Scoop, Pour and Feel !

Sensory fun with rice!
Toddlers and preschoolers love to pour, scoop and dig into sand, dirt… the list goes on. A fun and not as muddy way to do this is with rice. This isn’t just a messy activity, it’s also teaching them spacial skills, measurement and works on their fine motor abilities!

  1. Gather your materials. I used a rectangular cake pan, but tupper ware, or even a big bowl will work too, rice, sparkles, and tools to scoop and pour with.
  2. Pour enough rice to cover the bottom of the pan with at least an inch of rice. I used half white rice and half black rice I found in the bulk section of my market but any rice will do.
  3. Add sparkles for some glitz! I put in about 1 tablespoon- a little goes a long way.
  4. Add the tools and start scooping! You can ask them as they are playing about the rice, like what color it is, how it feels, but if they just want to scoop and pour let them. Kids having fun will learn more than one with a pushy mom!

* This activity can get messy especially with little guys who have a harder time keeping the rice over the pan, so I usually do it outside on a nice day.

Other activities

If you have an older child after playing with the rice you can ask them if they would like to help you cook some, kids love to help cook and rice is a fun thing to watch transform as it absorbs the water and goes from hard to soft.

or

Go out for some Asian food and talk about how most Asian cultures eat rice every single day, the way that many people in North America have bread . Oh and no after dinner dishes to worry about either !

Shake shake let’s make music!

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Toilet paper roll shaker!
  1. Gather your materials. Grab some paint, a paintbrush, a toilet paper or paper towel roll, some pasta or rice for inside and some packing, duct or masking tape. * If you are doing this with older children you can use fabric, or plastic wrap for the ends and secure it with elastics instead of the tape , but only do this if your child won’t rip the ends off
  2. Paint your roll!
  3. Let the roll dry completely.
  4. Cover one end with tape. Go across the opening first one way, then the other , then around the tube.
  5. Pop the pasta in the tube, don’t worry if some sticks to the tape.
  6. Repeat the tape on the other end, and make some music!
Song!

Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Books!

These three books have been favorites of mine for years, ” Clap your Hands” is a great toddler book that they can move a long to , ” The Brass Band Robbery” has amazing illustrations and ” Mortimer” is an all around great book with a repetitive beat to it.

” Clap Your Hands” by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
” Mortimer” by Robert Munsch
” The Brass Band Robbery” by John Patience

Dinosaur Day!

Dinosaur Egg Art

  1. Gather your materials. I like using colored chalk for this project because it gives the paper a egg shell look and feel. If you don’t have chalk paint, crayons or markers work fine too!
  2. Draw and cut out the egg from your paper, any non coated paper works, shiny coated paper is hard to use chalk with.
  3. For older preschoolers if you have an egg in your fridge bring it out and talk about how small it is, and how a little chicken comes from it. dinosaur eggs were usually very large because many of the dinosaurs were giant!
  4. Go nuts! Name the colors while your child is using them. Watch little ones with chalk, it’s a choking hazard- and new pieces tend to break, I pre break them to avoid tiny pieces.

Song!


I’m a little dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur.
I’m a little dinosaur ,
I have a very quiet roar!

I’m a great big dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur,
I’m a great big dinosaur,
I have a very loud ROAR!

Books!

My Dinosaur” by Mark Allen Weatherby
” How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight? “ by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

* Another great board book which has gone MIA at my house is ” Dinosaur ROAR!” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.


Reader’s Corner by request!

Reader’s Corner

**Thank you to everyone who has emailed me with book suggestions , I have many on request at my library and am looking forward to reading those I haven’t read before! I will couple them with an activity to share with your children too- so stay tuned!**

I can not stress enough how important it is that you read to your child, even when it’s the same book about diggers for the 30th time!

Another email I got requested that I read some of “ Chica Chica Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault on Video- so here it is!

All girls want jewlery for Valentine’s day, if you are a mom you get Pasta!


Pasta Necklaces

Some people look forward to owning mini vans, some look forward to dancing at their child’s wedding- I can’t wait for my son to bring me home a pasta necklace! This is not an activity for young toddlers, they must have fine motor skills and be past the ” I put everything I am not suppose to eat into my mouth!” stage. My suggestion is no one under 3 at the youngest.

  1. Gather your materials! Get some of the yummy dyed pasta you made, some string or ribbon, and scissors.
  2. There are two ways to make sure your child doesn’t simply thread pasta on the ribbon only to let it fall… you can tie one piece of pasta on the end to make a stopper, or you can tape the ribbon onto the table.
  3. I encourage you to do this with your child, make a necklace for him or her or even your mom! Don’t worry about the pattern if there is one on your child’s necklace but if you think your child is able to recognize patterns, start a simple pattern on the necklace you are making and once it has repeated a few times, ask your child what they think comes next.
  4. Tie it and Voila . Wear it proudly!
Song!



On a day like Valentine’s Day when we are talking about Love and other emotions a song like this is a great tool to teach about emotions. Songs like these help kids recognize different emotions and ultimately helps them learn empathy.


If you are Happy and you know it…..remix

If you are happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you are happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you are happy and you know it
and you really want to show it
if you’re happy and you know it
clap your hands.


Next verses:
Sad/ Wipe your tears
Silly / Make a funny face
Sleepy / Yawn real big
Hungry/Make some food