Painting With Water

toddler activity
No, I am not using child labor to spruce up my house, this activity will amaze you at it’s simplicity and how much kids LOVE it. I used to do this with my class on nice days when they would get stir crazy inside! The key to making this last is to wait to introduce the different brushes and sponges.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water, and a variety of paint brushes ( make sure they are clean you don’t want to really paint your house). painting with water supplies
  2. Dip your paint brush into the water and start painting! Fences or other unpainted works the best because it will darken when “painted”.painting with water
  3. While you are painting with your child, point out the dry wall and the wet brush and ask them what happens when they paint it. painting with waterLittle exchanges like this are fantastic teaching opportunities. Remember though if they just want to do it in peace, let them you can always recap later.painting with water 3
  4. When your child starts getting uninterested- in a insanely enthusiastic way introduce the next brush. I know that this is hard for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by small kids , but a little enthusiasm goes a long way- feel free to fake it too .My son loved the roller- I gave it to him last and ended up having to go grab a coffee cause he played with it for almost 20 minutes alone! ( by grabbing a coffee I mean from my kitchen , not Starbucks). painting with water 5
 

Backyard Car Wash !

car wash for toddlers

This is a fun activity for a nice day! Kids love to do things they see grown ups do and the clean toys are a nice side effect!

  • Gather your materials. What you need for this is a bowl or bucket of water, some dish or hand soap, some wash clothes or sponges, a dish towel and the toys you are going to wash. I like to use sponges because they are easy to cut small enough for toddler hands.backyard toy wash
  • Put the soap in the water, and get some bubbles going.backyard car wash soap
  • Grab a sponge and clean those cars!backyard car wash
  • After sponging them down make sure you dry them well and I let them sit upside down so no water gets stuck in any crevasses.backyard car washing game

Need Truck themed books to go along with your car wash? We have a bunch of fun ones to suggest!

 

Shape Safari !

binoculars craft for toddlers
When you are going on a shape safari you don’t need a gun, or even a camera all you need are some funky binoculars, here’s the how to:



Binoculars

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel roll cut in half or two toilet paper rolls, some tissue or other colored paper, a hole punch , glue and ribbon or yarn.
  2. Start by cutting out shapes in your paper. If your child is a toddler you will want to do this a head of time and spend this time showing your child the shapes. Don’t worry if they don’t seem to get it, they are absorbing it, but keep it short so they don’t get bored. Older children can cut out their own shapes.
  3. Get out the glue and start gluing on the shapes. Remember to ask questions, about the colors and shapes but don’t pester them.
  4. Glue the two rolls together and let dry . You can also staple them if needed.
  5. Punch 2 holes and tie the ribbon on and you are good to go!
Shape Safari!

  1. Gather your materials. For older children you really do not need anything more than the funky binoculars and a bag or something to act as home base for all the shapes you find. Younger children I would either use blocks you have that are different shapes or cut some out of paper for the activity.
  2. Hide or place the shapes or blocks around the house in places your child can find them easily. For young toddlers you can just scatter them on the floor, or in the backyard.
  3. Grab your trusty binoculars and start searching for those shapes. Remember to be animated and have fun, get into it and your child will too!
Song!


Herman the Worm- remix!
Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum,
chomp chomp chomp,
Playing with my yo yo ,
woo woo,
When a long came Herman the worm,
and he was shaped like this__( hold up a shape)__
And I said ” Herman what happened?”
And he said I ate a ___( name the shape)____

Do with as many or as few shapes as you please !



Books!


” Earl’s Too Cool For Me!” by Leah Komaiko is a cute and short story about the adventures of a cool kid , but the message is in the end when even though he is cool he is still a regular guy too isn’t too cool after all.

” There’s a Square” by Mary Serfozo is a book all about shapes, all the illustrations contain multiple shapes for your children to find!

” The Loudest Roar”
by Thomas Tayloris a cute board book about Clovis a little Tiger with a big Roar!

 

Backyard Bug Adventure

Bugs Bugs and more Bugs!

This activity is pretty simple, but fun none the less!

  1. Gather your Materials. In this case you need a kid, some boots, and a backyard or park with bugs. If you have an older child you can make a small note book and draw pictures of what you find .
  2. Go outside and get dirty, look for anything creepy and crawly, look under big rocks or pavers. When you find something tell your child about it, let them touch and feel and watch the bug move.
  3. Have older children record your finds in the notebook, younger ones can have fun wiggling like a bug or just playing in the mud!
  4. When you get back inside talk about what you found, what the bugs were like and ask your child what their favorite discovery was. Recounting an event is an important skill for literacy.
Song

Herman the Worm

Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum

( chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo

woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was THIS big
And I said ” Herman WHAT happened?”
And he said ” I ate my sister! “

The next 3 verses substitute in brother, mother and father.
The final verse is as follows:

Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum
(chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo
woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was this tiny
And I said ” Herman what happened?”
And he said ” I burped.”


Books

” Percival the Plain Caterpillar” by Helen Brawley
” The Crunching Munching Caterpillar”
by
Sheridan Cain
” The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
by Eric Carle

* Also by Eric Carle are ” The Grouchy Lady bug” ” The Very Quiet Cricket” and ” The Very busy Spider” among others…..