Thursday, June 20, 2013

Promise Monsters, Meet Squiggly




Well we got ours in the mail!  Meet Squiggly!


I love that it's hand-made in the city it was created in, and even signed by the sew-er!

 

We even received a personal note from the creators!

 

Squiggly got an instant cuddle from Butterfly!

 

Promise Monsters come with a Top Secret mission!


"Be sneaky, be kind, have fun!"


Here was Butterfly's Monster Mission... to Ungrumpify someone!


Lo and behold, she chose me! :)  I guess I was looking grumpy one day!
Butterfly took time in her craft room and made such beautiful pictures, she had hidden them under my pillow on my bed.  When I went to bed that night, moved my pillow to get comfy, there was a paper folded all nice under my pillow!  She definitely surprised me and she definitely made me smile!  Mission completed!


Now we'll scratch the secret code part on the mission card and redeem an accessory for Squiggly!  Until then Squiggly has been hanging out on Butterfly's leg and pockets, and being carried around from place to place, as they enjoy their kindness play together!

 

Check out Promise Monsters!
Another great gift idea!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chess at 3


I am introducing Tyler Schwartz from Chess At 3 today.
His curriculum teaches young children how to play chess in a fun way!

 
 Chess At 3’s new approach to teaching young children the complex strategies of chess is simply genius!  Using a remarkable, story-based curriculum - used in the top preschools in New York City and all over the world - the complexity of understanding the rules and unfamiliar names of the pieces becomes easy for children as young as three years old to understand and immediately comprehend.  Chess At 3’s curriculum consists of 20 fun stories along with teachers notes and commentary. 




The curriculum focuses on teaching the students about the “roles” of each chess piece through a series of remarkable stories, in which each chess piece stars as the “main character” of the story.  Following each story, the students will break into groups, where they learn how each piece “likes” to move.  Once the students learn how each piece “likes” to move, the last two lessons will focus on “Secret Missions” or chess tasks that will teach strategy and focus.  Each session is approximately 30 minutes long.





Chess is a nice analogy for life: Both require giving some serious thought before making your next move and anticipating the consequences of your actions.  Give your children the gift of chess with Chess At 3




Rockabye Butterfly's note:  I have received a free copy of the Chess At 3 curriculum and I'd like to share that the stories to introduce each piece of the game as a character, are fantastic!  I've never learned how to play Chess, so Butterfly and I will be taking advantage of Chess At 3.  We now have "Learn Chess" on our Summer Bucket List!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Horseback Riding


Photo Dump Day!!

I took Butterfly horseback riding with her Homeschool friends, one of our Moms in our group rides, so she toured the children around, teaching them about riding gear and how to take care of the horses.  Butterfly LOVES animals, I think the best part for her was brushing her pony and feeding it apples and carrots!  It was a great day!











































"I'll scratch my back if you scratch mine!"  says the BFF horses :)






This dude was hilarious!  He smiled for us!!






Next up, we leave the kids home and the Moms will be going horse back riding! Wahoo!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Ribbon Dancers

 
Did I ever show you our Ribbon Dancers?
I made these for Butterfly as one of her Christmas presents this past Christmas, I think I only Instagrammed the photos of them.  I thought I would show you these a little bit closer.
 


Here are some photos of Butterfly dancing with them, first thing in the morning in her PJs of course :) (Really don't know how children get this energy first thing in the morning.  I'm artificially energized with coffee! hehe)

         


        

It looks so pretty, don't you think?

       

They are really fun too and help put more creativeness and colour in dancing and moving.

        

So all I did was buy two wooden rings for the handles, and a roll of ribbon of each colour I wanted on them.  You can find these at a crafts store.


Figure out the length you want them to be and double up on each colour by folding the colour in half and then looping them in a knot over the ring.


At the bottoms of the ribbons, I cut a triangle into them and then used clear nail polish to paint the bottoms.  This has kept the ribbons from fraying at the bottom as Butterfly moves these all around.


 Wouldn't these make a beautiful Summer Birthday present?
I love handmade gifts, and these are so simple and fast to make!
 
 
 
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