Archive | July, 2011

“Save the Riverdale Farm” Sketches

July 27, 2011 Today was supposed to be a day in which we played simple tourists, tooling around the city on a double-decker bus and taking photographs of Toronto landmarks and attractions with our purple and orange kid-safe cameras. But, this just didn’t seem right. We’re not tourists. We’re Toronto residents. And, our city is […]

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Pizza Day

July 26, 2011 For Pizza Day, we created colour wheels, learned about fractions, and made cheesy pepperoni pizzas on the grill! Colour Wheels Nothing says pizza more than a colour wheel….? When the kids objected to my idea of making a crust-less fruit pizza for breakfast (they were too hungry to wait!), I decided to […]

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Sketching (Again!) at the ROM

July 20, 2011 I hadn’t meant to spend two weeks in a row with the kids sketching at a museum in the city. We were supposed to photograph landmarks this week! During our trip to the AGO, however, the kids caught the sketching bug. In order to get him to take a lunch break from […]

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Chocolate Day

July 19, 2011 Today is my wedding anniversary, so I decided to make sure that our food theme would be extra-luxurious! I can’t think of anything more luxurious than chocolate!   Since we made plans to get together with some school friends during the day (I refuse to use the word “playdate,” by the way – I could write a sermon […]

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Sketch Day at the AGO

July 13, 2011 Today was our first “culture” day.  I’m not sure why I came up with such a stupid name for the days of the week in which we go do something creative downtown, but there you have it.  We transferred at Broadview and took the Dundas streetcar all the way west to the Art […]

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Pomme Day

Tuesday, July 12 If you haven’t noticed by now, this whole food day thing isn’t rocket science. It’s just a way of making the kids feel as if a few normal crafts, punctuating their regular independent play, and centered around a theme, have made the day into a kind of holiday!   Today was Pomme Day, otherwise […]

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Mustard Tastings and Turtle Talk

July 6-11, 2011  My new strategy for entertaining out-of-towners: try something in the city that you’ve never tried before! This week marked the first of several visits from family and friends. First up were California grandpa and step-grandma.  We had a busy few days playing t-ball, starting swimming lessons, learning to play video games, and trying out new […]

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Strawberry Day

July 5, 2011 I always like to start our “food themed” days off with a bang. So, for this first Tuesday of our summer holidays, I planned a few more activities than I would normally undertake on a single day. For “Strawberry Day,” I had four activities planned: making dough for strawberry handpies, painting with […]

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Clay-Dough aka Canada Day

July 1, 2011 Canada Day was all about innovating with clay and dough, making do with the less-than-perfect art supplies we had on hand and making an even more spectacular affair out of the national holiday. Making Do…On Friday morning, the kids ripped into the packages of modeling clay we had purchased at the dollar store. They were surprised (though, I wasn’t) to find that […]

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