Play and theme-based learning with our children

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Foil + Plastic Cup = Pirate Hook

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Yo ho! It’s pirate month at Kiwi Crate! From the moment our green crate hit the doorstep, my wee pirate wasted no time plundering his monthly-delivered treasure.  He soon recruited fellow swashbucklers for a pirate play date.

Pirate Telescope Spotting Game

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For little explorers and pirates alike, the telescope is an essential play accessory. And kids certainly know how to convert a tube into a scope! For us it’s a weekly occurrence that I toss a spent paper tube to my 5 year-old son, who immediately puts it to his eye for spotting.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Freestyle Cardboard Painting Turned Castle (Saves the Day)

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OK, I’ve got a crying, hungry baby in one arm and an antsy preschooler pulling on the other. As a quick fix, I grab a cardboard box from the garage, a handful of paint jars and paint brushes. I put it all outside on the deck, setting my almost 5 year-old son loose, unsupervised. I mention as I’m walking back inside that he has enough paint brushes so he can keep his colors separate if he wants. Ha!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I know, I know. The day's almost over. It was such a busy one over here I didn't have the time to send my love and good wishes to my friends.