WeLove Sunday at the Smithsonian

Words can’t express the delight in watching your child blossom. Watching your child choose activities that suit them and the joy they have while learning and engaging in their interest areas. Any opportunity for my child to manifest her greatness we are there. Liv has been attending Artful Afternoons at the Smithsonian and she loves it!


Each session highlights the work of a preselected artist. The children create at multiple stations throughout the school, using a variety of materials that are relevant to the work of the artist while inspiring the young artist to manifest on their own. To replenish their strength the  children conclude with a group snack time. So cute! So fun!

WeLove The National Book Festival 2015

I love an annual event that you can experience differently every year! While always enjoyable, I feel really charged up about my experience at yesterday’s National Book Festival! The event yesterday was massive per standard. Arriving via metro is always encouraged ,and for my family interest heading directly to the children’s floor is always our first and usually only area of interest for the day. Highlight of the children’s floor are the Scholastic area which this year consisted of storytime, fun family photo booth, character encounters, coloring, balloon figures, free books which ran out way too early for the smaller kids as well as an active vision board that allowed kids to express how reading empowers them.

   

Because we enjoy good eats I must highlight the Caribbean food vendor that every year provides affordable, flavorful and filling eats! Yummy my vegan bowl was too good! Back to the books… AARP provided free books signed by the author, totes with giveaways, photo booth, 3D virtual reality glasses to demo as well as a cool ass 3D printer that I obviously now NEED in my life. 

 The little chess and knome pieces pictured took 20 min each to print… Imagine printing mini versions of your loved ones! How futuristic!

Wells Fargo had a massive space to engage families. 

   
      Panning for gold, lassoing horses,  super comfy storytime set up. After each storytime the children were gifted with the book or horse stuffed animal that was read about.

HIGHLIGHT alert!!! Yesterday we met Sonia Manzano! AKA Maria from Sesame Street!  

 

Words can’t even describe! My Mother, Myself and My Daughter have long been apart of the Sesame viewership legacy. To meet a beautiful , humble soul that feels like they had a major role in raising you is exciting and humbling!  

  Becoming Maria is the new memoir she put out! Check her story out!

National Geographic also had a area focused on planets and space discovery. We are definitely excited to add space camp to her activities once Liv becomes of age for the program.

   
 

Just when we thought our day was concluding we headed to the evening poetry slam! My God! The Young Kings that spoke so genuinely and courageously inspired me! I feel honored to have heard their strong words and for my daughter to have been exposed to such strength! Kids are so important! They are to be valued and heard always!

WeLove Peru

We explored the opening day of the Folklife Festival yesterday on the National Mall and it was a great time! Pack snacks, a blanket and make a day of it.   

                  

               

Learning how girls as young age six start building bridges for their tribe using natural fibers was stellar!

WeLove To Stay Warm: Indoor Activities

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We are troopers ….but the current temperatures are just brutal! I thought we would making a few events around the city this weekend ,but I just can’t risk our lives like that …hee hee SERIOUSLY!
To keep my little one busy during our Ultimate Camp In we will obviously be building a fort ( so neccessary), maybe mommy can control the remote a bit and introduce her to some of my fave movies as a kid.
Pinterest is definitely a major inspiration with countless activities to keep your child busy.

2015/02/img_4487.png *Using just painters tape & recycled paper you can create a indoor web allowing your child to “trap” things (recycled paper balls). This is a wonderful opportunity to read a book or introduce other learning tools about Spiders.
*Snow painting indoors: Get a large shallow container, fill it with snow , allow your little artist to express themselves with their favorite colors and tools
*Make your own bean bag toss with a cardboard box

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*Mani/Pedi ….. You and your mini can even enjoy a simple at home face mask. Most recipes include just a few ingredients from your kitchen.

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Habari Gani?

Last post of 2014! What a blessing to move forward in life! To have another day to love to create to learn! Below is a photo recap of a few things that have been keeping us busy!

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Winternational was a gathering of many embassies, opening up there customs and treats to us this winter season. Liv got her first henna tattoo and enjoyed dancing to the live music! It’s always wonderful to experience new cultures without even getting your passport stamped!

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Zoolights is an annual must! Armed with Starbucks hot chocolate and blueberry muffins we had a blast!

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This was the first year I have ever celebrated Kwanzaa! I feel so blessed to be sharing these principles with my child early on connecting with a community of like minds on various levels!
Eagerly anticipating 2015 and beyond!

Can He Get Much Higher!?

This weekend we enjoyed a great first visit to the College Park Aviation Museum! The museum had a small entrance fee but especially with the Holiday event they were hosting it was well worth it! This event was full of crafts, an amazing balloon artist, tattoos. The museum has air planes to get a hands on experience as well as flight attire to play dress up with and lots of other nooks and crannies of amazement! And the biggest moment of the day was Santa being flown into the museum by police helicopter! Big Fun and Loads of Holiday Cheer!IMG_4216.JPG

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Get Crafty: Christmas Edition

*Ornamnents You Can Taste
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You will Need…
Peppermint candies
Metal cookie cutters
Non-stick cooking spray
Parchment paper
Toothpick or skewer
Twine or ribbon

How To…
1.Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the inside of each cookie cutter with cooking spray. Lay cookie cutters on baking sheet and fill with a layer of peppermints.
2.Bake for 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on candy as it melts, remove from oven when candies have melted
3.Lightly coat a toothpick with cooking spray and use it to make a hole in each group of candies. Let candy sit inside cookie cutter until it re-hardens. Once hard, carefully stretch out the cookie cutter, pulling it away from the candy, to pop out your ornament.

*Do you have leftover Halloween candy still lingering?

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Head to your craft store ( or perhaps the dollar store) purchase clear ornaments and ribbon.
Fill your clear ornaments with sprinkles, marshmallows or small colorful Halloween candies 🙂

*Christmas Alphabet Tree
Create a Christmas Tree with all the letters of the alphabet
Get some circular colored stickers
Write each letter on a sticker
Allow her kids to decorate the tree by matching the stickers to the tree
Festive and enriching

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*Marshmallow Names
You will need …
Marshmallows
Glue
Paper

How To…
Write your child’s name in glue and allow then to stick the marshmallows on

*Name Snowmen
You Will Need….
White paper
Marker
A sheet of colored paper
Buttons, tiny colored Pom poms, Googly eyes
Glue

How To…
Cut out enough white circles for your child’s name plus a face for your snowman
Allow them to write each letter of their name on a circle
Glue the circles together in snowman fashion
Cut a top hat out of the colored sheet
Allow your child to decorate the hat and color on the face

Get Crafty

*Egg Carton Bingo
This wonderful craft from Noodle & Doodle is perfect for a holiday road trip
What You Will Need:
1 cardboard 12-egg carton
Old magazines
Pictures printed of various things you might see on your road trip
Small tasty treats
Glue stick

How To:
Tear up lots of colored pieces from magazines.
Using a glue stick, decorate the front of your egg box with the colored pieces. You can make a picture, or just make it colorful.
Cut out different small pictures of items you might see from your seat in the car while on a road trip. You should have 12 pictures, one for each section of the egg carton.
Using a glue stick, adhere each picture onto one of the sections in your egg carton.
With the egg carton open, place your treats into the top portion of the carton.
You are now ready to play Egg Box Bingo. All you need now is to go on a road trip!
To play Egg Box Bingo: When you spot something outside the car window that is on one of the pictures, put a tasty treat in the corresponding egg holder. When you have spotted everything in one row – either a short line up or a long line across -shout “Bingo!” Then you get to eat the tasty treats in those rows. Or you can play full house bingo: Only when you have spotted every picture in your egg box can you shout “Bingo!” and then you get to eat all the tasty treats.

*Paper Plate Dream Catcher
What You Will Need:
2 sturdy paper plates, with identical large circles cut out of the middle of each plate
1 piece of orange net, cut large enough to cover the hole in the plate
Items for weaving (string, yarn, straws, ribbon, etc.)
Feathers
Stapler
Tape

How To:
Place the orange net over the large hole in one paper plate. Staple the net in place. (You can use tape instead, but it may not be as strong a hold.)
Weave the string, yarn, straws, ribbon and orange through the orange net. Adhere the ends of each item to the rim of the plate with tape. Repeat with as much stuff as you wish to weave.
Using tape, secure 3 feathers to hang down from the bottom of the plate.
Place the other paper plate over the first one and secure with tape. (This gives the catcher a nice finish.)
Hang above your bed to catch your dreams!

*Strumming on a Banjo
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*Cotton Kitty

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Your little ones are sure to “Gobble” these juice boxes right up!

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Get Crafty!

*Thanksgiving Bingo
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*Fall Wreath
You will need…
Fall Colored Tissue Paper: Orange, Red, Yellow
Paper Plate
Glue
How To…
Cut out the interior of your paper plate. Be sure to leave a thick enough
border for the tissue paper to attach too.
Cut the three colors of tissue paper into strips
Cover the brim of your plate in glue
Allow your child to crumple up each strip into their hand and hold them in the glue until the entire plate is covered
Voila! Attach ribbon if you like or use tape on the back and there you have a inexpensive wreathe made with love

*T is for Turkey
This is a wonderful opportunity for little ones who are mastering their letters and sounds to really connect with the letter T
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You will need…
Construction Paper: Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red, White
Scissors
Glue
Black Marker
How To…
Cut the brown paper in the shape of the letter T
Use the colored paper to make an assortment of feathers
Orange paper can be used to make feet and a beak
White paper will be used to make two eyes. Use the marker to darken the eyes
Glue on all of your pieces and have fun reviewing the sounds of the letter T and asking your child what other words begin with the same sound

* Letter Tree
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This project requires a little creativity from the parents and brain power from your little!
I plan to up cycle a paper bag to create my tree and free hand the leaves on various colored construction paper. Laminating the tree and leaves would be wonderful for extended use.

* Pinecone Painting

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You will need…
As many pinecones as you like
White, Brown, Red & Orange paper
Glue
Siccors
A Box
How to…
Place white paper and paint in your box
Add pinecones and shake around
Let your art dry
Then cut out a turkey body, waddle and beak
Use your white sheet to make eyes
Assemble your turkey on the painted sheet and glue it together

Get Crafty!

The temperature is dropping ,and the holidays are upon us! Looking for ways to occupy your little one indoors? Or ways to provide your child some independent playtime? Each week I will post simple fun crafts for the week that are sure to keep little hands busy!

*Gluten Free Play Dough
Here is an easy, no-cook recipe for play dough that is safe for kids with wheat allergies (or gluten issues).
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You’ll need…
– 1 cup baby rice cereal
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
– 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
– food coloring (any color)
To Make…
Combine rice cereal and cornstarch in large bowl. Mix well.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Knead until smooth. If play dough is sticky, add more rice cereal. The dough will keep for several days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

*Paintsicles
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You’ll need…
-ice cube tray
-craft paint
-water
-popsicle sticks
To Make…
Put a drop of paint in the bottom of each section of the ice cube tray.
Pour water over the paint until it fills each section of the tray.
Stir each section with a popsicle stick to mix the paint in with the water.
Place the ice cube tray in the freezer.
Let the water harden in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Pull the tray out of the freezer and put one popsicle stick in each section to make a handle.
Put the tray back in the freezer to harden completely.
Remove the frozen paint from the ice cube trays.
Hold the paint by the popsicle stick handle and paint on a piece of paper as the ice cube melts.

*Bottle Cap Pumpkin

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You”ll Need…
-orange, brown, green paint
-water bottle
-paint brush
-black paper
To Make…
Allow your child to dip the cap of their water bottle into orange paint, making three circles in a row
Use your paintbrush to make your leaf & stem
Voila!

*Paper Rocket

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You”ll Need…
– 2 pieces of craft paper
-sicissors
-tape
-white glue
-tissue paper
-yarn
-hole punch
To Make…
Roll one sheet of paper into a tube. Secure tube with tape.
Punch two holes opposite each other through the top edge of the rocket tube.
Tie string through each hole forming a loop.
Make the topper for the rocket by cutting out a circle from your second sheet of paper.
The topper should be cone shaped with the bottom opening larger than the tube opening so that it can properly sit on top.
Cut a slit at the top of your cone enough to allow the yarn to pass through
Glue the edges of the tube to the rocket topper now that the string has passed through.
The tissue paper can now be cut into strips and glued to the bottom inside of your rocket!
Blast off!

*Thanksgiving Tree
You”ll Need….
-white paper
-brown paint
-green, yellow, orange paper
-sissors
-glue
To Make….
Allow your child to cover their hands in brown paint
Stamp that hand on your white paper ( this will serve as your tree)
While the paint dries, talk with your child about makes them happy and what they are thankful for
Cut leave shapes out of your colored paper
Write your items of thanksgiving on each leaf
Glue each leaf onto your tree

Happy Crafting!