I’m always on the hunt for rainy day activities in Vancouver and so on Saturday we went with friends to visit the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. The conservatory serves as a bird sanctuary for over 100 species of birds and various tropical plants. It is a relatively small, glassed in dome with a circular path which is stroller accessible. The kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt provided by the conservatory and were able to find all the items in a few rounds.
Did you know homemade pinwheels are super easy to make? Light-weight paper such as magazine pages works best for really little kids who are still working on their blowing skills. Medium weight paper (i.e. drawing paper) is great for older kids who can also create designs on their pinwheel with crayons and markers.
I’ve experienced play dates that have left me in a frazzle, the kids tired and grumpy and my house in absolute chaos. I love giving my kids opportunities to interact with other children and myself the chance to visit with grown-ups and so over the last six years I’ve been honing my play date hosting skills
For many families Christmas holidays do not amount to a warm vacation in the sun but rather two weeks indoors weathering the snow and rain. If the kids are starting to go stir crazy, I have the perfect craft to keep their hands occupied and their brains busy over the break.
A lot of people have asked me how homeschooling is going and what we do so I thought I’d give another brief update. Each morning we do a variety of activities usually combining early literacy with Montessori method life skills. We want to teach our boys to be helpful around the home.
Today the boys took me on a sky train adventure to the airport. They’ve done this trip with Ben on several occasions and today I tagged along. It is the perfect budget-friendly way to entertain the kids on a dreary summer day in Vancouver. The only cost is sky train fare and the younger two still ride for free.
It’s been a blah week with fevers, sore throats and for some reason, children who will not take naps even when completely knackered. They stay up late, wake up early and then won’t rest. I have to assume this behaviour is the result of a virus running its course or else I’m going to become very peeved about this new ‘schedule.’
Today I decided we needed a quiet morning in. I wanted to be able to assess their health and pull myself together to look after their needs. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what kind of individual attention they need because when I’m tired, they just look like a mass ball of chaos. Rather then turning to cartoons (which is such an easy default) we did some school work and then made edible play dough.