Some pics from our Pre-Christmas activities:
My daughter‘s handprint mitten ornaments, painted completely by her.
My son‘s handprint mitten ornaments, red is painted by him. I painted the borders.
Cookies decorated at my son’s IBI therapy Christmas carol-singalong. My son decorated the one on the left; my daughter, the one on the right.
My daughter on the City’s merry-go-round in the Holiday Train display they hold every year.
My son HUGGING Santa!!!! He initiated the hug!!
It’s been an amazing pre-Christmas time, and we still have a few more activities planned.
Happy first day of summer!
Summer has hit us hard here. We’re currently in day 3 of a heat advisory. Today’s forecast is 33 degrees Celsius (92 degrees Fahrenheit) with a humidex that will make it feel closer to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). Needless to say, all our Canadian igloos melted days ago…ha!
Recently, I blogged about trying to get organized to get crafty and have activity ideas readily accessible (so I don’t have to think), so I thought I would share our list, compiled by Googling “summer activities” and asking on Facebook mom groups what everyone is up to over the summer. Here are some of the things the kids and I will be doing this summer:
- Make homemade ice cream in a bag
- Make homemade popsicles
- Ride bikes outside
- Make a “Park Passport” and check each park off as we visit new ones
- Wrap a piece a duct tape around wrist with sticky side up. Take a walk around the neighborhood and stick leaves, small pebbles, sticks, and other treasures onto duct tape bracelet
- Paint the sidewalk with water
- Washand detail the car (get ready for a water fight!)
- Make a bird feeder
- Go to the splashpad
- Go on an “Alphabet tour”: go for a walk with camera & notebook, and beginning with the letter “a”, find something that starts with that letter (i.e.Adams Street). Take a picture & write it in your notebook. Continue with each letter. Each child has a personal and creative alphabet memory book for the summer.
- Go to a local pond and record items, animals and plants you see
- Go to a Farmer’s Market
- Play with a Hula-Hoop
- Go on a picnic
- Collect rocks and paint them; make them into Rock People
- Go to the library
- Go to the beach
- Pick some flowers
- Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
- Blow bubbles
- Go swimming
- Water balloon fight
- Play Frisbee
- Play soccer
- Play baseball
- Build a sandcastle
- Lie down on the grass and find shapes in the clouds
I have printed these activities on a label template, and put them in our Summer Box.
What are you going to do with the kids this summer?
Mother Nature and I were at odds on the weekend. My original plans included going to local parks, nature walks looking for bugs and insects, a playdate, and going to the outdoor farmer’s market, etc. Basically, being outside most of the weekend. Alas, the rain spoiled that fun. Instead, we had a different playdate as our original one had to reschedule because of illness, going to the library, lots of tickle fights, computer games, iPad time, popcorn and a movie, and some colouring.
I’ll admit that I get very frustrated when Mother Nature foils my plans, primarily because I seem to have missed that class that most (all?) moms have taken where they can instantly come up with crafts to keep the kids happy and busy.
So, I also took advantage of the lazy, indoor weekend and started some lists. What can I say? I may be a SAHM, but I used to work out of the home, in an organizing role…lists are my life! The lists I’ve now started are:
- Summer activities
- Rainy day activities
- Activities to do with other kids
- Winter activities
I have compiled them from many sources I found online, with Google, Pinterest and also some personal moms groups on Facebook. For the record, considering we’re 4 – 5 months from winter showing its ugly head again, it’s a lower priority than the other lists.
I’ve created the lists as label templates so I can cut them and put them in boxes, labeled appropriately. Stay tuned for how I actually created the boxes and the labels.
I was sick and tired of picking up the crafty-type stuff we have (which isn’t much…I’m not a “craft mom”) so I found two sets of plastic drawers, and labelled them with kid-friendly letters. To ensure my son doesn’t remove all the letters to reuse them EVERYWHERE, I put clear packing tape over top of the letters, making sure the ends of the tape are in creases in the drawers so he can’t find them easily. So far, the drawers have remained intact for more than a month. Yay!