Cats and dinos! (:
I made the kids bean bags ages ago using the oh-so-cute fabric from the Urban Zoologie collection by Ann Kelle. I first tried filling the bags with mung beans which was an expensive choice (and it was bio!), I decided to replace it with white a kidney bean which was a practical alternative.
The first time the kids saw it, they were curious what it was and what it was for. So I showed them few ways how to play with it. And being an open-ended toy, it encouraged them to use their imagination and come up with their own ideas for play.
Last week, I took the bean bags out and my son and I played for an hour shooting the bean bags inside the hula hoop. He had so much fun! Since I had some chores to do, I left him playing alone and later found him engrossed, counting the bean bags.
What you can do with bean bags?
1. Toss and catch. With a partner, you can toss the bean bag to him/her and he/she catches it and tosses it back at you. Or you can also play it alone.
2. Shoot into a bucket. (or hula hoop for younger kids. It’s easier for them to throw it inside coz the diameter is wide).
3. Balancing the bean bag on your head, shoulder or any body part, while walking towards the bucket where you drop it inside.
4. My daughter uses it as beds for her ponies. Cute!
Pile ‘em up!
5. It can be used to practice counting.
6. Got a sore body? Use it as a heating pack. Microwave for few seconds and its ready!
7. Hand warmers! I bet it would be great to put inside the pocket during the cold winter while waiting in the bus stop or walking out.
Oh well, don’t worry about it. Just give it to your kids and they’ll surely find a way how to enjoy their little bean bags. I have to admit I like squeezing it in my hand.
We just had a very relaxing vacation from Croatia which most of the time was spent in the sea! That’s the main reason why we were there anyway. Down by the apartment we were staying was a pebbled beach cove with the clearest water! The sun’s reflection on the water glitters like swarovski chandeliers ! It was a rocky walk every time which was therapeutic! But, ouch! hehe
I brought home few stones as souvenirs which are now in our balcony. If we had a house, I would be tempted to bring big ones which would be a pretty landscape element! I love how the stones have these streaks of white as if somebody drew on it.
For today’s art time, I let the kids paint the stones with water color; an activity they both enjoyed, transforming the surface into a more interesting and colorful one!
We can always wash the colors off and paint them again for another art session. Thanks Croatia for providing the material! (:
The trampoline with a diameter of 3 meters occupied a big area of the lawn! Here’s M with his two eager beaver helpers setting up the big-O on a Saturday afternoon.
Look at that happy face! It was already past 8pm, but they didn’t want to stop jumping. (:
School break is here which means being with the two kids 24/7, at least for me. The playgrounds nearby will be visited often, and it seems most of their indoor toys will have a long rest too – cars, ponies, tambourine and other musical instruments, Legos, etc.. Hopefully, we won’t hear any requests for new toys too!
We’ll be in the cottage more often too. We were there last weekend and the kids liked staying there already since the pool was installed. Caity really enjoyed being in the water all day! We’re adding another entertainment for the kids which would surely make them not want to go home anymore! We bought a TRAMPOLINE! Last month, the wedding we attended had a playground in the reception venue and all the kids had a grand time in the trampoline including ours. Caity used to be afraid of that, but after her trampoline experience there, she liked it already. There will be lots of water fun and jumping this summer for the kids (bbq & *pivo for the adults!), that’s for sure.
Also, starting next weekend, we will stay in the cottage for few days with friends before we go on a 10 day vacation away from home.
Plans have been made; let’s hope for real summer weather! Enough of the cold and rain please!
*pivo is Czech word for beer.
The heat was intense last week. After a cold and wet spring, the flooding in Czech Republic and other EU cities, everyone welcomed the sun! It also gave us a reason to eat all the ice cream we want! But wait, that isn’t too good for the kids’ teeth, isn’t it? Then I remembered my popsicle molds! I took them out and filled it with my easy-to-make popsicle ingredients – yoghurt, milk and sugar. Yes, you’ll need only three ingredients. I poured out the yoghurt in a bowl, added milk and a tablespoon of sugar, mixed everything and transferred into the molds. Hours after, ice on a stick! The kids always look forward to eating it.
Red, red popsicles, with the 2 kgs. of strawberries which M froze.
This weekend however, we bought 2 kilos of strawberries. Gotta love real strawberries for popsicles! Way healthier than my yoghurt recipe. We made fruit shake and the left-over I poured into the molds. Unfortunately, it has been raining cats and dogs again since yesterday so there’s no urge to eat the cold treat. But this morning, when I took them out to transfer into a lunch box, little Adie begged for a stick.