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Roots+Wings: Ocean Life Preview Day

Each Roots+Wings playdate will have a similar structure so that the children will become familiar with the rhythm.  Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

        

(Seashell fossil prints with homemade play dough)

(Sand sensory bin with some friendly alligators)

(Water play with some sharks, whales and lobsters)

Read Aloud

  (We read Rainbow Fish, a cute book about a fish that shared his shiny scales with friends)

Mini-lesson



(For the record, the turtle won!)


(The kids practiced sharing the jelly fish)
            

 Main activity

(The kids painted rocks to share with the community)

(Isn’t it amazing how different the rocks are. That’s the beauty of letting them freely create!)

(And now they hide the rocks and let others find them. #rootsandwingsrocks)

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P.S If you missed the other preview days, check them out here:

Clouds

4th of July

 

 

Happy Birthday, Dogs

I’ve written about daily and weekly rhythms many times and just as our children grow and change, our home rhythms should shift as well. A month or so ago, I  declared Thursdays the “we don’t leave the house day” and it is wonderful! We bop around here, I catch up laundry and clean the house for the weekend. They have become such a nice day and I have a feeling once Roots+Wings launches in August, I will cherish this day at home even more so.

This Thursday I woke up feeling like I wanted to do something silly. My little one will be two later this month and she is really into birthdays. She sings us “Happy Birthday” multiple times and day and delivers found object presents and makes cakes with blocks and fake food all the time. Her other love… her doggies. So today, we hosted a dog party because Finn and Cooper’s birthdays are both in June and July.

There was nothing fancy about our dog birthday party but it was a blast. We read dog books, made a sign, wrapped presents, made dog food cake and celebrated with my mom and their two dogs. We didn’t have to go buy anything extra, although I did take the opportunity to get the spoiled little mutts a couple new toys.

But I was reminded of an important lesson as a mom: Things can still be calm and simple while still “going all out”. 

(Preparing for the party was just as fun as the actual celebration.)

(Grandma “Mom Mom” reading the book of the week)


(We kept some of our favorite dog book on display today)

(The dogs in their beautiful flower crowns that my mom made)

Roots+Wings: Cloud Themed Preview Day

Each Roots+Wings playdate will have a similar structure so that the children will become familiar with the rhythm. Today was rainy so some of our planned lessons were altered and most families stayed home due to the weather, but we had a great time enjoying some cloud activities. Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

        
(Playing with cloud sand)
(Planned sensory bin, but decided to not bring it out because we were inside)

Read Aloud
  (Really cute book!)
 (Little cloud turns into different shapes.)

Main activity, Mini-lesson

(Ink blot cloud art)(Creating clouds with cotton balls, shaping them like the book)
             

We had a fun science experiment planned, but the weather didn’t hold out for us. No worries though, it was a perfect opportunity to talk about how rain comes from clouds.

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