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{Preschool Pen Pals} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

June 19th, 2013

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest […]

 

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest about it, and he was all over the idea of keeping in touch with his buddy.

Basically, her idea was based off of the The Flat Stanley Project, which in turn is based off the Flat Stanley book. Flat Stanley encourages children to write letters, mailing their own “Flat Stanley” to friends and relatives. Not only does it teach kids about writing, reading, and geography, but it’s pretty fun because let’s face it, who doesn’t love receiving mail? If you have a preschool aged child, this is a wonderful project because instead of writing letters, you can practice with taking pictures, and then having your child write a few words (like their name, or city, or their friend’s name). My friend names her the “Flat D” project, and mailed us a picture she made of her daughter. She drew a picture, glued a real photo of her daughter’s face, and laminated the whole thing when it was mailed to us. On our end, we took “Flat D.” around town, with us on camping trips, and wrote a few words about it. My youngest was super excited to have an opportunity to have a preschool pen pal to share pictures and his adventures with from the summer. I really enjoyed this project because with the picture taking, we were able to make a list of what he wanted to show “Flat D.”, and he wasn’t frustrated by his lack of writing skills. In turn, my youngest enjoyed playing tour guide with his very own agenda (instead of mom or dad’s) around town, telling me important things about Seattle and surrounding areas that we needed to show “Flat D”. Most of all, he enjoyed having a preschool aged “pen pal” of his own. It was a great project!

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My youngest and his new bud, “D”. Aren’t they sweet?

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He was super excited when “Flat D.” came to town, we immediately had to take her to the playground.

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“I love her mommy! I want to show her everything!”

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We took her to show her some of the highlights of our town, including the blue trees.

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Here you can see how “Flat D.” was made, she was very hardy for all the travels.

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She even went camping and visited Deception Pass.

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Hello “Flat D.”!

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My preschooler was brave and took her out on the canoe as well.

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It was fun playing tourist in my own town, with my preschooler being in charge of the agenda. We went to the “dancing stage” at the Seattle Center.

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We visited the statuary in front of the Seattle Childrens Theatre.

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We checked out the oversized exhibit at The Pacific Science Center.

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Don’t be scared, “Flat D.”, it’s not a real dinosaur.

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We checked out a game of vertical tic tac toe. I think my preschooler was winning. 🙂

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He also had “Flat D.” check out the mechanical kinetic water shooters. She went “oooooOOOOoooo”.

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Goodbye, “Flat D.” Thanks for visiting! Maybe this summer, we’ll make a “Flat A.” and mail him to you to visit! 🙂

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{Santa at the Space Needle} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

December 10th, 2011

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are […]

 

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are free so the buy one, get one free was a great deal. In addition, Santa Claus would be up there in his rocket ship as well. Here is the blurb from the website:

Seattle’s Coolest Santa and his Out-of-this-World Workship

December 10-11 & 17-24: 11am – 5pm* 
*Santa will only be here until 4pm on December 11
The coolest, hippest Santa Seattle has ever seen will be chillin’ out with a couple of his elves at the top of the Space Needle this holiday season. Eager to show off his super-sleek WorkShip, Jolly St. Nick will be on the Observation Deck to meet and greet guests and take pictures in his shiny ride.

After telling Santa what is on their wish list, kids are invited to visit the arts and crafts station on the Observation Deck to make and take home a complimentary holiday keepsake.

My boys have never been a huge fan of Santa Claus. They love the abstract idea of Santa, but when faced with the real life Man in Red, it’s another story. I’m pretty sure I have the only kids who have cried and ran away from Santa, who dared to wave at them from 20 feet away. Last year, when my oldest was five, he surprised us by actually asking to go visit Santa and having his picture taken with the Man in Red. My younger son, who was two at the time, was not a big fan. This year, he’s six, and been all over the whole Santa thing. My youngest…still not so much interested. But, they both love space, and rockets.  Plus, my husband had not been up to the top of the Space Needle since he was a child, so we planned a family outing to the Space Needle. It was one of the rare, sunny, and clear days in the Seattle winter, and we had a gorgeous view on top. It was also super windy and cold, so we did not spend a lot of time on the observation deck. Rocket Santa was as awesome as he promised to be, and my oldest son was enchanted by his visit with Santa in the rocket. My younger son…not so much. In fact, he outright refused to make eye contact with Santa, or take the candy cane from Santa’s elf helper. Oh well, maybe another year.

In all, if you are looking for a different Santa experience, I would suggest going up to the Space Needle!

 

At the observation deck on top of the Space Needle. Please note that two out of three photo participants were cold and grumpy. 

Waiting in line for Santa Claus

Someone was a wee bit excited

They were really nice and gave parents photo opportunities as well. I’m a little sad my oldest is out of focus but he was way more interested in getting back to talk with Santa rather than look up for pictures.

My youngest wouldn’t even get in line with us.

He was much more vested in checking out the view from the telescopes

Older brother wanted a turn as well

As a bonus, we found an actual mound of actual SNOW in the Seattle Center. King of the Mountain!