Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tot School- Arizona!

Tot School

Hi Everyone! We were in Arizona last week, and it was a wonderful adventure. It was Crumpet's first time on an airplane in a while, and his first time visiting the desert. We saw and learned so much!

First we went to the Wupatki Indian Ruins. Crumpet was very concerned about where the inhabitants are now.

We saw a blow hole, which is a deep crevice in the Earth that blows air out or sucks it in, depending on the air pressure outside the hole. This day, it was sucking the air in.

We went to the Grand Canyon. I had never been there before, and it was amazing. Crumpet was disgusted that we wouldn't walk to the bottom with him! Here he is with Grammy.

We went to Sedona, and hiked around some of the red rock formations. This was Bell Rock. We saw a snake crossing the path which was neat, but otherwise, Crumpet felt that this hike was "too desert-y"!

We saw real cactus plants! Lots of them. Learning about prickly cacti has sparked a lot of discussions about how other living things protect themselves from predators.

We went to a really neat wild animal park. We got to feed a camel and a giraffe. We saw big cats being fed, and playing with toys in a pool. And Crumpet got to pet this giant snake. He LOVED this experience, and now asks to own a python frequently (um, NO). He was putting his arms under this guy to hold him, and everything.

We went to the Arizona Science Museum and had a blast. This was a magnetic wall where we spent a long time building tunnels and paths to roll balls through.

Crumpet was incredible on the airplane. I brought lots of activities, including this feelings lapbook that I found at the 1+1+1=1 website. I'd been looking for something just like this, and we really enjoyed it.

And I printed out a bunch of file folder games that I found at Crumpet loved these, but was way too good at most of them. We flew through my whole stack in no time!

Now that we're home, we're working on making a Dreamcatcher. Crumpet has been having bad dreams, and we saw these at all the gift shops out west. I'm hoping that hanging one on his wall will make him feel safer... We just need to go to our nearby bird rescue this weekend to get some colorful feathers to add and our version of a dreamcatcher will be done. This was a good bead stringing exercise.

I have finally started working in some calendar time each day. We're adding the numbers each day so we can work on number recognition and counting past 13!

And we're doing a weather chart. I copied this from Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep.

Crumpet has a new obsession: Legos! He can't get enough of these. He's really not old enough for the little ones, but he manages to build some things, and his dad and I spend LOTS of time helping. It's amazing to see his creativity emerging as the projects get more elaborate!

During our week at home, we've been to our library story hour and a small amusement park. We also left Crumpet at my playgroup's Parent's Night Out event, and it went incredibly well. This was the second time Crumpet has been left there, and he was much happier this time. When we picked him up, he was interacting with kids, and not worrying about us at all. My goal this year was to get to a point where Crumpet was more comfortable around groups of people his own age, and it seems that we're getting there. Hurray!

The next few weeks are going to be manic, with tons of activities and traveling. (Atlanta, Ga; Washington, DC; Savannah, GA; Daytona Beach, FLA; and Disneyworld!!) I believe that field trips and life experiences are the best way to learn things, but eventually we're going to have to stop for a breather and maybe have a few sit down lessons! We have been doing projects from our Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready book, and those are going well, but they often don't translate well into pictures for blogging!

Have a great few weeks. I'm sure I'll have lots to share when we get back!


  1. Busy life! It's great that Crumpet did so well on the plane. We have tons of Legos, but, unfortunately, it's not something that our daughter does too often. Probably because her papa loves to play with them way more than she does :)

  2. Beautiful pictures from your trip! What a fun week. Love your weather chart, btw, hee hee. :)

  3. Seeing the cactus and the snake mustve been so cool.

  4. I always love reading about someone else's adventure! The pictures are great- but the snake was...well...ick! I can see where a boy would be fascinated though!:)We haven't made it out west yet, but can't wait to head to the Grand Canyon. I doubt that we make it to the bottom either!:)

    I was looking through your blog and thought of an easy paint project- don't know if you've already tried it, but it was one my own kids loved when they were young. We made our own tempera paint by mixing powdered kool-aid with an egg yolk. The kids painted their picture and after it dried it was scratch and sniff. Really fun!