Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun Play Date with my daughter

It was back to school for us this week and Rebekah was given the day off today as she had worked so well all week and finished everything she needed to do. I instituted this 'natural' reward (of having Fridays off) late last year to encourage her to keep focussed during the week and it has been working!

It still being school holidays, the local shopping centres (malls) have lots of fun activities going on to lure all the mums out of their homes to go spend some money there (tongue in cheek) but also providing some much needed activities for the parents to keep their kids occupied!

One of them at ours was a wildlife show with a touch table to boot.
I had contacted some of my mum-friends with young kids and two of them were supposed to join us but cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Rebekah was understandably very disappointed.

Yesterday (not having fore knowledge of what would happen today) I was talking to her about her friends (as she has a million best friends she said) and I said to her that if I were 6 years old I would love her to be my BFF (Best Friend Forever - something I've only just learned!) I truly meant what I said! Anyway today, reminded of what we talked about yesterday, I told her that we could have a 'fun play date' by ourselves instead! I must admit this idea was semi-inspired by my friend Jo who homeschools three boys and goes out for dates with them individually.

So, we headed off to the shops where she played in the play area with me cheering on from the sidelines, I wasn't about to climb up the poles:)

Before this we visited the wildlife show where she got to observe many creatures including pythons, various types of lizards, goannas, turtles, tree frogs and even a baby crocodile.

Rebekah was very tentative at first about touching the bearded dragon but she gradually overcame this and was then showing off for me to take pictures touching it!

Rebekah was not game enough (as I was I might add) to hold or even touch the python! eeek! I dislike any type of snake! I just cannot bring myself to touch them!

Sushi for lunch and a visit to K Mart to get some stuff and then a cuppa and a cinnamon donut(yes that's one of my weaknesses) but Rebekah was willing too!

All in all we had a real fun play date at the shops with some nature study thrown in:)

We are going to watch the second half hour of "Horton hears a who" tonight for movie night and then it will be off to bed for Miss R. Enjoy your weekend!


Sarah said...

What a wonderful day you both have had! We love Horton around here too! Have a great weekend! xxx

tea said...

Sounds like a fun time! Donuts are a weakness for me too. ..Soooooo goooood. Seeing her pet the bearded dragon reminded me of the movie Nim's Island. :)

Jo said...

What a lovely day, and even though it was a day off school she probably learn a lot anyway. I would not be game enough to touch those reptiles and most certainly not snakes. I love those donuts too and use to have them when I took my sons to the shopping centre, especially in winter.....nothing better than hot donuts on a winters day.

Richele said...

Looks like a great play date with your BFF! I'm glad you didn't cancel :)

joyfulmum said...

Tea, I had never heard of Nim's Island until I saw you mention it on your blog, I need to look it up:)
Yes I'm glad we didn't cancel Richele as we had heaps of fun.
Jo you are right, she learned heaps!
Sarah, I must say I am really liking the movie, another half hour to go and we'll be finished:) I am enjoying it much more than a lot of other kids movies I've watched recently!

Butterfly said...

Hi, I LOVE Nim's Island too!! So imaginative, fresh and inspiring.
What a lovely day out with your beautiful girl, too.

Clara said...

What a lovely idea! It sounds like you had a wonderful time... There's nothing like seeing something (and touching it if you're game) to learn about it! Cinnamon donuts are GOOD! :) You should try this recipe for a really easy cinnamon donut treat at home - Rebekah could help make them, even: They taste just like a donut, but without all the fuss involved with making donuts! My children love helping to make them (and eat them, of course!!)! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yay! Sounds like you had a fun day...making memories. Glad I could inspire you. xo

Mrs Adept said...

I loved your day out. Super nice.

Love the idea of Sushi, would love to try that one day.

joyfulmum said...

Clara, thanks for the recipe post, that definitely looks easy and yummy, will have to try that one time!