Feb 16, 2014

Baby Book Club - February: I Love You Through and Through (and our BLOGIVERSARY!)

Today is a pretty special day over here at House of Burke! It is our official "BLOGIVERSARY"!! We have been around for one year today, and what a year it has been. We have met so many people, learned so many things, and most importantly had so much fun with this little blog of ours. When I started this adventure, Kingston was 4 months old, he had yet to experience any kind of art project, sensory exploration, or learning activity (besides that of his every day life!). Now at 16 months old, you have all been here to experience so much of his growing and learning process. I am so honored to have such sweet readers and to have met so many fellow blogger friends, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Since one of our very first posts (after introductions and such) was Kingston's "Baby's First Valentine's Day Party", I thought it would be fun to show you how Kingston celebrated Valentine's Day this year, 12 months later. What's better than a big Baby Book Club Valentine's Day party?!

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This was by far our biggest and most exciting Baby Book Club meeting yet. We had 7 kiddos, 2 infants, and 6 adults! The house was wonderfully crowded and the kids came bearing Valentine's! The parents were asked to bring a mailbox or receptacle for their child's Valentine's, and everyone came with lots of goodies to exchange.

For Kingston's Valentines, I made each child their own homemade playdough, identical to the one we played with in our Fine Motor Playdough activity. I put them in cellophane heart bags from the Dollar Tree, printed out these cute little sayings, laminated them, and attached them with sparkly red ribbon. They came out pretty cute! 

The book this month was I Love You Through And Through  by Bernadette Rossetti Shustek. This book is so sweet, and definitely fit the Valentine's Day theme. We all gathered around to read it. Then we jumped right into our craft!

Our Valentine's Day craft was classic craft, Toilet Paper Roll Heart Stamping. Prior to everyone coming over, I made heart shaped toilet paper roll stampers by folding the cardboard tube in half, pushing one part of the fold in and taping. This is actually way more difficult then it sounds. It was a bit tedious to make 8 decent heart stampers! 

This is a great easy project for a big group! We poured red washable paint on paper plates for the kids to use to dip the stampers. The parents demonstrated the dipping and stamping, and the toddlers went at it. 

Since this was a party, we had quite a bit of fun party food to go along with our Valentine's Day theme! I made heart shaped pizzas using my favorite bread recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. We also had pink cupcakes, chocolate pretzel treats, Annie's Homegrown Berry Patch Fruit Snacks
Apple & Eve Organic Juice Boxes, and several other snacks!

The kids chowed down on all the yummy treats, and so did we! 

While the kids ate, the Mamas filled all the mailboxes with goodies. There were so many fun treats: stickers, stuffed animals, GoGo Squeez Pouches, and more! When the kids were done with their goodies, they had a great time playing together.

(These two were pretty much inseparable! There was love in the air!)

(Check out all of the adorable Valentine's outfits!)

This was such a fun Baby Book Club meeting! We can't wait for March's meeting where we will be reading one of our very favorite books Moo Baa La La La.

Read about last month's BBC meeting here: January - Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Thank you for reading along with us this year. I look forward to blogging many years here at House of Burke and documenting our learning journey as our family grows and changes. We hope you will join us!

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