Splash! Nemo Pool Party

This weekend we had had loads of fun at my little cousin’s 1st birthday  party. Everyone had a grand time playing fishy games at the kiddie pool, throwing beach balls, or just squirting an unsuspected guest. I had to run for cover a few times, concerned my camera would get soaked.

The birthday boy slept much of his birthday and looked so cute with his Nemo swimming gear. After much playing in the sun everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ.  Later that night guests had popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, cake pops, sea themed cookies, chocolate fondue with fruits, etc. The treat table was total eye candy….literally!  Later we were asked to take the centerpieces home and the children couldn’t be more excited. The table centerpieces were pretty fish bowls containing happy, bright goldfish that guests willingly took home that night. Congrats to Karen & Manny ….. your little Nemo was the cutest, roundest little fish there. fishbwl.snpSweetbaby.snptabletreatscotton.spin.snp

Pre-K Scientists!

This past weekend we took our two little scientists to Liberty Science Center to do their very first science experiment. They were so excited to try on their oversized lab coats.  Yes, much too big, but oh so cute! They sat down, surprisingly quiet for a pair under five.  It was a pleasant surprise to see them cooperating and so engaged as they followed step by step directions. They needed to do the salt water wedge model as a team.   The purpose of the experiment was to offer a visual representation of how salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with freshwater flowing from the Hudson River.

Most children love to play with water and color. This experiment had both and I believe that is what sparked their interest, making it a success! They took turns adding salt to one section, to make it  “beach salty” and adding blue and red dye to separate compartments. At the end, they were able to see how the two waters mix and create “brackish” water. As parents, we are the first teachers and should not pass the opportunity to be part of shaping young little minds.  It’s never too late to create indelible memories with your children or grandchildren through science.  This activity was fun, educational and one they remember well. Young little minds are sharp and comprehend much more than we may believe.

As always, here are the photos of the two cousins in action. Have a great weekend!IMG_8543alexis.scientist.snp.end.collage.snpa.n.j.snp.frameANJ.start.exp.snp

Winter Snow

Winter may not be a favorite season for some, yet children love playing in the snow. Who doesn’t remember having a snowball fight as a child?  I must admit I wanted to stay home and not go out after this last snow storm. However, my little one quickly convinced me it was time to go play.

Winter time is a good time to let the inner child come out and play. If you have children, go and have fun! Make some snow angels, snowman or snowballs. Just be sure to dress children in warm layers, skip the cotton clothing this time. Choose fleece, wool or warm fabrics and keep hands and head covered. Offer a snack before going out to maintain energy and make sure their feet are warm and dry.

We have more snow on the way so it may be a good time to go to library and get some books to read with my little one. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett are two favorite classics for children.  Perhaps you can also enjoy a good cup of  hot chocolate and read to your child. Make some memories and Happy Valentine’s day!winter,smile.wtrmrk.snpwinter.snp.