Wednesday, July 29, 2009

B-L-U-E Blue!!

La, la, la la, la la, la la la la la (think Smurf's theme song!). Today was BLUE day!!! No big shocker following Red day last week. I hadn't intended to do a day each week, but these have been some of our most laid back weeks of the summer (which I am loving) so it was a great time to mix things up with another fun color day. Plus I just love having something to plot and plan for.
Did you know there are no blue foods, seriously other than blueberries try to think of one?? Apparently blue is an appetite suppressant, and God knew that. And after creating some interesting blue foods today I can see why! Yikes. So, we had to rely heavily on our pal Mr. food coloring but blue did not deter my guys one bit from cleaning their plates :).

We started off with a Blue breakfast including a blueberry Nutrigrain bar, blueberry frosted Mini-wheats (you can't tell but the icing has a hint of blue) with a glass of blue milk!!
Although I originally had Wyatt in mind for these color days, Stacey has LOVED it and was VERY excited to wake up and find it was Blue Day. He couldn't wait to get his paint on (apparently we don't do enough painting) so after breakfast we went straight to the easel. Stacey traced the word blue all by himself.
And Wyatt, well he painted himself.
Then we took baths, Blue baths of course with Blue bath markers and only Blue toys. It was probably about 9:00 in the morning, but when you paint right after breakfast you do what you gotta do.

Then we played an impromptu game of "Bring Me Something Blue" I know the creativity is really at an all time high. But, the boys loved it and were very proud of their pile. III thought he was hi-larious adding his underwear to the mix, and Wyatt was just lucky to have something in the right color family.
Then the boys colored their "Blue Things" booklets.

I think he was going for an acid wash on those jeans.
Then we made blue pallets (I have boys so that was pretty simple) and watched:
How perfect is that for Blue Day! We just happen to have this one Blue's Clues video all about colors and we haven't watched it in forever so it was like new.
Then the boys painted bread with blue milk. I had read about this crafty snack on Make & Takes a long time ago and actually thought it sounded kind-of gross, but they LOVED it and it was just what we needed for our Blue lunch. You toast the bread so it isn't soggy like I and you might be imagining.
Lunch consisted of a Blue PB & honey, Blue yogurt (thanks Yo-plait Kids for your bright unnatural color selections), blueberries, blue corn tortilla chips and a Blue box drink.

Before naps Stacey spelled out B-L-U-E with all the blue cars and trains.
After naps the boys were cranks, but we managed to enjoy a snack of blue jello that we made earlier in the day, glue blue foam pieces on the letters B L U E, and play a few games with the mini-parachute. I'd sing a song and then call out a color for them to jump on. Wyatt showed the most promise in this activity by correctly sitting on each color, so we're making a little progress (emphasis on little).
Finally, we sat down to our Blue dinner (see what I mean about unappetizing) - WOW!!!
This part was yummy :)
The boys had Blue mac & cheese and Blue applesauce with a Blue cream soda. We used the paintings for placements and the leftover foam for confetti. As you can see it was gorgeous! well at least VERY Blue.
And we couldn't have Blue day without some BLUEbell - tee hee :). I had Dad pick it up on the way home and it was the perfect ending to our blue day...topped with Blue M&M's of course.
Just as a little dose of reality I think I should include that most of these activities last about one to five minutes with a 2 & 4 year old, which is why we were able to do so many!! OK OK we might have had a piece of very non blue cheese with the jello snack - are you happy now! Blue is supposed to be a calming color but I'm exhausted. :) Stacey ended the night entertaining the boys with hide and seek so I could put my feet up...well, actually I was blogging this.

Everybody now...
B-L-U-E spells blue
B-L-U-E spells blue
Hi-ho did you know, B-L-U-E spells blue
The big sky is blue, the ocean is too
Hi-ho did you know, B-L-U-E spells blue.
(to the tune of the Farmer & The Dell)


Sarah said...

love it, love it!!

angie said...

Me too I just live that you ate doing this!! And I must be honest I cannot believe you found all that blue's all extremely appetizing:-)! I can see a bug day in your further. So FUN.

Kacey said...

you have a little teacher inside of you just begging to come out :) So cute and creative, as always! Cant wait to see you

Katy said...

Um...I agree with Kace----TEACHER ALERT. :) These little color days are PRECIOUS. Can I please ship AM up there for the fun??

shannonmichaelis said...

so first time was precious, and second, well, makes me feel like an uncreative mom. :-) i love it, until you put that colors song b-l-u-e song back in my head. stop it! never would have found all that blue food - absolutely hilarious! when does the all time best color come up? (purple, in case you were struggling for the right answer)

thesheps said...

Can I bring Cade over so you can teach him? Seriously.... you should start a school!!! You're the best mom ever!

Stacey said...

Wow! Way to go, friend, you pulled out all the stops. And I see what you are saying about the blue food...although I'm impressed that you tracked down so much of it. I think when we get around to blue day we'll be content with using blue plates and forks. :)

When I read posts like these I literally have to sit back and give myself a little pep talk that goes something like this: "Your kids don't know any different and still love you just as much even if you aren't as creative/crafty/organized (insert appropriate adjective here) as this mommy."

You are adorable and so are your boys!