The New Year is upon us once again (and I am sure they come round quicker than they used to!) and with it comes more new beginnings. Here is the chance to restart, reset, reignite interests that got lost in the rush to create Christmas. Or to find some new interests. Here is how our first week of a new year has gone…
I can’t possibly miss out Teddy’s birthday. He turned four right at the end of the old year, and to celebrate we visited the steam trains. Teddy really enjoyed seeing a steam train run through our local station back in the autumn, which prompted some visits to the level crossing that Little Bear loves at a similar age. This time it was very exciting to actually ride one. We also watched another as it left the station in a cloud of atmospheric steam and a loud shriek from its whistle.
The highlight of our week following the steam trains was having Gran and Grandad visit. We hadn’t seen them in a while, so the small bears were very excited. We took them to a local zoo/dinosaur sanctuary, where the small bears loved looking at and naming the massive dinosaurs, and exploring the many play spaces. We also climbed a local hill together where Little Bear and Teddy enjoyed stamping on and cracking the ice on puddles. Little Bear became fascinated, asking me to take photos of the slabs of ice he picked up.
Teddy has had his eye on this grow a crystal snowman kit for a while. He loves the snowman film, sits and looks at the snowman book, chats about snowmen… Grandad was once a chemistry teacher, so it seemed a good chance to settle him down with Little Bear and Teddy and open the kit. As you can see it worked pretty well. They chatted about what had happened and why, it is lovely when wider family members can take part in the bears’ learning.
The glass behind contains water saturated with sugar that Little Bear is hoping will evaporate and leave sugar crystals. I think he’ll be waiting a long time!
We continued the snow theme with snowman play dough, home made fake snow, and a snowy landscape for small world play.
Teddy in particular is enjoying the idea of snow. He loved watching The Snowman film, and reading the book. He even settled down with me to read a new book about snow that I suggested, which is unusual as he likes to pick for himself. He used chalk on black paper to make this picture, telling me it is “snow and stars”.
Now we just need some real snow!