We have had such a great time going every week to the nursing home and doing a toddler music time. Here are some pictures! I hope that more kids can come and join us this summer. We've had such a blast. :) Its also such a great opportunity for Anthony to get comfortable with older people and learn to serve at an early age. He loves the nursing home!
My little boy is turning 3 and we're celebrating with a Disney Cars themed party! I thought I'd share with you what we are doing:
1. Red/Light Green Light (with a circle Green and Red hexagon on a stick - kids love to hold them, even if they don't get the game) - obviously related to Disney Cars!
2. Pin the sticker on the donkey (got this at Dollar General - a lot safer than pins) - this is probably the least Disney Cars related, but it's still fun. I suppose you could pin the tow on tow mater, if you wanted to go to the trouble of making your own game.
3. BINGO - we got a Disney CARS one from a party store for 30 cents or so. You spin the spinner and call out a color and a Disney CARS character
4. We're laying out pictures of Disney Cars characters in a circle and letting the kids run around in the circle while music is playing and stop when it's not. Then we'll call out a Disney Cars character name and that child standing on that character will get a prize.
5. Pinata - We all know that game. I got a sun pinata for cheap and just pasted a Disney Character onto it using my cricut.
6. Bug Cars - We're making bug cars using egg cartons and pipe cleaners. I'm cutting one egg carton out and the kids are going to put the pipe cleaners in the front for antennas. Then they can decorate the cars with stickers and crayons.
I'll attach pictures later and let you know how it went!
There are tons of friendly grandpas/grandmas that dress up like pioneers. They LOVE kids and kids LOVE them! This couple happens to be good friends of mine. She was the secretary of the whole place and he re-upholstered the furniture and fixed up the wagons.
If you can, this is a great road trip. We always give Anthony gifts to unwrap as we go. We haven't needed a portable DVD player yet. See how happy he is?
They have covered wagon rides for free. Some are led by real oxen, others by horses, and still others by you! The handcarts filled up before we could sign up, so next time we'll go straight to the visitor's center in the wee hours of the morning.
This was one of the less exciting buildings we visited (again for free), but we had fun pretending to give speeches.
Here's a picture of an ox in the field! So fun! We also got some "prairie diamonds" (nails that are made into a ring shape) from the Blacksmith's shop, saw a free play given by the older pioneer couples, attended a free concert given by the Hughes Brothers from Branson, Missouri, and so much more. Everything was right up Anthony's alley, because the concert was outdoors and the play was only an hour long.
We paid NOTHING but gas and hotel, for the whole trip! You can count on a return visit from us (maybe memorial day - May 30th?); we just didn't have time to do everything and it's less than 6 hours away from Omaha.