Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesdays w/ Mommy

Yesterday should have been Library Day but after a bit of car trouble and a very exhausted Mama... the books were put on hold till Friday! Not sure what it was about our day, but I couldn't get going! I fell asleep every time I sat down (which was quite often), and poor Jaxon had to keep waking me up!

In order to keep him busy we did some chalk drawings, watched some movies we hadn't seen in a while and caught up on a few art projects for our farm theme.

Monday afternoon we had popcorn for a snack and I don't know about you, but we never finish an entire bag at snack time. Normally our pet steer, Crutch, gets the left overs! But after finding this cute craft, there wasn't much left for poor Crutch!

All you need for this project is a piece of white paper (preferably something thick like card stock or construction paper). You will also need a pair of scissors, glue, a few markers and leftover popcorn. We started by drawing a sheep on the paper, we then cut him out and drew a face on his head. And finally we were ready to start gluing on the popcorn! Your sheep ends up looking like he's all woolly and ready for winter in his popcorn coat!
For our next little project, we decided to make a piece of corn on the cob, (one of Jaxon's favorite foods from the farm)! Again you will need all of the same things you used for your popcorn sheep but instead of white paper, you will need yellow. There's no need for markers with this project, just a pair of scissors, glue and whole kernel field corn (that's ready for harvest)! This project is great for improving fine motor skills! Picking up each kernel of corn and gluing them in rows also helps with counting!

We also checked on our seed experiment. Jaxon was excited to see the first sign of a plant growing from his pumpkin seeds. (It's hard to see but there is a little, green leaf that has sprouted from his seed.) He also discovered that the seeds are starting to grow into the napkin which is pretty cool!
And I thought since normally I review a few new books, that I'd throw this bit in about our at-home field trip we took the other day to Grandpa's dairy. Grandpa has only cows on his farm but there is another animal that we see quite often when visiting and those are pigeons! In the picture above Jaxon is holding a pigeon feather. He was really excited to find this feather because we are currently reading a new book we got from his school book orders called, "The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog".

The author of this book, Mo Willems, has won 6 Emmy Awards for his writing on Sesame Street. We had never read any of his stories before about Pigeon, but we will definitely be reading some now... this book is really cute!

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