Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Summer With Morgy Video from 2011

I gave this to the parents at the end of the summer.
Bo loved watching himself on TV!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

29 Sensory Activities

I used two cans of shaving cream sprayed all over the trampoline.

Then I added the sprinkler. We played for an hour and fifteen minutes!

Super easy and lots of fun!

I simply cut up foam noodles from the dollar store, then threw Bo in.
I do plan on getting some more for next summer

I colored rice and noodles by putting them in a bag then adding food coloring and rubbing alcohol.
I laid it out on some wax paper to let it dry overnight then put it in our box.
Then I collected some yellow toys and buried them in the rice.
Bo seemed to like the digging ones the best.

I cooked the spaghetti with food coloring and vinegar.
Next I put it a bag with some oil to make it slippery and threw it in the fridge.
Bo thought it was yucky and kept dry heaving so he preferred using tongs.
I used some old aquarium rocks and water.
Then I cut out some foam lilly pads and added animals.
He really liked the frogs.
This was a daily activity just about.
Super fun and easy.
Mix 1 teaspoon of borax into 1 cup of water and stir until dissolved.
In a separate cup mix 1/2 cup of white glue with 1/2 cup of water and add food coloring.
Mix the two cups and stir.  It will start to get more putty like.

If you poke the slime it makes tooting noises for those of you with boys!
Just throw the letters from the fridge into the pool.
Then hot glue a magnet to a string and tie to a stick.
I love simple sensory activities.
It is really hard to get the sails to stand up so I taped them to the walls of the freezer.
It was enjoyable, but I suggest using foam sails not paper.

This was black beens, beads, blocks and print outs.
I soaked the beans in alcohol so that I can keep and not have bugs in them.
Blue rice, feathers, and red, white and blue toys.
This was our 4th of July box.
This was bird seed, a cat toy, two real nests, and two eggs that were found in the nest.
The bird even chirped!
Super simple. Plastic containers and cups in a sink of soapy water.
I also threw in some brushes and wash clothes.

The base is cloud dough. It is made with 1 part baby oil and 8 parts flour.
The of course I added an aquarium cave, plants, and dinosaurs.
The cloud dough is fun by itself the dinosaurs were just and added plus.
I made a slip 'n' slide out of a plastic table cloth and 2 cans of shaving cream.
Of course I added a sprinkler later to wash him off.

The base is black beans.
Then I cut up some fake flowers from the dollar  store and "planted" them.

Then I added some bugs.

Black beans again.
This time I had some ity bity horses and tractors to throw in.
The tractors spent a lot of time burying each other.

I put about an inch of water into the box and froze that.
Then layer by layer I added animals and more water and froze it.
The final layer was another inch of water.
Then I let the boys use the hammer and the hair dryer to free the animals.

Red rice and red toys. Really simple, but Bo really loves to find the treasures.
I just blew up balloons and threw in stuffed animals and pillows.
He kept begging to go to bed!

Super easy. Just rocks and tractors.

I covered the teeth in contact paper and grabbed some toothpaste from the dollar store.
The toothbrush was from the dentist.

He loved the toothpaste.

I dumped a huge bottle of soap and magnetic letters in.
Eventually I added a strainer and water.
We ended up washing the car too. 

This was really hard to do because of so much leakage.
I folded a plastic drop cloth in half and duct taped it.
Then I added the hose. It was fun while it lasted even for the big kids.

We had a food fight with refrigerated vanilla pudding.
Best thing ever!

I buried sea creatures in blue jello. It was fun and yummy!

Blue rice and blue toys. This was my first box with Bo.
He was literally speechless.

We had this stuff all over the back yard! It was a really good time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

25 Rules for Babysitters

I have seen lists of rules for moms and sons and dads and daughters, so I thought I would make one for babysitters.
  1. Don't be afraid to get dirty- The best memories are those that required a bath afterwards. My mom always said the amount of dirt was equal to the amount of fun had. 
  2. Always have an extra outfit- You never know when you might get peed on, spit up on or simply dirty from having a food fight in the backyard.
  3. Have something fun planned- It doesn't have to be big or expensive just a planned activity. The kids enjoy breaking up the time and it makes the time you spend with them more fun for everybody.
  4. Leave a note- Parents want to know what their kids did, ate, and watched while they were away. I try to always leave a note including naps, food, T.V., and anything else I think they should know. Parents have commented about it many times.
  5. Get away from the screen- Try to fill your time with games, crafts, books, walks, really anything but T.V. or video games. Believe it or not even middle school boys can go all day without T.V. and not miss it. Fill your time with something else.
  6. Take a camera- You will want to remember what you did, and what the kids looked like when they were little. I have 2,372 babysitting pictures. They help make school more bearable when I see the kids on my desktop smiling at me. 
  7. Drop everything and read- If a kid asks me to play cars and I am in the middle of something I will tell them to hold on a second, but if they ask to read I stop wherever I am doing and read. Reading is very important in development and one of the best things you can teach kids to enjoy.
  8. Be patient- Remember that kids aren't trying to upset you. People naturally want to please. Make your expectations clear and remember that they aren't little adults. The process is more important than the product.
  9. Don't overuse "No"- Only say no when the child is doing something dangerous not just inconvenient. Instead redirect their attention. When you say "no" constantly it loses its meaning.
  10. Don't do or say anything you don't want repeated- Kids learn by copying and aren't afraid of telling how they learned something.
  11. Get you nose out of your phone- No ifs, ands, or buts. When you are babysitting you need to be alert and when you are texting you can't give full attention to the kids.
  12. Be silly- Kids love it when you put on a paper crown and have a dance party in the living room. Remember that nobody is judging you, so just relax.
  13. Get involved- Don't just watch the kids play house. Get in there and play with them, it will be more fun for everybody.
  14. Don't play favorites- Of course you will have favorites, but don't ignore the others. They want you to play with them just as much.
  15. Don't be a sucker- Do you really think Mommy lets the kids jump on the couch? Chances are that if the kid says, "Well Mommy lets me do it," then she probably doesn't.
  16. Cool down- Don't discipline a child when you are upset. Go to the bathroom, count to ten, then go back and deal with the situation. Or best of all don't let the kid get you upset in the first place.
  17. Clean up later- Don't spend the entire time cleaning. Ask the kids to pick up after each activity. Trust me it is way less stressful even for those of us with OCD.
  18. Go outside- Dirt is actually good for kids. As a kid I spent all day outside if it was nice. Build a fort, go to the park, go for a walk, blow bubbles, color with sidewalk chalk, just have a picnic.
  19. Be familiar with the potty routine- As a girl I wasn't really sure how little boys went to the bathroom and I was too embarrassed to ask. I have seen just about every way to go to the bathroom you could imagine. I have seen boys sit backwards, on their knees, stand up, and sit down. Just ask, it makes things much easier. 
  20. Naked is best- For some reason every kid's favorite outfit is their birthday suit. So what if they want to be naked, as I see it kids are easier to clean than clothes and potty training is much easier too.
  21. Have a routine- If you babysit regularly have a routine. It makes kids less upset when switching activities because they know what to expect and helps you out too.
  22. Have special toys- Take some toys for the kids to play with when you babysit. Even if they already have the exact same toy it is more fun to play with yours. It is just another thing that makes you special.
  23. Keep cool- Stay calm no matter what. Kids pick up on your emotions. When they fall down and crack their head open keep calm so as not to freak them out
  24. Be fair- Fair and equal aren't the same. Fair is the kid who is bleeding gets a bandaid. Equal is everybody gets a bandaid. Keep in mind every kid has a unique set of needs.
  25. Everyone is different- Never assume that what worked for one kid will work for another. Kids are individuals. Just because one boy liked trains doesn't mean that every boy likes trains. Treat each kid accordingly. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The End

Today is my last day with Mr. Bo.

Shaving cream on the trampoline is FUN!!!!

He played for an hour and 15 minutes before I added the sprinkler. 

 Next we made baking soda and vinegar bombs.

Finally we painted the sidewalk with half cornstarch half water and a drop of food coloring.
Going to miss seeing him 4 times a week.

Wrapping it up

This was my last week with Bo.

We painted with race cars which was his favorite way to paint so far this summer.

Then we played with colored ice cubes in the tub.

He loved it when the water changed color.

Next we rocked out!

We also did fizzy art.

I put baking soda on the pan and filled the muffin tin with colored vinegar.

It was VERY exciting.

To end the day we brought the pool inside and put cut up noodles in it. I got in too at his request.