For the next 8 days, Ryan is working until 7 PM. (UGH). That means the kids and I are flying solo for everything except baths and bed time. The kiddos absolutely love their time with Ryan, and I wasn't sure what we were going to do during those haunting hours (that's what I call them) between nap and dinner time.
I jumped on pinterest, and have now compiled a board filled with activities for "when dadda works late." On the menu for this week is,
- a shaving cream table (spray barbasol all over our little tikes table outside and let them go at it)
- 4 different sensory boxes
- bath tub fishing
- and a bunch of our normal run of the mill, arts and crafts stuff
The Dollar Tree was where I started out. Here's my list of items:
- rice, rice, and more rice (like 8 bags of it...)
- beans (red, ham and black)
- 2 HUGE containers of oats
- 2 clear storage bins
- 2 packs of fake bugs
- 2 packs of fake coins (thank you mardi gras!)
- 2 packs of beaded necklaces
- 2 packs of mini farm animals
- fake flowers
- fake birds
- construction paper
Anyways, I assembled two of my sensory bins last night- our garden bin and our bug bin. (which in hindsight. really could have- should have been combined into one bin)
Today we did the bug/bean bin. I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I am with the success of this project. The kids were enthralled with it. Henry had absolutely no direction- he just spooned the beans from buckets to cups, and ran his trucks through them. I had a few activities for Maeve to do with hers- the first order of business was finding all the bugs. This dollar pack of bugs, hidden in a bunch of beans, delighted my child more than I can tell you. Every time she found a bug, she'd get a huge "OHHH" on her face, just beaming!
Along with bugs, I also stuck in "leaves" (construction paper cut-outs) with numbers on them. The goal being, to find all 10 leaves (one for each bug). And because I could think of nothing else to stick in this bean/bug bin, I cut out yellow squares- yeah... what?! haha :) Still though, Maeve loved digging for them!
Here are a few pics of our afternoon.
(disclaimer- these pics are straight out of the camera- no cropping/editing/nada... they're not pretty!)
On tomorrow's agenda- the "garden bin" (black beans with fake flowers, worms and gardening tools)