Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Activities

Check out the Valentine's activities Butterfly has been up to!

Colouring with her homemade heart crayons. ( Click here to see how we made them!)

 An addition sheet using heart counters.

 We used some red and pink Crayola Model Magic Clay, which is a nice a lightweight air-drying modeling compound that is mess-free, to make some Valentine shapes and figures.

 Butterfly used a  red Bingo Dabber to dab on the right amount of red circles to match the number on the page.

We even did 50!

Butterfly then wanted to cover a whole heart with the bingo dabber.

 We love reading books!  Here's our Valentine love books that we have been enjoying.
Guess How Much I Love You
Franklin's Valentines
Richard Scarry's Things to Love
Love You Forever
Valentine Mice
Clifford's Puppy Love

 I set up a heart bead necklace tray.

 Butterfly loves making jewellery! Great for fine motor practise.

I made another fine motor tray for transferring.

 Butterfly has the use of the tongs down pat now, transferring all the different kinds of hearts from one valentine pail to another.

 With this tray, Butterfly had to fill each heart container with one big jewel heart and one small jewel heart, closing them up with their lid.


In this tray activity, Butterfly had to separate the love coins in the jar to give each heart container the same amount, using all the coins.

She used the one by one method, and found that she had enough for each container to hold 6 coins.

All the heart containers had the same amount and she used all the coins!

I gave her a craft tray with felt heart stickers, to make some love valentine art.

We had fun with this heart game.  Hide a coin in one of the hearts, move them all around and when you stop your opponent has to guess which heart is holding the love coin!  I love this because it really makes Butterfly concentrate!

She did a few games for me too!  Check out our Twitter account and you will see a couple of videos posted of us playing this game using the new app Vine!

Butterfly also enjoyed a Valentine Muffin Tin Lunch!

For more Valentine's Day activity ideas, check out our past Valentine's posts and
Rockabye's Valentine's Day Pinterest Board!

Not only are we are on Instagram sharing photos, but I'm loving the new sharing app Vine!  It's all about sharing short videos!  Your can view our videos on our Twitter, come follow us!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy New Year!

 Happy New Year!  Here's what we've been up to!
Butterfly and I having been learning about Rangolis.  They are so beautiful!
It's a lovely art made like round patterned mandalas, on the grounds during Diwali by Hindus in India.  Buddhist monks work on intricate rangolis which teaches patience and perserevence, and because this kind of art work cannot be kept, (it is swept up afterwards as it's rice, or flour, sand, or flower petals on the floor) it teaches letting go and having no attachments, living in the moment.
Butterfly and I decided to try making rangolis on a mirror on the floor, which also teaches reflection!

We bought some Coloured Craft Sand and had a go creating a few.  We used baggies with a little hole cut in the corner for the sand to trail out.

Then we swept it up and tried another.  Butterfly didn't like her work always being cleaned up, she wanted to keep at least one rangoli.

So I found a canvas and some tacky glue and we got to work on making one for keeps!

Ta-da!  A sand rangoli to keep!

Another thing that has been keeping us busy, is knitting!  Gosh, I love You Tube tutorials!  To all those out there that take the time to make tutorials on anything and everything and post them on You Tube- Thank you!!!  So nice that we can learn anything we want from the use of our computer in our own living room.  Butterfly's knitting is Loom Knitting, the method is like corking, so she's been keeping busy on a Loom Knitting project, while I knit.

I've accomplished a cowl/circle scarf, a kids' sized scarf for Butterfly,

a coat for Butterfly's kitty because she was getting too cold this winter, says Butterfly :)  This kitty coat was done on one of our Looms.

and a Cup Cozy!

Check out what we made for all of Butterfly's cousins to enjoy at our family Christmas:

A fruit tree! and a ton of Cake Pops!

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