***Okay, so I left my camera cord in Louisiana and was therefore unable to upload pictures until today. So I'm going to wrap up all our November activities so I can post about our fun Christmas stuff we're currently doing. Here's a wrap-up of some of our activities we did the last week in November.
We did a fun little Happy/Sad emotion activity. I found a whole set of emotion stamps (Melissa & Doug) at Tuesday Morning for about $4. Score! Put that together with our journal writing activity, the emotion masks I got from Oriental Trading ($5 and it comes with a ton of eye/mouth masks--but you could totally print some pictures out and stick them on popsicle sticks), a dollar store mirror, and spunky two year old and you've got yourself a simple little lesson on emotions.
We also used acorns purchased at Hobby Lobby (99 cents) for a counting activity. Finley knows how to count, but she doesn't know how to recognize the actual number. So I drew the numbers 1-5 on five different plastic cups and gave her a bowl full of acorns. You could use cups or bowls labeled with index cards, and any small object as the "counter." Plastic animals, pom poms, magnets, foam shapes, beans, cheerios, ANYTHING!!
For the past couple of months we've been enjoying our fall-themed books, and one of them is called "Apples and Pumpkins." Finley has really loved this cute little book and so we did some fun apple and pumpkin crafts. Here is our Fall Wall!
Here is what else kept us busy in November:
Rowynn got a Chuck E. Cheese gift card from a dear family friend for her birthday so we took our first trip to Chuck E. Cheese with Mimi & Papaw.
The girls had a great time. Rowynn loved driving the little cars. She was steering the wheel and making funny little car noises. So cute. And she had a blast watching big sister climb all around the play tunnel. It was very crowded but the girls enjoyed it.
On the 11th, our playgroup went to The Sci-Tech Discovery Center and the girls loved running around playing with everything. They had a little experiement staion set-up in which you had to guess if the apple, gord, pumpkin and pepper would float or sink. Finley really liked this...except she kept trying to eat the apple! Ha! They also had a little story time and made a pumpkin with an orange balloon and coffee filter. It was a neat place and not very croweded! Finley got to pick out a little pink bag of polished rocks from their gift shop. I really love our playgroup and the neat stuff we get to do!
Speaking of playgroup, I hosted our Thanksgiving Feast the week before Thanksgiving. It was a very crazy week as the girls were headed to their grandparents house for a couple of days and I was also planning for our big Thanksgiving trek to Louisiana. But we had a lot of fun. It was a small group of us, but the kiddos really loved playing together and we had a lot of yummy food.
I made the little felt boats for treat bags for the kids and filled them with raisins and hot cocoa. And let me tell you, I don't know what I was thinking!! Between the boats and the ice cream cone tee-pees, I may or may not have had a major melt down. Nothing was turning out like it should and I was about to go crazy! Dang you pinterest!!! But, everything was great, the kids had fun, and the moms got to visit. A win-win!! I also made the turkey thingy---it's a melon, a pear, a red pepper, and cheese and grape kabobs. And sadly didn't take many pictures of the actual party, just a few before shots! I was busy hosting and hanging out!
Whew....okay on to the Thanksgiving post!