With Cakes interest in colours extending into how secondary colours are made we needed to find an activity that allowed her to mix colours in her own ways. We usually buy fairly ordinary paper towel however this time the paper towel was on special and we got the good stuff. It was fantastic. Cakes did a great job of folding it, with one fold and a scrunch and a twist (it still worked fantastically). She took her time and concentrated on what she was doing and following my steps. I was very pleased that I was able to control myself and allow her to do it her own way.
Next she dipped it a corner in one corner and looked for confirmation she was able to double dip. We do lots of things with primary colours and I can be slightly controlling when it comes to the colours touching. As she dipped into the second colour there was lots of "ohhing and ahhhing" as she saw the colours change. "Look Mum, I did make Orange. Wif the yellow and Red. It is Orange" said Cakes. She did so many of these that we had to use the drying rack and the nearby floor. After many attempts she realised she could not make black, and the closest she could get was brown. The final product was many outstanding bright coloured paper towels. We used some to wrap a present for Cakes's Nagymama and a few butterflies for her room.
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After seeing the bubble snake on pinterest, I knew it was something we needed to try. With a bottle left laying around with all our art and craft things, one of Daddies old stretched socks and a small bowl of dish liquid water we headed outside and started blowing bubbles. Cakes needed a few practice runs and some demonstrations to remind her to blow out and not to suck in. Every time she blew out she quickly attempted to see her bubble snake so it didn't get too long with the stopping and starting. However she was super excited and this activity lasted an hour or so. It was simply dip and blow, then a bubble snake would appear. Cannot wait to try this out again with a colourful twist.
The bath wall suckers had been in the kitchen for several days as I was soaking them in bleach and scrubbing them in dish washing water. Cakes had asked to have them back on several occasions though knew they needed cleaning. When they got taken out of the drying rack and placed on the floor I could see the stress rising as she wanted them back where they belonged, but when I added marbles to the mix she went straight to it as if she had been waiting for them.
Using her little pinching fingers she picked up each marble and carefully carried it to each sucker and placed it in place ( a few got away and the chase was on with the cat). She placed some on with no strategy and others around the edges first and then filling in the middle.
Together we counted the marbles as they went onto the suckers and then again once they were all on. To Cakes's surprise the amounts were the same each time. We discussed the colours of the marbles, the clarity of the marbles introducing the words clear and opaque. Cakes reorganised the marbles to ensure all the small marbles were together and all the big marbles were together, this was tricky without lining each one up.
Every baby goes through the I need what you guys have stage. Most parents organise an old phone, remote control or caluclator for the times when they need one of those, but I never thought of a replacement for the dreaded time when every tissue or baby wipe ends up on the floor. Well while we were at Cake's little pixie friends house the other day and saw his Mum had made him the best toy ever. She simply bought a cheap packet of plain washers from Kmart and placed them inside an empty tissue box. Genius!!! He spends his time pulling them out, putting them back in and every now and then wipes his face. I wish I had thought of that I could have saved some mess with tissues and wipes.
What is the best toy you have ever made for a child?
Cakes has been interested in shadows for sometime. We often stop and look at how our shadows are positioned and see how we can make them move (usually getting them to wave back at us). Cakes had noticed while on the trampoline that her shadow moved a bit funny when she jumped. "It taller me Mummy" she said, describing how it lengthened and didn't disconnect from her. This started a discussion about how our shadows do not like to leave us and are always attached. She became concerned once inside that her shadow didn't follow, this made for an interesting conversation about sunlight.
Once Cakes was standing still long enough I traced around her shadow. She thought it was brilliant that she could see the outline once she moved away. It then was my turn. With Cakes casting her own shadow on my shadow she became a little frustrated though in the end she was very happy with the outline she had created of me.
We both laid down in the outline to see if the shadow was a good representation of both of us. Cakes said "it little bit okay, but you too big for shadows". Good to know my shadow was a little smaller. We discussed the movement of the sun and how as it moved our shadows would grow and shrink and be cast in different directions. We used meal times as the time keepers so straight after lunch she wanted to see if the shadow had changed direction, it hadn't though our shadows became much much smaller. Again later in the day we made our way back out and the shadows had change direction. Often now she asks which way the shadow will face before we get outside and is pleasantly surprised every time.
With Cakes continuing obsession with colours anything laying around that is coloured is fair game. Daddy had been doing some filing at work and had dividers he was to throw out. Instead of throwing them out they came home to add to the mess we call resources. Minutes after entry into the house they were spread out all over the floor as Cakes put them all together in colour groups. This was added to with discussions of different tones of colours (light and dark) and how many there were of each colour.
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We got these awesome shot glasses with a short stand for $2.50 for about 50 at Reverse Garbage a few months ago and never got around to using them. When looking for something different to use for our painting Cakes decided circle printing was what she wanted to do. She was very excited every time she made a print "Yay another circle". Even Grandad got in on the action.
A few days ago I recieved a post on my Facebook advising me that Alicia from One Mother Hen had nominated Learning to play and playing to learn for a Liebster award. I accept!!!!!! I was so excited as I never expected to receive one. Thank you Alicia I feel truely honored. As I had seen posts about this award and tried to track down its origin previously, I thought now was a good time to try again. This has been a hard task and I still do not have as much information and plenty of it is contridictory. This is what I can share with you.
11 Facts about me
Fact 1. I really would like to start the day with a red can of Coke, enjoy a few during the day and end the day with one. At this stage I just have one every now and then.
Fact 2. I enjoy hanging out with the small person I call Cakes. I love our outings, making resources for her to play and learn with and joining in her play.
Fact 3. I only wanted to further my study once I had Cakes. I was happy working in childcare though she made me want to teach at big school.
Fact 4. I met my husband in highschool though we didn't date until later.
Fact 5. I still call my husband by his last name and sometimes forget his first name (the worst was the day after our Wedding and I was introducing him to a friend's dad, he didn't even realise it was my husband because really who stumbles on their own husband's name)
Fact 6. Our cat is our first child, sister to Cakes and class me Mummy and my husband Daddy.
Fact 7. I don't like cats, there are 8 neighbourhood cats that think they live in our yard and 3 of that 8 think they live in our house.
Fact 8. I like Facebook a little too much.
Fact 9. I want a red headed child, they are so so so cute!
Fact 10. Most TV shows I start watching when it is in the first season gets axed (Tru Calling, Lost, Heroes, Alcatraz)
Fact 11. I'm lazy! There is something else I should be doing rather than writing this post, the dishes, the folding, my study ...
The blogs who I am passing the Liebster award onto are:
Housewife in Heels
Mountains and Musings
Just for Daisy
Paint on the Ceiling
The Chronicles of Chaos
Francesca Writes Here
The Life of Faith
I'm talking... just about everything
It's Organised Chaos
Juggling Act Mama
Adventures with Captain Destructo
My questions for the above Liebster bloggers