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Saturday, October 11, 2014

f is for fire

By accident, we happened to do this letter during national fire prevention week.

Theme: fire (campfire, fire trucks, fire safety)

Practical: practiced crawling under the smoke
                  learned where to meet in case of a fire
                  practiced stop, drop, and roll

Sensory: none

Educational: YouTube videos (stop, drop, and roll/ fire trucks/ Elmo and the fire)

                                          
Work Boxes: truck roll and count (mine)


Books: "Planes: Fire and Rescue" (the only book left at the library)


Song: "Stop, Drop, and Roll"

Outing: Didn't make it to the fire station.  Hoping to get there next year.

Follow In Our Pond's board "f is for fire" on Pinterest.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

i is for ice cream

I'm thinking that perhaps we've lost our schooling power.  It's been another flop week.

Theme: ice cream (yes, I know this isn't phonetically correct)

Practical: practiced making balls with dough

Sensory: pink, sparkly, peppermint play dough
                ate ice cream (the kids are lactose intolerant so this was a treat)

Educational: counting "scoops" of dough on a cone
                                          
Work Boxes: patterning paper scoops (here)
                       counting paper scoops (here)

Books: none


Song: "1 Scoop, 2 Scoops, 3 Little Scoops" (tune of "10 Little Indians")

Outing: We got our cat neutered this week, so the kids learned about "animal doctors."

Friday, October 3, 2014

Costumes for Play Time

I've already started thinking about the Toddlers Christmas presents (it's the beginning of Oct).  My plan is to make them a dress-up/costume box.  Here is my plan so far:

KNIT
- crowns (Ravelry)
- chain-mail (here)

- hooded "princess" cape

MAKE
- repurposed dress shirt into doctor's coat (here)
- cowboy vests (here)
- dancing ribbon
- "apron" dress (like this and this)

- business "man" apron
- ribbon skirt (like this)
- snow cape (like this)
-  jedi robe (here)

BUY
- break-away super hero capes ($ store)
- fancy skirt (thrift store)
- Halloween clearance stuff (gloves, masks, etc)
- dollar store apron (shopkeeper, gardener, barista)
- dance shoes (thrift store)
- leotard
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I also found lots of other ideas from Pinterest.  Check out this inspiration:

 - princess hair wigs (here and here and here and here)
- superhero costume (here)
- felt glasses (here)
- boot covers (here)
- twirly skirt (here)
- astronaut costume (here)
- mailman/nurse/contractor/chef costumes (here)
- mermaid (similar to this but knit)
- bracelets (here)
- soft wings (here)

 - chef's hat (here)
- light saber (here)
- cowboy chaps (here)
- superhero masks (here and here)
- superhero gloves (here)
-hobbit cloak (here)
- flower crown (here)

As you can see, I have a lot of room to expand our collection.  Have fun pretending!