Playdate: Spiders, Rabbits and Gymboree

We had last week’s playdates with Mommy R and Little A at their beautiful home.  They have more “equipment” that made the playdates look like Gymboree-on-the-go. It made our playdates more fun.  Little Cat always had a blast while there and was still on a high after getting home. 😉

Here’s the run-down of our main activities for the weeks’s playdates:

Monday

  • Storytime – The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Arts and Crafts Activity – We made a spider from magazine cut-out pieces which the kids (supposedly! 😉 ) glued to a paperplate.  We then stuck a popsicle stick at the back to hold it with.
  • 2nd Activity – The kids were to pick among a set of flashcards the object we ask for.  Before doing so, they were to pass through an obstacle course.  They were to climb and slide from a Little Tike-ish slide and then crawl under a table.  Aside from being able to identify the objects, enrich communication and gross motor skills, the kids were to learn the concept of waiting and turn-taking.  We’ve been trying to incorporate it in previous playdates but it wasn’t until now that we’re able to present it to the kids more clearly.  Thanks to the Gymboree-inspired obstacle course Mommy R. 🙂

Wednesday

  • Free Play – Instead of the usual playing with toys, the kids went swimming in an inflatable pool with a lot of floating balls.  It was mid-day but it wasn’t that warm so Mommy R and I didn’t let them stay too long in the pool.  Mommy R was also ingenious enough to provide a make-shift swing from a foldable ladder and sako.  The sako for the swing’s seat was tied to the ladder by a kernmantle (a dynamic rope).  The ladder also served as monkey bars for the kids.
  • Storytime – Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney / Anita Jeram
  • Art and Crafts Activity – We made a rabbit’s face from paperplates, cotton balls and colored paper.
  • 2nd Activity – The kids had a swim already so there was no other planned activity that day.  They just played with ride-on cars after taking their merienda.

Friday

  • Storytime – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
  • 1st Activity – We normally have art and crafts as the 1st activity but for the day, we had the obstacle course right away.  Mommy R prepared Brown Bear, Brown Bear inspired matching cards.  At the end of the obstacle course, the kids were given a card and they were to pick its match among the cards before them.
  • 2nd Activity – We sat in a circle and passed a ball around while singing “This is the way we roll a ball, roll a ball…” to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.  The verb were interchanged with bounce, pass, etc.  Little A’s 6-year old aunt Pretty T joined us so our circle was bigger and happier.
  • 3rd Activity – This was a unplanned activity.  Pretty T wanted to paint so Mommy R obliged and we had impromptu caterpillar painting activity for the three kids.  We used small balloons as a “paint brush” and made caterpillars on a manila paper, on Little A’s face and arms, on Pretty T’s legs, and all over the place.  I was hoping Little Cat will be encouraged to “get dirty for art” since Little A and Pretty T were enjoying so much, but he just sat there frowning and signing and saying “dirty.”  Oh well… That time will come… 🙂

The whole week’s really so much fun!  Here’s some pictures to end this post:

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