Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: How do you store Legos?

We've had a light week, since we were out of the house a lot more than usual.  On Monday I took Elliott for a comprehensive eye exam, because my sister-in-law made some observations about his behaviors in co-op, so of course after she mentioned it, many things started making sense.

We went back Wednesday before church to order his frames, because I wanted Daddy, who also wears glasses, to be there too.  Elliott was so upset over getting glasses (though he still won't give a reason why), that he didn't say anything the entire time.  Not a single word.  The lady helping us actually asked me "Does he talk?"  As soon as she walked off to place the order, he started talking.

The next day, he asked why he couldn't bring his glasses home now.  Go figure.

Math:  Counting vs. Adding
We don't do traditional flashcards or worksheets, so I like to find different ways for Elliott to practice addition. We play a lot of variations of adding dice (changing up the board game), but I decided to try this domino addition game.  I think he would have preferred drill-and-kill, as he decided he wasn't interested in writing that day, if you can't tell.

I know he can do simple addition in his head (or at least count up), however when we use dice or dominoes he wants to *count* every dot.  Is this normal?

I think this particular printable is from First Grade Schoolbox, but I printed it awhile ago and don't have a direct link.  However, Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler has similar dice and domino games in a free downloadable package.

We did an Eric Carle inspired painting activity, and the boys really enjoyed the process!

Lego Learning
We received our first {free} issue of Lego Club Jr. magazine, and Elliott was beyond thrilled!
Club Jr. Magazine

Of course the Legos are back out.  He is just starting to play with them, and is mostly building really simple buildings, but he is enjoying and experimenting with them, and that is all that matters to me.

I haven't found a solution for this yet.  Any suggestions?

Peg Games
This Bunny Brain Game is from our Easter activity boxes.  Here, Emory was using it mostly for counting practice.

Letter & Word Play
Emory pulled out this magnetic letter set, and Elliott decided to join in.

While Elliott was spelling POWER, Emory was spelling his name below.  Wednesday night at church he was also "spelling" and "writing" his name on his paper.

Outdoor Play
As usual, I try to take the boys outside as much as possible.  We almost always seem to walk down to my in-laws so the boys can climb this favorite tree.

Food Fun
I tried to make the three little pigs since it is one of their all-time favorite stories.

The pigs were made from lunch meat, the "wolf" bread was actually made with a dog cookie cutter, and I was going to tell the boys to use their imagination.  He was on top of two of the pigs, because he had already gobbled them up.  I used chicken noodle soup since the noodles are not sturdy and are light like hay, the pretzels are for the house of sticks, and the bricks were just the crust from the bread.  The fruit was for the pig's food.

The boys response?  Elliott looked at my dog-wolf and said  "A horse?  Really?  That's the best you could do was a horse?"  Oh well, mom, better luck next time!

Roxaboxen was my favorite this week, but you can take a peek at our bookshelf to see the bug books the boys enjoyed.

Tot School


  1. We use the trofast system from Ikea and store legos in the buckets. They are easy to pull out to build and quick to scoop back into buckets. My oldest (12) likes his sorted by color, but you could just put them in a bucket randomly if you like, that's what my younger ones do.

    1. We don't have an Ikea, but maybe I can find something similar elsewhere. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Looks like a great week. I hope Elliot likes his glasses.

    1. We were told we had our work cut out for us. Unfortunately, I think she's right! :)

  3. Love the lunch! (Really Mom? cute!)
    One idea for the legos is a lego "blanket" they play with the legos on the blanket, and then when done playing the lego blanket zips up and everything stores in it. Also makes them easy to bring places like grandmas house. They are easy and cheap to make.

    1. The Lego blanket sounds practical, because they boys usually choose to play on the floor anyway. That's something I'll have to look into. Thanks!

  4. I love Roxaboxen! Great pick! My boys get the Lego Club magazine but they are a little young for it. But my nephews who are 7 are obsessed with it. One of them, will carry it with him almost everywhere. I think it's a great authentic reading activity for boys (and girls)

  5. I think your horse looks great! I think JDaniel will eventually need glasses, but for now he is the only one that doesn't need them.

    The magazine looks awesome.

  6. We a combination of medium-sized, stackable Rubbermaid bins and ziplock bags.
    My boys sort them by style.
    Large blocks together in a bin, slanted blocks together, flat blocks together, odd shapes together (with wheels in a ziplock bag and people in another bag but still in the odd bin.)
    We do have to keep the Legos in my youngest son's closet though - and only pull out ONE bucket of blocks if children under the age of 4 want to play.
    We spent hours separating them...and their cousin dumped them all together in one bin. :) Lesson learned.
    Good luck.

  7. As far as lego storage goes, we got lucky and found a giant lego tub at the thrift store. Right now I use them to store his bigger blocks that we got him when he was a baby, but when he gets older we will donate the bigger blocks (for ages around 1) and continue to use this tub.

    So you might try scouring your local thrift stores to see if you can find something like this too.

    1. I usually try to go to goodwill a couple times of month. I love books, but I don't love paying full price! I've also found a few great puzzles and games there. I'll have to keep my eye out in other departments too, thanks!

  8. I feel for Elliott about having to wear glasses. I've worn them since I was 2 years old myself. They are a pain, but I am glad that they allow me to see, so that's the upside.

    1. I think he will eventually appreciate them, but I have a feeling that getting him to wear them is going to be a hassle in the beginning. I also have feeling that Emory will need them too. She said his condition often runs in families, and it's the same reason my husband (and his twin) wear glasses. I'm just not sure I'm brave enough to take my 2 year old in for the exam. HA!

  9. My daughters have just recently been bit by the Lego bug. They love their Lego magazine and we also have pieces all over the floor. Those darn things hurt!

  10. Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I've passed both the Liebster Blog award and the One Lovely Blog award on to you. You can see them here:

    Hope you enjoy your Easter break! :D

  11. We've finally solved our lego storage/organization woes!