I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
We tend to celebrate everything in this family. And I do mean everything. Half-birthdays, losing a first tooth, mastering the monkey bars. And I think our neighbors will always remember my sister’s “Hooray! You’re potty trained!” party. (No, really…) So of course the last day of school, the unofficial start of “real” summer, and being promoted to a new grade is certainly worthy of being commemorated as well.
Kay is starting 3rd grade this year. I know - she’s an old lady now! I always like to hang up a sign to greet her on her return from her last day of school. The end of kindergarten she was met with a large, “Look out, 1st grade - Here comes Kay!” and last year I made her a t-shirt that said, “This is what a 2nd grader looks like!”
We've long been a family game night kind of family. Sure, sometimes life gets in the way, and weeks, even months, go by without a gaming session, but eventually we get back into. As sappy as it may sound, we enjoy spending the time together. Even those endless games of Candy Land (well, sometimes....).
I tend to choose games I know from my childhood. We've given a few newer games a go, but the instructions always seem to be so complicated that it isn't worth the effort. We recently got to try Ninja Squirrels from RoosterFin and it defied ever prejudice I've held until now about those "newer" games.
As time goes on, it gets trickier and trickier to get Kay to practice fine motor skills.
When she was younger it seemed easier to get her involved in activity that was, unbeknownst to her, helping to work on the small muscles in her hands that are so important for everything from writing to dressing. But now that she's the ripe old age of 8 (and a half!), she's much to old for things like crafts and activities. Or so she thinks.
I've read through posts before that claim to describe "easy" craft ideas. But what some people call "easy", I call "not a chance I could pull that off!".
So rest assured - the wall art in this post is Emma-approved. That means you can do these, I can do these, heck, my 8 year old can do some of these. No talent needed - just a desire to express some creative (and same money by not paying for store-made art!). Ready?
This is a great game for kinesthetic learners - you need to stretch, jump and run, all while practicing spelling words!
I have anxiety.
I've always had it. It's as much a part of my personality as my love of reading and my vivid imagination.
Doctors used to ask me when it first developed and I would answer with a quizzical look. It was like asking when I developed the habit of breathing - before I can even remember.
When Kay was younger, I used to congratulate myself. Other parents would say things like, "All my 4 year old wants to do is watch TV" or "I can't get my 5 year old off the tablet" and I'd smile to myself. Kay wanted to be outside and moving around; apparently I had it easy.
Now she's almost 8 and the TV has a lot more allure than before. This was the first summer where she would have rather play a game on the computer than play a game outside. What happened to my little athlete, and, more importantly, how could I encourage her to be creative when she was content staring at a screen?
Homemade toys are so my thing. I'm not talking complicated, beautifully-made wooden dollhouse or hand-carved trucks, although those are wonderful. I mean the old-fashioned, make a fort out of a box or turn a paper towel roll into a megaphone.
This time of year, especially, with all the gimmes and the "I want..." wishes coming from everywhere, it's especially nice to get back to the simple. I wanted this rocket ship craft to be something Kay and I could make together, but that would be sturdy enough for her to play with. Sucess!