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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life is Learning

Just another day at the Johnson residence....

The girls and I have had so much fun together this week. We always try to make the most of our time while Daddy is away. We've gone on shopping sprees for Fall clothes and groceries. We've gone on visits to friends' homes. We've played together. We've walked together. We turned up the tunes and danced together. And we've particularly tried to enjoy what's left of our outdoor summer days.

But today, right before the thunder storm appeared at our door, we decided to break out the Play Dough for some creative sculpting fun. (This is one of Ava's favorite things to do!)

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, It's Raining, It's Pouring, Who Says Life has to be Boring?!, Play Dough can be very beneficial for your child's development in very many ways. Being a mother who is a strong advocate of continuous learning (even for myself - I'm always researching!), I always look for ways to encourage my children to learn. And today our Play Dough activity was no exception.

While we were cutting out shapes, we decided to work on learning patterns (I'd like to thank my sister, Brooke, for this creative idea!). We worked on same color single patterns (i.e. heart, heart, heart, etc.) and same color double patterns (i.e. heart, circle, heart, circle, etc). I would prompt Ava by asking her, "What shape comes next?" Single patterns were a piece of cake, but we still have some work to do on the double patterns ;)

We also worked on single patterns of different colors.

And, we worked on shapes of different sizes.

But, for the most part, we just had fun squeezing, cutting, pinching, poking, and punching...

What creative activity does your child enjoy most?! Can you think of ways to turn their favorite activity into a lesson on learning. And remember to keep it fun!

Oh, and I can't leave out Audrey... who also loves to learn! She was napping during our Play Dough session, so here's a cute shot of her just after she woke up....

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