Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WFMW - "O" Crafts

Hey everybody, remember me? It’s me, Esmé! This is my blog! Mommy’s been hijacking it a lot, but I’m taking it back over again. I’ll let her borrow it once in a while when I’ve got nothing to say, but that might not be very often…

So anyway, we’ve been studying “O” this week, and that is my absolute favorite letter in the world! Just give me a book, and I’ll point out all the O’s on the title pages for you. (Mommy says sometimes they are G’s and Q’s, but that’s okay – she’s just a mommy and doesn’t know any better.)

Now let me tell you all about the “O” crafts and ideas that worked for this 18-month-old bebe this October week…

Oranges and O Foods. I DON'T like oranges! Here, you can have mine!

We ate lots of other "O" foods this week, though. I REALLY like olives. Though I'm always scared to say I really like something because then Mommy tries to feed it to me over and over again until I'm sick of it!

Here I am eating a plate of "O" shaped foods. A circle of bread, tomatoes, veggie polony slices, banana slices, and those oranges I DON'T like.

Another food I tried was onion rings. Mommy baked these because she didn't want to use a gallon of oil, even if oil is an "O" word. They weren't bad, but two were more than enough. (Did you know that it's not the smell of onions that makes you cry, but rather the gas emitted?)

Toilet Paper O's. I finally know what empty toilet paper rolls are for! You dip them into paint and make "O"s with them! And this results in fabulous frameable art!

I liked this so much that the next time Mommy brought out a toilet paper roll, I immediately started dipping it into paint, even though that wasn't the project! And now I call those empty toilet paper rolls "O's"!

Orange Octopus. I am always game for anything involving handprints! So this orange octopus was the perfect thing for me to make! (Oh, and thank you to my cousins for the google eyes!)

Orange Prints. Mommy tried to get me to make orange prints with an end of an orange and some blue paint. I tried it, but it was really hard to get the orange off the paper neatly.

So I quickly turned this into a fun project unrelated to "O". Handprints on the wall - MUCH better!

Ocean. Mommy worked with me on making an ocean in a jar with sand, grass for seaweed, and shells. Oh, and macaroni shells needed to go into there, too - my personal contribution. This murky blue jar is what we came up with. Looks dirty just like at the Maputo beach!

The jar was a little small to put all my shells in, though, and I REALLY wanted to put all my shells into it. So Mommy gave me another jar with clear water, and I got lots more shells into that one.

O Stickers. I still like stickers. Here are two sticker projects I did - one with orange flowers and the other with ocean animals.

Ostrich. In addition to watching a bunch of ostrich and octopus videos on totlol.com, Mommy and I played being an ostrich by "sticking our heads in the sand." But I kept wanting to do somersaults instead, so it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.

Olympics. Here I am with the Olympic torch - though that toilet paper roll looks a lot more like an "O" for paint stamping the Olympic logo to me! Mommy tried to get me to run with the torch, but I was very careful not to extinguish the flame so walked very carefully.

And then she tried to get me to do some Olympic sports, but after she told me that spinning in circles wasn't one of the events, I wasn't very interested. Somebody really needs to talk to those Olympics officials!

We played with some other "O" words, too, like on and off, over, obnoxious, that sort of thing.

So those are the "O" things that worked for us this week. We are now working hard on "P" week. And if you'll excuse me, I need to go. Mommy says blogging and frying perfect pancakes are mutually exclusive tasks.

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18 comments:

Growin' with it! said...

"O"h my...your mama is the crafty queen!!

Wani said...

This is so cute! I need to be more crafty on a regular basis. It seems my craftiness comes in spurts. I'll work on it! Thanks!

Brynna said...

I love love LOVE all your cute little crafty ideas!! I need to get started on doing things like this with my girls. "O" is my 2.5 year old's favorite letter too. :)

[Somebody Loved] said...

Esmé if undecided Mommy's just tuned in here at 'your' blog... they would have their 'tiny tot' pre-school lesson plans already. Ta-Da! You've already done the work. My Mommy didn't like oranges either. Then her sisters held her down and smashed them into her face under her nose... and she learned to dislike them even more... she didn't even like orange juice. Maybe if nobody forces the issue... yo umay like them one day.
ToOdLeS.ShEiLA

Kori said...

Surely your mommy wasn't calling you obnoxious? :)

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One Mom said...

What an outstanding week, Esme!

IF spinning isn't an Olympic sport, it certainly should be :) Keep practicing!

Jenileigh said...

Wonderful, creative pictures! It looks like you two are having so much fun!

grammy said...

What a great teacher and mommie you have Esme. Wow, so much fun for one little girl. Tell your mommie to visit flipflopsandapplesauce.blogspot.com for more crafty ideas. Tell her I loved the pictures. Wow, you are so good at giving high fives. (O:

ispeakbeanish said...

Not like oranges! The Bean will eat all yours up! She loves fruit of any kind. Literally, we haven't found a fruit the child won't eat.

SarahHub said...

You are just the most creative! I am trying painting with toilet paper rolls tomorrow! Also, Evie loves octopuses (huh? octopi??). Anyway, we'll try that, too!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Esme, your mom is amazing! And you are a great little artist.

maggie's mind said...

Aw, really cute shots. Looks like O week was a fun one.

Debra said...

Beautiful "O" crafts Esme!

melanie said...

O is a fun letter! Looks like you had tons of fun with it.

teachingtinytots said...

looks like a really cute week!
love the octopus hand craft!

Mookie said...

I really do love how your mommy comes up with new alphabet things for you to do all week! I'm going to have to tell my mama to do the same thing when I get big like you!

Danielle said...

so cute! E just doesn't seem to be into crafts yet. I love the toilet paper roll painting. adorable o activity. :)