Children love to plant gardens, and it is especially beneficial for them to do so. Unfortunately, plants can take an awful long time to grow and children are not known for their patience.
And I have learned the hard way that if you attempt to grow a garden with starter plants rather than seeds, the children might be tempted to dig them up and replant them frequently, which can cause root damage and undo stress to the plant.
In an effort to minimize the damage to our live plants, I created this pretend play garden for my children and their friends, and it has so far been a roaring success. (more…)
SunnyGirl loves to play with big brother’s school supplies. This is one of those times when digging through LittleMan’s literacy supply drawer wonder resulted in using old materials in new ways.
Welcome back for another installment of our collaborative toddler series. This week Kristan, of Munchkin and Bean, and I are talking all about toddlers in nature!
If you look through this site enough, see all the fun activities we do, then you might get the wrong idea about my children CONSTANTLY having something to do, some activity planned out for them. What I don’t often take the time to show is what my kids do when left to their own devices, and I should share that because it is crucial to their development.
Time for another installment of our toddler series. This week, Kristan, of Munchkin and Bean, and I are talking about pom poms.
Here’s a fun DIY game that can fit in your purse or diaper bag for on the go. If you happen to live near a beach, then you could collect some shells and make this game for free. Otherwise, if you find yourself land-locked as I do, you can purchase affordable sea shells online or at your nearest hobby shop.
Welcome back to the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series between myself and the ever-creative Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are talking about nature. Making art from nature, crafting with natural objects, sensory exploration in nature, etc..
SunnyGirl is a pretty big fan of oil pastels for coloring. We put a fun twist on this simple activity by having leaves handy. She outlined the leaves on the paper and even colored directly on the leaves.
We’re back with the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and the fabulous Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are seeing things through our toddlers’ point of view with the aid of mirror play.
I made these mirror cards for SunnyGirl, you can feel free to download your own copy from the text link below. To use mirror cards, any old mirror will do, however we used our DIY mirror box which also happens to be great for teaching symmetry and other early math concepts.
Time for another installment in our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and the lovely Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we’re talking about chalk.
By bringing our magnetic letter set outside, we really kicked up our chalk play a notch.
SunnyGirl has finally mastered color recognition, so its time to step it up and show her how colors are made. Before we move on to cover shades and such, we’re going to practice mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.
For this experiment, I laid out 9 clear cups, each 1/3rd full of water. I put red food dye drops into two cups, yellow food dye drops into two cups, and blue food dye drops into two cups, leaving three cups with clear water. Then I laid out the cups in groupings so SunnyGirl knew which ones to mix.
Its time for another installment of our toddler-specific series. This week I am working with creative genius Kristan over at Munchkin and Bean to bring you color sorting activities.
I’ve seen a lot of elaborate homemade activities and expensive store bought toys specific to teaching children their colors. I don’t know about you but I don’t have an excess of time nor money to be spending on something that I can whip up in the blink of an eye for free. And chances are, if you have multiple children in your home, you probably already have several color sorting activities at your disposal. Just look at your older child’s school supplies. Do they have multi-colored paper clips? Construction paper scraps? How about a box of crayons? Anything that comes in multiple colors at all? If the answer is yes then you’ve got a color sorting activity right there.