Lately LittleMan has been really into studying Barnum Brown, the paleontologist who first unearthed tyrannosaurus. I wanted a way to bring history to life for him, outside of books and documentaries, so I thought it would be fun to build a diorama. While doing a bit of pre-project research, I found out that Peeps are a really popular diorama staple! LittleMan and I decided to take it a step further and make our diorama almost entirely out of edible items.
Tag Archiv: sensory play
Messy Playdates are a bit of a family tradition for us. This is our fourth year hosting a messy playdate, our second year having a theme, and our first year inviting EVERYONE in our local homeschool group to attend.
The concept is pretty simple: keep things open ended, let the kids get creative, explore with materials that appeal to all 5 senses, have fun, and get messy.
A few months ago my children were given some kinetic sand for their birthdays. The texture of this stuff was fantastic, it was just like sand except it held shape and it was far easier to clean up. I immediately fell in love with kinetic sand, but still had no idea how to play with it.
So when I had the opportunity to read a book titled “35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids” (by Dyan Robson) I was excited.
Today I am excited to join up with Play Ground Park Bench and a great group of bloggers to present to you a world-wide tour by flower.
Since I currently live in Michigan, I present you with the elegant yet simple apple blossom. The apple blossom is the official state flower of Michigan, to learn about the official wild flower of Michigan you’ll have to visit Betsy’s Photography.
Our quite the collection of Tonka cars. So much so that I decided to re-locate half of their collection to our outdoor classroom. Many of their Tonka cars are construction vehicles, which inspired me to create a construction play area for them.
Last year we built a mud kitchen for our children and it was wholly popular among our children and their friends. Lots of big time messy play went down at that mud kitchen. While we loved our old mud kitchen, it wasn’t very easy on the eyes. This year we decided to revamp the idea; build a new, more visually appealing mud kitchen.
What would an outdoor play space be if it didn’t have a sandbox?
We’ve had our share of sandbox phases throughout the years. When LittleMan was just an infant, not quite old enough to be trusted not to eat a handful of sand, we filled his paddling pool with colored rice and construction vehicles. After that we moved on to a small sensory bin of plain sand. Then a sensory bin of plain sand and water. As he gets older though, he has more of an interest in designing sand castles and digging elaborate tunnels. These activities require just the right sand mix so they don’t crumble apart.
In the hot summer months, playing with water is an excellent way to cool off, but I don’t always have the ability to fill up the paddling pools for them to have a dip. A water wall is a great compromise, a way to play in water and cool off, but without all the prep work and hassle of filling and emptying their pools.
Both LittleMan and SunnyGirl have birthdays this month so we’ve been incorporating their birthdays into our daily lessons and activities. Today we used birthday candles and some mud kitchen supplies to practice our math skills.
After the success of our Jack-o-Lantern Discovery Bottles at Halloween, I knew I wanted to make something similar for the winter season so I gathered more empty peanut butter jars and set to work making these.