Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Paw Patrol (Counting) Learning Time

I posted a few weeks ago on my instagram stories one of Averi's learning time activities. It was a counting activity with her favorite pups, Paw Patrol.

I received a lot of questions through Instagram about how we do learning time and where I bought this activity from.

First of all, Averi is only 2 1/2 years old so all of her learning time is playing and having fun with a little "learning" integrated into it. Our learning time is usually around 5 minutes long. That's it! It doesn't take forever and she learns a ton! She also has so much fun doing it. At her age right now I don't want it to become a chore and something that she hates. At any point if she starts to get frustrated, loses interest or I start to get frustrated we just put it away and come back to it later. We keep it really short and fun. Learning should be FUN!

The materials I used for this Paw Patrol Counting activity were counting cards from the dollar store. They had a bunch of different popular characters to choose from. A bunch of brown lunch sacks from the dollar store as well. The clothes pins that I used to hold the cards onto the bags I already had. We also had puff balls (pup food) to use as counters. This activity cost me $2.00 and can be reused over and over again as well as with other activities. 

I drew ten frames on the bags with counters corresponding to the numbers on the cards. This is helpful for developing number sense within 10 for early counters. 
We just lined the bags up against the couch. I explained to her that each pup had a number next to them and that meant how much food that pup needed. If she didn't know the number then we had to count the food in the ten frame to find out what that number was. Each pup needs a different amount of food so they aren't hungry. If we gave them too much food then their tummies would hurt. If we gave them too little then they would still be hungry. Since she can't recognize most written numbers yet, she was counting the ten frames to find out. Then we would look back at the written number on the card to determine how much food (puff balls) that particular pup needed. At that point she would count one at a time and give the pups the right amount of food. She would either put the puff balls inside the bags or just in front of them to feed them.

She had such a fun time with this activity because it had to do with Paw Patrol.

If you have any other questions about our learning time please feel free to ask. 

The Flints ~ XOXO

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sleeth Family 2017

I first met this adorable family on a freezing day of only 22 degrees back in 2016. They were just weeks away from meeting their cute little guy. I could tell they were going to be great parents. 

I then met baby B for some newborn photos and got to see what great parents Kylie and Cory were. Man, was baby B a little cutie and he had the smoothest newborn skin ever.

This year I was so excited to see them again and see how big baby B has gotten. You guys!! He is so freaking adorable!! I can not get over how stinking cute he is! 

I loved shooting this family! They were so fun and baby B gave me some of the best smiles. They are such a fun and cute couple and they sure made an adorable baby.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thing 1, Thing 2 and Cat in the Hat

It's my favorite time of year again! I think it is safe to say it might be Averi's favorite time of year too. Halloween was so fun this year with this little cat in the hat. She loved dressing up and having her face painted like a kitty cat and she loved eating all of the candy she could. 

We started off our holiday fun with going to our ward Halloween party. Averi had fun looking at all of the costumes but really loved the blow up dinosaurs!! She chased them around the whole evening. The dinosaurs was all that she could talk about.
We had a trunk or treat in our church parking lot but I wasn't able to get any pictures because it was too dark this year. She loved it though. She wanted to put all of the candy people were giving her in her bucket herself. 

On Halloween night we went trick or treating with cousin Greyson and Great Mother and Great Grandpa. Both kids would knock on the doors and wait for someone to come. It was pretty cute. Averi's favorite part of the night was getting a snowman Beanie Baby from one of the houses. She calls it Mr. Olaf. 

The Flints ~ XOXO

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