Thursday, September 30, 2010
Zoe is in love with a show called Team Umizoomi right now. It is a pretty good animated show with tiny superheros who solve problems using math, shapes, and Pattern Power! I found a scavenger hunt "printable" on Nick Jr's website and we have played it several times each day. I don't really hide the shapes because Zoe freaks out when she can't find them. The fun is in looking at the "map" and being able to quickly find the match. I check them off and she puts the cut out shapes in her Halloween bag that mom made 2 years ago. She uses this bag for a lot of tasks because it fits on her arm and it's easy to put things in it. And she likes the pumpkins that are on it.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We went to the Seattle Children's Museum. It was all right. There are more things to look at and read about then there are to do. This is a common flaw at a lot of places that are designed for children. Yes, things will get broken and dirty and carried away. That has to be part of doing business. Why else is it so expensive to visit these places when all of the objects are enclosed in plexi glass and everything that looks like it's going to move is nailed down?
She did enjoy the little kitchens from around the world. But everything was behind plexi or nailed down. The art room was good, but you could only stay in there for a certain amount of time and there was room for 10 kids at a time and the 1 girl who was running the space looked like she wanted to hide in a closet instead of dealing with the constant, constant, constant mess.
Zoe has lots of musical instruments - even a violin & guitar [thanks grandpa!] - and she often plays a little song on the piano that usually sounds better than the songs Pete invents. The other night she brought me a tamborine and gave Pete her maracas and she had her recorder/flute and she told us that we were a band and then we made some really loud music for several minutes.
We went out to the beach on a cloudy day. I got Zoe a scoop of Maui Wowie sherbet and then we walked out onto the pier. There were several people fishing - but I didn't see them catch anything. The wind was strong and it felt good to be blown around.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I'm sure there are some funny stories I am forgetting to share. If I think of something I'll come back and let you know but I'm super-duper tired today and nothing is coming to mind.