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Last week, we were reading the story of Moses in The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Aurora thought it would be awfully fun to live in the desert. "It's like a giant sand box, mom!" she exclaimed. When the Israelites crossed the red sea, she was sold, lake front property surrounded by a beach! Her idea of Heaven on Earth!

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There has been much talk of Hawaii over here again lately. I don't think Aurora will ever forget those beautiful white sand beaches that we called our playground. But, when the beach is miles away, cloud dough is the next best thing! We've made this stuff a few times before and it's always so much fun to play with, therapeutic even!

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We're continuing to explore with glow in the dark materials, and I am so excited that we finally found an opportunity to break out the glow in the dark water beads that I got off of Amazon. I'm not sure how I feel about all of the ghosts and goblins around Halloween time, especially for my one and three year old, but a spooky, educational sensory bin, I can get on board with that! 

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Last night, we were blessed once again to be in the home of Diana and Tobias, celebrating yet another birthday! Family potlucks are kind of magical in my opinion, everyone coming together to share a meal is a rare thing these days, but I'm so always to grateful to be a part of communities that still do this! Chili, rice, beer bread and sweets were enjoyed over some much needed adult conversation (seriously, I can't have one more conversation about the plot of a Disney Jr. show).

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I mentioned before that I have several glowing projects in mind for the month of October, so today I wanted to lay the foundation and share the easiest way to make just about any project glow- glow water! Whether you're making play dough, slime, or oobleck, any sensory recipe that calls for water can be replaced with this glow water and you will end up with a glow in the dark material under the blacklight.

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I'm super excited to share the activity we did this morning, the kids LOVED it, and it ended up being the perfect activity for a number of reasons. Firstly, the fact that Aurora asks to go to the beach approximately 100 times a day. She and Gray set up blankets and pretend one is the sand and the other is the ocean... poor Hawaiian girl. The other reason that this activity worked out perfectly schedule wise, is because I had planned to do lots of glowing activities during the month of October and all of the supplies for this bin arrived just in time!

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I'm not sure where Aurora even learned about mystical, magical mermaids, but she thinks they're pretty swell. We haven't watched The Little Mermaid yet as Ursula is a bit too intense as a villain in my opinion.  My only guess is that there was a mermaid in an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates or something... Anyways, my imaginative girl thinks that she grows fins every night in the bath tub as she splashes around like a half-fish.

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Happy Monday! We're having one of those rare productive yet fun Mondays... All of the housework is caught up, got a work out in, and still had some energy left to throw together a new sensory bin! The kids love to help me cook, but we didn't have anything that we needed to make, so we mixed up some play dough instead and raided the cupboards for fun accessories!

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I am in love with this cooler weather and constant rain, I love being cozy inside, wrapped in a thick sweater while the drops drip down. The kids on the other hand, not so much, they're getting a little stir crazy, I don't know what they're going to do when winter really hits. So, in lieu of anything that required more preparation than I had time for today, we broke out the science set with the good old baking soda and vinegar standby.

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Continuing on with our dino-rific  theme this week, I put together an easy bin with left over sand from yesterdays bin and added fossils, skeletons, and paint brushes for my little paleontologists to uncover hidden history. The large lumps are dinosaur eggs made with the leftover coffee dough from our volcano yesterday. They were really easy to put together, just mold the dough around a dino figure and bake it for 20 minutes to harden it. You can also air dry it if you have the time. 

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We had a very dino-rific long weekend over here! It was entirely by chance that we went to the Natural History Museum on Saturday and then  decided to do the local dino park on Monday.  Both exhibits were amazing, the Museum had quite a few assembled skeletons to view and the park had dozens of life sized replicas so we've seen the dinos inside and out now!

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Water beads have to be one of our favorite sensory materials, they're so therapeutic to play with! If you haven't seen these little gems before, they begin as hard, tiny balls. Then, after soaking in water for a day or so they grow to the size of a marble and are squishy, wiggly balls of fun! They come in an array of colors, some even glow! Needless to say, there are so many things you can do with these babies! This week we've been enjoying a water sensory bin, something I never thought I would allow indoors, but it has gone surprisingly well. I only filled the bin with an inch of water a small layer of water beads, and a few accessories. The kids have been hooked however, sometimes simple is best!

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There are so many incredible day trips in the area surrounding the KMC, we are surrounded by eight countries, live just 30 minutes from the French boarder, and there are a handful of large, historic cities within a two three hour radius just in Germany alone. We've been knocking them off the bucket list, Trier and Heidelberg last month, and hopefully Frankfurt and Cologne during our four day weekend coming up.

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Very few homes in Germany have air conditioning, and ours is no exception, so the way we manage the temperature is to open and close our rolladens throughout the day depending on which direction the sun is shining in. We also have the typical German windows which can crack open at the top or open fully to the side. All of this works fairly well to keep the house cool, but the one problem we've found is that our windows don't have screens on them which leads to all sorts of unintended critters joining us.

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It's the last couple weeks of summer here, everyone is getting set to head back to school soon, hopefully including my kid(s). We're not sure on how the whole German kindergarten thing is going to play out yet, but we should have more answers this week as it starts up. I wanted to do one last super summer sensory bin before the season comes to a close, so when I saw Play Create Explore's ice cream dough I knew I had found a winner!

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