Taking Flight

It’s a long weekend here in Canada. We took this opportunity to visit a lovely petting zoo near Stouffville, ON. Lionel’s Farm is a family owned farm, and it has a wide range of animals that you can feed. You are also able to bring your own food, which is a nice treat. The price is completely reasonable, and the animals are very happy to see you.

Interestingly, on our way to the farm, we happened to see a model airplane club flying their airplanes. On our way home, we stopped by (they welcome visitors anytime members are present), and boy, oh boy, did Little Miss have a wonderful time. She’s been asking us to take her to watch the planes land for quite some time. Our store is close to the airport, so we regularly see planes preparing to land. We were there for half an hour, and she probably would have happily stayed for an hour more if we had the time. The members there were more than happy to answer our questions, and were obviously passionate about their hobby.

I love random adventures. It’s so neat to be able to experience something you couldn’t have imagined earlier on in the day.

As they say, “Blessed are the flexible, for they won’t get bent out of shape”. (Author unknown).

Model Airplane Club WM

 

Pond Life

We are very blessed to have the opportunity to visit a pond, which is right next to our accountant’s office. We pick up cheques from our accountant biweekly, so we try to get down there before or after each visit. This picture was taken in May:

Goose Eggs WM

It’s a bit hard to see, but there are 3 Canadian Goose eggs in the middle of the little island. We had watched the geese take care of these eggs for a few weeks. The last time we saw them, the geese were close by, but no longer sitting on them. I knew then that these eggs likely wouldn’t hatch. When we came back, and the geese were gone, but the eggs were still there. Although my Little Miss was SO excited to see some goslings,  it was a great opportunity to talk about the life cycle, and how not everything turns out the way we think it will.

I love learning through natural opportunity. I like to call it casual learning. Children are insatiable when it comes to curiosity – which I can absolutely vouch for now that my daughter asks “why?” roughly 35,000 times per day! Feed it as much as you can. Let them learn!

These next two photos are fun shots of our little piece of pond paradise. Can you spot the frog in the second one?

Pond Paradise WM

Frog WM

Her Quiet Book

I made a quiet book for Little Miss for her second birthday. A quiet book is designed to keep a child’s attention with various activities, usually involving fine motor skills. I’ve personally used ours while out to dinner, or while visiting someone who doesn’t necessarily have a “child friendly” home. Or, when I’m worried she may get into a little too much mischief.

I hand sewed all the pages, except for when I sewed them back to back, in which case I used a sewing machine. It was a great learning experience, and it took me about a month and a half to complete, while only working on it during the evenings. I tried to keep my costs low by using what I had on hand.

Here are some of the pages:

Title Page QB WM

This is the Title Page. The letters were bought precut, and had an adhesive on the back, which made working with them easier, although sewing them was a pain.

Clothes Line Page QB WMThe Clothes Line Page. The little clothes pegs do actually work, and the apples snap off and go in the basket.

Pie Page QB WM

This page was designed to practice weaving.

Flower Page QB WM

This Flower Page allows LM to remove the flowers (practice using buttons), and the butterflies go along the string “maze”.

Shoe Tying Page WM

The Shoelace Page to practice doing up your shoelaces.

Colour Chain QB WM

This is a Colour Chain Page to practice colours, and each link snaps into itself.

Alphabet Page QB WM

The Alphabet Page. I wrote the lower case letters onto the felt, and the upper case letters are kept in the back of the book (see the Last Page at the bottom). The only tricky part is that these are also adhesive stickers. I left the backing on them, hoping that she would just leave them be, but no such luck. I’m going to try to remove the adhesive with Goo Gone, so we’ll see how that goes.

Button Page QB WM

 

The Button Page. This page was created to practice counting and shapes. This is very near and dear to me, because these are from a collection of buttons my mom had on hand, and some of them are from clothing I had when I was little. I told you I tried to keep costs low 😉

Tetris QB WM

The Tetris Page. I added a few extra pieces, just for fun 🙂

Spell My Name QB WM Edit

Spell My Name Page was created so that she could practice spelling her name. Unfortunately, I am currently having the same issue I did with the alphabet page, where the backing has been taken off. A slight modification of removing the glue will hopefully work.

Fishing Page QB WM

The Fishing Page! One of my absolute favourites. The “fishing pole” is made from a chop stick, and had a magnet glued to the end of a string. Inside each of the fish is a magnet, so she can go “fishing”. There is an opening at the top of the pond, so the fish live there when not in use.

Canada Page QB WM

The Oh Canada Page. Another one of my favourites. My daughter loves to sing O Canada, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the book. This page was designed to practice using a zipper (on the tent).

Back Page QB WM

The Last Page. This is where the alphabet is stored when not in use.

I forgot to take a couple of pictures of pages, so if you like, you can watch a video of the full book, along with a bit more detail, here:

Little Miss’s Quiet Book

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I really enjoyed the creative outlet this provided. My husband challenged me a couple of times to add more detail (the lilies in the fishing pond, and the fire on the Canada page), which I naturally took on 🙂

Blessings!

 

She Needs an iPad

This past week, Little Miss and I were working at the store – a common occurrence. She was sitting on the counter, playing with our debit machine. She takes one of our business cards, places it in the bottom, where you would put your chip card, and pretends to do a transaction. She has done this completely on her own, mimicking what she sees us do on a regular basis – she was playing.

Someone had come in, and commented that she was bored. “She needs an iPad,” she remarked. Hubby simply replied that she doesn’t, and we all went on our way.

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(Image taken from pixabay.com)

Little Miss doesn’t watch TV. In her two and a half years, we have sat down once as a family to watch a 1/2 hour of television. When someone is babysitting her, she gets a “treat” and can watch a program or two. It’s simply not something we have worked into our daily routine. We consciously chose to not expose her to TV and technology, and our intention was commit to that until she was 2.

I do not judge those who do use TV to get things done. I understand the draw! Or, perhaps you need a few minutes to yourself. I get that! However, if you’re wondering if a TV free toddler is possible, I just wanted to reassure you that it is 🙂

Do you have rules around technology in your household?

Painted Toes

The first post. No pressure or anything, right?

The other day, my daughter (Little Miss) was playing outside (a very common occurrence), and said “Look Mommy, I painted my toes!”

Painted Toes WM

 

We aren’t afraid to get dirty in our household. My heart swells when she digs in and gets dirty. We are very blessed to have 3 older girls living next door to us, who also love to make mud pies, and thrive in the dirt. You can often find Little Miss trying to make “soup”, and if there’s an  opportunity to include water, she dives right in.

So, I invite you to follow us as we embark on an adventure (one of her favourite words), and learn and grow together.

 

Blessings,

Liz