Remember last year, when I fixed up the path in our back yard and it looked super pretty and I was so proud of it? I posted about it here. Well, the kids loved it, too, but for very different reasons. They loved it because they could pick up all of the stones, turn them over and find BUGS. But, unfortunately, turning all the stones in a stone path over is a really good way to ruin a path. Boo!
So, I started over this spring. At some point over the winter I stumbled upon this blog post about a paver hopscotch pad and fell in love with it. But I wanted mine to be longer and a bit more hardy. Finding the paint for the hopscoth path turned out to be the hardest part of the whole thing. The big box stores were no help, so I finally ventured out to paint stores and Benjamin Moore sold me a quart of cement/patio paint and seperately, the tints for all of the rainbow colors I wanted, so that I could mix them myself. Then I painted nine 16″ pavers in rainbow colors in the garage. My little helpers were only too happy about this.
We let those dry for a good week with the truck parked over them, then I set about excavating, graveling, tamping, sanding, tamping, placing the pavers, and mulching. Oye! This was one of those projects that seemed like it would be super fast and easy, but then took on a life of its own when we decided that we should do it “right” and took much longer and was bigger than expected. But, we LOVE it.
You can see that we ended up putting the hopscotch in the middle and the ends and sides are all a “normal” pattern of pavers. I hope that the paint stands up over time, but I do have a bit of extra paint in each color for touch-ups after the winter if necessary.
The kids love hopping down the path, too. Here’s some proof:
Published April 9, 2013
crafts , Nancy , toddler
Remember way back, about three years ago, when Clara was obsessed with collages and I put together a collage box for her so she could collage anytime she wanted? Here’s a link in case you have forgotten. Well, it turns out that this is a two and a half, going on three year old phenomenon and when I remembered how much fun it was and realized that Nancy also loves glue, I put together one for her, too. This had all sorts of bit and pieces that I collected (and Kristen helped collect) from my art boxes. Just add art schmutz, glue sticks, and paper. Super fun times!!
Published March 29, 2013
crafts , sensory box
Happy spring break! Things here are absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and warm (well, 65).
We have having a fabulous week of swimming with friends, sisterly sleepovers,
bike riding, front porch tea parties,
and we’re going to end the week with taking our new tent trailer camping. The Easter Bunny will probably be able to find us no matter where we are, don’t you think?
Another thing we’ve done this week is to break out an Easter sensory bin. This has been great during quiet time and when I need to take a shower in the morning with both girls home and pushing each others’ buttons.
This one has yellow peas from Winco’s bulk section, plastic easter eggs, a few dollar tree spring fake flowers (pulled off their stems), and some glittery egg ornaments (also from Dollar Tree).
We have been doing lots of sorting with this one. Frequently, matching the glitter eggs with the same color plastic egg and hiding them inside is the favorite game. Super fun!
Published March 28, 2013
Tags: crowns, shamrock, st patrick s day
How’s that for a title?! I have so much to talk about that I haven’t gotten to this month as we’ve been out of town. First, earlier this month I went to Target and they had a ton of valentine’s day art supplies in the dollar bins and I stocked up, put them all in a shoebox, and then promptly forgot about them. Enter coughing five year old with a fever and no energy. I put out the box of supplies and the girls went at them for over an hour. Nancy loved the stickers and glitter glue. Clara loved the foam flowers and markers. A good time was had by all– even when sick.
Next, we went to the best place EVER a couple of weekends ago. Its in NE Portland and its called Art ala Carte. It is essentially a space for kids to create whatever art they want to and parents don’t have to clean up the mess. They have all kinds of art supplies. In fact, if you can think of it, they have it. My girls loved it. And oh, the glitter. Nancy had a ball with the glitter. For like an hour. And I didn’t have to clean up any of it! That’s her above glittering a record. Clara built a “house,” painted it, and even found a My Little Pony to live in the house before moving on to like three other projects. By the end, the trunk of my car was full of wet art projects to take home. It was a great rainy Sunday afternoon activity. With a family membership, it is really quite affordable, too.
Finally, we made a valentine’s day rainbow based on this beautiful post from No Time For Flashcards. I simply put contact paper sticky side out on the wall (this is harder than it sounds and an extra pair of adult hands are helpful) and drew a rainbow outline on the contact paper with markers. Then, I used a heart punch to punch rainbow colors of hearts out of my wallpaper sample book. Then, I invited the kids to sort the hearts onto the sticky rainbow. It turned out beautifully! I love walking up my stirs and seeing it on the landing every day.
Published January 27, 2013
Clara , crafts , Kindergartener , Nancy , toddler
Published January 22, 2013
Clara , crafts , Kindergartener , Nancy , sensory box , toddler
Tags: heart boxes, rose petals, sensory bin, toddler art, valentine's day, valentine's sensory bin
I know it isn’t quite Valentine’s Day yet, or even February for that matter, but I couldn’t help myself. I went to Dollar Tree the other day and there was a ton of fun things to make a Valentine’s sensory bin, so I scooped some up and went home and put it together. And, I must say that this one is a hit. After our snow village, this one seems super clean. It also seems that the pink and red is irresistable to my girls. The first night they played with it for at least an hour and a half straight and then all this weekend it has been broken into and played with every day. I have eaten a lot of “love soup” this weekend.
In this bin, I have a set of ten little heart boxes, some sparkly foam glitter hearts (table scatter), some plastic red hearts (also table scatter), a bag of fake rose petals, and some random gems that I found in the girls’ room in a little box. All of those were from Dollar Tree. Then to add a bit more interest I dumped in some dry white beans and barley from my pantry and a few bowls for scooping things into, a couple of egg cartons, and two pairs of kid chopsticks.
We have scooped, sorted, cooked, hoarded, patterned, and dumped with this bin and it was broken in to again today. This just might be the easiest and most loved sensory bin yet.