Category Archives: stuff for kids

A Worm Farm!

Some of my favourite memories as a child involved playing in the mud. Squishing it between my toes, making mud pies, or digging in it. I absolutely loved it.

This weekend while I started some pretty massive yard work, part of which involved moving some bricks that had been separating my garden area from my yard. It was hot, and the work was harder than my lazy self thought it was going to be. I pulled up one brick and noticed the fat end of a worm working his way down to dirt.

That was the end of the yard work. I suddenly had a flash back to a daycare idea I had – creating a Worm Farm. A way for kids to study what it is that worms do and how they do it.  I spent the next few hours with Ibrahim digging in the dirt in search of worms.

Fast forward to this morning where I had everything I needed to set up this little experiment.

We started off by putting a layer of rocks in the bottom of a clear vase. The rocks are supposed to help with air circulation…or something like that. I don’t know…I just put them there.

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Next, I put alternate layers of dirt and sand – this is so that (eventually) the kids will be able to see how the worms mix the soil up.

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We topped it off with some finely chopped banana peel (worms need to eat you know!) and our worms.

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After we checked it out and made a few observations, we covered it in black construction paper. Why? Because worms generally don’t like the light and would burrow into the center of the vase and now let us see what they’re doing! By covering the vase, they will (hopefully) stay closer to the edges and we can study their movements over the next few days/weeks. 🙂

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Friday Fun

Wow, I’d posted a pic on Instagram what seems like forever ago all excited because I’d made a plan (almost) for daily blogs. Yeah…the best laid plans, right?

So, I’m actually going to try. Previously, my posts have been very word heavy…so I’m going to try to just stick to my daily  mini themes and hope that it can inspire the writer’s bug in me that needs to get out.

Here’s the plan:

Mondays – Moving (health/exercise related stuff)
Tuesdays – Tasty (food!)
Wednesdays – WIP (stands for Work In Progress for whatever the current craft is)
Thursday – Thoughts (whatever’s on my mind)
Fridays – FUN (daycare stuff? my own fun?? whatever’s fun at that time!)
Saturdays – Shopping! (this is a stretch for me, as it’s not an activity I much enjoy!)
Sunday – family

So – on to Friday’s fun. I’m actually SO excited for this! I found an awesome website of a fellow Canadian Home Daycare Provider. She has amazing stuff in her back yard for the kids to do…and I’ve been planning on making my yard equally as fun for the last few years. It’s just that…well, I had a baby 2 years ago, then last year, I had an infant to try to work around.

THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR!  I have pallets that I’ve nabbed and am creating a water wall, a sand wall, a music (aka NOISY) wall and one that I’m going to fill with trinkets (latches, hooks, those door stops that make that awesome “twang” sound, etc).  I’ve got all the stuff for these and we (my mom’s helping me out with this) have just been waiting for appropriate weather to finish it all up. We thought we’d be done 2 weeks ago – but we had wicked, wicked wind (90+ km/hour) which isn’t exactly conducive to spray painting!

There are just a few things that I need to finish up to get the yard I’m really looking for.

  1. an old wheel barrow. It doesn’t need to function – I really just want a space to make a mud play area (yes, mud!!) that the kids can gather around to play in.
  2. some sort of way to put up a privacy/shade screen on my chain link fence. I’m thinking of the ones I’ve seen on apartment balconies.
  3. a bucket – I’m on the lookout for a fun/funky/farm style type of bucket
  4. some sort of outdoor flooring that’s not going to cost me an arm and a leg – and that won’t get HOT in the sun.

I’m so excited to get this done, I could pee! I can’t wait – once it’s done, I’ll post up pics, so keep an eye on my instagram or facebook 🙂

 

Costume SuperCenter Review

So, at the beginning of August, I was contacted by Costume SuperCenter to see if I’d like to review one of their products in exchange for a “fair and honest review” ← my kinda deal, as I would hate to lie to you all!  So, I said yes.

Being a mom and daycare provider – shopping for myself is out of the question, so I headed straight over to the kids costumes (which are all adorable, by the way!).  I don’t know about you all, but I have a really hard time finding boys costumes.  There are all sorts of girly costumes out there, princesses, rock stars, everything — but finding something for boys is pretty difficult. Sure, you can get superhero suits by the dozen, but I was looking for something more lasting, so I clicked my way through to the boys Halloween Costumes.

I was quite impressed by the selection – a fireman, a policeman, a doctor…I’ve seen these all at other stores, but they are, quite honestly garbage — made of crappy plastic bits and parts…so I was a little bit skeptical when I ordered the Jr. White Astronaut Suit Costume for Isaac.

We waited, it took about 2 weeks for it to get here (from California, that’s pretty good, I’ve had things take MUCH longer to reach me) — opened it up and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this thing!  It’s made of a nylon type of fabric (read easy to wash) but is strong enough that he can perform moon jumps, space leaps and God only knows what else his imagination comes up with.  There are pockets and zippers all over – the badges are sewn on well and look very official, a funky zipper pull that says “NASA” on it  — and it even came with a baseball hat (because as Isaac tells me, “Astronauts get messy hair in their space helmets so the hat keeps the citizens from seeing that messiness”)

My only complaint on this would be that it’s a bit on the small size — Isaac is 6 years old, and I know he’s a tall boy — I’ve been buying size 8 pants for him for school — this suit is a size 6-8, but is pretty short — I’m sure it would fit “normal” sized children, but it’s a perfect size on my long/lanky boy right now — it will probably be small on him next week!  However, I don’t see that as an issue with the company or it’s product, just my bean pole of a son!

Overall, I’m very happy with it, and so is he…considering that he has only taken it off for baths (putting it back on again to sleep.  I must say, it makes a lady feel pretty special to have dinner with an Astronaut!