Sunday, June 23, 2013

Small Motor Skills Bead Activity

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You don't need to work at a summer camp to do art projects! This isn't even anything that i will be doing with campers this summer.  

Baby Bear has incredible small motor skills, so she likes to do creative activities that challenge her.  Lining the beads up and putting them on the pegs is great for dexterity and for patience, because you need to fill the entire surface with beads before you can iron it.  

Perler Beads/Hama Beads
Peg Boards
Ironing Paper

Do an example of how the beads work for your child. It might help is you do it a few times to show that how to fill in an area like I did on the head for Baby Bear. 

Additionally, we went over colors and numbers while playing with the project.

I had Baby Bear stand back from the table if she wanted to watch me iron the beads.  Iron in circles until the beads start to melt.  You can check under the paper to see if they are fused together. 

As Baby Bear says "Ta-Lah"

PSThis activity might not be appropriate for all 2 year olds, so use your judgement and caution when working with small objects that can be choking hazards.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Getting into the Summer Goove

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 I moved my girls up to summer camp with me for the summer.  I was always so jealous of the kids at the camp where I grew up getting to be at camp ALL summer.  When I was given the incredible opportunity to open a brand new art center, my husband agreed to let me take the girls while he stayed home. I spent 6 months planning (I know EXACTLY how much time since I can measure it in Mini months!).  

It is really hard being without Mr. BBH for the summer. We do get to go home once a week for a day off to see him though.  It is also really challenging to figure out a new routine for the bears and I to get in a groove.  I have a staff of 9 and a brand new program to set up, but I am trying to take it day by day.  I will post the projects that we are making and lots of stories from the summer. 

Did you go to summer camp? What was your favorite activity?  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Not a little baby anymore

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Mini can sit up for long periods of time!


I know I should be so happy that Mini is doing this, but when I told Mr. BBH I started crying!  I faithfully added her milestone to the Total Baby app but my baby is not a newborn anymore and inching closer toward toddler.  It is so different that Baby Bear. Because with Baby Bear I knew that we would probably have more kids.  We decided for financial and logistical reasons that  2 was our number.  So no more babies for me.  The bittersweet moments of my little giggly Mini Bear hitting her milestones.  

PS. She is also pushing up pretty good with her hands
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