Kite Flying – Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Toddler Experiences

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So this was fun! But also tricky!


Background story: we have been reading The Berenstein Bears’ Big Red Kite book for a while now and it’s one of Lexi’s top 25 books (she usually has about 20-25 favorites at a time). It really is a great rhyming story that also teaches a lesson. We also have a Curious George book about Flying a Kite in both Russian (I had to order it in Russia and have m mom ship it) and English (and there is one based on the episode), and Lexi crushing on a character Bill in the story helped with the whole kite thing. So she was already too psyched to fly a kite. When I had attempted doing it about 6 months ago, she promptly ran away from it, didn’t want anything to do with it. Now that she is older AND she has had a lot of experience reading about kites, she was much more prepared and EXCITED to fly one.

The issue here was mommy had never flown a kite before and, most importantly, had never had set it up for a toddler. So our first several attempts were…. a failure. I could fly it myself easily enough if I cared to run, but Lexi wanted me to stay near and kept saying “Lexi try too! Lexi try too!”. So I was holding it up in the air over myself, twirling it to keep it from falling.

When I would hand it over to Lexi and send her running, it would instantly fall. Some of it was wind issue, other was that the string was WAY too long. For a kid that small it had to be really short for it to catch air while they are running.

Lexi was still super excited and, as you can see in the video, kept running back and forth trying to fly a kite.

Later that day, daddy came out and helped us out a bit and Lexi managed to catch some decent air.

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From that day on, she has been requesting that we fly a kite almost every evening. Some days we’d have friends join us, others we’d go out as a family. But despite our bad experience flying a kite months ago and a few failed attempts, it looks like this week’s activity became a main staple in our house.


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Our next week will likely be one of theses: Trolley Ride, Gather Shells or Go to the Zoo.

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  1. Backwards Day
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Backwards Day book tie in)
  2. Ride a pony/horse
    (Berenstain bears book tie-in)
  3. Go to the airport and watch the planes land.
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book)
  4. Go to a music shop and explore the instruments
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in)
  5. Go to a train museum SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  6. Jump in Puddles (Weather contingent) (Hello, Fiends book) SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  7. Feed ducks at the park (Curious George book)
  8. Dance in the rain (Weather contingent) (Olivia book )
  9. Plant something from seed and watch it grow OR plant a garden
    (Curious George episode tie in,  Little Critter bookCurious George book)
  10. Climb a tree
  11. Gather shells (Berenstain Bears book)
  12. Ride a trolley (Daniel Tiger themed)
  13. Go to the lake to look for tadpoles
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book tie in)
  14. Go on a scavenger hunt in the woods
    (Curious George episode tie in, another Curious George episode tie-in Berenstain bears: nature’s guide (this is a great book for a scavenger hunt and it rhymes)
  15. Fly a kite SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (a great rhyming Berenstain bears book, Curious George episodeLittle Critter book)
  16. Roast marshmallows by the fire
    (OLIVIA tie in)
  17. Play in the snow (Location contingent)
  18. Go to an aquarium
    (Berenstain Bears bookLittle Critter book, Curious George book)
  19. Have a picnic – complete with basket and red checkered blanket. (Berenstain Bears book – another great funny rhyming book)
  20. Lay out and look at stars (Curious George episode tie-in)
  21. Go camping unplugged (phones turned off)
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Curious George episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in, Curious George book tie-in,  OLIVIA book tie in other camping books)
  22. First movie theater movie (Curious George book)
  23. Go to a petting zoo!
  24. Listen to a thunderstorm (Weather contingent.)
    (Daniel Tiger Episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in)
  25. Have a Family Movie Night with snacks  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  26. Run around the grass in a park, barefoot, as a family
  27. Pick fruit at a farm SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Daniel Tiger episode , Curious George book)
  28. Make Snow/Sand Angels
  29. Make pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders and hang them in the yard
    (Curious George tie-in)
  30. Draw with chalk on the driveway/sidewalk
  31. paddle a canoe down the river
    (Curious George episode tie-in)
  32. visit a tidepool  (Weather contingent)
  33. Egg Dying (Curious  George book)
  34. Go to see a boat show (at Christmas)
  35. Go on a sunset cruise on a boat
    (Curious George episode tie in)
  36. Make giant bubbles in the yard SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  37. go to a waterpark
  38. go to  Botanical gardens
  39. Go bowling
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  40. Jump on the bed/couch/furniture together (5 Little Monkeys bookSEE OUR WEEK HERE
  41. Get long newsprint/butcher’s  paper and trace/color your hands, feet and bodies!
  42. Make cookies together
  43. Play Hide and Seek
  44. Build a fort out of blankets and pillows (The Fort that Jack Built book)  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  45. Go to the Zoo
    (Curious George episode, Curious George book)
  46. Go on a family bike ride through the woods
  47. Make newspaper planes
  48. Get a few giant cardboard boxes play pretend with them!
  49. play tennis
  50. play miniature golf
    (Curious George book)
  51. Ride a roller coaster SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  52. Ride a train
    (Berenstain Bears book tie-in)


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  • Reply
    March 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Can’t wait to try this one out with Brandon in a few weeks. BTW, I didn’t see the link up on the bottom anywhere. We did bowling this week and it was a blast. This has been such a great experience so far and it’s so much fun to think about what we will be doing each week

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I hope you guys do this again next year! I want to do it so badly, but my daughter is only 10 months old. I have a feeling climbing a tree might be a little difficult lol

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    March 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    My little guy is a little older than yours but he loves to make kites. I give him a Construction paper diamond that he colors and glues some collage materials on. I attach a piece of yarn and he runs around the yard flying his “kite”. Little things like that make him happy.

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    March 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    A late to the party entry from the frozen North. We loved making snow castles!

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    March 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Local resident here (waves hi). Did you catch that rain storm yesterday? Thought of you and your puddle jumping. We got our wellies on and had a ball.
    Has Lexi seen some of those huge kites at the beach? My son loves watçhing them. You should take her there to fly a kite.

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