Tag Archive | keepsake

A Moment in Time

We’ve come to the end of the Clothing activity plan from the Reaching Roses curriculum (which is now available for purchase!…apologies to those of you who have been waiting).  This activity provided a lot of learning opportunity and enjoyment for today but will also serve us well in the future! …. I’m already imagining the fun and educational activities we could do with this in ten years time…

On alternating Fridays I blog about our final activity (starring my twin babies)

 

This week’s Theme:Clothing

Activity Description: Make a family time capsule about clothing!

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, cognitive, fine motor, social, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 22 months

 

1. Get a sturdy box (insulate it with a plastic bag if you wish)

2.  Decorate the box

Decorating with stickers

Decorating with stickers

Making wrapping paper

Making wrapping paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Insert clothing articles.  Here’s what we included:

  • Baby’s clothes at the time of making the capsule (for size) – we put in the onesies “shirts” they made this week
  • Pictures of current fashionable and trendy clothes (to laugh at in the future!) – we put in a recent copy of Rolling Stone
  • Pictures of your baby  and family members in relevant clothing – we put a small photo album in with the following pictures:
      • a recent family photo
      • a photo of them in their first pair of underwear (we started wearing them a few weeks ago)
      • photos of them playing dress-up this week
      • a photo of them wearing the onesies they made this week (which are also included in the box)
      • a photo of them in their favourite pj’s
      • a picture of them in their bathing suits and water shoes and sunglasses (this summer’s favourite ensemble)
      • pictures of them with other family members (aunts, grandparents, cousins)
      • a picture of us the day we made the time-capsule

We also included some items not related to clothing:

  • a letter from Mommy
  • some of their recent artwork
  • certificates of achievement from the summer gymnastics class they just completed
O adds her papers

O adds her papers

M adds her papers

M adds her papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding their "shirts"

Adding their “shirts”

Making sure they're snug in the box

Making sure they’re snug in the box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M adds the photo album

M adds the photo album

O adds the Rolling Stone magazine

O adds the Rolling Stone magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Seal the box (very well) – you can make it prettier but since we were wrapping ours, I wasn’t concerned with that

Good ol' duct tape

Good ol’ duct tape

Showing how to place tape

Showing how to place tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping mommy with the wrapping

Helping mommy with the wrapping

M helps with the tape

M helps with the tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add a clear label on the box that says this is a time capsule created on such and such day and is not to be opened until (insert date)

 

Mr. Y & I decided to open it in 10 years

Mr. Y & I decided to open it in 10 years

All done!

All done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Store in a safe place

I hope you enjoy doing this with your family as much as we did!  Leave us a comment to let us know what things you included in your time-capsule.

 

This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

 

 

We Like to Make a Good Impression

It’s that time again!  We have come to the end of another Clever Clovers activity plan (Hands & Feet)!  That means we only have one activity plan left (Simple Shapes) and then we are moving on to the next curriculum, Reaching Roses!  I am really looking forward to moving on to the new phase of development (18 – 24 months) and new sets of skills.  Wowzers!  They are growing up quickly!

On alternating Fridays I blog about our final activity (starring my twin babies)

This week’s Theme: Hands & Feet

Activity Description: Make a hand and footprint keepsake out of home-made plaster

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, cognitive, creative, gross motor, fine motor, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 17 months + 3 weeks

1. To warm up I tried to explain what we were going to do.  I don’t think they really understood but they were excited because they knew something fun was going to happen!  I wanted to involve them as much as possible so I made some adjustments to the recipe that is included in the activity plan.  I made the quantity smaller and I didn’t boil the water because I wanted them to be able to manipulate it right away.  Instead, I had them add the salt to the flour and then the water to that mixture.

2.  I knew it was going to get messy so we did this in our pj’s (since they were covered in breakfast anyway).

3.  I realized that I don’t really have toddler friendly cooking tools.  The poor things, were trying to lift heavy glass measuring cups and bowls.  I’m going to start including them a lot more in cooking and baking so I think I’ll invest in some cookware/kitchenware that is more toddler friendly.  If anybody knows of any please leave a comment.

Let’s Get Started!

  • Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and one cup of water together
O pours the flour into the bowl

O pours the flour into the bowl

M adds the salt

M adds the salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O gives it a whisk

O gives it a whisk

M's turn to mix

M’s turn to mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O awkwardly pours in the water but manages to get it in!

O awkwardly pours in the water but manages to get it in!

Opting to stir at the same time rather than take turns

Opting to stir at the same time rather than take turns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Knead the dough, roll the dough and form/cut/press into the desired shape (we did a circle)
M kneads the dough in the bowl

M kneads the dough in the bowl

Each kneading their own dough

Each kneading their own dough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rolled it out for them

I rolled it out for them – about 1/2 inch thick

O presses the bowl to cut out a circle

O presses the bowl to cut out a circle

O's circle is ready to go!

O’s circle is ready to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M's turn!

M’s turn!

M with her perfect circle

M with her perfect circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Make an imprint/impression of hands and feet (press firmly but not all the way to the bottom or it will be too thin and breakable)
O's footprint

O’s footprint

O's handprint

O’s handprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M's footprint

M’s footprint

M's handprint

M’s handprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa!

Taa Daa!

 

  • Bake at 225 F for about 3 hours (check now and then to see if it has hardened completely)

 

After baking

After baking

  •   Finishing Touches (There are a lot of options here.  I used acrylic paint and sealed it with a varnish.  The sky’s the limit though so feel free to get crafty!)  Also, I did consider letting the babies do the painting, but I wanted a cleanly finished product.  In retrospect, I would have made two each, one for them to paint and one for me to paint.  They didn’t mind, they liked watching me paint them.
Painted hands and feet

Painted hands and feet

Painted background

Painted background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seal with varnish & embellish

Sealed with varnish & embellished

  •  Final Product (Again, there are options here.  I chose a shadow box, though I think I might get bigger ones and also place in pictures of them making these.  Before baking you can use a pencil or large straw to put a hole in the top so that you can lace some ribbon through to make it a hanging ornament instead.)
Placed in shadow boxes

Placed in shadow boxes

These will look great hanging in their room; the paint colours coordinate with the existing décor.  Also they are at an age now where they remember participating in things.  Every time they see these they keep showing me a hand and foot pressing motion (to indicate that is how they made them).  It’s really sweet & it will make them happy to see them hanging on their wall!

If you are interested in other culminating projects from Clever Clovers, click here.

Have a nice weekend!