Spiders don’t have to be scary!

Egg Carton Spider!
An egg carton and pipe cleaners are not just for making caterpillars!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an egg carton, any size will work. Some paint and a brush,scissors, 4 pipe cleaners and something to protect your table. Painting such a small thing means lots of mess! * You may want to get some googly eyes for older children but I discourage you using them for toddlers, they love popping them in their mouths and those suckers are sharp when bitten and a choking hazard.
  2. Cut your carton so you have just one little section.
  3. Paint it, and let dry completely.
  4. Make 4 small holes with sharp scissors on each side of the carton, and feed pipe cleaners through.
  5. Glue on googly eyes or for younger toddlers you can draw them on with a marker as long as the paint is completely dry.

* Now 2 days after making this spider my son who is 15 months old is in LOVE with his spider. I really thought this activity would be more of one about painting for him, but he has been carrying this spider around and to the dinner table now for a day and a half!

Song!


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout,
down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried out all the rain,
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again!


Books!

There are a lot of great spider books, in fact a whole series of ” Miss Spider” books the by David Kirk. These two books I am showing are both board books although there are hard cover and soft cover versions as well. ” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies is a great, there are soft ribbon tags along the pages and offers a tactile activity for young babies and toddlers that are not ready for static pictures. ” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle is a great story about hard work!

” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle
” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies

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!