Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOO at the Zoo!!

We love visiting the Bronx Zoo and since we have the Family Membership we try to visit as often as possible.  We have never had a chance to visit during the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, but after seeing all the fun that they have to offer during this time of the year we will definitely need to make a trip this fall!

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Check out below to see all the fun festivities that will be going on during the next five weekends!!!

There is no other venue in the tri-state area that offers as much Halloween fun as the Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. Festivities run for FIVE weekends beginning Saturday, October 4th in addition to Columbus Day and Halloween. Activities range from a magical illuminated pumpkin walk to costume parades with stilt walkers and giant puppets to musical theater, Broadway show performances, magic, crafts, treat stations and more! Families can also check out our animal exhibits of bats, owls and other winged icons of Halloween. Guests can also embark on a trip back in time with a ride through the Dinosaur Safari before it goes extinct!

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This year don't miss the premiere of the mesmerizingg Jack O 'Lantern Illumination – Creatures of the Night. Be amazed by more than 1,000 hand-carved and beautifully lit Jack 'O Lanterns, meticulously sculpted into various animal shapes, ranging from bats, to reptiles, marine creatures, mammals, nocturnal birds, and bugs.

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Sand Sculpt USA is back for in-person carving of fabulous 3-D pumpkins. View their artistry as they sculpt animal mothers and babies, a fantastic Komodo Dragon and other lizard species and a Dracula lion. There will be a spectacular grand finale during Halloween weekend consisting of a 3 day carve with 3 sculptors utilizing a 600 lb. pumpkin!

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Boo at the Zoo offers families a safe, fun-filled way to celebrate the beloved Halloween holiday.  It is THE go-to event for everything spectacularly spooky and family-friendly. It will bring a guaranteed day of fun for the whole family so be sure to make a trip to the Bronx Zoo and embrace the Halloween season!  

Visit www.bronxzoo.com/boo for specific details and times for all of the wonderful Boo at the Zoo activities.

What: Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo

When: Weekends starting Saturday, October 4-Sunday, November 2; includes Columbus Day and Halloween

Where: Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10460

718.741.8294

Don't miss Boo at the Zoo celebrations at Prospect Park Zoo (October 25-26) and Queens Zoo (October 31-November 2) as well. Check out ProspectParkZoo.com and QueensZoo.com for more details.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ghost Town at Sundown :The Wild West~Poppins Book Nook

 

Emily loves reading and is working her way through the Magic Tree House series.  I love these books because they combine fiction with non-fiction to create a fun story that children can actually learn from.  For this month’s Wild West theme she read Ghost Town at Sundown (Magic Tree House).  In this book the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to a ghost town in the Wild West around the 1880’s. They meet a mustang herder named Slim and also some rattlesnakes, horse thieves, a lost pony, and even a ghost.

Both Emily and Juliette had fun decorating their own Cow Girl Boot to go along with this book and the Wild West theme. 

Decorating Cow Girl Boots

Decorating Cow Girl Boots

I found a great Cowboy Boot Template that the girls used as an outline. I set them up with our box of markers and bin of collage materials and let them decorate however they wanted to. 

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Ready for some more Wild West fun? Then be sure to check out the co-hosts of Poppins Book Nook and if you have a book and activity post that fits with this month’s Wild West theme, feel free to add it to the linky below. 

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When I Grow Up: What Will I Be When I Grow Up? ~ Poppins Book Nook

When I was little I loved to read all of the different Little Critter Books.  I still remember sitting outside showing my Grandma how I could read the books all by myself.  So as soon as I saw the theme for this month’s Poppins Book Nook I knew that we would read When I Grow Up (Little Critter) .  Emily and Juliette love hearing about all the different jobs that Little Critter’s sister wants to have and I love the message that you can be anything you want to be.

This opened up the discusion about “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and that is always a fun thing to talk about with little kids!

Emily wants to be an Art Teacher, An Ear Piercing Girl and the Tooth Fairy (yes you read that correctly, I guess in reality one day there is a possibility that she will achieve that goal one day!)

Juliette want to be “a builder like Daddy!”

 

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Check out these other creative blogs to find more “What Will I Be When I Grow Up” themed books from the other co-hosts of the Poppins Book Nook and if you have a book and activity post that fits with this month’s When I Grow Up theme, feel free to add it to the linky below.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Thursday, July 31, 2014

No Pirates Allowed: Ye Old Pirates ~ Poppins Book Nook

With two girls I was really not sure what we were going to pick to read for this theme, but after we found the  book No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou, by Rhonda Gowler Greene  at the library I was so excited to read it with Emily and Juliette.  Big Pirate Pete and his parrot Igor’s treasure map leads them right to the Seabreazy Library.  Library Lou needs to convince this noisy pirate that all the books are the true treasure that he is looking for.  This is one of those books that are fun to read and has a great story and message too.

  

Although we didn’t do an actual project to go with this book we had fun talking about our favorite books and it did motivate them to go on a few treasure hunts throughout the house.

Mother with children read book

Check out these other creative blogs to find more “Ye Old Pirates” themed books and activities from the Poppins Book Nook and if you have a book and activity post that fits with this month’s Wild West theme, feel free to add it to the linky below.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Monday, June 30, 2014

Outside Your Window: The Great Outdoors ~ Poppins Book Nook

This month the girls and I had fun exploring nature with the Poppins Book Nook’s “The Great Outdoors” theme.  After reading Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature we were inspired to see all the different things we could in nature.  I loved seeing the girls get excited about a different bug they found while playing in the yard or pointing out pretty flowers on our walk to school!

  Since we have been very busy with the end of the school year all we really had time for was observing nature and talking about the fun and interesting things that we noticed around our yard and in our neighborhood.  We are really looking forward to seeing more of the great outdoors this summer! 

Mother with children read book

Check out these other creative blogs to find more “The Great Outdoors” themed books and activities

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tops and Bottoms: Folktales ~ Poppins Book Nook

 

This month the girls and I had so much fun reading a bunch of different folktales.  Our favorite was definitely Tops & Bottoms !!  This is a trickster tale about a rabbit who tricks a lazy bear by growing veggies on his land and offering the bear of a choice of which part of the plant he wanted.  The girls were amused by how the rabbit kept giving the bear the less desirable part of the plants.

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After reading this book we were busy planting our own garden and talking about the different parts of the plants that we eat.  Now we can’t wait for everything to grow!!!

Mother with children read book

Check out these other creative blogs to find more “Folktale” themed books and activities

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy  ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rice Sensory Bin Challenge

My girls love sensory play and our Rice Bin has been one of their favorites since they were pretty young.  I have set up all different themed sensory bins with things that I thought the girls would find fun.  They always seem to enjoy scooping and pouring the rice from one container to the next.  When I found out about this child led Rice Sensory Bin Challenge I couldn’t wait to participate.  The awesome part about this challenge is that it is a child led play project.  All I did was fill one of our Plastic Storage Bins with some plain white rice and the rest was up to Juliette!

Here is what Juliette came up with:

Rice Sensory Bin She decided to add some of our Play-Doh toys to her Rice Bin.  This included, plates, a spoon and fork, ice cream cones, an ice cream dish, a whisk, candles and a paint palate.

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She spend lots of time scooping and pouring the rice from one cup to the next.

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  She also had fun making ice cream sundaes and singing “Happy Birthday!’

After awhile she came up with a Hide and Seek game for us to play.  She would hide one of the pieces under the rice and I had to find it.  Then I hid one of the pieces and she had to find it. 

I loved seeing and listening to her as she played with the rice.  She loved that she was in control of this activity, by picking everything out it was everything that she wanted and I loved that about this project!

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For more great Rice Sensory Bin Activities check out these awesome blogs.  Don’t forget we all started with just a bin of plain white or brown rice and our kids did the rest!!!

 

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