Archive for The Great Outdoors

Robin Eggs, ABC Cards, and (More) Painting

While out in the garden this past week I found part of a robin egg.  We talked about how the baby bird grew inside of it, and once it was big enough, hatched out. She was concerned where the baby bird was at this moment, and I had to reassure her that it was in one of the trees above us, growing big. Robin eggs are so pretty!

She's wearing a jacket because of the mosquitoes...it's nice outside but the mosquitoes this year are atrocious!

She’s wearing a jacket because of the mosquitoes…it’s nice outside but the mosquitoes this year are atrocious!

 

This week we did lots of activities, all initiated by Curly. (Makes my job easier, that’s for sure!) She wanted to play with an unopened packet of ABC Flashcards that came with the LeapFrog Letter Factory video we have. She went through and named them all, said their sounds, and then flipped them over and did it again. I was very impressed that when she ended she picked them all up, stacked them neatly and put them back on the shelf. I hadn’t brought them out because flashcards aren’t in my agenda of things to introduce her to at this time, but she LOVES them!

One side shows the letter from the Leapfrog Letter Factory video, and the flip side offers an activity.

One side shows the letter from the Leapfrog Letter Factory video, and the flip side offers an activity.

 

She also practiced tracing letters on this dry erase workbook. She was really into it – if I have a workbook loving child, it will make me so happy; I love workbooks too! I haven’t pushed workbooks at all. This is her first one.

And, of course, we painted. Would our week be complete without it?? I don’t think so! Here she is fingerpainting.

And here she is brush painting. I picked up a big bag of assorted brushes and let her pick which ones she wanted to use.

 

We had a good week!

Frog Hunting

This weekend we went to visit my family in Minnesota. There is a whole lot of water out there this year – the rivers are swollen, the ditches are running, and fields are flooded. I even saw people fishing in the ditches – when that happens, you know there’s been a lot of water this year!

The frogs were extremely noisy while we were there. So we had to go on a frog hunt! We only managed to catch one (quick little buggers!) and he quickly escaped. But since then Curly’s constantly asking to go catch frogs. Here is a picture of our frog expedition!

I had to ask Daddy to help with the frog catching - I saw so many and failed every time to actually get one!

I had to ask Daddy to help with the frog catching – I saw so many and failed every time to actually get one!

There is something so refreshing about outdoor play with your kids. Take every opportunity you can get! Not only are they learning through doing, but they sleep great at night when they’ve had lots of fresh air. 🙂

Tea I’m drinking today: Milk Oolong from Teavivre.com