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I'm the only girl in my home, sharing activities, experiments and other fun ways for moms to connect with their sons (although a lot of what I share girls would enjoy, too!)

The Art of Negotiation

Don’t you just love it when kids start to play with each other rather than just next to each other? It used to be that most of the time Cutie Pie was trying to direct the play, however, more and more lately Sweet Pea is trying to play with Cutie Pie, which sometimes still leads to altercations.

Hubby and I were just talking about how when they start to argue they negotiate to a solution and contine playing, no parent intervention (or at least not often!) We used to think we negotiated with our boys a little too much, didn’t ‘pick’ our fights, however I’m realizing we may do that, but they’ve learned from it! (And by the way, we do pick our fights and we usually ‘win’!)

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Wordless Wednesday – Put away your sandals!

Not really the best picture, especially for wordless Wednesday, and of course, I’m adding words so it isn’t really wordless, but anyway…

A few nights ago Cutie Pie was asked to put away his sandals. The next morning we found them hanging here. He said the handles were the perfect place and he thinks they should live here now!

I’ve been having internet issues the past few days, so you may not see many posts from me this week, however, feel free to comment!

Wordless Wednesday – Put away your sandals!

Not really the best picture, especially for wordless Wednesday, and of course, I’m adding words so it isn’t really wordless, but anyway…

A few nights ago Cutie Pie was asked to put away his sandals. The next morning we found them hanging here. He said the handles were the perfect place and he thinks they should live here now!

I’ve been having internet issues the past few days, so you may not see many posts from me this week, however, feel free to comment!

Men…

I’m so glad my boys and I have such a wonderful man in our lives as their Daddy, my husband. Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea must know they are very much loved by the way Hubby plays, wrestles, dances and sings with them, reads to them, cuddles them, disciplines them, dresses them…the way he talks with them about things they are interested in and the way he always does simple things like waving and honking his horn when he leaves for work in the morning just for them. I’m so thankful they can feel this love every day.

I’m also very aware some little people out there don’t have a Daddy like this in their lives, or don’t get to experience this every day and my heart breaks for them. Growing up I was blessed to have a wonderful father, an incredible next door neighbor, a step-father, and an awesome Uncle who all made me feel incredibly loved and protected, and who were wonderful examples in my life. Because of this I try to celebrate days like Mother’s and Father’s Days by including the very important people in my life, not just my parents. However, I don’t always manage to get it together enough to let them know and this year was one of those years, but my love and appreciation for these people are no less.

I’m so very thankful I have these men in my life, and I’m so very thankful my boys are growing up knowing men like them.

Men…

I’m so glad my boys and I have such a wonderful man in our lives as their Daddy, my husband. Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea must know they are very much loved by the way Hubby plays, wrestles, dances and sings with them, reads to them, cuddles them, disciplines them, dresses them…the way he talks with them about things they are interested in and the way he always does simple things like waving and honking his horn when he leaves for work in the morning just for them. I’m so thankful they can feel this love every day.

I’m also very aware some little people out there don’t have a Daddy like this in their lives, or don’t get to experience this every day and my heart breaks for them. Growing up I was blessed to have a wonderful father, an incredible next door neighbor, a step-father, and an awesome Uncle who all made me feel incredibly loved and protected, and who were wonderful examples in my life. Because of this I try to celebrate days like Mother’s and Father’s Days by including the very important people in my life, not just my parents. However, I don’t always manage to get it together enough to let them know and this year was one of those years, but my love and appreciation for these people are no less.

I’m so very thankful I have these men in my life, and I’m so very thankful my boys are growing up knowing men like them.

What I learned this year

My kiddos know what they want to learn

My youngest is strong-willed

My oldest is eager to learn new vocabulary and readily integrates it into his daily conversations

My youngest is slow to trust those who aren’t in our immediate family/friends, but when he does he’s their best friend

My oldest learns quickly through watching then trying and needs a lot of encouragement

My youngest needs comforting and assurance, but quickly resumes his exploration

My kiddos keep me feeling young

My boys are learning every day and so am I

My confidence as a mom continues to grow by leaps and bounds

My heart has grown more than I could ever imagine

What I learned this year

My kiddos know what they want to learn

My youngest is strong-willed

My oldest is eager to learn new vocabulary and readily integrates it into his daily conversations

My youngest is slow to trust those who aren’t in our immediate family/friends, but when he does he’s their best friend

My oldest learns quickly through watching then trying and needs a lot of encouragement

My youngest needs comforting and assurance, but quickly resumes his exploration

My kiddos keep me feeling young

My boys are learning every day and so am I

My confidence as a mom continues to grow by leaps and bounds

My heart has grown more than I could ever imagine

Thought for Thursday

Thought: Now that I’m this age am I old?

My birthday is tomorrow. I’ll be hitting another number ending in zero. For some reason I don’t feel that old, at least not as old as I thought that age was when I was 20. I wonder if it is because our boys are so young, which means their friends’ parents, who have become our friends, are so much younger than us. Yesterday friends came over, a 3 1/2 yr old, a 10 month old and their young mom. Am I really 14 years older than her? I don’t feel that old! On the other hand, I have friends who have kids in the service! That makes me feel old!

I’m so very thankful my boys keep me feeling young! And I’m very thankful for those who still think I’m 28!

Thought for Thursday

Thought: Now that I’m this age am I old?

My birthday is tomorrow. I’ll be hitting another number ending in zero. For some reason I don’t feel that old, at least not as old as I thought that age was when I was 20. I wonder if it is because our boys are so young, which means their friends’ parents, who have become our friends, are so much younger than us. Yesterday friends came over, a 3 1/2 yr old, a 10 month old and their young mom. Am I really 14 years older than her? I don’t feel that old! On the other hand, I have friends who have kids in the service! That makes me feel old!

I’m so very thankful my boys keep me feeling young! And I’m very thankful for those who still think I’m 28!

Circus Animals

Quite often after dinner our boys will ask Hubby to turn on some music for dancing and everyone will have a great time getting worn out for the night. One particular night in the not-too-distant past they instead asked for circus music. It was so much fun! (Maybe it was because I was told that I was the audience and could only sit and watch everything!)

Hubby started the music then Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea immediately began to pretend they were different animals they think are at a circus. Now, we’ve never been to the circus, don’t really talk very often about animals that would be seen at the circus, haven’t talked about going to the circus, and as far as we remember haven’t heard ‘circus’ music lately, so we can’t quite figure out where this idea came from…

They pretended to be snakes, penguins, lions, elephants, kangaroos, monkeys and gorillas! Of course, this was a very hard thing to get a picture of, believe me, we tried! Their actions for some animals were so good that if we had been playing charades we could have guessed it correctly on the first try!

I love spontaneous pretend play, especially when every bit of it stems from a child’s imagination with no prompting at all from an adult! Come along and play at Childhood 101 today!

Circus Animals

Quite often after dinner our boys will ask Hubby to turn on some music for dancing and everyone will have a great time getting worn out for the night. One particular night in the not-too-distant past they instead asked for circus music. It was so much fun! (Maybe it was because I was told that I was the audience and could only sit and watch everything!)

Hubby started the music then Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea immediately began to pretend they were different animals they think are at a circus. Now, we’ve never been to the circus, don’t really talk very often about animals that would be seen at the circus, haven’t talked about going to the circus, and as far as we remember haven’t heard ‘circus’ music lately, so we can’t quite figure out where this idea came from…

They pretended to be snakes, penguins, lions, elephants, kangaroos, monkeys and gorillas! Of course, this was a very hard thing to get a picture of, believe me, we tried! Their actions for some animals were so good that if we had been playing charades we could have guessed it correctly on the first try!

I love spontaneous pretend play, especially when every bit of it stems from a child’s imagination with no prompting at all from an adult! Come along and play at Childhood 101 today!

Mama’s week in review Letter C

Caterpillar. Cat. Clouds. Colors. Count. Coins. Cookie. Cake. Carrot. Crayons. Construction. Circles. Clifford. Cutting. Clothespins.

Cutie Pie seems to be slowing down in this learning the alphabet (again) area, so although we talked a lot about C words we did very little ‘hands-on’ with the letter C. He also seems to be petering out in the Bible Story area, not asking for one each morning and not listening the mornings he does want one. I’m not pushing the issue because he seems to be showing interest in other areas. I thought, though, that I would share this one last Monday Mama’s week in review post about his letter learning. Also, I did take a bunch of pictures, but for some reason can’t work with them today.

(Photo from Creative Therapy Associates, Inc website)

Bible Story – Abraham and Sarah and the birth of Isaac. In relation to this story we talked about feelings. We talked about how Abraham and Sarah experienced so many different emotions throughout the whole story and we used our “Feelings Mood Magnet” (from Creative Therapy Associates, Inc.) that we acquired for free somewhere along the way. This is a magnet that has simple line drawing faces on it reflecting a mood or feeling and comes with a red square magnet that you can move to frame a certain feeling. Cutie Pie really liked being able to associate feelings with pictures, although he always frames ‘hopeful’ when you ask him how he’s feeling!

We also tied the letter C in to the story of Noah and the Ark a little further, talking about the different Creatures on the ark a little more. This was more for getting Sweet Pea into talking about Bible stories and worked like a charm!

Art – Sweet Pea has always liked scribbling and using a writing tool more than Cutie Pie, but this week they both were making great Circles! Cutie Pie even started drawing stick figures this week! (fine motor, coordination, self awareness, spatial awareness, pre-writing)

Science/Play – We had fun with fizzy sidewalk chalk this week and ended up mixing our colors! I saw similar recipes several places, like here and here, and I honestly don’t remember the recipe we ended up using, but it worked! And the boys tried their hand at making colors by mixing the paint, of course, it never ended up the color they anticipated, but it was fun!

We also spent some time talking about Construction equipment (are you surprised?) and watched a Couple episodes of Mighty Machines!

What we didn’t do, but I had planned: cotton ball straw races, Hungry Hungry Caterpillar sequencing, making our own game (to use dice and count spaces), checking out some Creepy Crawlies at the zoo or online

Cutie Pie expressed a strong desire to learn his numbers, which I am understanding as learning what they look like, so we will be working on that among other things this summer. Come fall I will have Sweet Pea in the mornings by himself, so Mama’s week in review may return then! I’ll keep blogging, though!

Tot School 

Clean Up!

Just a short story to hopefully bring a smile to your face this Friday morning!

Monday morning I went in to get Sweet Pea out of bed and he’s sitting in his crib and says “I cleaned up my bed toys. I put them all over here. Now I’ll move them to the other side.” All his soft books were neatly piled up next to his Hippo and Carl dog who were sitting so nicely next to each other! Why can’t he do this at night during clean up time?!

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Clean Up!

Just a short story to hopefully bring a smile to your face this Friday morning!

Monday morning I went in to get Sweet Pea out of bed and he’s sitting in his crib and says “I cleaned up my bed toys. I put them all over here. Now I’ll move them to the other side.” All his soft books were neatly piled up next to his Hippo and Carl dog who were sitting so nicely next to each other! Why can’t he do this at night during clean up time?!

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Zoobs

A couple of weeks ago we went, once again, to The Strong Museum of Play and discovered Zoobs! I’m sure we’ve seen these before at Cousin’s house, but it was a while ago and neither Cutie Pie nor Sweet Pea were interested.  This day I couldn’t pull them away from the huge bucketful the boys’ found!

Now, this is a sensory box!
How can I get this together for the wheels to connect? What coordination!
Look at all that fine motor action and concentration going on there!
Cutie Pie did manage to make a vehicle, at least, something that had wheels connected to it that were almost all going in the same direction! These Zoobs are not for the very young, but can really get the imagination going in children not quite ready to actually manipulate them into something recognizable. Of course, you can also count them, sort them by size, piece, color…
They had so much fun with these that they are already on their wish list for Christmas, if we don’t get them before!
This post is comprised entirely of my kids’ and my opinions. We were not compensated in any way, monetarily or with product
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Zoobs

A couple of weeks ago we went, once again, to The Strong Museum of Play and discovered Zoobs! I’m sure we’ve seen these before at Cousin’s house, but it was a while ago and neither Cutie Pie nor Sweet Pea were interested.  This day I couldn’t pull them away from the huge bucketful the boys’ found!

Now, this is a sensory box!
How can I get this together for the wheels to connect? What coordination!
Look at all that fine motor action and concentration going on there!
Cutie Pie did manage to make a vehicle, at least, something that had wheels connected to it that were almost all going in the same direction! These Zoobs are not for the very young, but can really get the imagination going in children not quite ready to actually manipulate them into something recognizable. Of course, you can also count them, sort them by size, piece, color…
They had so much fun with these that they are already on their wish list for Christmas, if we don’t get them before!
This post is comprised entirely of my kids’ and my opinions. We were not compensated in any way, monetarily or with product
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Zoo Train Imagination

Cutie Pie has been having a date morning with Nana since Sweet Pea started gymnastics. One particular day Sweet Pea and I returned to find Nana and Cutie Pie had created this:

Isn’t it awesome? Sweet Pea was thrilled! Animals, Lego Duplos and trains all on one table in a very organized manner – what more could a little guy ask for?! He loved the colors separated, that each group of animal was in it’s own little spot, and that his imaginary train people could see everything from the trains, even the construction equipment! Literally hours of fun for the boys!

Linking up with We Play Tuesdays at Childhood 101 today!

Zoo Train Imagination

Cutie Pie has been having a date morning with Nana since Sweet Pea started gymnastics. One particular day Sweet Pea and I returned to find Nana and Cutie Pie had created this:

Isn’t it awesome? Sweet Pea was thrilled! Animals, Lego Duplos and trains all on one table in a very organized manner – what more could a little guy ask for?! He loved the colors separated, that each group of animal was in it’s own little spot, and that his imaginary train people could see everything from the trains, even the construction equipment! Literally hours of fun for the boys!

Linking up with We Play Tuesdays at Childhood 101 today!

Mama’s week in review – Letter B

Boy. Bubbles. Berries. Bananas. Big Blue Boat. Bee. Balance Beam. Beads. Balloons. Bounce. Bunny. Bingo. Belly. Book. Bath. Brick. Building. Bang. Bark. Barn. Balls. Bike. Birds. Bat and Ball. Bugs. Birthday. Big Boy Bike. Blue Box Thomas.

Can you tell we went over the letter B again? We actually had a Ball doing this the week before Memorial Day and it ended with a Big Birthday Bash for Hubby on Memorial Day. It was a fun, warm, outside kind of week, which led to a lack of photos – we were having so much fun!

Bible Story – We found ourselves talking about Noah and the Ark a lot this week, a carry-over from letter A week! A was for Ark and Animals. B was for Build, Boat, Bears, Baboons, Birds. We talked about what it must have sounded like, smelled like, felt like on the ark as well as how the animals got along on the ark (predators, etc).

Art – Cutie Pie wanted to make something out of a box a while ago. We painted it blue, with plans to make it into a Thomas the Tank Engine, but never finished it until this week! Here’s our Blue Box Thomas! (fine motor, coordination)

Play – Since this is our second time going through the alphabet I’m trying to keep things at Cutie Pie’s pace and keep it light and fun, and since the weather was gorgeous this meant a lot of B outside fun was had! Balls, Bubbles, Bikes (Cutie Pie is loving riding around the block on his 2-wheeler with trainers still and this has actually encouraged Sweet Pea to start peddling his own bike, even though only his toes touch the peddles!) Bat and Ball. We heard Bees, Birds, Bugs and Bangs (from construction on a neighbor’s roof.) We also checked some bugs out up close and personal with our magnifying glasses! (science, math, coordination, gross motor, fine motor, letter/sound recognition) We did do a science experiment, which will be posted later this week.

Music – We listened (and danced and marched…) to some Band music as well as Big Band music this week. In particular, we listened to Entry of the Gladiators, some Bach (from Hilary Hahn plays Bach), as well as Nickel Creek and Allison Krauss, both Bluegrass Bands. Of course, we always have Big Band favorites mixed in to our iPod playlists and the Boys are always Banging on the percussion instruments we have! (music appreciation, gross motor, coordination)

Snacks – chocolate covered Bananas, Banana cookies, Berry and Banana smoothies, and Birthday cake, too!

Saturday night we had a lot of fun celebrating Hubby’s Birthday! Both kiddos helped make the Birthday cake and frosting from scratch, and it turned out delicious! (science, math, coordination) The Boys really enjoyed the Birthday cake and ice cream, but I think Cutie Pie got more of a kick out of getting Hubby’s garden ready for planting (he didn’t want any presents this year, so we did fun work for him instead!) (science – worms, gross motor, coordination)

B week was a lot of fun, and so was C week this past week…but that’s for next Monday’s post!

Things I’d still like to try – Build a Boat to float in the tub

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Swimming pool counting

Sweet Pea started playing this game in the boys’ little pool yesterday morning. He was jumping up and down splashing as much as he could, while counting each hop and giggling like crazy. He wasn’t exactly counting in sequence, but when I started counting with him hoping he’d catch on I heard “No, Momma, jump and count!” It wasn’t good enough that I jumped on the grass, I had to stand in the pool with both boys, all three of us jumping, while counting. But…he got it! He started counting in sequence and we all started laughing and giggling, and remarkably no one got hurt!

I stopped jumping for a minute and they followed suit. Then I heard the count down (or in this case the count up), “One, two, three….jump Momma!” and it all began again. I’m not sure why I worked my legs out today, they are so sore from a good 30 minutes of jumping yesterday! I can’t really complain, Sweet Pea obviously loves to count! (I should have taken a picture of our feet splashing or something…)

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Swimming pool counting

Sweet Pea started playing this game in the boys’ little pool yesterday morning. He was jumping up and down splashing as much as he could, while counting each hop and giggling like crazy. He wasn’t exactly counting in sequence, but when I started counting with him hoping he’d catch on I heard “No, Momma, jump and count!” It wasn’t good enough that I jumped on the grass, I had to stand in the pool with both boys, all three of us jumping, while counting. But…he got it! He started counting in sequence and we all started laughing and giggling, and remarkably no one got hurt!

I stopped jumping for a minute and they followed suit. Then I heard the count down (or in this case the count up), “One, two, three….jump Momma!” and it all began again. I’m not sure why I worked my legs out today, they are so sore from a good 30 minutes of jumping yesterday! I can’t really complain, Sweet Pea obviously loves to count! (I should have taken a picture of our feet splashing or something…)

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…to get Cutie Pie to write

It’s really awesome to have a creative husband. He writes music and comes up with some great ideas to get our kiddos doing things! Cutie Pie has been interested in writing rather than just coloring for a while, as I think I’ve posted about before. We have encouraged drawing and painting and other sorts of things to try to get Cutie Pie actually holding a writing instrument, but none of these things have made his socks roll up and down…until Hubby drew some mazes!

Since Cutie Pie hasn’t done a lot of drawing and coloring, he needs help holding his crayons, markers, etc. (Horrible pic of me, but perfect of him holding his marker.) Cutie Pie loves following the mazes and often asks for them. Hubby even got super creative and made one of Cutie Pie’s name, which he adores!

Of course, Sweet Pea is always interested in what Cutie Pie is doing, so he had to give it a go, too. He’s our train guy, so naturally he drove his train along his mazes!

 …with a lot of concentration!

I love that this is also something we all do at the table together! (And Hubby can make these so quickly it’s great, although I still slip them into a sheet protector so we can wipe them off and use them again!)

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…to get Cutie Pie to write

It’s really awesome to have a creative husband. He writes music and comes up with some great ideas to get our kiddos doing things! Cutie Pie has been interested in writing rather than just coloring for a while, as I think I’ve posted about before. We have encouraged drawing and painting and other sorts of things to try to get Cutie Pie actually holding a writing instrument, but none of these things have made his socks roll up and down…until Hubby drew some mazes!

Since Cutie Pie hasn’t done a lot of drawing and coloring, he needs help holding his crayons, markers, etc. (Horrible pic of me, but perfect of him holding his marker.) Cutie Pie loves following the mazes and often asks for them. Hubby even got super creative and made one of Cutie Pie’s name, which he adores!

Of course, Sweet Pea is always interested in what Cutie Pie is doing, so he had to give it a go, too. He’s our train guy, so naturally he drove his train along his mazes!

 …with a lot of concentration!

I love that this is also something we all do at the table together! (And Hubby can make these so quickly it’s great, although I still slip them into a sheet protector so we can wipe them off and use them again!)

Now, if you’ve been here before you know that I have been linking up here on Thursdays. Today I’m the Star Blog! Please go check it out!

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Chickens

Nana and Papa’s neighbor has chickens. They are great for eggs, but they also provide much entertainment for our boys and their cousins. We had a picnic at Nana’s for Memorial Day and to celebrate Hubby’s birthday yesterday and saw several chickens wandering through the yard at various points during the day. This was only unsettling to Rocky, the dog.

Upon returning home, Cutie Pie was very excited to tell me that he and his older cousin, played pretend “Cockadoodledoo”, which is what they say to make ‘bad guys’ go away. They also played many versions of “Chicken” this and “Chicken” that, in which they made different noises or ran to certain points in the yard to make the chickens ‘go away’ to their homes. I’m not sure what all this entailed, but I did see them playing hide-and-seek in the yard at the front of the house, which is closest to the chickens. Cutie Pie certainly did have a good time telling me the names of the ‘games’ he and his cousin played!

I’m very thankful Cutie Pie has cousins to play with like this, in innocent, creative ways!

I’m also very thankful for the men and women who have gone before us, making us who we are today. Be it a family member who has passed on, someone fighting in a war so we can know freedom, or someone special to us for another reason, I’m so glad we have the opportunity to remember them by spending time with those still physically close to us.

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Chickens

Nana and Papa’s neighbor has chickens. They are great for eggs, but they also provide much entertainment for our boys and their cousins. We had a picnic at Nana’s for Memorial Day and to celebrate Hubby’s birthday yesterday and saw several chickens wandering through the yard at various points during the day. This was only unsettling to Rocky, the dog.

Upon returning home, Cutie Pie was very excited to tell me that he and his older cousin, played pretend “Cockadoodledoo”, which is what they say to make ‘bad guys’ go away. They also played many versions of “Chicken” this and “Chicken” that, in which they made different noises or ran to certain points in the yard to make the chickens ‘go away’ to their homes. I’m not sure what all this entailed, but I did see them playing hide-and-seek in the yard at the front of the house, which is closest to the chickens. Cutie Pie certainly did have a good time telling me the names of the ‘games’ he and his cousin played!

I’m very thankful Cutie Pie has cousins to play with like this, in innocent, creative ways!

I’m also very thankful for the men and women who have gone before us, making us who we are today. Be it a family member who has passed on, someone fighting in a war so we can know freedom, or someone special to us for another reason, I’m so glad we have the opportunity to remember them by spending time with those still physically close to us.

Now Go Play at We Play!

Nursery Rhymes with Daddy



Paddycake, Paddycake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it, pat it, mark it with a B,
Put it in the oven for baby and me.


I’ve told you before how coordinated Sweet Pea is always running, jumping, loving gymnastics. Well, a couple of weeks ago Hubby and Sweet Pea were playing and Hubby started saying this nursery rhyme and tried to introduce the movements to him, not expecting much. We were very surprised when Sweet Pea started getting the pattern of the claps and high five movements! (coordination, rhyming) I so wish pictures of this type of activity would come out clearly, even just to capture his smile!

I’m hopping along today….

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Nursery Rhymes with Daddy



Paddycake, Paddycake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it, pat it, mark it with a B,
Put it in the oven for baby and me.



I’ve told you before how coordinated Sweet Pea is always running, jumping, loving gymnastics. Well, a couple of weeks ago Hubby and Sweet Pea were playing and Hubby started saying this nursery rhyme and tried to introduce the movements to him, not expecting much. We were very surprised when Sweet Pea started getting the pattern of the claps and high five movements! (coordination, rhyming) I so wish pictures of this type of activity would come out clearly, even just to capture his smile!

I’m hopping along today….

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Lowercase alphabet

Cutie Pie wants to keep going with learning his letters, so as we go this time I’m trying to concentrate a little more on the lowercase letters. I happened to be blog hopping a week or so ago and came across a link to Chalk in My Pocket’s post the Easiest Letter Activity Ever. It is exactly what Cutie Pie needed to connect upper case to lower case letters and it truly is easy!

Simply outline the LeapFrog refrigerator magnets on a large sheet of paper and write in the lowercase alphabet!

It hadn’t occurred to me before, but the LeapFrog refrigerator magnets are all capitals, so Cutie Pie doesn’t have the opportunity to play with lowercase letters. Now he can! This isn’t something I make him work on, it’s just something that hangs on our refrigerator and I find him there every once in a while!

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