancing/singing and cleaning up. I read Clap your hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley. The kids acted out some of the directions and had a good time. We could see the kids starting to droop and knew it was time to end the day. C and I were both really happy with how the day went, even if we didn’t get to do everything we had planned. Now we have a better idea of what we’re able to accomplish and what activities will be more successful. I can’t wait until we meet up again at her house. It won’t be next week, since the kids and I will be out of town visiting my new nephews, so we’ll pick up on the 30th. I’m looking forward to it!