Friday, July 13, 2018

Curler Can

Here's another simple toy to make that your child will LOVE!
All you need is an old coffee can with the lid.
I used the larger size can so I can make several holes.
You will need hair curlers, I find the bristly ones work best as they give an added traction and a neat sound when pushed into the hole.
And this time I also used playing cards to challenge our Little One.
I have made this before at StrongStart using fat, medium and skinny curlers.
First, take the lid off the can and trace around the curler.  
Then cut out the hole.
Do that as many times as you like.
I made two holes.
Next do the same for the playing card.
It will look like a long slit.  After she tried it once I made the slit a bit longer.
I loved watching her try putting the card in the round hole then trying the slit after realizing it wouldn't fit in the circle shape.
Her favourite part of this activity is taking the lid off and on.
 A very simple homemade toy that offers opportunity for trial and error, shape recognition, eye to hand coordination, fine motor and solving a problem.
Make it for your little one!

Monday, July 9, 2018

I'll Fill It Myself

Last week I cleaned out the Little One's sensory bin and left it empty till I arrived this week.
Well before I left last week the Little One and I were playing at home.
I was in the kitchen and she disappeared into the bedrooms.
I realized it was awfully quiet in the bedroom so I went in to check.
I found her inside the tub of the sensory table.
She was having a great time sitting on the edge (except that the mirror started falling on her).  
I quickly slipped that down behind and she went on playing with her baby.
This was great play for her and she worked hard to climb into the tub so I let her continue.
 Getting out takes a lot more courage and manoeuvring.
It also takes courage to ask for help too.
It's a self motivating physical development climber.
I would never have thought of this!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fairy House

This past weekend our grand daughter came to visit us.
She was in play heaven.
Going between Nana's playroom and
 outside with Opa to his trains.
But one toy that she really enjoyed playing with this time was 
the Fairy Box.
I first blogged about it here.
In four months her interest and ability to participate in imaginative play has grown.
 Did the fairy fall down or is she sleeping?
"Sleep" says the little one.
I found a few little extra pieces for the Fairy Box.
She is pouring some tea for the fairies
and eventually her baby doll.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Caterpillar-Butterfly Play Tray

For the month of June I transformed our bin from the Tall Tall Grass to a bin full of...
leaves and flowers,
eggs on leaves,
and chrysalis for the caterpillar to go into
and a butterfly come out.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dog's Colourful Day

Our latest book to have fun with is Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.
You can find the felt board pattern at Making Learning Fun.
We read the book several times before I introduced the felt board pieces.
I initially used pompoms for the coloured dots.
They worked great for her little fingers,
and for matching to the pictures.
 But they rolled off the felt board when it was standing up.
So I made coloured felt circles for her to use.
They worked great, regardless of where she placed them on Dog.
A bonus was that they worked well for matching to the pompoms.
Her favourite part in the book was the yellow pollen falling off the bee.
I think it is because we were seeing so many bees in our raspberry bushes at the time.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Opa Brought a Train!

Opa came to visit last week and he brought a train.
 He carried the big bin into the back yard and started unpacking it.
The little one spotted the people 
and began to put them in the cars.
And out again.
Opa started laying the track under close supervision and looks like strong suggestions.
She was enthusiastic and a big help.
The track is together and out comes the train.  
Hook them together and watch them go.
 Time to play.  
Load the people on the cars then give the red caboose a little push.
Oh no! It was too hard of a push, the caboose derailed.
No worries, Opa is here to set it back on.
 Next came a lesson in operating the train.
She learned fast which button made the train noise.
As Opa operated, the little one explored the buildings.
In the afternoon we found a box and made a tunnel.
Then a few of her stuffed animals got to go for a ride.