Sensory Fun !

Sifting for Treasure !

This is a challenging sensory activity for preschoolers but toddlers like my son will still enjoy it , they will likely just do what he did, which is scoop the sand and treasure into the 2nd bowl. Children have to use a steady hand to gently sift the sand to expose the treasure, this is definitely a great activity for working on patience.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sand ( I got mine in the home section of Walmart) , and small objects to hide in it. We are using pom poms and plastic coins. You will also need a small sieve and 2 bowls.
  2. Pour your sand into a bowl, and pop in the objects.
  3. Cover them with sand.
  4. GO OUTSIDE- I say this because we had a traumatic Dustbuster experience last time we did sand in the house, the Dustbuster sucked up the sand but shot it right back out and into my and my son’s eyes. Worst mama moment to date, we were both in tears.
  5. Start searching for treasure.
  6. Older children should take the time to sift out all the sand so the little bowl only has the treasure in it ,no sand.
  7. Younger ones can just explore and scoop, my son had plenty of fun doing this over and over.

Book!

“up above and down below” by Sue Redding is about 30 years too late,because this would have been my favorite book as a preschooler! I love this book, I have been reading and re reading it just awwing at the pictures and how cool it is to see what goes on above ground vs below, on the deck of a ship vs below and my favorite one the golf course! My son and I poured over the pictures,finding different things every time we looked at a page. Great book and I hope to see so many more from this author!

Toddler Friendly Shamrock Craft

St.Patrick’s Day is on the way and here is our first lucky craft! I love making collages because they offer wide boundaries and can be a small easy craft or for older children it can go on and on with layers of materials and textures.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( cereal boxes are perfect weight) , a marker, green paint or crayons, glue, and various green collage material. I am using pom poms , tissue paper and felt.
  2. Draw a shamrock on the cereal box.
  3. Have your child paint or color the shamrock.
  4. While they are painting take a second to cut the tissue paper, and felt into small pieces.
  5. When the shamrock is dry,add the glue
  6. Add your collage materials. There is no wrong way to do this, so have fun !
  7. Let dry and cut out.

 

Books!

For few great St. Patrick’s Day Books you have to check out
Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
This blog is wonderful, the reviews and age recommendations are spot on.
I think you should bookmark this link for sure.

Toddler Playdough Sculptures

play dough ideas for kids
On Tuesday I was watching ( well mostly listening to) the Presidential Inauguration and that meant my little man was house bound , so I needed a lot of fun things up my sleeve. We made crafts, we played with water , built a city with blocks and our piece de resistance these super cool playdough sculptures!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some play-dough and something fun to stick in it. We used popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls.
  2. Start creating.
  3. My son made the same thing over and over, birthday cakes! We sung happy birthday to many things including the new president, it was a fun day.
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Candy Cane Craft For Toddlers

candy cane craft I am always trying to sneak in different textures and use different tools during art time , this craft does both. Using things you have around the house you can make a delightful little candy cane !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( like an old cereal box), some red paint, a marker, glue , cotton balls and something to paint with. We are using a dish scrubber because it’s been a while since we’ve painted with it but anything will do, finger painting is a great option too!
  2. Start by drawing a candy cane on the cardboard.
  3. Paint it red and let it dry.
  4. Add some stripes of glue.
  5. Pop on some cotton balls and Let dry.
  6. When it’s all dry cut it out and you have a sweet , soft and fluffy treat!

 

Books!

” Not Until Christmas Walter!”by Eileen Christelow is a cute book that captures the relationship between a girl and her four legged best friend! Walter the dog is eager to get at his present before the big day, when he opens it before Christmas he ends up in the doghouse! It takes a few events to earn his position as a best friend back but he finds a way! The book is broken into 3 chapters and would be a great book for children in the gap between picture books and chapter books.

” Merry Christmas Ollie” by Olivier Dunrea captures the feelings of children leading up to the holidays…wait…wait…wait… I remember those feelings well. Patience is a hard thing to learn for big people, but it’s almost impossible to be patient when you are waiting for something as magical as Christmas when you are little. This book is a great vehicle for talking about being patient, and the little geese will enchant you!

” Mooseltoe” by Margie Palantini is a funny holiday story with the characters from Moosestash , this time Moose is set on making Christmas perfectly perfect, only ooops he forgot the tree! Luckily he offers up himself and doesn’t do too bad a job as a Christmas tree! This book was to long for my toddler but older preschoolers and even school age kids will love the humor and fun illustrations.

Brr It’s Chilly !!


Iceberg
Painting

We’ve been doing a lot of crafts and young children need to have free art time to create, as well a variety of sensory experiences to discover new things, so this was the perfect answer! Also the ice cubes don’t melt very fast so we were able to pack them up to use for another day!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an ice cube tray, some paint, water, a few paper towels, paper and a pan.
  2. Start the night before and put some paint in the ice cube tray. Add water and freeze.
  3. In the morning or after , pop the ice cubes out and let soften for about 5 minutes.
  4. Line your pan with a layer of paper towel add a piece of paper .
  5. Start painting ! While painting ask about how it feels, see if they will hold the cubes long enough to make a few drips of water etc… there is no wrong way to do this.