I am not really sure what inspired me to do this particular theme with the kids, but it was a huge success. We started the week with a fun snack - make a building out of graham crackers, pretzel sticks, and peanut butter. It didn't quite look like I imagined it in my head, but then again I was dealing with a 2 and 4 year old!
James enjoyed smearing the crackers with peanut butter and smooshing them together. And of course eating them.
Rose's looked more like a building (after a little guidance on where to put the peanut butter), and she wanted her snack without the mess - so some fresh crackers were retrieved from the cabinet. I have to say that it was a big deal for Rose to get her hands messy with the peanut butter, she is currently in a hand washing stage.
We went to a cool place called the National Building Museum and they have a room for the kids to build in. All sorts of fun toys - big legos, blocks, a huge playhouse, a train table, etc - and Rose built this neat building. James of course came running across the room and knocked it down for her.
Later in the week, I thought we could do some real hands on work. We found a 1x2 in our basement, some roofing nails (they have a great big head to aim for), and the lightweight hammer. There were some smooshed (yes that is a word google!) fingers, but they both really enjoyed getting to use my tools.
Lots of supervision was utilized, especially at the end when Rose got to take the (slightly loosened) nails out.
Totally stole this idea from here. I am pretty sure James enjoyed eating them more than building, but it was a good activity for a cold afternoon.
We enjoyed several story books at night time and reference books during the day. Although I do have to say that it is difficult to find story books about construction vehicles. Here are a few we liked:
Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Rinker