Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Natural learning

preschooler's creation with a screwdriver and toy tools
Mikko's engineering — it all even rotated!

doodler with baby scribbles
Baby doodles at nine months


We've instituted a new bin-a-day system. Each bin has a good mix of toys both teeny (vehicles, action figures) and larger (cash register, children's computer), as well as activity bags and puzzle books. We have dedicated bins for dress-up, crafts, and dolls. (Read more about the system here.)


Bathtime can't be confined to only when clothes are off! Alrik, here at nine months, was SO SAD that day that I pulled him out of the bathtub he was sharing with Mikko and got him into his nightshirt. As soon as I let go of him, he crawled at lightning speed back into the bathroom, pulled himself up to standing, and began splashing merrily with the toys again from the edge.

home carnival — balloon game
Mikko insisted on having a carnival at home. He and Sam manufactured a setup out of cardboard boxes. Alrik rocked at the balloon toss, though I think he's technically cheating. Hmm…I wonder what those balloons remind him of…

home carnival — carousel horse drawn by mikko
This is Mikko's carousel horse, taped to a dowel. He was only sad they couldn't figure out a way to build a REAL carousel indoors. He's not one to be content with imagining. Maybe he'll devise a way around that someday soon!

piggy bank
Piggy bank craft!

boy counting tooth fairy money — bills and coins
Mikko's enjoying learning about money: counting, math, U.S. history.

baby sensory play with a fork and bento box
Sensory play in a bento box!

boy reading map at the zoo
Reading the map at the zoo

brothers snuggling at the zoo
Checking out the penguins — and each other!

boy in jet cockpit at Museum of Flight
Flying through the Museum of Flight

boy playing chess with father outdoors
Sam has proven he reads my Sunday Surfs by permitting me to look into getting a hedgehog (manifesting works!) and pledging to teach me how to play chess. He practiced here with an apter student.

boy looking out at water
We've been going to the beach daily. Here we were looking at tiny fish jumping through the water.

boy taking remote control car to grocery store in cape
And this is how we go grocery shopping.

boy taking remote control car to grocery store in cape
Well, obviously.




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16 comments:

Run DMT said...

So adorable and so fun! Can I come live with you? I need to check out that bin system. That sounds very interesting.

Rachael said...

I don't know, Lauren; this learning looks suspiciously like fun to me.

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

I really think you need to find a way to make learning more fun. What a boring family ;-)

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

I really think you need to find a way to make learning more fun. What a boring family ;-)

Amy Rhime said...

Looks like you've been having a lot of fun! I'm feeling a little envious at the moment. ;)

Melissa said...

Love it! Looks like lots of learning fun!

Santosha said...

What a beautiful little peek into your world. I loved the one with the boys in front of the penguins. Lovely!

Zoie @ TouchstoneZ said...

What a rich and fun environment your kids are experiencing! Thank you for sharing it with us. I especially love the piggy craft

Kellie Barr said...

Lauren, we have the exact same baby sweater Alrik is wearing in the balloon pic! Too crazy since mine is vintage! I had to content on it. :)

thelaotiancommotion.com said...

Wow, what a genius idea with that bin system! Now, if my kid wasn't so interested in bins...

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

@Kellie Barr: That is so fun! It's a sweater my mom knitted for Mikko when he was a baby. I wonder if it's the same pattern.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

@Rachael: Ha ha ha! Shh … that's supposed to be a secret.

Gauri said...

Natural Learning FTW. Love your examples. Thanks!! :D
Gauri
LovingEarthMama

gentlemamamoon said...

I also love your idea of a toy/activity box to rotate daily, I will be giving it a go with my 2year old very soon for sure!
Always good to be reminded how much there is to learn from the simple things in life. Natural learning rocks! :)

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