Saturday, July 21, 2012

We say 'Sodee' in Missouri

I read about this somewhere, forgive me for not remembering where......
But this is a way to use empty 'sodee' bottles for your kiddos outdoors. We also have a Gatorade bottle included here for good measure. The large 2 liter ones don't work so well for your general information.
First you cut off a portion of the bottom. I chose to use the first natural point where the bottle curves.
Next I applied duct tape for keeping fingers from getting scratched on the sharp edges.
We really like the funky polka dot design :)

Then we apply masking tape to each bottle to label with their names. No sharing cooties here.
And very important.......remove the lid.

Finally the fun begins! (Notice Savannah's new dress her mommy made for her! It's pretty darn cute)
Next to Lou is the 'dipping' bowl for bubble mix. We got ours thanks to Grandma Nancy who finds all the deals at $1 for the bottle. Thanks Grandma!!

What we learned:
  • You get the biggest bubbles when you bend forward & point your bottle down. They were huge!
  • Taking turns
  • Bubbles can pop in your face (or your friends')
  • Bubble mix doesn't go well with sand
  •  Wind can wreck havock on a great bubble
  • Babies won't let you finish blowing a bubble if they can reach your bottle. There were some anger issues. But we worked them out.
  • Lots of fun for a morning that was cooler than we've had for a long while. A fabulous Friday!!!
Have a wonderful Summer!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

9 Reasons Not To Walk Babies | Janet Lansbury

I saw this post on Facebook and I confess, I have been guilty of this on I figure most of us are.
Also, most of us are always learning. So hope you'll check it out.

9 Reasons Not To Walk Babies | Janet Lansbury

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Heat Wave

We started our week with painting the walk with water.
This toddler decided to see what happens when you pour out your cup.
Notice he also painted the center of each brick.
(Math/fine motor)

The neighbor's cat stopped in for a visit. We found out what happens when we pet a cat's fur with wet hands.
This 3 year old used water pumps in the bubbly water
(Science/Sensory/Large Muscles)
Older minds decide to see what happens when you dump out the water pump into the water wheel
(More science/predicting)
Now we begin washing dishes.Notice the toddler to the left is opening an egg filled with water?
He got a surprise when the water poured out!
(Dramatic Play/Discovery)
More of them using those large muscles. That old coffee creamer container came in pretty handy for water play.He's dumping water & plastic lids with the ABC's written on them for more floating items.He discovered the lids won't go down the water wheel hole.
Another vantage point below our "water wall".
I forgot to get a photo of it. Maybe later.
Note to all providers/parents/caregivers.....
ALWAYS be present during water play
Have extra clothes :)