Hooray for Helpers

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The Gallant challenge in Travis’s Highlights magazine this month was about thanking community helpers, the people who make a community run smoothly and safely. The magazine offered several ways to thank these helpers, but Travis had already done many of these activities! We’ve thanked librarians, brought brownies to our local fire station, and given cards to the mailman.

So for something new, he chose to honor the construction workers in town! The town happens to have a big project laying new pipe along an entire road, and we see the workers out in the hot sun every day. So I knew water would go a long way.

At breakfast, Travis put together a thank you card.

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I was so proud of him writing the words himself, then a drawing two construction workers beneath a hot sun. On the inside, I penned a more proper “thank you for all you do,” signed Travis age 5.

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Our original intent was to leave the water while the crew was at work, but it turns out the timing was always at odds with Travis’s camp hours. So we left the water where we were sure they’d see it the next morning, along with the note and cups.

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This was a great way to get Travis thinking about those who do the hard work in a town and to give back.

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Outdoor Peekaboo

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Parents, let’s not forget the original purpose of peekaboo: to help a child remember that even when you disappear for a moment, you always come back! So here’s a fun outdoor variation on the game, in case you’re tired of hiding your face behind your hands at home.

While in the park, I first hid my face behind a big straw sunhat.

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Peekaboo! Veronika was immediately delighted.

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After a few rounds like this, I knelt down beside a picnic bench. I stayed where she could just see the tip of my head and she leaned forward eagerly from her stroller.

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Peekaboo! This was rewarded with huge smiles.

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She liked our final version best of all. I went behind the trunk of a nearby tree. Say peekaboo first from one side…

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…then the other.

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It was so fun to see her delight! Veronika loved guessing which side I would pop out from next. In sum, this easy game will take your next park stroll to the next level, for parent and baby both. You can try lots of variations, too, popping out from an umbrella, a playground slide, etc.

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Violet V

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Here are two very quick ways to form a V after your child traces the letter.

After tracing upper case V, I simply asked Travis to form one with his hands.

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Easy! Plus you can give a quick lesson on how this V can mean victory or peace.

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Next he traced lower case v using a violet crayon. I handed him a second crayon in a close shade of purple, and asked him to make them into a v. Voila!

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