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:
- 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. 🙂
- 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.
- 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: