We are pretty big TMNT fans around here, so coming up with a new idea for this post was a little trying. We already shared 15 things you can do with your TMNT fan and last October we talked about our TMNT family group costume and a TMNT small world play activity. This time I thought I’d focus on just the sensory aspect of play, but LittleMan surprised me by creating an elaborate storyline using the very few utensils I provided.
For this activity I (more…)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! If you follow us on Facebook then you may already know that our family went as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this year.
We actually didn’t get any pictures while trick-or-treating so Marmaduke suggested we dress up again the next day for an “epic battle” (his words) and it was so much fun! No decent pictures of all four of us together (the self timer can be so tricky with two little ones) so I compiled a collage of the battle to share.
We don’t want to be downers on Halloween, but we do want to encourage our children to use moderation with all that refined sugar so we came up with a system LittleMan’s first Halloween which we still use today: Switch Witch.
Every year we buy a special toy ahead of time and the children are so excited to get the toy, they happily trade most, if not all, of their candy for it. The candy goes in a tall cabinet in the kitchen, and they are welcome to have a piece or two every week until it is gone.
This year SunnyGirl traded her candy for a large bouncy ball, and LittleMan traded his candy for a TMNT set that includes a (more…)
Today was our first day of our “famous art” theme week and we mostly focused on Vincent van Gogh. We talked about how colors illicit emotions from us, how often an artist will paint what they feel rather than what they see, we examined images of van Gogh’s paintings, we painted coloring pages of Cypresses and Starry Night, and we read two books, one about van Gogh’s life and the other about the art of self portraits in general. All in all, it was a really fun and productive day!
While reading our book about self portraits, we came across the names of several other artists, one of whom was Leonardo da Vinci. LittleMan’s eyes lit up, he instantly recognized the name as the artist for which one of the ninja turtles was named for.
In that moment it dawned on me that I was missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect his studies with something really meaningful to him: comic books.
So, with some input from LittleMan, I put together a few printable worksheets and nomenclature cards.
My son is on a HUGE TMNT kick right now. He just can’t get enough of them!
If you’ve got a fan like that on your hands then this list is for you.
1. Make turtle ooze. (more…)
Awhile back I saw a post on Dirt and Boogers about painting on bubble wrap and thought to myself, “that seems like alot of fun!” We always have an excess of bubble wrap laying around the house so I thought I’d give it a go with LittleMan and SunnyGirl. I cut out a big piece of bubble wrap and laid it out on the creative table with some paint. I called LittleMan over to check out the prospective project before him and he couldn’t be less interested. I didn’t get it. Two of his favorite things put together and he had *zero* interest. What the heck, man?!
I figured it just wasn’t for him that particular day. So I put up the bubble wrap and the paint, didn’t push it. Laid them out again a week later. Still no interest. I just couldn’t understand (still can’t understand) how he could pass up such a fun activity.
I realized I needed to put a spin on it if I was going to get him to try this out. I pondered for a time. Then I came up with this (more…)