After watching an episode of Olivia where she turns her house into a hotel for her friends, we were inspired to make our own home a hotel for the evening. Sammi was very excited about this project. She was convinced we were going to go so far as to have the pool that is her favorite part of staying at a hotel. We compromised with a bubble bath after dinner!
We decided to call our hotel Solar System Hotel. Sammi came up with this all on her own. The girls have been in love with Bubble Guppies since it aired in January and they are particularly fond of the space episode. I was thrilled since I happened to have the perfect craft and book to go along with our theme.
We decorated our welcome table where we had all our blankets, pillows and towels waiting for us when we checked in. (Bummed I forgot to take the picture before we checked in. The table looked great piled with all our stuff!) We also decorated the light fixture above the dining table. These crafts came in a set from Oriental Trading Company that I bought about a year ago. I can’t find them online anymore, but they have other great space crafts and resources.
The sign for our hotel hung on the girls craft table. We decorated it using the cover of Eight Spinning Planets as our inspiration. They sat there and checked us in. Sammi’s job was to write down our names and assign us each a room. Elli’s job was to hand us a piece of chocolate and our room key (actual card keys from the Hyatt) and then show us to our room. Sammi also checked off when we had received our bedding.
For dinner we had pizzas made on corn tortillas. The shape and cheese reminded me of the moon. We were out of pepperoni so we used olives for craters. The girls really love their olives! So does their dad who insists they put the olives on their fingers and then eat them!
We had so much fun with this impromptu activity. We reviewed what we knew about planets, comets and the moon. We colored, glued, and taped. Sammi practiced her writing skills. Elli got to be the leader (a rare treat for her!) and we all had lots of laughs.
Today we are linking up with ABC and 123 for their Show and Tell!
Carla D says
Well, That sounds like a lot of fun! I hope the hotel will have a room for me on the 19th!
SO ADORABLE! I love it!! I want to stay at the solar system hotel, maybe I can convince Andrew….
We’re doing a space theme in a few weeks- what a fun idea!!
Melanie- I’m sure you’re already planning on using the Astronaut Pack and the Solar System pack from Jolanthe and Carissa. I didn’t find them until after we’d done this impromptu activity. I’m thinking of reviving the theme with those packs at some point…