loving life with the little man and an elephant

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MGT Let's Go Camping- Tent

On day 2 of Mother Goose Time's "Let's Go Camping" we talked about tents. We started the day by discussing where we would want to pitch a tent. Mason said he would want to put a tent in his backyard next to his trampoline. I asked Hailey if she would want to put her tent there too and she said "yah!".

Our first activity of the day was to make a Mini Campsite. We stared by talking about what keeps a tent from falling over. I showed the kids the poles on the tent we borrowed from our friends. The first step in making our mini campsite was to color the diorama provided by Mother Goose Time.

 I then helped the kids by cutting and folding their coloring into a diorama. Pretty cool how you can make a picture look 3D with just a little cutting and taping!Hailey's is on the left and Mason's is on the right. While Mason was coloring he was asking what color each object on the picture was and would color it that color.
I then helped the kids make a tent by folding a small piece of paper, make logs for a fire out of a straw provided by Mother Goose Time, and flames for the fire out of tissue paper. Then I made a person for each of them to put in their campsite. We played "camp" with their new campsite for awhile after.

When Mason was younger we made tents all the time by throwing a sheet over the kitchen table or over some chairs.  I realized when building a tent that we have not done this often at all with Hailey (oh, the life with two children)! The kids really enjoyed making a tent in the toy room. Such a simple idea suggested by Mother Goose Time. I will have to remember this for when we need some distraction or are having a rough day because they loved it!

They even got close enough to give a hug. 
The last activity we did at home for the day was Camping Stories. We started by sitting in our tent and finding the letter T in our backpack. We talked about how tent begins with T. Then we read the Book of the Month provided by Mother Goose Time. It was called Up, Up, Up!. This book came with a CD that read the book to you and had other songs to enjoy that went with the book. The kids love reading books and really liked listening to the CD as we read it. 

We went to the park later in the day and looked for shelters where animals might live. At our park there are very large pine trees the kids can go under. We talked about how animals might live in or under the trees for shelter. Yet another fun day with Mother Goose Time!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MGT Let's Go Camping- Backpack

Mother Goose Time's August curriculum is called "Let's Go Camping". Our family has never gone camping (can you imagine with two young kids?!?) so this is all new territory for us. We were actually able to borrow a tent from a friends to put in our toy room and the kids LOVED it!!
Mother Goose Time first had me ask "What would you pack if you were going camping?" Since we have never gone camping Mason's first answers were pretty comical. We were in the toy room and he started looking around and naming his different toys. Then I explained to him when you go camping you sleep in a tent like the one that is in our toy room. He then realized everything he wanted to bring would not fit. We talked about that we would sleep in a sleeping bag. We talked about what kind of food we would bring. We agreed that he could still bring his blue elephant, Ellie. 

Then I asked him what we would bring all our stuff in. He said the car at first. Then we talked about how a backpack makes it easy to bring our stuff. He has a backpack that he loves to bring his library books in to the library in so he was excited about the backpack park. Mother Goose Time's first project for us was to make a Handy Backpack. We started by cutting two strips off the top of the bag that would later would be the straps of the backpack. Then I gave Mason and Hailey art supplies to decorate their bag. 

Mason was really excited to put the straps on his backpack and put it on. We hot glued the pieces we cut from the top to the back of the backpack and Mason was good to go. Hailey on the other hand didn't really want to put hers on. Instead she wanted to put more stickers on it. : ) 

Mother Goose Time instructed use to invite the children to look around the room and put objects in their backpacks that they might want to take with them camping. Mason went a little overboard (obviously our conversation earlier about everything fitting in the tent didn't sink in). He had a hard time putting the backpack on after it was loaded up so we had to take some things out. 
 Next we got our Theme Poster to look for supplies. 

Mother Goose Time had us ask "What would you do if you forgot to pack your tent?" Lately Mason has become aware of the fact that is we need something we just have to go to the store to get it. So his first answer was "We could go get one from the store." (Too cute!) Mason then used the glasses to match them to the objects of the Theme Poster.

 Then we played the What's Missing? game. We laid out all the glasses and discussed the objects on each of the glasses. I put three glasses in the backpack and one behind my back. Mason then had to guess which one was behind my back after pulling them out of the backpack. It was a great way to wrap up this activity and relate to our opening questions.

We wrapped up Let's Go Camping-Backpack the next morning. We talked about what letter both Mason and Hailey's names start with. We also talked about what other words begin with M and H. I then gave each of them a set of Letter Cards. We worked together to find the letter B for backpack. We put the letter B in our backpack. Mason and I then went through all cards and named the letters and letter sounds and put them in the backpack. Hailey had a good time putting all the cards in the backpack and then dumping them out.

The first day of Mother Goose Time's "Let's Go Camping" was a lot of fun! We look forward to learning more about camping!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Let's Be Superheroes (at the park too!)

The superhero power we looked at today was the ability to fly. The kids loved using a sponge to make their own building windows. They then decorated their superheroes and we added a cape. Once everything was finished Mason enjoyed flying his superhero over the buildings. All materials were provided by Mother Goose Time

 We also had some fun outside at the park.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Grandma and Auntie Allie Came to Visit (and Boulder Ridge)

My mom and sister came to visit. The kids were so excited to see them. On Friday we went to a new place to us called Boulder Ridge. It is a really neat wild animal park. It is small enough for the kids to walk around but there is plenty to do. 

 Here are a few extra pictures from the park this morning.