ABC Bunny: 3rd edtion

This past week the two oldest were away at day camp each day.  I took the opportunity to give the youngest some quality time and start him with Before Five in a Row (b4fiar).  This will be our 3rd time through the book and it is such a heart break for sentimental momma to know this is likely her last time teaching with this sweet age.

We focused on The ABC Bunny for our first row.  I didn't use the b4fiar manual since I've been through it for so many years now.  And since this is my 3rd child I am way way more relaxed and I aimed to JUST read the book to him for 5 days.  We overachieved in the sweetest ways.

At first Sammy wanted nothing to do with the book, but I gently encouraged him to sit and listen and he was hooked at C for Crash!

The next day he eagerly came running when I asked him to read.  This day I happened to see somewhere online a simple little experiment with shaving cream.  I don't remember the exact link - but it's all over pinterest now anyways.  I figured it was a perfect little activity as the book shows a storm in the background.  Plus Daddy wears a beard and doesn't need his shaving cream.  (plus my little precocious preschooler has been watching storm documentaries.  He's awesome.  I know.  lol)


 
 
We started with a little glass bowl but I soon decided to switch to a tall vase so he could see the "rain" better.
 
Afterward we switched to some simple color mixing, Paw Patrol style.  (because he refused to call colors by their true names, and instead will call them by their "paw patrol" name.)
 
Marshall and Rubble transformed into Zuma.  This was a favorite activity all week.  He'd sit for what seemed half the day and just play with the mixing and pouring.
 

 
On the last day we role-played with a little bunny and the help of some play lettuce and tiny pom poms.

 
Sam spontaneously started writing letter on the board (and self-portraits) so we matched magnetic letters to his masterpiece.
 

 
For a grand finale the real ABC Bunny paid a visit to us and "played" with Sammy's excavator.  (or at least that's what I told him).

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FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
 
We like games and we like puzzles in our family.  We actually don't own any video game systems nor do we subscribe to cable.  So when I say we love games, I mean the non battery/non electricity operated, old fashioned game or puzzle.

The newest (to us) puzzle we've been working with is this really unique self-contained (think no lost pieces!) 3D puzzle from Enlivenze LLC.  There are 5 FlipStir Puzzles offered by the company.  So far there are two Level 1 FlipStir Puzzles offered:  Rainbow Pencils and, the one which we have received, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
 
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Also available are the Level 2 FlipStir Puzzles:  Solar System, Statue of Liberty and a limited edition Periodic Table of Elements.
 
I chose the Tyrannosaurus Rex FlipStir for my 9 year old self-described paleontologist.
 
So how does this work?
 
Each FlipStir Puzzle has 10 pieces, all contained in a sturdy canister with a wand that stirs, grabs, pulls or pushes the pieces into place (powered by the user, of course).
 
First you shake it all up, then give it a stir with the wand.  Finally, begin to solve the puzzle using the wand.  Being the puzzle is all contained this gives the user a bit of an extra challenge.
 
When we received our FlipStir it was already shaken up, so my 9 year old got strait to work trying to piece his dino back together.  (check out that genuine smile!  my fave type of smile)
 
 
He loved it, and loved the challenge.  But I failed on explaining the concept, provided by the company, "Use the wand, gravity, and your ingenuity to solve the puzzle" so he didn't get it solved until I tried it out myself and solved it, showing him how you can tilt the canister to his advantage and grab or push the puzzle piece with the wand. 
 
 
After I told him he can use gravity he had no problem solving it. 
 
Once complete the FlipStir makes a nice little piece of art to display until the next time you shake it all up, give it a whirl and play again.
 
Final Thoughts
 
I do think this is a very unique and amazing product.   It's something I can see myself packing for car trips or any type of waiting - like a sibling's swim lesson or dentist appointment (where big brother has to wait and is doomed to potential boredom).  This would nicely occupy his time and has no pieces we can drop, or leave behind.  Just grab it and go.
 
It's fun for all ages.  I've found myself playing with the FlipStir several times and once I even caught my husband attempting to solve it.
 
My 9 year olds thoughts, "At first it's a little bit hard but then get's easier.  It's fun that you get to use gravity to solve it."
 
 
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