Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

January 4, 2012

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

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This was a book we actually got last  year and have just revisited after doing some re-organization of my daughter’s book shelves.  It’s a fun book about all the things the rabbit is using his “not a box” for.  He can be putting out the fire in a burning building, in a rocket ship, on the top of a mountain, etc.  The illustrations and text are simple but so much fun for the kids to go through as they start imaging what the box could be.  Definitely a great book to pick up for the kids with the active imagination.

And since I did most of my holiday shopping online this year we ended up with a ton of boxes so here are a few of the “it’s not a box” things my kiddos came up with.

They were playing around in this Target box while I worked and one side busted open so they turned it into a bed.

Then came the Amazon box that became their “house”.

My daughter also decided her care bear needed a bed that had a leash attached to it and then proceeded to drag it all over the house.  Of course this led to some arguments once my son wanted to get into the action and have a turn dragging it around.  Not quite sure why that was so interesting to them.  It also led to a late night box search as she had decided to use my pillow as the mattress as her “mattress”.

Then right before the holidays we got a kids picnic table in this huge box (not sure why they sent it in such a big box).

Kaitlyn wanted a train which I didn’t even know how to start so I figured well how about some windows.  Of course both kids had to help “decorate” while I was cutting.

The kids were just having too much fun bouncing around inside of the box that the “train” never got very far but when some friends came over they still had a fun time riding the train.

My friend even got involved by “punching” their train tickets.

Later on we also served “ice cream” and “donuts” to customers through the window.  It was actually kind of funny how much fun the kids had with this box since we ended up returning the picnic table.  The better toy seemed to be the box.

All in all boxes were probably the most played with items on the holiday season.  Check out our:

January 3, 2012

Clean Mud Outdoor Activity

Filed under: Outdoor Activities — by dsuzuki @ 2:30 pm
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I saw this pin about clean mud on Pinterest so had to try it out since my kids love to get down and dirty in the mud but of course it’s…well…dirty.  We never did get it to feel just like mud in my opinion (maybe not enough toilet paper?) but the kids still had a blast.  All we needed was a couple bins, water, dish detergent and toilet paper.  It did pain me to use toilet paper but they ended up not using very much and still had a great time.

I started each one out with their own tub so there wouldn’t be any arguing.

My son didn’t know what to make of the wet toilet paper and kept squishing it and throwing it out onto the grass which was kind of cute and funny to watch.

Since it was the holidays I decided to add a little Christmas cheer with food coloring.

Just in case you missed it I have to stress this is definitely an outdoor activity because as you can expect eventually they start pouring the water back & forth. So I gave them a bottle and a funnel for added fun.

Then of course you end up with this…

Which is not necessarily a bad thing because then they thought it was fun to “clean” the patio.

We ended the outdoor play with me spraying the patio down with a hose and the two of them running in front of the hose and getting soaking wet.  So I had to strip them down and take them straight into a warm bath.  So maybe a good idea if you need to get your kids into the bath tub 🙂

January 2, 2012

Going on a nature walk & There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

For the holidays one of the great gifts my brother and his wife gave my daughter was this set of jumbo magnifiers from Discount School Supplies.

Kaitlyn was excited to use them so I took her and my 18 month old out on a “nature walk” around the neighborhood.  I took an empty 18 egg carton and painted different colors in each well (sorry, it was a rush so didn’t take any pictures).  We took that along with us, the magnifiers and a bucket and went seeking out things that were the color of each well.  I was amazed how much fun the kids had.  My 18 month old loved the magnifier and one thing I have to say about them is that they certainly are sturdy.  He fell down probably a dozen times and the thing never broke and he never let go of it.  The other thing that surprised me was that we weren’t able to find a single blue thing other than litter.  I guess maybe in the spring we might be able to find blue flowers.  Kaitlyn did have fun being silly by jumping in the air to try and pick some pieces of sky out of the air for her blue well. 🙂

When we got home the kids had a blast looking through all the things we picked up and comparing how they felt, the colors and textures.

We spent some time talking about how many different shapes of leaves there were and how they ranged in color from white, yellow, red, brown and green.

She has asked to go on another nature walk soon so I have to figure out what our next “hunt” will be for.  I can’t wait for spring when we can go searching for how many different types of flowers we can find.

On the book front related to leaves we have been reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves during bed time.

It’s a part of the same series as the old lady who swallowed a fly and a bell.  It was another fun read and Kaitlyn was laughing on our nature walk about how if we ate all the leaves we saw we would have a big ol’ belly like the lady in “that book”.

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