Monday, May 6, 2013

Screen Free Week

This was our best screen free week ever! Okay, it's only our second annual, but it was a lot of fun. It coincided with the beginning of spring nicely. Here are some of the highlights:

We were finally able to put together out outdoor play area! Here is Sora's garden (complete with fake flowers to plant and harvest at will and a tic tac toe).
 A number walk. There are 8, which Sora helped me paint, but she likes to pretend there are 10. We are working on skip counting (counting by 2s or 3s) but somehow the exact idea has translated into counting "1, 3, 5, 7". You can also see the balance beam on the far end in front of the car.
Oh, and I made the adorable picnic table myself (for $11!). I'm pretty proud. Sora helped pick out the color and paint it with me. In fact, I couldn't get her to take off her painting smock so that is the "dress" she is wearing in these pictures.
Here is the banging wall. There is also a sink with a basin filled with water and one filled with sand. Not pictured is Sora's secret hide out (under a tree), her swing, and her water wall.
 We spent a lot of time exploring. We caught some frog eggs and listened to the nightly frog concert out on the marsh. Here Sora is playing with her net while in a great puddle.
 We took some time to go to Cathedral Pines - one of our favorite spots! It was protected from foresters so there are huge trees and tons of Great Blue Herons. For preschool this week, Sora and I focused on The Lorax, so we pretended the Herons were swameeswans and that the Lorax lived in Cathedral Pines.
 Sora even has her own official explorer badge! And her sweet explorer vest was one of her screen free week surprises.


We finally got to visit our friend Morgan's horse, Lloyd. Sora LOVED riding Lloyd. She's pretty quiet about her horse love, but thanks to her grandma and papa D, she's a big fan of riding horses. She wants to go see Lloyd again very soon!
On Saturday, to round out our fun week, we went to Healthy Kids Day. Kyle had to work the camp booth, but Sora had fun dancing on stage, getting slimy, and just playing!
Afterwards, we headed to Bay Beach which is the cheapest most awesome 4 year old amusement park ever. Here we are on the tilt a whirl (which cost $1.50 for all 3 of us to ride - we spent $3 total on tickets and Sora got to ride 6 other rides besides this one).
 Sora rode all the rides with her dolly. Dolly's favorite was the race cars.
After our fun day, we headed down for an afternoon of shopping in Milwaukee. Hopefully there will be a Milwaukee post soon! We will be changing our screen time structure in our house based on the huge success (for the adults too) of this week - wish us luck!

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