Give Thanks Walk

On November 23rd, we had the pleasure of participating in the St Jude Give Thanks. Walk #givethankswalk in San Francisco at the San Francisco Zoo. We walked 2 miles around the Zoo and then were welcomed to come back to enjoy the rest of the day at the zoo. It was so heartwarming to see everyone come out so early to support a great cause. We heard from current patients of St Jude and how with everyone’s help they are able to obtain treatment and support in such a difficult time. St Jude is a wonderful organization that ensures that there patients are taken care of 100% . Please visit www.stjude.org to learn more about this great organization and to make donations if possible.

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Together, we can raise money to ensure that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude is changing the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research — and we can help them do it. Because St. Jude shares its research freely, every child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved around the world.

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After the walk we were able to enjoy the beautiful San Francisco Zoo and my own little monkey was excited to see the Lions, Giraffes and Zebras.

What do you give thanks for??? I give thanks for the healthy child in my life, my friends and my family.

Did you participate in a St Jude Walk?

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· All opinions are strictly my own and my participation was voluntary.

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Imagination and fun

Believe me, I’m not that full of energy when I’ve worked an 8 hour day and commuted home for 2 hours a day. Being up since 6am so I completely understand what tired feels like. I’ve wrote this before, being a single mom is not easy. But on my commute home I try to brain storm ideas to have a great night with my son. I know he misses me and I missed him and want our time together to be full of fun play. Around the time I come home the weather is still great. The SF bay Area is famous for its Indian summers and although the sun does start setting earlier the temps stay great for outdoor activities. Bike rides, bubble play or maybe an outdoor camp out. All great things you can quickly put together when you get home from work.

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This week we took to being Pirates.. Here is what we used..

Draw a map – Use land marks around your home. The car, a tree down the street, maybe a neighbors rock landscape. Help your child use his imagination. Remember to roll up the map and make sure you place it in a place that is easily accessible by your child. Half the fun is finding the treasure map. ARRRRRRRRRRR

A treasure box – I used a shoe box. I filled it with knick knacks that I knew he would love to find. Some small figuring’s, a medal from one of my runs, glow sticks, and a pack of fruit snacks. Remember to draw a giant X to mark the spot where the treasure is hidden.

Dress up clothes- Use any hat you have, a bandana or a head band. I actually have a pirate hat for my monkey but we used my running headband that covers my ears around his head to simulate his eye patch. I used an straw hat and tied a scarf around my waist.

Your all set.. this is where our imagination took over. We found the treasure map followed the steps it told us , passed some sleeping dragons ( aka the dogs). When one decided to follow us we had some swash buckling to do to get away from the dragon ( the dog) and finally came upon the cave that hid our treasure. WOOT WOOT there it is.. X marks the spot.

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I don’t remember how long it took us, probably no more than 30 min, but I do remember the many smiles and out loud laughter I heard from my monkey. That was enough to show me that he was all in. He tip toed past the dragons and counted his steps as we went thru the passage of the hills.

This is an activity that we will defiantly be doing again . We had so much fun . No special toy were needed no special clothes. Just our enthusiasm and our imagination.

How do you inspire your kids imagination? Leave me a comment and let me know what fun activities you do with your children.

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What is Cloud Dough

DIY Cloud Dough.

Ingredients: Flour and Baby oil (yup that’s its)
Instructions: Mix baby oil and Flour (ok super easy)
Measuments: 2 cups of flour ¼ cup of baby oil – what I did was for every two cups I added the baby oil . I eventually made 6 cups of flour and ¾ cups of oil. But once I was mixing I added a bit more oil as needed. Use your judgement.

WALLA !!!

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As a working single mom I am always trying to find inexpensive ways to keep my kiddo entertained. The weekends are filled with fun outings and time spent running thru sprinklers but when Monday comes along it’s a bit hard to convice your 3 yr old that at 6pm when you come home you don’t want to fill a kiddie pool or go running in the park. But you don’t want them to just zone out in front of the TV. After pinning a bunch of DIY projects I decided it was time I actually roll up my sleeves and dig in. One that caught my eye was Cloud Dough. Very safe for the preschooler to play with and super easy to make.

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Cloud dough is essentially flour mixed with baby oil. My kiddo was eager to help me make it and get his hands in there. Once we got it all mixed up we dropped some cars and plastic dinousours and mixed them in. The dough can be formed into hills and smashed and held its shape just fine. He loved getting his fingers inside the dough, burying his toys and digging them out.

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It can get a bit messy so I would suggest this be an out door activity. He did get this everywhere even in his hair but he was entertained and that to me is what matters. It did take quiet a bit of sweeping to pick up the dough that made it onto the patio. I would not pour water on it since it can become a paste. I’m not 100% on storage of the cloud dough so I ll give you an update on how it goes. I stored it in a plastc bin and left it outside. I might have to move it out of the heat so it does not harden in the plastic bin to a cooler place like the garage.

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Let me know if you have tried this or any other DIY project that kept the kiddos entertained. Leave me a comment, follow my blog and or follow me on twitter.

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Mommy and Tot Day Out.

Habitot Children Museum – Mommy and Tot Day.

When someone says Museum you don’t automatically associate it as a place to take a 2 year old too. Just the thought of my kid running around a museum and the guard trying to get him off the huge dinosaur exhibit makes me cringe. But luckily for us there are museums that are geared towards young children (hearing trumpets in my head).

Yesterday we went to a Children’s Museum located in Berkeley, CA. Habitot Children Museum is a wonderful interactive museum with different displays that tots can crawl on , climb on , jump on, splash on and draw on. Habitot is designed for 1-5 year olds with great hands-on exhibits that encourage a kiddos natural curiosity.  Playing and learning all wrapped up in great exhibits. Habitot also offers summer programs and drop- in classes.  Kids learn so much just by playing. This is a safe environment for your kiddo to do just that.

My monkey had a constant smile plastered on his face and was so excited. He started in the Space Rocket Exhibit , he was able to get in and pretend to be an astronaut. He tried on the helmets and the jet pack. ADORABLE.  By far that was his favorite. The other exhibits included a store front complete with pretend food and cash registers, a water play area with a car wash, an art area with paint brushes with tons of paint and play doh, train tables  and some other fun areas for tots to play in.

This is defiantly a place I will be visiting again with my tot.  It’s great to see the world again from the eyes of a toddler.

What do you like to do in your community to inspire developmental grown in your preschooler?

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this article are solely of my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. No compensation was received for this post.