Sibling Day (Learning Laboratory)

Lily plays with her sibling half-birthday gifts

We had a wonderful time earlier this month starting a new family tradition: sibling celebrations for half-birthdays – Lily’s, to be exact!

Johnny makes a half birthday gift for Lily

Emma and Johnny were thrilled to make some presents from recyclables. They both chose to make box-based playscapes, complete with figurines. Johnny made these stick figures:

stick figures by Johnny

And Emma made one of her square guys:

half birthday gift for Lily by Emma

It was so fun watching Emma and Johnny wrap up and deliver their gifts!

Emma carries the half-birthday gift she made for Lily

Emma’s card says, “Happy half birthday LiLY! LiLY I love YOU! I LIke LiLY because she shares.”

Johnny carries the half-birthday gift he made for Lily

Johnny’s card says, “ToLILY HALF.BIRTH”

three kids exploring violins

Then they all engaged in one of their favorite activities: “playing” violin. I’m not raising prodigies; they are just the very lucky inheritors of violins! I’m planning to help them learn how to play properly eventually, but in the meantime, this is what we get:

 

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SO many fun links last week! I think these handprint cats from Reading Confetti are adorable! My Creative Family linked up a fruit salad that looked so delicious that my kids and I gave it a try – VERY tasty! Sunnydaytodaymama shared their favorite spring activities – be sure to check out the spring carnival I’m cohosting with her as well as Winding Circle, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, and Home Bakedthis Wednesday! These fun lightbox Valentine’s Day-themed activities from Interactive Mamas have me planning yet again to make a lightbox – hopefully I get it done this time!

Comments

  1. says

    You are a fantastic mom!
    I love the pictures of them playing the violins…adorable!
    I played the violin…but I wasn’t very good…I would have been better off just left to have fun! :)

  2. says

    What a great idea – Johnny’s and Emma’s presents are very sweet. You never know – perhaps you ARE raising prodigies. At least they know something about violins already!

    • maryanne says

      Did you notice that Johnny is holding his bow upside down? :)

      Prodigies or not, I hope they always enjoy the expressive side of music!

  3. says

    Great idea to have a half birthday celebration for the siblings, my kids love any excuse to make a card. You are a brave mama with that many violins in the house at one time.

  4. says

    I love it, I love any excuse to celebrate really. We made Valentines yesterday for all the kids classes and also had to decorate a few boxes as Valentine containers. I supplied materials and let the kids go at it. It’s always fun to see what they come up with all on their own. Love the music show, so cute.

  5. says

    So sweet! Reminds me of the assortment of things my daughter made for my son for his birthday.

    She make a drawing and then cut it up to make it a puzzle. She cut a spiral out of paper and called it a bouncing toy and a shark shaped card!

    Love the violin pic too!

  6. says

    Love Love Love the 1/2 birhtdya for siblings.
    I see the kids play the violin. My 12 yo granddaughter just got hers. Her Dad sent it from Korea. this will be her 4th instrument. so happy you started your kids playing Malika

  7. says

    Love the video! :)
    I already added my links from the week to the linky in your “week in review” post but have added them again for the Learning Laboratory. Hope that’s OK!
    Very excited about the Spring Carnival! :)

    • maryanne says

      Thank you, Ally!

      They really love playing their violins! Maybe they’ll learn to play properly, someday – Emma is making progress on playing one string at a time =)

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