Go to a Police Station

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Whether your kids are in grade school or still just babies, a visit to a local police station is a fantastic outing for the whole family. Older kids can learn about the profession and have a positive experience with our brave workers in blue, while younger kids will just have so many sensory elements to take in. We were lucky enough to win a behind-the-scenes tour of our local station at a raffle. Here we are about to go in; Veronika looks so psyched for the tour, and Travis looks a bit nervous!

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The first obvious draw is the chance to meet real police officers! This meant posing with the chief of police and all his medals.

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Plus checking out all the computers and controls in the 9-1-1 call center.

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For little kids who don’t understand what they’re seeing on the tour, there was so much to look at: computer screens, shiny medals, bold blue uniforms, and all those badges!

Bigger kids of course will understand what they’re looking at, and get to check out stuff with serious “wow” factor, like a a real policeman’s handcuffs…

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…and real jail cells.

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Has your family visited a local station? Please share in the comments!


High Chair Painting

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I’ve loved my first forays into making art with Veronika, and today I dared to give her real paint for the first time, meaning it wasn’t sealed up or homemade. The verdict? She did not eat any! In fact, there wasn’t much of a mess at all.

For this age, though, I do recommend strapping baby into a highchair before pulling out the paints, resulting in the safest, least messy location. You can cover the floor below with newspaper if desired, and tape down the paper to the high chair.

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I started this way, using a few blobs of store-bought finger paint. But this time I gave her paintbrushes, and showed her how to dab into the blobs and swish it around. She looked so proud to hold the brush!

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After a few strokes, though, she preferred to pick at the masking tape. Hmm…

Thinking quickly, I gave her a fresh sheet of paper with no tape, and just held onto it firmly.

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Now, Veronika loved it. The serious look on her face was her way of really processing how it worked to smoosh down the bristles and see new paint appear.

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She kept at it for quite some time.

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You’re an artist, Veronika!

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A proud first paintbrush painting!

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Mirror Pattern Gloves

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This project is a fun intro-to-sewing for little kids, and also helped drive home some recent lessons on mirror imagery that Travis and I have talked about lately.

To make the gloves, you’ll need a long pair of socks. I had Travis put his forearms at the ends, and traced a wide L shape where his fingers and thumb would go.

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Cut off and discard the sock above this L.

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Fold the sock inside-out and do a basic running stitch (in, out, in, out) to attach the two sides, up to where the thumb is. Honestly, I am no seamstress: here is my hack job of a running stitch.

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But Travis loved helping thread a plastic needle and make a few practice threading motions.

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Put the sock right-side out again and try it on for size! Repeat with the other sock to make your second glove.

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We wanted to decorate our “mirror image” gloves with felt stickers but the only ones I had were Christmas-themed! So perhaps he can pull these out to wear around the holidays.

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As he placed each sticker, he thought hard about what would make a mirror image. Should the blue sticker go to the left or to the right?

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He quickly got the hang of it. And loved wearing the fingerless gloves once the project was complete!

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