Thursday, March 17, 2011

busy week

Let's start with last weekend.  We had a playdate at the science museum with a few of my co-workers and their kids.  Poppy has been loving the science museum lately.

We tried to get a group shot of all the kids and out of about 20 pictures, this is the best one.  Cracks me up.

They have this awesome exploratory play area at the museum and I'm obsessed with these blocks that they have.  They look like they are wooden, but they are actually made out of a super dense lightweight foam.  I want them for our house.  This huge tower fell right on Sam's head and he didn't even notice!
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And then our art class started on Monday and has kept us quite busy all week.  I created this "centerpiece" that now resides on our dining room table last week.  Poppy loves having access to all of these art supplies and being able to doodle or color or work on a project at any time.
Here are a few examples of what we worked on...

We learned about primary colors, the color wheel, how to mix and create new colors, and about warm and cool colors...

Poppy was supposed to complete this worksheet, but she wasn't into it.  Apparently Marc was digging it though - check out all of those details!

This is a project we did using the "cool colors" that Poppy chose...
I love working with the acrylic paints - makes me feel like a professional artist.  Poppy however isn't too big of a fan because she has to wear gloves while using them (they're toxic for young children) and the only gloves we had were way too big.  Luckily we found an art store that carries children sized latex gloves so we'll definitely pick those up and hopefully Poppy will change her tune about the paints.

This was a project we did when exploring mixing colors... 
And we didn't even get to today's projects!  This class is definitely keeping us busy, but we are all really having a lot of fun with it.

Today we started off by finishing up some art projects and then we headed into the kitchen for some baking.  I wanted to make some St. Patty's day cookies to bring to pizza Thursday, but we didn't have a shamrock cookie cutter so we settled on turtle cookies (because at least they would still be green).  Little did I know that the weather was going to be absolutely gorgeous today, so I ended up quickly frosting these guys while the babies were "napping".  (Quotes around the napping because as of daylight savings time, Poppy has yet to actually sleep during her naptime.  Grrr.)

As soon as they woke up, we busted out the double stroller and took our first walk of the year down to the playground.  Just about everyone in Buffalo was outside this afternoon - the weather was AWESOME!  Then it was off to the golf dome to meet the cousins for some pizza and a round of miniature golf.  Everyone looked so cute in their green outfits and I'm kicking myself for not trying to get a group shot.

 And just because he's so cute...

5 comments:

Christine said...

I love everything about this post (especially the art, natch) but I have to agree those foam blocks are the BEST toy! We have two sets here and it's been a constant fave. We found them at a local toy shop. Let me know if you want me to keep an eye out the next time I am in there.

(And yes, it counts that I pop up in your reader! I'm not popping up in my own reader... grrr..)

jenna said...

Can we come live with you for a little while? I love how much fun you have over there! LOVE the cookies (and the centerpiece...) I think I'll come up with that too (maybe when I'm done with work or summer).

Elizabeth Frick said...

I *love* your artistic centerpiece! So neat and tidy :) You're so visual... I wish I was that organized!
As for the blocks, my parents got a JUMBO pack at Costco. Do you guys have those?
The turtle cookies look yummo, and sorry about the "nap" situation. Olive hasn't napped in... about a year. :(

Michelle said...

Let me know if you find those wooden blocks, they rock. LOVE all the artistic action going on in the household. Go Mom Go!

Natalie said...

How fun!!! I love this post!!!

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