Monday, I took the boys to a pumpkin patch. Christopher had a blast! The weather ended up being pretty cold and windy, so Luke stayed bundled up in the stroller. Christopher didn’t mind the weather, though! First we went to the petting zoo there. They had a couple of goats, a turkey, roosters, and alpacas. Christopher was so excited, he kept running back and forth, and didn’t know what to do with himself! I told him he could hold his hand out and let the goat smell it. Christopher thought it was really funny and kept yelling, “Tickle! Tickle!” I carried Luke around to see the different animals, and he kept pointing at the goats and saying “dog”. He’s pretty into dogs.
Next, we checked out the pumpkins. Christopher has really liked pumpkins lately, and gets excited whenever we see pumpkin decorations somewhere. So the pumpkin patch was perfect for him!
He helped me pick out our pie pumpkins. He also picked out some smaller gourds, which are going into the sensory bin later!
During our apple week, we did a bit of apple stamping. Christopher had a lot of fun decorating a shirt.
It’s one of his favorite shirts now! He wants Luke to have one too, so we might need to make another one soon. After the apple, I gave him an apple cookie cutter to stamp with, and he also enjoyed learning to use a paintbrush.
Next week, we’re going to try pumpkin stamping! This time, I have a shirt for each of the boys.
By far, the favorite sensory bin yet has been the apple cinnamon bin. I used a mixed of quick oats and old fashioned oats to make the texture more interesting, then added a bit of cinnamon, some foam apples from the dollar spot at Target, and cinnamon sticks. Christopher loves the cinnamon sticks!
Still trying to catch up on the last few weeks! We’ve been taking things pretty slowly, while I’ve been sick and we’ve been working on the house.
A few weeks ago, during our apple week, Christopher and I made homemade applesauce. I peeled, sliced, and core the apples, and Christopher helped me break them up into smaller chunks.
He also had fun learning to use a table knife, under careful supervision!
He helped me add some spices, too.
Then it cooked in the slow cooker for several hours until done. It was very good, but I added too much spice. I don’t think Christopher liked the cloves in it. We’ll have to try again without the cloves and see what he thinks! Store bought applesauce isn’t even on the same level as the homemade kind, though we certainly go through plenty of jars of Tree Top applesauce!
I’m trying to get caught up on posts for last week before getting too far into this week’s theme!
Play dough was by far the biggest hit of last week. It was Christopher’s first time playing with it, and he had a blast. I got the idea of using play dough with cars and trucks from To the Moon and Back. I did a bit of hunting around to find a no-cook play dough recipe that looked good, and came across this one from The Imagination Tree. I had to add more flour and cocoa, but otherwise, it worked wonderfully, and smelled amazing!
Christopher cleaned it all up when he was done, with a bit of help, and a little later, I found this:
I guess the hedgehog needed to play, too! Christopher has loved the play dough each time he’s played with it, and it’s amazed me how long it holds his attention. He seems to especially like making houses with it.
Last week, we also made an ice cream truck. I covered a big box from Costco in white craft paper, then Christopher helped decorate it. He and Luke had fun going for rides in the truck, and Christopher enjoyed giving Pooh Bear a ride too.
I’m working on a post compiling a bunch of car and truck activity resources, including all the books we read!
For cars and trucks week, I switched out the filler in the sensory bin to green lentils and brown rice, and added a bag of rocks from the Dollar Tree. Then I moved it all to a bigger bin so … Continue reading →
Yesterday, we went to the library to pick up some books and go to toddler time. We hadn’t been to toddler time before, but I’m so glad we went yesterday! The theme was fire trucks. They read a few stories, … Continue reading →
This was (part of) Christopher’s lunch today. I cut up sandwich bread to shape into a truck, added some almond butter, then made wheels and a window out of raisins. I made a car for Luke: It didn’t last long. … Continue reading →
Today, we made fossil and dinosaur cookies. We used this ginger cookie recipe, a dinosaur sandwich cutter, raisin eyes, and toy dinosaurs. Christopher had fun!
One of the finished cookies:
I hung up a string on which to hang Christopher’s finished artwork so he could look at it. That definitely got him more excited about making pictures! Soon as he finishes one, he points to the string and tells me to put it up. He also had me hang up some dinosaur flash cards. I got a pack at Target for $1 recently and gave him 5 different ones of dinosaurs he might recognize. He can now identify the t-rex, the triceratops, the stegosaurus, and the pteranodon. He loves pteranodons from Dinosaur Train.
Here’s a picture of the string after I hung it up the other night. Now it’s full, with pictures overlapping.