Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hot Wheels Live: Fearless at the 500

Winning us point towards the Coolest Parents of the Decade Award, we took Kalia and Logan to a free Hot Wheels event.
Hot Wheels + break dancing = one very happy Logan!
Watching the semi-finals

Daddy knew the DJs, so they invited Logan over. He got to meet Mad Dog from Virgin radio and check out the DJ set-up

Checking out the latest Hot Wheel toys
Daddy showed Logan a really fast Indy car...but Logan saw something that he was more interested in!!
OMG It's Usher!!!!!!!
During the break between battles, Logan went and danced with the "big boy breakers". No head spins as he didn't want to ruin his hair. He was so thrilled when at the end they clapped for him!
Walking around Brick Works where the event was held
Checking out all the cars on display
Driving with Mommy
Watching the final break dancing battle

Friday, May 27, 2011

Logan's very big new friend

Logan woke up to find a visitor in his play room. His cousins won this huge banana at Wonderland and dropped it off at our house while Logan was sleeping.
Trying to smile as big as the banana
So what do you do with a huge banana? Feed him breakfast of course! He likes bananas...

And he can eat ten eggs at one time!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Homework" for a three year old

This is Logan's "homework" box. We call it homework just to put a positive association to the word -we could have just as easily called it box-of-fun. Logan isn't forced to sit down and do it. And it is not something we do every night. I make sure there are three different activities in his box each day and set it out on our kitchen counter. He chooses if it's an activity he wants to do or not. Logan is three years and four months so we're just keeping things fun. But at the same time as parents I feel we have a responsibility to do some schooling with our children at home too. So many little things can be turned into positive learning experiences if we just put in some extra time (e.g. our ice experiments). One activity we've been having fun with is learning about measuring. Logan got the book How Big is the Lion for his third birthday. It has really kept Logan's attention and he likes leaning how to use the iruler that tucks into the pocket on the book.
We have a lizard that grows when put in water called Greenie
So we traced him on the first day and are tracking it grow and then we'll track it shrink. Really, really simple but it helps him understand the concept and gets him working with numbers.
We also have a few preschooler work books from the dollar store. I find ripping out the pages and putting it in his box so much better then trying to do a page in the book -he would get distracted and want to move onto another before finishing the one he was one. I always put one page of phonics into his box and then one from the numbers workbook or a page from a colouring book.

Doing homework helps with Logan's attention span and it also gives him some one-on-one time and an opportunity to get lots of praise; something he needs especially since he has to share Mommy and Daddy with his sister.
You have to start somewhere, right? Logan isn't great at printing but it's good practice even just learning how to hold a pencil property.
He really likes the connect the dot ones -right now he finds the next number and we draw the line to it together. It's going to be really neat to see him progress to doing this by himself.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Simple Preschooler Craft

We hosted a play date on Saturday so I prepared a simple preschooler craft. I printed outline of trees that I found FREE on the Nature Detectives website. Then I just set out crayons and stickers.
I'm pretty impressed that he drew water for the fish in first drawing and had the caterpillars crawling up the tree "to eat the apples" the the second. Very creative!
Just as simple but more messy....the next day we decided to paint some of the trees. I laid out our craft tablecloth and we got to work.
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They tuned out really nice!

Logan asked to do hand prints...

Logan then asked if he could paint with his feet. Ummm..okay. So off we went his socks and pants!

He loved this but it was a bit messy. Thankfully he's old enough not to go off running around the house --straight to the bath after to see the water change colour as we washed him up!
Logan found out that red and blue make purple!
Some of the finished masterpieces

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Breaking It Right

This Saturday we had dance class, a play date at our house with a 4 month old, a 18 month old and 2 year old and then after nap ---we went and saw break dancing live!!!

Justin Bieber was even there checking out the talent.

This was the first time Logan has even seen break dancing live

He loved it. He was too shy to break out his moves in the dance circles but in the hall when we went to leave he started practicing his air flares.
Our b-girl and b-boy in their Adidas outfits

We're watching from the back right-hand side in this video

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