At the beginning of the week we went to a local museum where we learned about different ships and dressed up like pirates with some friends. The kids really enjoyed climbing up and down on a play ship and pretending to sleep in a hammock like a pirate. They all also really love “Moana,” so they had a lot of fun learning about the culture of the Polynesian islands and seeing some life size rafts like Moana and Maui use in the movie.
This little girl loves to color. She asks to draw constantly. We have spent countless hours coloring and drawing at our kitchen table. That being said, a lot of our activities have been including a lot of craft time. A few weeks ago I found this cute pirate door hanger at Walmart and tucked it away. Em was extra excited to see the pirates like we learned about earlier in the week and to make something that we could hang on her door.
We really try to tie in our lessons with our day to day life. While we were at the grocery store this week, we just happened to spot this pineapple plant in the floral/ fresh fruits department! How neat is that! Em was really excited to see how pineapples grow and be able to touch it. Luckily, since we were in the fruit department anyway, we were able to grab a full size pineapple and compare the sizes.
I have never been very good at making paper planes, but luckily the hubs enjoyed making paper planes as a kid. He made a couple different types out of some holographic paper that I found at Dollar Tree and Em had a lot of fun chasing them around our back yard. It was pretty hot, so this activity lasted about 5 minutes, but everyone enjoyed it. If Em was older, we would talk about how each shape of the paper planes changed the wind resistance and have her try to fold her own paper planes. At this age, she was more excited to throw the paper plane and crumple it up when we were done.
Em’s Auntie V loves penguins, so for “P” week, I knew we needed to learn about them. First we started by watching a couple short videos about penguins on youtube. You can find the ones that we watched here, here, and here. We also found some really cute songs about penguins and sang them while pretending to be penguins. Since we used my phone to watch all of these videos, now every time that I pull it out she tries to convince me we need to watch the baby penguin videos. We also found some Aldi brand chedder snacks that were in the shape of penguins, also known as knock off brand Goldfish snacks. Em really liked eating these throughout the week during snack times and even made them waddle around the table before eating them.
This week we had an awesome outing featuring pony rides! Perfect for “P” week! Wooo-hooo! Don’t you love when events just line up perfectly with your lesson plans? Em absolutely adored the ponies. These pictures are definitely worth clicking on to enlarge. Her grin says it all!