No learning boxes again this week. I'm mostly OK with that. We had our reasons. :) Here are some of the fun things that have kept us occupied.
Weekly Alphabet Craft Play Date (F).
Today, we hosted a play date around the letter F. We ate french fries, fresh fruit, fruit snacks, and fruit juice. While we were waiting for our friends, we played frisbee. We read the Foot Book. And we did two crafts --
First, we made a flower frame craft (with a frog thrown in for good measure). (Supplies used: craft stick, foam flower template, scissors to cut frame hole ahead of time, frog stickers and glitter glue for embellishment, scotch tape to attach stick to flower, optional photo - otherwise, it's more of a peek-a-boo toy).
And then I let the kids play with some packages of fire fighter themed stickers. The Bibliophile has been into telling stories with the stickers lately, so I taped pieces of freezer paper to paper plates, and labeled them story scenes. That way, the stickers are repositionable. We keep telling the same story over and over again -- "Once upon a time there was a fire. It started out red, then went orange, and then yellow. Someone called the fire engine, and the fire fighters came. They attached a hose to the fire hydrant, and sprayed the fire. Then the fire went away." If you have a better idea, we're all ears. :)
At night, we've actually been sometimes replacing our sacred bedtime book time with this wipe off My Busy Book (it is not new to us, but recently resurfaced) and adult word search books. I have occasionally printed beginner word searches for him, but mostly the Bibliophile enjoys snuggling up next to me with a grown-up word puzzle and drawing the lines connecting the letters after I point out where the word is. I figure it is good fine motor control work. (And of course good snuggle time).
Games. He continues to play a lot of board games. Cathedral, in particular, has seen a lot of play this week.
We've read the True Books geography books that we got from the library book sale a few times. We have focused a bit on Cuba this week. We read Cuba (True Books), and reiterated a few of the facts we learned -- that it is near Florida, does not have many cars (the ones there are old), that people get around by bicycle and free bus, that the language spoken is Spanish, and that music is very popular there, including dances like the cha cha cha and rumba. (We'll save Castro for a later date!). I found a few cute related craft ideas, but he hasn't been all that into crafts lately, so I haven't forced them.
A new Target opened up near us this week, so a visit to the dollar section has inspired me a bit to fill the boxes again next week. We'll see how it plays out.
For other glimpses at our week, you can see our posts this week about:
Halloween/Itsy Bitsy Spider craft
Library book sale finds
Word Association game
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Comment! What was your favorite activity this week?
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