I'm sure some of you have seen this picture of Cakes and cringed (I sure did as she tipped the half of bucket all over the floor). This innocent mess turned out to be a wonderful learning experience that we did several days in a row. As Cakes tipped the sand out she looked at me, smiled and asked "Can I play with this?". Well yes, but it might have been preferable if it was contained in one way or another. Seeing it was all over the floor there was no point in trying to contain it. Was there?
Who doesn't love shopping? Well actually I don't and I am sure Cakes isn't too keen either, but if you have ever been to a Reverse Garbage I am sure you could shop until you drop. Cakes and I carefully travel down every aisle to ensure we don't miss anything cool or a bargain. Cakes has two rules to follow when shopping on top of all other outing rules. 1-don't touch anything that can get broken including putting things back nicely, 2 -make sure you have some idea of what you can use your find for before adding it into the basket.
Cakes has been really into learning about letters recently (despite the fact she still calls them numbers), she can find an M for Mummy, D for Daddy, P for Poppy and an N for Nanny anywhere. In trying to keep up with this interest, I have been on a search for fun and interesting ways to extend her letter and sound learning. I found these four great activities on last weeks Weekly Kid's Co-op linky.
From Making Boys Men - Crafting while learning phonics
Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails - Alphabet Soup Bath
Two much fun - Play-doh letter fun
The Measured Mom - 10 Ways to write the alphabet: letter T
Please link up and check out the other great ideas from this week.
No one goes to the doctor very often in our household. Cakes has rarely been sick (touch wood), Daddy has a great immune system and is rarely sick more than 12 hours and I am just too lazy or busy most of the time (I have been pretty healthy of late). Through books, television and experiences children seem to have a rather good grasp of how different occupations within the community work or what they are for.
The different doctor sets you can buy from cheap ones at Kmart to the more expensive, all have very easy to use equipment. Daddy sat down at the Cakes doctor surgery and got a full medical, his heart checked, blood pressure, eyes checked and even a bandaid for his fingers. She said he was very sick when he came in but was all better when leaving. We might need to have a few more conversations about the healing process next time we play.
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Our $3 foam letters and numbers made their way to the bathroom recently and Cakes spent time sorting, ordering and 'reading' them. She told me all about each number, it's colour and "how many it was". Her favourite thing about the numbers in the bath was the way that they stuck to the wall when wet. She tried each number while it was dry, wet it and placed it on the wall. We talked about the ways she could move it; pulling it off, sliding it and flicking it.
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