Let’s Roll to The Rink

The weather is perfect, and the weekends have booked with pumpkin patch visits, checking out apple orchards, basketball games, sports camps, and also a load of birthday parties!! This past weekend, my boys had a jam packed day of basketball games, and birthday parties. Something I’ve mentally prepping myself for about 2 weeks. I told my husband, we’d have to tag team this pas weekend, because I knew I was going to burn on halfway through. Luckily, we made it work out!

The first birthday party of the day was a roller skating rink here in Sacramento. Folks, I haven’t been at the Roller Skating Rink, since I was 9! So this was totally, excited to be attending this party with my son. I came in walking in my Toms, and had an extra pair of socks waiting in the car. As nervous as I was to have my son possibly back out of roller skating, he surprisingly was down to participate. ONLY with the exception that mommy does it with him. (I was soooo happy he needed me!!) I ran off back to the parking-lot and got my socks!

| The Rink |

Address:

2900 Bradshaw Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95827

| YELP |

Roller skating is definitely a dying activity, but I’m so happy theres a few locations like these in Sacramento. The kids had these PVC Pipe trainers, that support the child with roller-skating — which was totally cool. And having the classic roller skates on, definietly brought me back to my childhood. To enjoy a classic activity, that was honestly already old when I was a kids, is certainly a homerun in activity experiences with my kids.

For those of you local in the Sacramento area, The Rink, currently has a Groupon going on! An offer of roller-skating with skate rentals for two or four (up to 53% OFF!!) That’s a weekend activity right there to get the children out of the house!  Groupon offers:

Admission and Skate Rental for 4 = $16 ($34 Offer, ends 10/16!)

Skate Package for 2: Includes Admission, Skate Rental, 2 Slices of Pizza, and 2 Small Drinks = $12 ($25 Deal!)

Purchase the Groupon Offer HERE! | Groupon |

Water Park Playdate Essentials

WaterPark

Having the kids home all during the summer, means the trunk of my car is always equipped with summer play essentials. After running errands, having the kids tag along, as a parent I do feel obligated to treat them with a trip to the park after an afternoon of grocery runs and other household/personal errands. With that said, here is my summer essential list of items that have been living in my trunk ready to go at any given/spontaneous trip to the water park.

Summer Park Essentials:

– Extra Clothes

(Extra outfit: T-Shirts/Shorts/Underwear/Socks)

– Trunks/Bathing Suits

– Flip Flops

– Beach Towels (1 Per Child)

-Beach Blanket

– Sand Toys

-Balls/Frisbees

– Stroller

– Sunblock

My Holy Grail Items:

– Collapsable Wagon (Costco/Sams Club/Dick’s Sporting Goods)

– Beach Blanket

– Cooler (CapriSuns/Fruit/Small Water Bottles)

– Camping Chair (For mommy)

– Fedora/Sunhat

– Sunglasses

– Camera

– iHome/BlueTooth Speaker

– External Charger + Phone Charger

Many of the above items are now a staple to what I typically keep in my car. There have been so many instances when my boys wanted to visit the park, and I left the bin filled with sand toys and other park toys in the garage. (Bad mom award) Don’t you hate when that happens?

Lunch

Here’s a recent photo of my last visit to our local water park.

This park visit I packed Zuppa Toscana into a heat tumbler, and packed a bowl to enjoy some homemade soup at the park, just as if I was at home!

Lounge

If you’d like to learn the receipt of my zuppa toscana comment below!!

Happy summer everyone!

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Put Out The Fire! Number Recognition Game

Oh my lanta, its hot!! This week its expected to be in the high 80s-90s in my area by 10am!! With the heat wave slowly coming, it puts me in the position to do all my outside activities with my son as early as possible so my preschooler and I won’t be so hot and bothered!! Here’s a fun pin I found on Pinterest of a number recognition game to enjoy with your young tot identifying numbers in the summer blazing heat!!

Put Out The Fire!

Garage SetUp

Put out the fire is a number recognizing game for young preschoolers. My son is currently working on recognizing numbers 1 through 20, but you can use this for any numbers, letters, sight works, or whatever your child is learning about.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Construction Paper (Red, Yellow, White, Orange)

– Scissors

– Glue

– Tape

– Black Marker or Sharpie

– Waterguns

ContructionPaperPut Out The Fire!  Number Recognition Game

Directions:

1) Taking your scissors and construction paper, free-cut the flames of your fire.

I took about 4 sheets of construction paper and layered them together to accomplish multiple flames within 1 cut. I did this with all the colors, with different widths, shapes and sizes.

2) Glue the flames together mixing  2 different colors and glue.

Numbers

3) Once all the flames are glued together, write out the numbers you and your child are currently focusing on with a marker. (I did 1-15)

Be sure to make the numbers big & bold, easy to recognize!

4) From here, take your number fire flames, with tape and take the craft outside!

5) On any flat surface (ie: Fence, gate,side of the house, garage door) tape the fire flames on the surface.

Garage

During this time, have your preschooler help you stick the flames up. Call our the numbers while placing them. Also, be sure to randomly scatter the numbers.

 

Garage Target

At this point, you’re pretty much all fired up!! Fill up your child’s water gun and begin identifying the numbers!

Review numbers.

Call them out.

Have your child squirt out water “putting out the fire.” 

Fireman

Leveling Up:

As your child gets more familiar with the numbers, add more numbers!! And when he/she is old enough start having the adding two numbers to make sums of ten! (..And continue on!)

What are some fun number identification games you know of? Share below!

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Watermelon Paper Craft

Watermelon

Each week, I really try to incorporate 2-3 crafts with my kids. There is no specific day or time I do the craft, but just as long as I do my research beginning of the week, and have all the supplies readily available (at arms reach), and then squeeze it in at the perfect opportunity. Usually, I’ll mention that we’ll be doing a craft at some point of the day during breakfast, and I basically see what the reaction is with my boys. Majority of the time, they are always down, or bring up something they want to do.

This week, we focused our week on fruits. The heat is definitely heating up here in the Bay Area, and fruits have become such a staple to keep up cool and refreshed. Watermelons are one of my favorite fruits, so what better way to enjoy a watermelon craft!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Paper plates

– Scissors

– Black marker

– Crayons/Markers/Paint

– Bakers twine or ribbon (to make the watermelon into a fun garland!)

– Tape

Directions:

1.) Have your child cut down the middle of paper plate, to have 2 halves.

This simple task will kick start your preschooler to use his/her little hands to develop their fine motor skills by learning the proper way to cut paper.

2.) Using your selected color medium, have your child color the outside rim of the plate green. That will be the rind of the watermelon.

3.) Color the rest of plate red.

4.) Take your black colored marker and add in the “seeds.”

After that, you have your completed watermelon. If you want to take it to a decorative option to display your watermelon, cut the watermelon into slices, and tape bakers twine to the back of each slice!!

Garland

This garland will then become a nice decorative garland piece to hang around the house!

What’s great about this craft, is it’s super easy, supplies are some what staples to have around the house, and also you create many different avenues for simple math problems. Easy right?! Have a wonderful summer! And check back again for another fruit themed summer kids craft!

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