Typical Conversation during Dramatic Play:

Desmond: Handing me a bowl says: “That was soup.”

Me: “I could tell. I bet there was potatoes in it.”

Desmond: “It was Ma-Tatoes!!”

My friend Lori is visiting us today from Tennessee!! So-o-o-o excited to have some adult conversation! Pics soon! :)

Next Door

Usually I’m taking photos of my Etsy stuff at our beautiful Missouri State Fairgrounds. After all, it’s extremely close to my home. DSC01382

This is a small part of the Highway Gardens at the fairgrounds. Many couples have used this for their wedding ceremony. It is really a showcase.

But sometimes, there’s an issue with the great outdoors called “Wind”. So a phone call to my next door neighbor and Mother-in-law was in order. She recently remodeled her home and it sure looks nice! She gave me permission to use her space for some photos. So here’s one of them.

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Her armless chair was one of several spots in her home I photographed my yo yo table runner. I was able to showcase its versatility thanks to her generosity.

Thank you Nancy! Just wanted to say how much I appreciate it! And your plants are still alive :)  (Inside joke)

 

 

Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know :)

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

My Weekend is All Sewn Up

 

IMG_0407.jpgaRemember my apron inspired by Gt Grandma? Here’s the link: Grandma’s Apron

This weekend I made it’s alter ego

IMG_2580 (2)This one is for sale eventually. Gotta take more pics.

Other projects that used up some of my fabric stash included

IMG_2574 (2)A couple bibs. One for my daycare babies                        and one for this Fall in craft shows….

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And then some pot holders along with more potato bags.

Nope, there was no trip to the lake, big city excursion or picnic. Just relaxation my way!

Introducing…… My Mother!!

 

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Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

It’s time to let you in on my big news!!! My mother joined my Etsy shop this summer and I am very proud to display her items for sale!

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

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Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels

She’s my teacher when it comes to sewing and embroidery, canning, and making jelly & jam. In our community, her jellies and jams are much sought after year round. She’s currently working on some Cherry jam. It won’t sit on her shelf long. We have our first craft show on August 30th and I would take bets on whether she sells out. Cherry and Gooseberry are her top sellers.

So local people, get in line early. You won’t be disappointed!

My next question….Can I get her to sell Jams online??? We shall see. :)

 

Flying Fish

Have YoU? ever seen a flying fish? Some outdoor playtime gave us the opportunity to make some. They look like this….

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Ours are made from recycled magazines. Maybe I’ll make a tutorial?? That would be a first.

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Here’s what happens when you toss them up. They float & flutter in downward spirals. This gave us an opportunity to experience a little Science & Sensory all in one! And after much Large Muscle movement and some emphasis on the letter F, we moved on to some more tranquil play. Sand & Funnels

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What better way to spend a warm summer day?

 

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group :) We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!

 

Fabric Bonanza

Been doing some deep cleaning lately. Got a bag of fabric about a year ago from an auction and had it in my utility room waiting for a good wash. Spent the last couple days getting that accomplished.  Here’s the before in a vacume sealed bag……

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Here’s an after being washed view of the top of the pile…………..

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Here’s the bottom.

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All for $1!

There was also a tiny bottle of Jack Black hidden in a little crocheted bag. This lady who had collected these gems was deceased and the family was having the auction. I love that she had the stash of fabric but I love it even more that she had her little secret bottle hidden away. And no, I don’t have a secret bottle just fyi. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

Putting Up My Feet

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Literally, we’re putting our feet up. This has been a long week.

  • A Memorial Day game at Royals Stadium. Great tribute to Veterans and a little teary eyed moment for me. Love seeing people honored that deserve it. But no win for the Boys in Blue unfortunately. And back home and in bed by 1 am. Up next morning at 5:30. Getting too old for that.
  • Three 7:20 pm softball games in a row. No wins :(  (Secretly I like getting supper out of the way early though.)

So sitting home on a Friday night watching stuff on Tv was just what the doctor ordered.

I began my softball game run with a new crochet project. And yes, I crocheted at the Royals game even though my family protested. (They were afraid ESPN would show a clip of the fans ‘enthusiasm’ I’m thinking. ha)

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View from the truck seat at softball game #3. One of these days I’ll sit down by the field if I ever get my stadium chair out of storage. Until then, Ron finds me a parking spot so I can have a view from there. Still not sure of myself with the knee issue from December. Here’s a link to that. It’s about 90% recovered. If this lovely Missouri weather was more stable, I think I’d be 100% by now. But it is what it is.

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Here’s the view from my couch and a peak at the color scheme. Lovin this!! More ‘views’ to come.