In October we focused on all things outdoors. The kids made nature journals and tried their hand at leaf rubbings. I taught about clouds, sun, and moon. They learned the basics about how a compass works, that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and how to follow directions based on north, south, east, west.
Linsey has a business designing at-home escape rooms. She put her incredible skills to work for our little four year olds to develop their map reading abilities. She drew a map of a playground that had little marks for the kids to locate hidden eggs. Once all the eggs were found and opened the kids put puzzle pieces together to make another map. This map showed the location of candy. When I arrived to pick up Emily she gushed to tell me all the details but then went back to playing escape room with her friends. They were hiding things all over the living room for each other to find. Thanks for documenting the event and sharing pictures Linsey!
Today we were planning on taking a field trip to a corn maze and pumpkin patch, but it was below 40 degrees outside so a last minute halloween party happened. It was a huge success! I provided the house and some paints and the other moms brought the party supplies over. First the kids listened to some halloween stories read by Phoebe while Linsey and I did some last minute setting up. We then had a pumpkin per family for the kids to paint. The pumpkins were big enough there were zero painting conflicts. Nathan kept saying he was painting the castle (the stem at the top) and circles.
These two were having a marvelous time playing with a blow up bat and each other.
I have a picture of me about this age that I thought of as soon as I saw Nathan’s face – I guess he looks like me!
As the kids finished painting they chose costumes. There were lots of lions running around. Emily was Elsa complete with cape and gloves and Nathan was a safari hunter. Emily grabbed the other hat and the two of them were rather stunned by all of the animals. We did a short little marching parade and then broke for a little free-play time which turned into more halloween book reading.
The highlight of the party for Emily was bobbing for apples. Evelyn told the kids the trick was to grab the stem with their teeth so everyone was successful thanks to that tip. The two year old crowd all put their heads in and then switched the the effective hand grabbing method.
We finished up with hot chocolate, pumpkin covered pretzels, and graham crackers. A fantastic-last minute venture!