The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Tot School}


A couple of weeks ago, Piper attended a summer camp at a local church.
That meant that for 5 mornings in a row I was down to 2 kids!
Considering that the babe naps for much of the morning, it ended up being quite the break everyday!
It's too strange not having all my kiddies with me every day but I took advantage of the alone time with Taitum and planned a whole week of activities surrounding The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Here is what we did!






First, she created the leaf with the egg on it by do-a-dotting a leaf green and adding a marshmallow as the egg.







I put this little counting activity on the fridge for her.
Each leaf had a number and she had to put the correct number of eggs (pom pom magnets) on each one.




Another day she made the classic egg carton caterpillar by painting the egg carton strip and adding anntenae and eyes.




She then helped me prepare a game to go along with her caterpillar by cutting out the pictures of food I had printed.




For the game, she would find and count the right food that the caterpillar ate as I came to it in the story.
It was pretty simple but she loved it especially since I added eating noises as she fed the caterpillar!
(Find the food printable here!)




Next, we went to work on a chrysalis.
I thought Tait would love paper mache since she adores sensory play but she ended up being totally grossed out by the feel of the water and flour mixture and I ended up doing the grand majority of it!
Piper helped her paint it after it had dried.
It's hanging on the wall in the kitchen right now and I plan to fill it with butterfly treats to surprise them some day soon! 
Likely after my next trip to Bulk Barn!






We added a little adventure to our learning by travelling out to a local fruit stand.
Taitum was in charge of finding the fruit that the very hungry caterpillar ate and counting out the right number of each.
She was thrilled to get to push the cart around and do her very own grocery shopping!







She couldn't wait to show Piper when she got home and both girls become very hungry caterpillars and gobbled it all up!




Piper joined us in our butterfly project.
The plan was to do a crayon resist painting.
Tait opted out of the crayon part and simply painted her butterfly while Piper did the crayon resist.




So there you have it!
The life cycle of a butterfly on our kitchen wall!
Now we are keeping our eyes open for butterflies and caterpillars when we're playing outside.
We did find some eggs on a leaf a few days ago!




We also watched this video which I found simply amazing!
The whole metamorphosis of a butterfly is so amazing!
I even learned some new things from the facts included in the video!







This week made me really miss our school time.
We really do have so much fun together!
I'm trying my best to chill out and enjoy these warm summer days but truth be told - I'm quite anxious for school to begin again!
Ha!
I never thought I'd say such a thing!
But I've been working hard on the coming years lesson plans and getting so excited for what is in store for me and my little gals this year!
















Challenge Accepted...Nom, Nom, Nom...


Yes, yes, 
I've been avoiding this blog.
It's just too stinkin' hot.
And then I get grumpy and lazy and just want to sit in front of a fan with a good book.
But, alas, I end up missing the ol' bloggerooni.
So here I am.
It might be short and sweet but Ill feel good for having posted about my latest self challenge.
I alluded to it in my last post.
Sorry for weirding you all out with my cryptic writing.
I blame the heat.
Anyhoo...
I've learned something about myself.
I thrive on challenges.
On making up goals and reaching them.
Being stubborn helps as does that wonderful feeling of accomplishment at the end.
I think it might be a pretty normal quirk so I won't attempt to apologize for my strangeness just now.

Right.

So the challenge?
Cooking.
Super bad timing in the middle of a heat wave but I think I'll give my self a year or something far off like that.
My brother got me the Looneyspoons Collection cookbook for Christmas and to be honest, I hadn't touched it since opening it.




Not because I didn't love the gift but because in the mean time I had a baby and quit making all but the most basic meals.
In fact, I kinda got myself in one those awful cooking ruts.
And I hate that.
I like to cook and try new things.
I needed some inspiration.
At six months postpartum (and still sporting the mommy tummy...) some healthier recipes wouldn't hurt either.
Internet searches and Pinterest are just too overwhelming.
So I dusted off the cookbook and started planning!
Basically, my challenge is to try all the recipes in the book (minus the fishy ones. Bleh!).
Week one was last week and we are off to a good start!
Come and see!












Much Ado About Mushrooms (Vegetarian Fajitas)


I also made Sinnamon Apple Muffins but forgot to get a pic.
Big hit with the kiddies though.
The other stuff they ate albeit a little begrudgingly...


But the littlest didn't seem to mind a bit! 
;)






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Simple Solutions

When the monotonous of life sets in
And the crazies threaten
Delight in the regular, the everyday moments


When littles whine
And make life sound so utterly unfair
Find joy in a new discovery


When the day drags on
And the way seems hard




When the need for something new screams
And adventure calls your name
Accept a challenge


When things become so busy
And your soul aches for relief
Read a book




Take it all in
Each rugged, relentless, wonderful moment
Endless gifts
Gracious God
Open heart



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