Friday, July 29, 2011

Big sister reads...Calm down Boris!

While I made grilled cheese I saw Mini Piwi give her (current) favorite book to her big sister. What happened next made me quickly and quietly grab my phone to record the moment. Miss K got the little chairs and gave Mini Piwi and her 'baby' an impromptu story time.
The book she is reading is Calm down Boris! by Sam Lloyd. New Zealand Grandma and Grandpa sent it over a couple of years ago for Miss K. We rotate our small library of kids books to keep them more interesting. Mini Piwi took a shine to it after seeing it when it came out a storage box. She thinks the star of the book, a little monster puppet (Boris) is hilarious. The story is very cute and all about a monster who loves to give tickley kisses and nibble fingers. Unfortunately everyone thinks he needs to calm down, that is until one day Boris can save the day with his energy.

Today we saw a big Caterpillar

The Caterpillar was 10 cm long, black, red and spikey. Daddy had to be careful not to squash it with the car.

Monster Cookies and Apple Turnovers for a Pool party

Tomorrow Miss K and I are off to a 'school' pool party. She was so excited to show off her new swimming skills and to meet some of the kids she will be attending feildtrips and classes with this year. How excited was she? is a potluck lunch so I asked Miss K what she thought we could take. In hindsight I should not have asked the party planner in training. As with any party (or potential for one) she had thought a lot about this and had a long list of ideas ready for me. With some negotiation I got off 'lightly' with Cookies,  Apple turn overs and lemonade. If Miss K had her way I would have also baked several varieties of pie and Lemon bars.


The Apple turnovers or empanadas were made using store bought empanada wrappers (I used the Goya brand found in the freezers of most grocery stores).
The filling for each turnover was1 teaspoon apple butter and 2 Tablespoons diced granny smith apple. Fold the wrapper, crimp the edges with a fork and brush with an egg wash. The kids can never get enough of this part. Follow the cooking instructions on the back of the pack and you end up with a impressive looking pastry that tastes great!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Afternoon painting

Mini Piwi got to play with big kid paint for the first time...Miss K showed her how to paint a rainbow!

Wuggle Pet Review

After weeks of watching the commercials, and earning enough on their reward chart, the Piwis placed their order for The Wuggles. They took 3 weeks to arrive but that was the only negative thing the kids had to say about the Wuggles. Miss K made them using the cute little filler tool and added their 'personality' (a small piece of card with a personality type on it and some glitter). They were a little smaller than I had pictured but when I watched the commercial again I realised that they were shown as little backpack clip ons. Here is a picture of the Wuggle makers (in amongst all the junk on the table). 

Monday, July 25, 2011

handwriting in the kitchen

For change of scenery we moved handwriting practice to the kitchen with the new expo markers we got this week...