Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our activity for this week-Activity #2

The Davis Mercantile and Author Jan Brett Activities

We have a couple things fun for you to do this week. On Friday we are going to head to Shipshewana, IN in the morning to visit the Davis Mercantile. They are having a special Kid's Day Friday and Saturday. I'm not sure what it will be exactly, but I do know the children will get to go from store to store for activities, doing crafts, answering questions, and even getting some free tokens for a pretzel or carousel ride. That's the part we love the most! It's open during business hours, so take some time out of your day to check it out and give your children some Shipshewana fun.

Also, I wanted to share something with you that my girls really enjoy! Have you heard of the author Jan Brett? We love her stories and her website. She has some great activities you can do that go along with her books. When the girls were really little, we made felt mittens, printed off the animals from her book, The Mitten, laminated them, and then as I read the story they put the animals in the mitten just as it does in the book. You can follow the directions on the page or to make felt mittens, simply cut out your felt with the template on the page, then put hole punches around each edge and take some yarn and have your child sew them together. This is a perfect activity for when winter really sets in and the ground is covered in snow. Until then, lets keep enjoying these beautiful sunny days God has given us to enjoy.

But they really enjoy her section on her website that has drawing lessons. She is a great teacher and makes drawing easy for children. Check out her list of videos here. Last night the girls worked on drawing the baby chick. They did a couple and I must say, they turned out great. Today we will be watching the video on drawing a train. That will go perfectly with our transportation unit theme.

Well, let me know if your children do any drawings from her website or if you are planning to visit the Mercantile this weekend. Gonna be a fun time!