The mice will play!
Superboy was off with his scout troop the other day, so JBug and I were busy, busy, busy following her interests.
It all began with a simple question ( prompted by a veggie tales song).
“Mommy, why do I have a belly button?”
(Hmmm. Have we not discussed this yet? Amazing the things we forget to explain after the first few kids!LOL! )
Anyway, after I explained what the belly button is all about, we went off on a fun trail learning about viviparous (live-bearing) versus oviparous (egg laying) animals. Luckily I had just seen this nifty sort/cut/paste activity from My Montessori Journey and that got us started in a great way:
We ended up looking through all of her old My Big Backyard magazines and telling whether each animal in them was viviparous or oviparous.
Then JBug read aloud to me from an easy-reader about birds and I read to her one of our favorites, An Egg is Quiet. The gorgeous illustrations in that book inspired us to get out our watercolors and do a bit of egg painting of our own.
They turned out so pretty! Not sure what we will do with all of these lovely eggs yet, but I have a few ideas.
Then we left the egg theme behind because JBug wanted to play (again) a game I had made for her last week which I call “shape shifters.” It is a simple math game which helps with the concept of exchanging:
I made up two game boards out of construction paper. You take turns rolling a single die, and put that many of the first shape on the board. When you get ten of that shape you exchange them for one of the second shape. When you get ten of the second shape you exchange for the third shape and win the game. Like I said, simple, simple, and there are a million variations, all based on the “race for 100″ concept. I used pattern blocks, but you could use beans, coins, counters, number tiles, golden beads, etc. We will likely work through all of those variations eventually, (making new game boards for each or using 100 boards) but I wanted to start out with something non-numerical to isolate the “exchanging” concept.
JBug likes the game because due to the random nature of the dice roll, she has just as much chance of winning as me. And she LOVES to win. Ahem. Enough said.
Then it was time to get outside, so we took off for the beach for the afternoon.
Anyway, that was our lovely day, just us two gals. A nice change of pace.
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