Today is the final installment of our collaborative tot series with Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. Today we’re talking about messy play.
For today’s post we’re using throw-back pictures, from 3 years ago when (more…)
The 4th of July is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than some red, white, and blue fun. This post is yet another installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series between myself and the clever Kristan of Munchkin and Bean.
My children love playing with sensory bins (and its good for them too!) so I of course decided to put together a 4th of July sensory bin for SunnyGirl to explore.
Normally when we do our addition and subtraction work, we use glass gems as our counters. For a fun change of pace, we used water beads the other day. Funny how something so simple, seemingly unimportant, made LittleMan excited to do his basic addition practice.
These days, times are tough and money is tight for most people. Despite this, many families still spend a lot of dough to give their children playful opportunities to learn, but you don’t have to! This activity was hours of fun for SunnyGirl, prompted some great learning through play and conversation, and best of all it was completely FREE.
I’ve joined with other bloggers today to create this Sensory Bin Challenge. The guidelines are simple enough: set out a container of plain white or brown rice for your child to explore. Do not dye nor scent the rice beforehand. Do not include tools nor toys to play with the rice. Simply give the child a bin of plain rice and let them add to it whatever they choose.
It is finally starting to feel like spring in our neck of the woods so I’m ready to put aside the snowy-day activities and get our warm weather fun on! To me spring all about the flowers and the insects and the birds. One of our favorite spring time themes is butterflies, and we’ve done quite a bit with butterflies in the past so sometimes it is hard to think of new ways to play with old themes. This bin was so super simple though, I can’t believe I never thought of it before!
The key to pulling the whole thing off was a butterfly shaped paper punch (the newest addition to my scrapbooking supplies). I simply punched out butterflies from three different colors of construction paper.
I am joining up with a great group of bloggers today to bring you 40 days of sensory bin fillers. Each of us is discussing one filler everyday for 40 days straight, you can get links to all the posts in the series over at Little Bins for Little Hands.
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We’ve just capped off our ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series and to celebrate, we’re giving away a geek themed sensory bin to one lucky winner in the continental US.
While the Reggio approach to early childhood education is not quite right for our family, I’ve always admired the beautiful materials used. Specifically the attention to light and reflection which seems to captivate the children exposed to these nurturing environments.
We’ve long had a light table for the children to play on, but we’ve only recently made them a mirror box. Reflections are after-all one of the most basic forms of optical illusions…
Mirror boxes really are quite simple to make. You merely need (more…)
We are pretty big TMNT fans around here, so coming up with a new idea for this post was a little trying. We already shared 15 things you can do with your TMNT fan and last October we talked about our TMNT family group costume and a TMNT small world play activity. This time I thought I’d focus on just the sensory aspect of play, but LittleMan surprised me by creating an elaborate storyline using the very few utensils I provided.
For this activity I (more…)