Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

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”.

December 18, 2011

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro

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If you are familiar with the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly then you will recognize this as a holiday take on that story.  While it did not flow quite as smoothly as the original book my 4 year old still really enjoys reading it and has been reading it at bed time every night since I picked it up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale.  The old lady swallows a bell, ribbons, presents, etc until eventually she is swallowing reindeer and a sleigh!  In the end she whistles and blows everything out and then picks up Santa to deliver the gifts.  I’m not quite sure how whistling got everything out but oh well as long as the kids enjoy it right?  My daughter’s favorite part is when you see the old lady staggering with her belly hanging out of her shirt because she is so full.  This is a light hearted holiday story that makes a nice addition to the bedtime reading leading up to Christmas.

I haven’t had a chance to do this with my daughter yet but I think it would be a fun activity to adapt to this book.

December 12, 2011

Scholastic Warehouse Sale Haul

I have a confession to make.  Even with  money being tight my one area I find it hard to restrain myself in is book buying. In particular, children’s book purchases.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my library but between having to request a book, wait for it to arrive, keep track of them as my 4 yr old and 17 month old carry them around and put them in random spots I enjoy having a copy of our own.

There is a Scholastic Warehouse sale going on now and it just feeds my need to buy books for the kiddos.  I tried to restrain myself and kept it under $20 this time.  Here is what I picked up:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

There’s No Such Thing as Monsters by Steve Smallman and Caroline Pedler

Starry, Starry Night by Wade Cooper

There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz

National Geographic Kids: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber

Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff