Christmas Tree Art — December 9, 2015

Christmas Tree Art

This was one of our November activities that wasn’t designed to be a Christmas activity, but we ended up making it one anyway. For the activity, we taped a piece of paper in the bottom of a plastic container. I then had the kids pick out three colors each that they wanted to use for their art project. I put a few drops of each color onto the paper, threw in some ping pong type balls, closed the lid, and then had them shake it. As they shook their containers, the balls rolled around and spread the paint over their papers. To help them shake it even more, we turned on some good dancing music. That definitely helped get Izzy in the mood! When we were done shaking, we waited for the paint to dry before carefully removing our papers and cutting them into the shape of Christmas trees. And thus the reason why this is considered a Christmas activity!

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Science and Tearing Paper —

Christmas Cookie Cutter Science and Tearing Paper

Isaach’s favorite Christmas activity so far was this cookie cutter science experiment I threw together for him. It was super simple, but he loved it! To conduct our experiment, I got out the only two Christmas themed cookie cutters we have and filled them with baking soda. I also threw some drops of food coloring in the middle of all that baking soda. Then I gave him a cup with vinegar and a medicine dropper. He knew what to do from there and set to work making the ‘cookie cutters’ explode. He must have thought the food coloring added a great touch because he kept saying, “So so pretty!”

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For Sydney, we worked on fine motor skills by tearing up Christmas colored sheets of paper. She wasn’t too into the tearing of the paper, but she did think the full sheets made for great party hats!

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Getting Caught Up — December 8, 2015

Getting Caught Up

Wow! I can’t believe it has been a whole month since I blogged here… I am definitely far far behind! I have two things to blame for that (other than just being lazy)

1 – A dysfunctional camera… not the camera itself, but the USB cable I use to upload pictures from my camera. And who wants to read an activity blog without pictures? It just doesn’t make sense.

2 – The holidays. More specifically, the fact that all four of us had to cycle through a stomach bug the week of Thanksgiving. Not fun. Or festive.

So since I am a month behind, I probably won’t delve into the details of our November activities too much and just do a big recap here. If I decide any activities are cool enough to deserve their own post, I will make that entry later because we have Christmas activities to start talking about! So here we go… here are some things we were up to in November…

Sydney enjoyed exercising her fine motor skills by putting craft sticks into an empty juice bottle and shaking them back out again…

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We made homemade snow by mixing baking soda and water then putting our mixture in the freezer for about half an hour to make it crunchy and cold…

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Izzy and I talked about emotions by drawing faces on dot stickers and decorating a paper with them…

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We took our stuffed animals outside and practiced throwing them down the slides…

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Sydney had to rescue some beanie babies from a giant spider web weaved throughout a laundry basket…

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The kids had fun playing with cloud dough…

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And that about recaps our activities from November, the ones we took pictures of at least. There will be a few more coming later, but we need to get posting about our Christmas activities while they are still relevant so stay tuned!