Tuesday, December 31, 2013

HomePlay - Winter Placemats

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  As I started the Christmas clean-up, and I saw all those Christmas cards we got this year, I knew we had to make something with them, plus have one last playtime with all the ribbons and bows.  Ta-da!  A HomePlay was born!

Friday, December 20, 2013

It's Christmas! - December 16-20

What an awesome Christmas week we've had at The Pa-Paw Patch!  There's been all kinds of Christmas crafts, storytimes, pretend play, and fun!  Here's some highlights from our week...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Festival of Trees

The Arts Council of Lincoln County is having their Festival of Trees going on right now in Lincolnton, North Carolina.  You may ask, yes, but why is this appearing on The Pa-Paw Patch's website...well, we're in it!  Ms. Jenna (one of our four-year-old teachers) did a great job coordinating and creating our tree.  She wrapped a wire tomato cage with billows of paper, and each child in our center made a green handprint that was cut out and used to decorate the tree.  The four-/five-year-olds made red and white paper chains which hang down from the top.  The finished tree is beautiful and has gotten lots of compliments from visitors to the Festival of Trees.

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Now, we're extending the invitation to you!  The last weekend for the Festival of Trees is THIS weekend, December 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  The Festival runs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday.  It's in the former Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln building at 200 Gamble Drive, Lincolnton.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Around the World - December 9-13

Last week, we kicked off our Christmas themes with Christmas Around the World.  We learned about how people in other countries celebrate Christmas, as well as how to say "Merry Christmas" in other languages!  We also started our Christmas crafts and activities so we'd have plenty of time to enjoy them!

We love the four-/five-year-olds Christmas Around the World bulletin board!  Around the tree, they've written ways to say "Santa Claus" and "Merry Christmas" in other languages.  The children honed their fine-motor skills by cutting circles out for ornaments, which are hanging on the tree.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa's Workshop Now Open!

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We're doing a fun activity here at The Pa-Paw Patch for our Patchers, their families, and our community this year -- a Santa's Workshop!  Our Patchers have created crafts, ornaments, and cards that are for sale, and our teachers have made crafts as well.  We've ended up with a really neat assortment of items in our Workshop!  Parents can buy their child's creations and can also send money with their children so that they can buy a gift for their parents.  Our sale will go through Friday, December 20th, and all money raised will go towards our playground updates!  Here's a sampling of what's in stock!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Let's Party! Birthdays & Celebrations Week - December 2-6

Last week was so fun, we're just now getting our post up from the week!  Our theme was "Let's Party!: Birthdays and Celebrations" and boy, was it a party around The Pa-Paw Patch!  We made a "Party in a Box" for each class (see our HomePlay page for how to make one!) and it was a big hit!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Our First Kindermusik Lesson!

We've had happy little sounds of children singing, playing instruments, and squealing as they danced both yesterday and today as we started our Kindermusik lessons!  The three-year-olds and four/five-year-olds had their lesson on Wednesday, and the ones and twos had their lesson on Thursday.  The kids had so much fun and are already asking when the next lesson is!  Here's what we did...

Our theme for the month is Out and About.  We talked about bicycles and pretended to ride bikes.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HomePlay Idea - Party in a Box!

This week at The Pa-Paw Patch, we're talking all about birthdays, parties, and celebrations!  To have fun at home, we've created a "Party in a Box" you can keep at home for all those times when a stuffed animal's birthday comes around, to celebrate your child's half-birthday, or whenever your child feels the need to throw a party!  It's a great way to encourage imaginative play, and so easy to create with stuff around the house!