We started the week by reading the book. Here is our first attempt at trying to read the book.
|She seemed super interested at first.|
|Hmmmmm what else is there to play with???|
|That's my girl, going for the basket of books.|
|And she is off!|
We ended up reading it later that day and she did great! No pictures of that because she was sitting in my lap cuddling while we read :) Like the other books this month I mainly just pointed out things in the book. We counted the mice and and pointed to the colors. We've read it a couple of times this week and she has been engaged every time!
Next, we set about doing the art activity from the lesson plan. I really thought she would like this because she likes to fingerpaint. I decided to add rice and a 3x5 card. The rice I thought might be fun to push around (that is the stuff in the green
shot glass mini cup). I added the 3x5 card because I wanted to see what it would look like at the end.
|I put blue and red in the bag so she could see the paint mix.|
|She tried at first.|
|I wrote some letters in the paint. This is a great idea for older children.|
|She wasn't too into it so I took the tape off so she could squish it in her hands.|
|She promptly threw it on the floor. |
So I thought hey, maybe she wants to play with it on the floor.
So I took her out of her highchair and put her and the paint bag on the floor.
|Nope. Diaper bag is soooooo much more interesting.|
|She has enjoyed looking out the front door this week so I followed my own advice in the lesson plan and taped it to the front door.|
|She played with it some but not a ton. Boooo. I really thought she was going to like this!|
|In the end it ended up on my backdoor and I made a second one. |
She has actually crawled up to it a few times this week.
As we were reading the story I came up with the idea of walking in paint just like the mice from the story. I actually updated the extension activities on the original lesson plan with this idea because I thought it was so fun. I hoped that this would be more of a success because she LOVES to walk now that she can while holding onto our hands.
We did this when my husband was home so I could have photos to post. If I didn't need the photos for the blog you could totally do this on your own. He got some great shots so sorry in advance for all the photos. I'm just a proud Mama and she is too darn cute!
|Newspaper and roll of paper from Ikea.|
|I used painters tape to tape down the ends.|
|This is Caroline helping. She started pulling the newspaper out. What a good helper :)|
|I put red, blue, and yellow paint down just like the story.|
|Pure glee walking through the paint!|
|ooops slippery! Word of warning. Fingerpaint is slippery to walk through.|
|Mommy and baby painting together.|
|Yep super slippery.|
|Daddy look at me!|
|pat pat pat|
|That paint is really really yummy.|
|Oops! Wrong way.|
|I'm all done Mommy.|
(No she didn't actually say that. She is only 9.5 months old!
But that is how I interpreted that face)
|All done and off for a bath! Luckily it is washable paint because I had it all over my shirt!|
I have big plans for her masterpiece. It will become wrapping paper for an upcoming event I'm going to! If you have a young baby I HIGHLY encourage fingerpainting. She fingerpainted for the first time at 4.5 months old. We've done it about once a month since then and it has been a success almost every time.
How did it go for you? Was the fingerpaint in a bag successful? Anyone else try some of the extension activities? Anyone going with the flow and coming up with new activities?