Today when I needed to fold laundry I gave S an Alphabet Treasure Hunt.
I took our storage bin*, put alphabet letters in it, and half marbles. And then gave him a treasure map with the uppercase letters on it. He had to dig through the bin to find the letters in that to them up on the treasure map.
We have not done much with messy activities lately, and now I might remember why… We usually use liquid food coloring, but only had gel food coloring, so I used that… Not quite as good. But, the kids had fun, mostly…
I started with a little foam Shaving cream, then a couple of drops of food coloring, then a bit more shaving cream to hide the color. I used the 3 primary colors (red, yellow, & blue) with the hopes of talking about mixing colors.
Today I handed A & S this cardboard covered in aluminum foil & told them they had to figure our what was inside, WITHOUT opening it up.
It was interesting watching them try & figure out what to do. Finally she started pressing on it. Then her response was, “there’s a bump.” So I encouraged her to continue.
Finally she figured it out!
Categories: Art, Homeschool, Independence, Senses
Tags: Art, Curiosity., Fine motor skills, Friends, Homeschool, Independence, Learning, Observations, Patience, Problem Solving, Senses, Sensory, Touch
So we set up this project several days ago. Took it out a couple times to do it, but got busy & put it back in the freezer. Today was the day for our ice excavation.
Ater our last slime we decided to try another one that would stretch better. So this time we tried Saline Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands. This is by far our favorite slime so far! (Easy to make, not too sticky/ messy).
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We decided it would be a fun day to paint, but wanted to try something new. So, after a bit of Googling we decided to try painting with coffee.
I made up 3 cups because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun! Then we grabbed some leaves and acorns with our paper & paint brushes and got to playing!
A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping. Many days, like today, that involves some sort of sensory play.
After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like. So that became our material for the day.
We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters. Which lead to burying the chop sticks. Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag. Then finally it made it to the typical A question, “what happens when we add water?” So we did. I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions.
SKILLS: Self-directed play, Cause & Affect, Fine Motor
We went shopping with Grammy the other day & A was excited to try this Play Foam. So we decided it would be a fun $7 gift.
The next time that just S was napping (as I did not trust him with this) we grabbed a tale cloth and went to town.
We had so much fun with this. As A said, “This is like play dough but only wroth more bubbles! “. We made different shapes, worked on sharing, Listening to the different sounds it could make, & imagining different animals.
SKILLS: Shapes, Sensory, Sharing, Imagination, Sounds.
We have a small garden that does not seem to grow flowers well, so I decided to change it around & make it more fun for the kids.
A had a lot of fun going out & digging for the moss with me. Now any time we are our she points out any that she sees.
A is happy digging in the dirt, playing with the animals, & feeling the moss on her feet.
I would call this a success.
SKILLS: Imagination, Outside Play, Getting Messy.
A found one of our books today, flipped through, & then said she wanted to try this one. So after checking it out & realizing we had everything (cornstarch, water, & food coloring) we got down to business.
A helped measure the cornstarch, added a few drops of blue food coloring to the water. Then we headed outside to our little pool to play.
It was fun watching (& playing with) this substance that is a liquid when sitting, but when you squeeze it is turns solid!
Both A & S had a fun time playing with the oobleck!
*Note: Clean up was easy. Used wet washcloth on the kids & then added more water & was able to easily rinse out the pool.
SKILLS: Sensory, Imagination, Solid vs. Liquid.