Pine Play ActivitesΒ 

Today we did sensory projects with leftover trimmings from our Christmas tree. I am obsessed with the smell of pine so instead of throwing it all out I first decorated our home and then used the rest for Saylor’s daily activities! First I let Saylor observe the pine branches on his play mat. He observed textures,colors,smells,shapes, and sizes! He was also able to work on hand eye coordination and grasping. When he was done observing I saved the branches for art. I try to spread out our main activities and stick free play in the middle. This gives him a chance to take in what they just learned and wind down. A baby mind is taking in so many things it’s best not to overwhelmed them with activity after activity.

 

 

After Saylor woke up from his second nap we did art with the pine branches. Saylor used his grasping and hand eye coordination to paint his picture. He observed textures,shapes,colors, and smells. He practiced his independence by painting on his on.I put him in his high chair and gave him the tools and then stepped back and allowed him to use critical thinking skills. He loves it! He loves to be in charge, ha! Just like mom. However, in order to teach it’s important to step back and allow our kids to practice these things for themselves.

I also gave saylor a pine branch bath but i’m not going to share those pictures on a public blog. He used the branches as bath toys! We practiced splashing using the branches as tools. Saylor loved all of these activities. Of course keep an eye to make sure no pine needles or sap is swallowed! πŸ™‚

-Adri

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Quick Quinoa Soup

Hello there,

Winter is coming! (that was me trying to be hip and cool using what I think is a game of thrones reference?) I have tried watching the first episode three times now. I can’t be that hip. Anyways, winter! It’s here! I am not usually one that has sweets around the house constantly but December is an exception for me. Frosted sugar cookies are a must. Even though I am LOVING the sweets I occasionally feel like I need some actual nourishment. I put this soup recipe together a couple of weeks ago when I felt sick. It’s easy,quick, and so healthy! Soup with a description like that means you probably wont believe me when I tell you it ended up being DELICIOUS as well!!!

 

ingredients

2 cups red quinoa

4 cups water

4 carrots

2 celery sticks

1/3 onion

1 box chicken broth

6 large mushrooms

2 chives

2 cups mixed greens

salt and pepper for taste

 

directions

1.minnce the mixed greens,onion,and chives. I used my ninja machine. they need to be shavings sized. this allows the flavor to spread out in the soup broth. also, it hides to chunky texture without eliminating flavor!

2. cut up carrots,celery and mushroom and bring to a boil in 4 cups of water.

3. when vegetables are boiling add quinoa and let boil until vegetables and quinoa are soft enough to melt in your mouth. (not in your hand)

4. add box of chicken broth and minced greens

5. add salt and pepper for taste

6. let simmer for 30 minutes

7. yum!

 

 

 

This is how your minced greens should turn out. I use my ninja chopper for things like this! Easy prep and cleaning! πŸ™‚

For the most healthy version of this soup use organic items. Buying all organic is not possible for all of us, but this soup has only a couple ingredients and they go a long way! It’s worth it for me to just go organic with it. It’s also the yummiest way.

 

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enjoy! πŸ™‚

 

-Adri

Infant Christmas Ornaments

Hello there!

Over the past couple days we spent our time making Christmas ornament gifts! I wanted Saylor to create a gift on his own and this is what I went with! There are so many salt dough recipes online for reference but here’s the one I picked!

1cup salt

1cup flour

1/2 cup water

I mixed up these three easy ingredients while Saylor was asleep! Then I rolled them out and cut various shapes just like cut out cookies. Take it from my husband though, they don’t have that same sweet flavor! πŸ™‚ When you are done cutting out all of your shapes make sure to stick a straw through to create a hole for your ribbon!

I let these cuties dry for two days! I flipped them over once I felt they were strong enough to make a flip. I just did this to make sure they were extra dry before painting! It’s not required.

Once the shapes were dry I dabbed colors of my choice on each ornament. Some of the ornaments were for certain relatives so I used colors that would please them most. Some I just stuck with a Christmas color theme! Then I placed the ornament on Saylor’s high chair tray and let him do work! πŸ™‚ He used his fingers and hands to maneuver the shape on his tray! He practiced grasping while observing colors, textures, shapes, and smells! I kept a close eye to make sure he kept his hands out of his mouth. A pretty rare occurrence at the moment, ha! We painted 4-5 ornaments per day to ensure I wasn’t boring him to death in one sitting.

I let the ornaments dry out for 1-2 days and then I sprayed acrylic sealer in gloss finish.

Now pick out some festive ribbons and you’ve got yourself a hand made keepsake ornament! πŸ™‚

We had a blast making them and they will always be so meaningful for me to put on our tree. Make sure to have your kids make a couple for you and a couple for your themselves for taking with them when adulthood rolls around the corner! I know I appreciate having so many childhood keepsakes of my own.

Have a good weekend!

 

-Adri

 

December Art Start

Hello December!

Saylor and I have been busy making all sorts of art projects this week! I want him to have plenty of time to digest all of his self made decorations! πŸ™‚ I cut out the shape for a tree with a star and taped them to our front closet door. Then I gave Saylor a couple different colors of paper to finger paint. When the papers were dry I cut out various shapes for his tree ornaments! The wreath we made is from the cardboard from our mama mimis pizza. I saved it because I just knew it would come in handy for some type of future craft. I put green finger pant on the cardboard circle and gave him bubble wrap to spread the paint around. He observed colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and smells while creating his wreath art. He loved it! When the circle dried I cut a circle in the middle and added the red bow using construction paper. We also made Christmas cards using green footprint shapes! I dipped his foot in green finger paint and then obviously created a tree out of the shape on my own. We plan to send these out for relatives later this week. I am waiting to print out a festive picture to go along with the card. We live three hours away from our families so it’s important for us to show them we care through mail. Facebook doesn’t always seem as personal because it takes little to no effort to send something on facebook. Besides that I haven’t taught Saylor the ins and outs of facebook comments just yet. Also, my inlaws deleted me so we would be a ghost to them without good old fashion mail! πŸ™‚

We made the same tree shapes to hang on the counter where Saylor often sits in his bouncy to watch me cook. He has already been observing the shapes and colors of his art.

So. Much. Art. for one week I know! Like I said I wanted to make sure Saylor got the most out of observing it all. Infant art is so important because not only does it help babies work on their creative abilities but it also gives them a new perspective with colors, shapes, textures, smells, and sometimes sounds! I try to play music while we are doing art as well. This is a good tool for helping infants build connections to whatever it is they are working on. So what better time to do it than while he is learning so many new skills! It’s like the story about chewing a certain gum while you study will help you do better on a test if you chew the same gum while taking the test. Music is going to be our gum for this example andΒ  you can call Bing Crosby the gum king!

Well off to finish my coffee! How very Gilmore Girl of me….Speaking of the Gilmore Girls I am so sick of seeing their updates lately! I’ll save that for a post on my evil twin blog account.