I had plans to use Columbus Day discovering my bedroom floor. I’ve heard rumors that there is such a thing but it’s been missing for a while…so I figure it’s time to move stuff around in there and find out for sure.Am I the only mom who’d bedroom has become the designated landing spot for everything by the way? I’m hoping not.
Early morning TV changed my plans though(well not really changed, just postponed). See, my oldest and I were watching Curious George while I made a list and had my coffee and the kids on there were making a very cool marble run.
Obviously making a very cool marble run became a top priority.
My youngest wasn’t up yet but we started without her and she soon joined us when she did wake up.
She felt our marble run needed some pink added to it.
She was absolutely right of course.
Now if you’d like to see a marble run in action….
Thanks for stopping by!
Back to sorting out my bedroom.(Wish me luck.)
This is Gizmo,you may not recognize her because she’s recently gone incognito.
Although her past few days have been very full pretending to be Tangled(Rapunzel) she has also mentioned an interest in doing school things like her big sister.
In between social engagements obviously.
I thought that we should start with the ABC’s first. She does know some of them but not quite all of them yet.
I know flashcards were Cat’s first intro into the world of the alphabet, numbers and shapes, and she really seemed to like them. But Gizmo is not at all interested in them.
So I’m trying to find ways to combine learning and playtime.
This was our first try at that:
I made a letter in our backyard with a hoe,easy now as the Summer’s intense heat and lack of rain have done away with most of the grass back there, and we filled in the lines with rocks that we gathered. She liked it so we’ve done a letter every day since this first one. We are up to letter G now (don’t worry I won’t have a post for every letter!) and Gizmo wondered if we couldn’t paint some of the rocks that we use tomorrow. I actually think that is a very good way to extend this activity. I want to make a batch of chalk paint and have her go over the rocks on the letters we have already made. I’m hoping that doing this will reinforce the shape and lines that make up each letter.
I have other ideas to explore the letters further and hope to share those soon.
Does your child like flashcards or more out of the box ways of learning? I’d love to hear about it or see any links to this subject.
I loved it even before I had children of my own to knock it out for me.
That being said my mini artists make Alot of art. I mean a lot. My husband prints and sells tattoo sheets of his designs through ebay. When they don’t print out corectly the girls have a load of scrap paper at their disposal.
This is awesome and they love it but they go through it really fast. My daughters knock out stacks and stacks of pictures at a setting.
I was getting a little nervous about what to do with it all. I love the scan it into a computer option but I have limited space on our family computer.
I also love the artwork as wrapping paper idea but that comes more in handy during Christmas than it does now.
Obviously,I will have to get rid of some of the pictures but all of the work I’ve been doing on my art journals recently gave me an idea with what to do with the ones that I keep.
My girls aren’t quite interested in working in their own art journals, they perfer working on sheets of loose paper. Because of this I decided to prepare a book for them and glue in their pictures.
There are loads of books you could use for this.
You might chose to alter an old book,an old textbook,a composition notebook, an old board book your kids have outgrown and over-loved or you could use a travel guide the way I did. You could even make your own book with recycled elements as seen here.
No matter what you choose it’s a good way to keep some of your child’s artwork together for yourself.
It also makes a good keepsake to give to aunts.uncles or grandparents.
Here is a video of the two art books I made to send to my daughter’s grandmother.
I’m currently working on a couple to keep and one to give to my mother.
How do you store or didplay your child’s artwork? I’d love to know or see if you want to share a link.