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Thursday, 07 April 2011 17:27

Bike Party!

Written by Courtney

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We had a fabulous weather this morning with the sun shining and the birds chirping all around.  So many people came out to ride and play together as well as have a nice, tasty picnic.  The kids took over the park, roaming the paths on their bikes and scooters and stopping at the playground for a little slide or see-saw action.  They taught each other how to play hopscotch using the sidewalk chalk.  They also couldn't resist climbing up to the path along the esker and running back down the hill.  A good time was had by all- we must do it again!  Next week we'll be at Beals Park at 3:30pm on Tuesday.  Hope to see you then.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 15:19

Rainy Day Games- Worm Letters and Numbers

Written by Courtney

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We've had plenty of rainy days around here, but we finally got a rainy day with somewhat temperate weather where we could go out and enjoy the rain!  Today is a drizzly day, though we were prepared for the worst.  We set out to a nearby park which might not be your typical pick on a drizzly, windy day since it is a small peninsula and the weather is more extreme there, but it's a favorite place of ours.  The boys set off pretending to be knights in the forest with the swords they brought along that our neighbor gave them- a little imagination always dulls the bite of the wind and weather, I think!

We played some of our usual favorite games like hide and go seek and found some nice, big puddles to stomp in and we started spotting buds on the trees, but the best thing was what we discovered in the puddles, or what my son discovered, I should say.  The puddle was filled with earthworms!  He picked one up and this little guy was really active.  My son started telling me what letters and numbers that the worm was making with his body and a new game was born.  We each had to hunt for a worm and then we'd hold them in our hands and decipher the shapes that the worms were making- a perfect rainy day activity that involves everything from getting down into the dirt and water to sounding out letters and counting.  The worms started to get less active as they dried out in our hands, so we also talked about how they need to be in a moist environment to be healthy and what our bodies need to be healthy as well.

Unfortunately my camera battery died before we got to the worms, but we still got some pictures of our morning!

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Hello!  We're planning on meeting at the Hingham Playground behind the fire station on Main Street at 3:30, but there's a good chance of rain and it's not too warm out, so keep an eye on the meetup site to see if this event is held or not.

http://www.meetup.com/south-shore-playgroup-massachusetts/events/17080141/

Also, we'll be having a bike/scooter/ride-on party at Esker Park (at the end of Elva Road in Weymouth) on Thursday, April 7th at 10am.  Bring your favorite thing to ride and a snack to share.

http://www.meetup.com/south-shore-playgroup-massachusetts/events/17171755/

 

 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:33

Beals Park, March 29th 3:30pm

Written by Courtney

We had a nice morning at the playground, even though it was a bit chilly and wet from yesterday's freak snow flurries.  Next week we'll be at Beals Park.  Remember, the weather can be unpredictable this time of year and though it might not feel that cold outside, when you're outside for an extended period of time, you may feel differently, so I suggest overdressing or dressing in layers just in case, and always have a hat and pair of mittens for everyone in the car/stroller or whatever you're using to get around.

 

See you next week!

http://www.meetup.com/south-shore-playgroup-massachusetts/events/16997042/

Friday, 18 March 2011 23:44

Nature's Playground

Written by Courtney

We like to use nature as our playground, but when we want to go to an actual playground, this one is our favorite- it's the playground on Cambridge Common just outside of Harvard Square.  We don't get there a lot because it is far away, but it's a great one- my favorite!  It's different from your average playground with its nontraditional structures which are made of wood- a lot (or all of it, I can't remember) comes from trees that had to be cut down in other parts of the town.  It also has formed hills and a small labyrinth which gives the playground a nice landscape.

We were lucky enough to get there today and the boys played for three hours!  It would have been more if I didn't have to drag them out.  There was also a man who brought his son to the playground and watched him play as he set up his guitar and a mic and quietly played a nice mix of children's song and child friendly songs.  It was a blustery but warm day and we had a great time.  Check it out if you're in the neighborhood!  The pictures don't do it justice.

 

Thursday, 17 March 2011 18:37

Save Play! Donate to Kaboom- Get a New Book!

Written by Courtney

The founder of the website Kaboom, which promotes play for children, is releasing a book called Kaboom: How oOne Man Built a Movement to Save Play.  If you donate $15 or more to Kaboom before April 8th, they will send you a copy of the book.  Here's the info:

 https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/8608/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=441&utm_source=ffile&utm_medium=email&utm_term=button&utm_campaign=buybook

 We had great weather for our playgroup on Tuesday- so nice that we weren't the only ones there!  I'll have to start finding a way to identify myself on the playground so you can find us!  This is a good thing :)

 Next week we'll be at  the Kids' Landing playground behind the Tufts Library in Weymouth on Broad Street in the MORNING at 10:30.  My sons and I will probably be there a little before then if you want to join us early.  I will have my small black diaper bag over my shoulder with a blue handkerchief tied to it.  See you then! 

Friday, 11 March 2011 05:54

Gear for the Wet and Rainy Season

Written by Courtney

Polarn O. Pyret rain pants- my best investment this year.

 

I had been looking for pants like these- donned by my cousins' children in Iceland- but never came across any.  I found some this style online but didn't know what kind of quality to expect, so until last November we just had one dinky pair of "rain pants" from REI which were just elastic waisted pants.  Then POP finally started selling in the US and we got our hands on these lovely rain pants.

These pants are great in so many ways- EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE A PAIR!  Put them right over their fleeces or jackets if it's cold out and they're protected whether they're digging in dirt, jumping in puddles or sledding in really wet snow.

Gone are the days of me telling my kids not to jump in huge rain puddles.

Gone are the days of going through multiple pairs of pants while digging in the garden.

Gone are the days of thinking that the playground is too wet to play on.

Nothing is too wet when you have a pair of these and some rain boots!

Grab a pair today: http://www.polarnopyretusa.com/Rain_Pants.html

I'm a walking advertisement for POP by my own choice ;)

Friday, 11 March 2011 05:36

Thawing Out

Written by Courtney

So it's still a little chilly out there, but there is barely any snow to be seen and I have to say at this point that I'm happy about that.  This week we had a nice meetup at the Wollaston playground, but the week before it was only me and my boys and one very, very icy park.  Too icy- glad it's finally gone!
 
Next week:  Holbrook Playground, Tuesday, March 15th, 3:30.  The playground is located next to the Dunkin' Donuts at 57 South Franklin Street in Holbrook.

 

See you then! 

 

 

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 18:41

Today

Written by Courtney
Meet us today at Beals Park at 3:30.
Friday, 18 February 2011 13:58

Outing, Thursday, February 24th in Holbrook

Written by Courtney

I will not be able to come next week.  Robin will be hosting the playgroup at the Holbrook Playground at 3:30 on THURSDAY.

 *The Holbrook playground is located right next to the Dunkin Donuts at 57 South Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA 02343.*

NOTE THAT WE ARE MEETING ON A THURSDAY THIS WEEK DUE TO PREDICTED WEATHER 

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