School got out for the preschoolers last week and the big kids got done with school on Tuesday…so it’s summertime childcare for me. I don’t have a lot of kids but it’s a new routine.
Wednesday Kelli had her six-week check-up so I had her kiddos here. Much of the morning was spent passing the babies from big kid to big kid as they all wanted in on holding them. Here is Carver with Eli.
We spent time outside too. Here Georgie is working on her scooter skills. This style of scooter is great for kids just learning. It has three wheels vs the typical two. HERE is where I found the scooter.
I had told you that I bought new scooters with my Amazon affiliate dollars. That is the commission money Amazon pays me from purchases you make using the links from my blog. I so appreciate your using the links. The 25 cents here and there ads up. I often use the money to buy goodies for the kids. Our outside equipment has had a wonderful overhaul thanks to you all.
The kids asked for a picnic…we had one using the wonderful eye spy quilt a sweet blog reader, Christi, made. I sent the kids in to get a quilt for the picnic and they brought out this one. I almost sent them back in to get a different one but then I remembered. I like seeing the quilts I made being used…this one did get used. After the picnic, they wrapped Georgie in it like a burrito.
…and then carried her around.
The boys were here too…Both of the boys will randomly raise a hand in the middle of sleeping. We call in hallelujah hands.
I just happened to snap this picture of Georgie…and loved it so am sharing it.
Kelli was diapering Emmett and Gannon snuck into his seat. He’s so big!!
Then Carver and Georgie wanted their picture taken with Eli too.
I bought a lightbox not long ago. I’ve wanted one for years. As a kid, I had a Holly Hobby one. Recently I saw that Lori Holt had one out. I was excited. I went to buy one part for me to use for sewing and partly for the childcare kiddos. I was so sad. The lightbox although I’m sure is lovely, I wasn’t about to pay $149 for one! Yep…$149. I was shocked at the price.
I wrote it off and decided I wouldn’t be getting one. I was a little sad but not sad enough to fork out $149.
I ended up typing lightbox in the search on Amazon and this came up.
I decided to risk it and order one. It was smaller at 8-1/4 x 11-3/4. I was okay with that…Best off, it was $21. YEP…I can go with the smaller one.
So what do I think?? I love it. Totally worth the price. I know it’s not really big like Lori Holt’s but I can easily make this work. Plus, the childcare kids love it.
This gal is just finishing 1st grade and had a great time with it.
When I was at Hobby Lobby I picked up these two patterns. They can be found on Amazon too. This gal is all mermaids and unicorns so I knew that pattern would be popular to trace…it turns out the lamas were popular too.
Tracing is good hand-eye work and improves pencil control…plus, tracing is just fun!
Here is one of the many pictures she traced.
I’ve used it a couple of times already for me too. HERE is the link for the lightbox I bought. Although it’s smaller than Lori Holt’s I’m very happy with the one I got. Being I don’t use one all the time, this was perfect. No more taping things to the window for me and BONUS…I have another activity for the older childcare kiddos.
I’m really lacking in things for older kids to do so double BONUS!
When I was at Hobby Lobby I stocked up on Perler beads so that’s what will be happening around here next week. The kids just love them. I sat down and made a long list of things we can do when the older kids get bored. They get bored so easily and sometimes when I’m tending babies too, it’s hard to think of something quickly.
I have one here that always asks to watch television. I told her every time she asked, I’d make her read a book. She asked on the first day. I made her read a book. She hasn’t asked about television since. HA!! I’m not against a little television but honestly, she’d watch ALL DAY if I let her.
I’m loving having the kids here. It’s a fun change to have the older kids here all of the time. Watch for more childcare chronicles to come soon.