Category: wONEderland

{wONEderland} : Paper Clip Fun

Yesterday morning, while I was working on some homeschool stuff, Thing 3 came over and decided to “help” me out.  Actually, he really just wanted to play with my container of paper clips.

So I took the opportunity to practice colors and sorting with Thing 3.  We both had a little bit of fun and amazingly he did not make a big mess.  This should go without saying that this should only be done with adult supervision.

What have you and your one year old done recently?

Color Scavenger Hunt

Today did not go as planned.  I had planned to take the boys to pick blueberries.  However mother nature had other plans.  Those plans included acting like it was going to rain and thunderstorm all morning.  But we live in Texas and that didn’t happen.  The large storm system that was moving our direction died and we got very little rain, but at that point it was too late to make the trip to go blueberry picking.

As the natives were getting restless I had to come up with something to do, and quick, that would get us out of the house.  Thus we went on a color scavenger hunt. I quickly made each boy a list with all the colors we were going to find and attached it to a clipboard.  Within 10 minutes we were out the door.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 practiced the colors in Spanish.  Thing 3 practiced his colors.  It was a great way for the boys to get some exercise, get out of the house and didn’t require much time to prepare.

What activities have you been able to put together at the last minute?

{wONEderland} back to “school”

This week has been our first full week back to “school” in over a month.  This mommy needed a break.  However, we are back and I updated Thing 3’s workboxes with some new activities.  Here is some of what his week looked like.

We attended a the C.R. Smith Museum, where we enjoyed learning about simple machines and airplanes.  Thing 3 was trying to lift up more than his own weight with the lever.

He enjoyed playing with playdough and safari animals while his bigger brothers did their “school” for the day.  I really think he was just hanging around waiting for goldfish.

We played with the new house pet animal cube.  He really  liked the cat the best.

I also filled up 6 plastic Easter eggs with different types of beans.  He LOVED these.  He started out by shaking them and enjoying the noise they made.  Then he moved on to opening the eggs to see what type of bean was inside.  Once he had emptied all of the eggs, he then worked on putting all the beans back into the eggs.


What has your one year old been up to this week?  Leave a comment and share the fun you have been having.

Thing 3 is 19 months old.


{wONEderland} Week Off

This mommy needed a little break, so the boys and I took the week off from any formal “school.”  However, here are a few things that I did catch Thing 3 doing this past week.

Coloring with sidewalk chalk.

Coloring himself with the sidewalk chalk and thinking it is the best idea.

Walking over the bridges at the botanical gardens.

Walking up the hills at the botanical garden.

What has your one year old been up to this week?

{story & art} The Crown on Your Head

On Monday, we did our planned story and art project from the week before.  Thing 2 had randomly picked out a book and it just happened to be The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman.

The Crown on Your Head is a whimsical story that expresses how unique every child is.  The perfect craft was to let the boys make their own crowns.

poster board
ANYTHING a child could want to use to decorate their crown.

1.  Cut out any shape crown.  I went with the simple zig zag pattern.
2.  Have them decorate.
3.  Staple together and wear!

All three boys had a wonderful time decorating their crowns.  They each chose a different material to use to decorate their crowns.  I would love to show you pictures of the finished projects but they took off to the playroom once they were done and would have nothing to do with picture taking.

What have you read this week?

Leave a comment and share with us!

{wONEderland} New Workboxes!

Like I promised, I am back this week with some new activities.  I finally got around to getting some new activities together for Thing 3.

Thing 3 enjoyed the weather by throwing an empty bottle.  He really enjoyed the sound that it made.

He enjoyed building his first Home Depot Kids Workshop craft.


Thing 3 was able to help Thing 1 and Thing 2 with our parachuting bugs activity.

 He helped Thing 1 and Thing 2 make fresh squeezed lemonade

Thing 1 enjoyed shaking his magnetic discovery bottles.

He also did enjoy using the magnet that goes along with the discovery bottles.

He is really enjoying the stacking train that had been hidden for a while.  He had grown tired of it, so I hid the toy and he is in LOVE with it now.

 Thing 3 is still really enjoying the face cube.  His favorite thing is to find his picture and point to it.

Lastly, he enjoyed coloring his crown which went along with a story that we had read.

What have you and your little one done this week?

Leave me a comment and share your activity or link to your blog.

{Little Mad Scientists} Parachuting Bugs

I will have to admit, after I planned this activity I was really worried that it wasn’t going to work.  However, it turned out well and all three boys had a lot of fun dropping their parachutes down.

2 plastic trash bags

1.  Cut three squares out of the plastic trash bags.  I made one that was 5 inches by 5 inches. The second was 10 inches by 10 inches and the third was 15 inches by 15 inches.

2.  Cut 4 pieces of string for each parachute.  Cut the first four 6 inches long.  Cut the second four 11 inches long.  Cut the last four 16 inches long.
3. Tie the four strings to the corner of each parachute.  The 6 inch strings go with the 5 in. by 5 in. parachute.  The 11 inch strings go with the 10 in. by 10 in. parachute and the 16 inch string goes with the 15 in. by 15 in. parachute.
4.  This is the step where the bugs come in to the picture.  Since we don’t own any army men, we decided to use the bugs as our weight.  You don’t have to use anything for weight, but it was a lot more fun.

5.  Drop your parachutes from somewhere high.  We have a “bridge” that goes over the front entry way that we dropped our parachutes from.  If you don’t have any stairs you could go to a park and drop them from the top of the play equipment.

While the boys were dropping the parachute bugs, I spent time asking them questions.  I gave them the you are jumping out of a plane scenerio and asked them what parachute they would like to have.  I asked them what they thougth was happening as the parachutes were dropping.  I asked them why they thougth the parachutes fell at the speed they did.

The boys had a great time.  At first they were all excited with how fast the smallest parachute dropped.  (“It won!”)  However, after I gave them the jumping out of a plane scenerio, Thing 1 decided that he would like to jump with the largest parachute.  When I asked the question what was causing the parachute to open, Thing 1 yelled out “the air,” which definitely caught me off guard.  Also, when I asked why the largest parachute went the slowest, again Thing 1 answered, “because it is bigger.”  I was super impressed with their knowledge.

This experiment was also a lot of fun because Thing 3 was able to participate in this experiment.  He thought he was the coolest kid on the block because he was able to do stuff with his big brothers.

The boys played with their parachutes for the rest of the afternoon and I got a great workout retrieving all of the parachutes after the boys dropped them.

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{wONEderland} Golf Tee Fun

I forgot to change out Thing 3’s workboxes this week, however, we still had fun.  I did finally get around to cutting a piece of styrofoam for him to put golf tees into.  I am not sure who enjoyed putting the tees into the styrofoam more, Thing 1, Thing 2, or Thing 3.

I will be back next week with some new ideas!

What have you done with your one year old this week? 

{wONEderland} More Farm Play

This week we continued with our farm and tractor “workboxes.”  Actually, there is more than farm and tractor stuff in the boxes, but that was the some what theme.  Thing 3 is really enjoying the extra playtime every morning while his brothers are still sleeping.

Thing 3 continued to play with the farm puzzle this week.  He loves to make the animals noises as he plays with the puzzle.

He also was introduced to the mini muffin tin with pom poms and the tongs.  I demonstrated how the tongs worked one time and he wasted no time trying to do it to himself.

He really started to enjoy his body part cube this week.  His favorite side was the side with his own picture on it.

Thing 3 also practiced balancing the workbox drawer on his face.  He did this several time, thus the reason I was able to get a picture.

We made it to the park to feed the ducks.  Apparently the ducks were really hungry because one of them came and ate right out of Thing 3’s hand.  Thankfully, he didn’t cry.  Although I wasn’t able to get a picture of the duck eating from his hand I was able to get one of him staring down the ducks after he fed them.  He was really mad that they took his bread.

What has your one year old been up to this week?

Thing 3 is 17 months old.

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