Gulfarium Adventures

If you ever come to Destin, Florida on vacation and you have the kids with you, take a break from the beach one day and check out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It is just across the bridge from Destin in Fort Walton Beach (on Okaloosa Island).  There is several activities to suit each age group. I took Jack there for his first time last month and he loved it! I’m not sure of his favorite section although I know he really liked the dolphin show.  He also asked to see the alligators, which are big, he wanted to see bigger and go pet them. I blame myself for letting him watch Gator Boys for that one. My personal favorite part are the penguins (yes! Penguins in Florida!) and the touch and feel sealife tank. Tickets aren’t too bad priced for what all you get to see.

Deciding to go here all started because Jack wanted to be a ninja turtle. We have an old turtle shell at home and it really peaked his interest.

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Here are a few pictures from our adventure!

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Lego Adventures

Thanks to the Lego Movie, Jack has now shown interest in Legos. I was happy to find a Lego Junior set and he actually followed the directions (with help) and built the sets!

He has asked for a few different sets already.

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Lego Juniors are great for little hands that still need a little assistance!

Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Yum mommy!

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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Jumping Numbers

              Action Jackson is full of action tonight! He is jumping over everything including the dog! So instead of him landing on the dog and getting bit I made jumping pieces. Construction paper taped to the ground with numbers. Every jump over the paper he has to tell me the number! We did numbers 1-10!
What you need:
  • Construction paper/ Craft paper
  • Pen/ Sharpie
  • Tape

Step 1:

Take your paper and fold it length ways fold it 4 ways.

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Step 2:

Write your numbers on your craft paper. You could do the alphabet too, but that is a lot of paper. I would hope you have a long  hallway.

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Step 3:

Tape down your numbers. I didn’t measure because I have tile floors and I just well kinda went with it! .

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What a fun way to learn numbers and get energy out!

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Dinosaur Stomp!

I really should have written this post a while ago since the pictures have been on my phone for almost 2 months now. I have been slacking I know. I really thought I would be updating this more and keeping up with my Project 52 a lot more than I am. I thought I could do both, since I did Project 52 last year and kept up with it even while moving.  Well no moving this years and I am just slacking.

Anyways… Action Jackson and I went to Michaels a while ago and we found these dinosaur feet stilts. They are great. They aren’t to high where I am constantly afraid that he is going to trip over something and break a neck. I do wish the rope handles were a little bit longer because it is hard for him to stand up straight. But he loves these things. I almost want to put felt or something on the bottom of them because they are super loud on tile floor.  But then if I did that he might really fall and break something.  These feet were about $4 I think. Really not that bad. They are made out of plastic so there probably is a weight limit. Jackson is only 34 lbs so I’m not to worried about him breaking them yet. But here is a few pictures from our 1st adventure with them.

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He just started trying to get his balance and wasn’t too sure about them yet.

 

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ROAR!!!!

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I would say that this is a pretty happy face.

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Target Practice

**Warning this works best when no wind is present**

 

Are you ready for your little ones to work on some hand and eye coordination?  Target practice is a great way to practice just that.  Don’t worry no guns (or water guns) are used.

What you need:

  1. Spray Bottle (preferably one with a stream knob instead of spray)
  2. Ping Pong balls
  3. Golf Tees
  4. Foam Pool Noodle

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Step 1:

Cut about 2 feet off of your pool noodle. This will be your base for target practice.

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Step 2:

In as straight of line as possible  line up your golf tees horizontally across the pool noodle.

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Step 3:

Use two golf tees in the back  and on in the front, placed at a diagonal slant to insure the pool noodle doesn’t move.

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Step 4:

Add your ping pong balls to the golf tees. **Remember this activity works best with no wind**

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Step 5: 

Have your child sit at various lengths away from the target with the spray bottle. The farther away they are the harder the targets will be to hit.

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Now enjoy!  This is perfect for summer time. Caution for the backlash of giving a kid a spray bottle, you might just get wet yourself 😉

Angry Birds Golden Egg

Like most kids and many adults around the world, Angry Birds phenomenon has exploded in our house and has been for a long time now. We even have no Angry Birds days just to give Jackson a break. Boy does he hate that!

Any who, he has several Angry Birds stuffed toys (the ones that make noise).  But you never see golden eggs anywhere. Since he is being to have more imaginative play lately I decided to make one. This was Jackson’s 1st sewing lesson, I do believe he enjoyed it.

 

What you need:

Stuffing

– Yellow Felt

 

Step 1:

Half the felt and drawn an egg and cut it out. Making 2 eggs.

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Step 2:

Sew the two pieces together (I used a zig-zag stitch) leaving just enough of an opening to fold your egg inside out .

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Jackson’s little hand helping guide.

Step 3: 

Fill your egg with stuffing.

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Step 4:

Sew up the opening of your egg.

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Not the best, but my 3 year old isn’t picky.

 

Now you have your golden egg to go with the rest of the birds… and pig.

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