Happy Home Edders


Best thing ever!
April 19, 2012, 9:42 am
Filed under: create, junk art

I am really behind with this blog all because of this entry! I don’t like to post multiple pictures from my phone because it lumps them all together, and I knew I had tonnes of great pictures of this activity, so I wanted to wait till I had a second to turn on the laptop. Unfortunately, I forgot all the pictures were my kids only in nappies….and while I am known to be an oversharer, I’m not keen to share naked pictures of my kids. No matter how cute!

 

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ANYWAY. This is the world’s greatest activity – both Orange and Yellow adore it. They spent the morning at their Nana’s a couple of weeks ago (while Mama and Mummy had a date!) and she was quickly enticed to let them cut stuff up. Straws appear to be the best thing to cut. Ithink it’s because when they get chopped they sometimes fling into the air all crazy like, and both Yellow and Orange find that hilarious.

We tend to hold either end of the straws and let the kids cut away. We then, of course, are left with myriads of tiny straw fragments. Some get channelled into rubbish truck play – but now that we’ve discovered the awesome joy of threading them on pipe cleaners, the poor rubbish truck isn’t going to be used to recycle straws anytime soon.

Seriously, though. Straw fragments and pipe cleaners. THEY LOVE IT.

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Above is an example of a finished product. They seem to like the sense of accomplishment, and I’m pretty amazed that they have the fine motor skills to hold the pipe cleaner in one hand and thread a straw with the other in two seconds flat! Other obvious uses for these beauties are bracelets, crowns, necklackes – and my new favourite invention, glasses! They look like superhero masks, seriously.



Animal bags!
April 7, 2012, 10:41 am
Filed under: create, junk art, reading | Tags: , , , ,

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I know these might look a bit ghetto, but the paper bag animals are perfect for toddlers. Ignore the pink and yellow bunnies. They are hellish! Trust me.

Our new local library is great. They have weekly song and story times, and unlike the libraries of my youth, kids are encouraged to explore, talk loudly, and have fun.

This past Thursday story time was replaced by crafts – we aren’t Christian, so Easter isn’t particularly on our radar, but then I suspect these bunny crafts also probably do not frequent church alters.

You need a small paper bag, some newspaper, crayons, glue, a bit of coloured card or paper, and cotton for a tail.

Colour your animal face. Stuff it with crumpled newspaper (bonus time if your kids elect to chop up the newspaper with their beloved scissors first!) and glue shut. Stick on ears, feet, and tail.

These were actually super fun and the kids could do most of it on their own. We will definitely be making more animals soon!

Red elected to stuff his bunny with a cardboard tray – totally confident it would work – and he was right. He was so proud of this bunny he carried it everywhere and it even went in our shopping trolley afterward! Yellow was more concerned with using the colour yellow as much as possible! She seems more interested in making things, while he seems more interested in the end product.

Either way is great because both are simple, fun, and cute with this great little craft!

(As an aside, you can also use libraries to check out books. Who knew? Both kids got their very first library cards this week. I can’t believe they are this old! They navigate the book check out machines like old pros. Sniff/beam.)



Experiencing the world at its bumpiest, noisiest, and quickest!
April 6, 2012, 6:17 pm
Filed under: explore | Tags: ,

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Anatomy.
April 5, 2012, 9:10 am
Filed under: music, philosophy, play, science | Tags:

One of Yellow’s signature phrases is ‘yummy in my tummy.’ This led naturally to a little game…

She was drinking water. I lightly touched her lips and made up some crazy song about water going in her mouth. I then tickled down her throat, her tummy, her bladder, and then finished the song with an overly enthusiastic reference to a ‘great big wee.’

She was quite taken with this. During meals now she says, ‘Where’s my food gone? Oh no! Where is it?…….IN MY TUMMY!’

I didn’t plan to explain this little bit of anatomy and bodily function to her. I was just playing.
Experiences like this really highlight the knowledge that can come from ‘just’ playing. Most of the times in my life things have meant a lot, and I’ve retained them, has been when I am simply doing something I like to do, because I choose to do it.



Fractions.
April 4, 2012, 9:12 pm
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Orange/Red/TheBoy understands fractions. He consistently identifies and points out the basic concept when we have fish fingers.

I give him two at a time, then chop each into four pieces to let them cool down. As I chop, he counts higher and higher.

So while the term ‘fractions’ might sound complicated, he’s worked out at age two that by chopping something into pieces, you get more – smaller – pieces. His four little chunks are the same as one big fish finger.

I am always amazed at how competent, creative, and innate learning is. Making connections, exploring new (or old!) ideas, or even just suddenly ‘getting’ a new concept. I don’t need to consciously teach math, for example, because math is wonderful and math is everywhere. Children learn all the time, in so many different ways, and sometimes it’s my job to just stand back and marvel.