Monday, April 14, 2014

My new cleaning lady!

Check out my new maid!! Ahaha she looks so stinkin' funny!!


Here is my tip of the day: If you have one of those Swiffer sweepers kickin' around... remove a couple of the stick sections and it becomes the perfect length for the little monsters! And then of course put them to work cleaning the floors!!


 
 
 
 


Not a box!

I love the idea of playing with cardboard boxes!! Everyone knows that little monsters usually love playing with the box rather than the gift... and there's a reason for that! The humble ol' cardboard box has even made it to the toy hall of fame... best toy ever! It sparks imagination, resourcefulness and creativity! It can be just a box or way more than a box... the little monsters get to build, explore, transform, invent, reinvent etc. etc... the possibilities are endless. Oh yah did I mention that cardboard boxes are FREE! You don't need to worry about the monsters destroying it and when you're done with it, you don't need to feel guilty about chucking it into the recycle!

A great book to read with the monsters to get their inner box creative juices flowing is this one:
It's super cute and not too long!! Keep in mind that this type of book is for little kids...I would say Kindergarten and younger! And it is not a great read aloud book if you don't do anything afterwards. A discussion about imagination would be great followed by an exploration with a cardboard box! This author also came out with a book called "Not a Stick". I haven't read it, but I'm sure it is equally cute and would be great for exploring sticks!
 
So anyways, my Yules has gone through her fair share of cardboard boxes. She is still a little too young to do anything crazy with them so far but she still enjoys them! Here is her latest "Not a Box!"
 
Step 1: Save the box from Husband and the recycle bin!!
Step 2: Let Yules go to town decorating her box! Remember how I said that large boxes were great for playing with markers... contains the monsters and reduces the potential of getting marker everywhere! She spent a good week coloring inside that box... until there was barely any surface area left!


 
Step 3: Ask Yules what she wanted to do next! She was indifferent and didn't respond haha! So I got to decide this time! I decided that we would turn it into a car... that seemed like the simplest option!
Step 4: I helped her cut out the hole and make it look more car like! (Just for the record... it was not me who drew those special looking wheels... just sayin!) We also added a string so Husband could pull her around or she could pull around her stuffies!
Step 5: Have fun driving around town!!






Thursday, April 3, 2014

A day in the life of a Princess...

Today was a dress-up like a Princess kind of day!
 

Today was a dress-up like a Princess and play with dinosaurs kind of day!


 
Today was a dress-up like a Princess and tidy up a 'la Cinderella kind of day!



Today was a dress-up like a Princess and have a tea party with her brother kind of day!!

 

Today was however NOT an exempt from time-out kind of day!!

Happy Birthday Kalbi Boo!

Happy Birthday to my most favourite person in the whole wide world!! Yah, I can admit it, I love my puppy more than my human child and my husband!! What? What? I know lots of you feel the same way, you just aren't willing to publicly admit it!!

My sweet little Kalbster turned 5 today! I can't believe he's been part of my life for only 5 years! It seems like I've had him forever!! Ahhhh I love this little puppy soooooo much!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

More Fine Motor!

So every once in a while, I will browse through the lovely ideas on Pinterest! I haven't been visiting quite as much lately because it seems like I usually end up leaving with some type of anxiety attack or new cause! As wonderful as Pinterest is, I'm always left feeling like I need to do more with the Monster or should focus on whatever the flavour or cause of the week is! Aghhhhh!

So anyways, the last few weeks we have been focusing on OT fine motor activities because Pinterest told me to do so!! Hahahaha! Here is a little bit of what we have been up to!

Yules got these fancy wooden toys for Christmas that I finally let her play with!

We have been using them to work on wrist rotation. But you can use anything that twists on and off! Yules has a drawer full of containers with lids that twist on and off in varying sizes! Twisting the lids on and off can seriously occupy the monster for a decent amount of time! Once that gets old, I give her a handful of things (cheerios, pasta etc.) to fill and empty using the containers. Other things that you can use to promote wrist rotation can be nuts and bolts, and pad locks and keys... but that might be for older kids as it requires quite a bit more hand eye coordination! Anyways, Husband is not pleased that we have a giant collection of containers that should be in the recycle and that NOW the monster can open EVERYTHING!! Haha!

We have also been working on hand strength! A simple idea I came across was sticking toothpicks into Styrofoam! Well that sounded easy and I like easy! I gave Yules a Styrofoam plate and a couple toothpicks. It was easy and she seemed to enjoy it but it looked kinda dangerous and sharp. So I abandoned that idea. Husband found the plate with the sharp toothpicks sticking out and asked if it was some type of death trap I was making! Haha it is definitely a keep-your-eye-on-them-at-all-times kind of activity... which I didn't like very much! So I modified it a bit by giving her a thick piece of Styrofoam and plastic party toothpicks! Same thing but with no sharp pointy sticks! I wanted to draw a picture of a person on the Styrofoam and see what she stabs at first... but Husband said that was a little morbid... but I still might do it!
 

I've also been pushing the puzzles hardcore!! Did you know that shape recognition is the first step to reading!! No need to know the names and how many angles/sides etc. but just to be able to recognize and match. So we do puzzles lots!! Thank goodness she likes them!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Water play + Dish Soap

Yules got a special treat in her water table today... soap!! Haha cheap thrills!!

Okay first here are a couple tips for water play [inside] with the littles. Only give them a little bit of water. Seriously, about an inch of water is like the best thing ever to them and it's really all they need. To keep water spilling on the floor to a minimum, give them lots of toys with holes! Think funnels, slotted spoons, strainers, colanders etc. By the time they move it away from the table, most of it will have fallen back into the table and not on the floor!

So anyways, to soup-up her water play I gave her a little sponge with a squirt of dish soap. I was fully anticipating her to wash the little cups and spoons since she always "helps" with dishwashing!

 

Look at that sweet little Kalbster napping away on the stairs!!
 

Anyways, back to water play... Yules made a different connection with the soap! She realized that soap is for washing hands... so she washed her hands!

Then she felt the need to wash her face!!


 


What the heck she thought... might as well wash my hair too!! Haha!


Haha I intervened before she decided to give herself a full on sponge bubble bath!! LOL

No more SNOW please!!

Ughhh... wasn't I just saying that it's Spring? I've seriously had enough of the white stuff! One day I'm whipping out the summer dresses and the next Yules is bundled up from head to toe!