Tag Archives: Sprout
I give Bean a kiss on the cheek which prompts requests for more kisses from the kids.
Bean: Kiss on my other cheek.
Sprout: Kiss on cheek
Bean: Kiss on my nose
Sprout: Kiss on nose
Bean: Kiss on the mouth
Sprout: Kiss on mouth
Bean: Kiss on my head
Sprout: Kiss head!
Bean: Kiss on my finger
Sprout: Kiss fist bump!
Today was all about the Mayflower. We talked about how the Pilgrims had to rely on the wind to push their ship all away across the ocean to America.
We made a couple egg carton ships. I saw the idea on this blog which I think I probably got to from Pinterest.
As I was telling the kids about the sailing and the wind, I figured out that these little boats will actually “sail” if you blow on them just right. The kids had fun blowing them across the table after that.
They also had fun filling them with various pretend people.
Then we also made some Mayflower handprint paintings.
First I did a wash of light blue acrylic on some watercolor paper. After that dried I let the kids do the ocean with their blue and green water colors. Then we used brown acrylic to do the handprints. I glued the sails on after they dried.
We are studying the first Thanksgiving (the pretty and glorified version anyway) this week and into next.
Most of the Thanksgiving books were checked out from the library and I had to go yesterday with all three kids. So I got a lesson in previewing books…
A quick glance at this book, which was in the Thanksgiving section of the holiday books shelf, led me to believe this book was about the Mayflower crossing. Nope! I started reading it aloud to the kids after we got home and quickly realized that it is likely about Cubans fleeing to America on a fishing boat. While they do arrive on Thanksgiving, it wasn’t exactly the topic I wanted to be broaching with my three and almost-two-year-old.
But we did find a couple good ones that are perfect for this week.
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed and The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
This picture cracks me up! Check out Sprout’s “smolder” (you’d have to have seen Tangled to get it).
And then we also made a paper plate pilgrim girl and boy using this tutorial.
Despite my somewhat diligent efforts to keep the germ factories (aka Bean & Sprout) away from the baby, every chance I turned around they were touching him and coughing in his face. So the inevitable happened and he got sick too.
His sickness somewhat overlapped with Sprout’s so Stephen wound up staying home to help out.
It was so sad. Sparrow could barely breathe or cough. And even the doctor said there was pretty much nothing that could be done for an infant with croup besides breastfeeding, humidifier, cold night air, lots of love and very little sleep for us.
I was so stressed out and extremely exhausted the last couple days.
Then yesterday things started looking up. Sparrow finally started getting some cough-interruption-free sleep.
And he started smiling again.
And he stopped wheezing. It was a huge relief. The other two still have a nagging cough, but Sparrow seems much, much better. Breast milk antibodies for the win!
Here are a couple more pumpkin crafts we managed to get done that made good occupiers for the older two while we took turns taking care of Sparrow.
Felt, yarn & pompom pumpkin patch. The kids glued the pompoms on the brown felt “dirt” and I added all the details. Then we used it to talk more about the pumpkin life cycle.
This next activity got us transitioning to Thanksgiving which we will talk about next week.
The kids painted orange inside of an orange circle that I painted for them. We let those dry and then I used green paint to make handprint leaves. After they dried we talked about some of the things they are thankful for.
Sprout is thankful for the trash truck (watching the trash truck come is one of the big highlights of his week on Friday mornings, he gets so excited), toys, clothes, food, books, painting, Bean & Sparrow, sticks, Mama & Papa, cars and the step stool.
Bean is thankful for music, toys, cars, movies, flowers, Mama & Papa, her bed, sparkley shoes, good food, dresses, Sparrow & Sprout.
Today the kids persisted in being sick and yet energetic.
This morning we made pumpkin pie scented paintings. Part of this idea I borrowed from this education.com project and part of it I thought up on my own.
So first we started with yellow and brown construction paper. I traced one of my salad plates with a pencil on both colors. I cut the brown circle out perfectly round and the yellow circle I cut outside the line and wavy. Then we used a glue stick to attach them together. Whenever we do gluing, I use it as an opportunity to reinforce the concept of counting. I totally remember my preschool and kindergarten teachers doing the same thing. I say, “Press down here and let’s count to five together,” or something like that.
Next we mixed up our pie scented paint.
It is a mixture of white glue, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, water, and orange and brown paint. I talked about each ingredient with the kids and let them smell the spices. Then I let Bean mix it up with her brush and they painted their pies.
I know they aren’t much to look at, but the kids had fun and they smell nice.
Next we did a little pumpkin math activity that I found in this free pumpkin printable. The kit had a pattern for a paper die and a chart to graph the number of instances for each face of the die.
Sprout can count and match, actually a little better than his sister, but this activity was still a bit over his head. Having him be our thrower, though, was a great way to include him in the activity.
Bean was our grapher and dutifully colored each square as we charted and rolled.
This all happened before we made our one necessary trip out of the house to Target for vitamins, juice, and wipes (and of course wound up walking out of the store with more than those things) and our weekly veggie pickup. Then naps got ruined by the car ride, lunch was delayed a couple hours and the whole day went downhill from there including Sprout figuring out how to climb out of the crib.
Sprout was a crying, clinging, snot faced, coughing, sad, pathetic mess, by the end of the day, but I did manage to distract him for a few minutes by letting him help me make a real pumpkin pie. He was super proud of cracking the eggs in particular, so much so that he ran to Stephen when he got home and shouted, “Papa! I cracked egg!” instead of his usual, “Papa’s home!”
But it’s generally known that when it comes to baking, I’m terrible at it. I used to think it was because of my limited ingredients due to the kids’ food allergies, but I don’t have that excuse anymore. This pie was way too spicy and it didn’t really set up so it was goopy. So there you have it, I’m not good at something. Not perfect.