Monday, July 16, 2018

A Morning Walk

Every morning, that I'm with our Little One, we go for a stroller walk.
I specify stroller because we can go farther than if she was walking.
(we do her speed walks at other times)
A great destination for us is about 6 blocks away from our house.
What we like about this yard is that it is an ultra-mini farm in the city, right in our neighbourhood.
Benches have been set up between the sidewalk and street so we can sit and enjoy all the work they have done.
When we get there the Little One gets out of the stroller and looks around.
First stop is at the chickens!
They are not out everyday but we are always thrilled when they come out to see us.
We've learned a few things about chickens over the past few weeks.
They scratch the ground and then they peck at it (we're not sure if they are looking for worms or bugs) and they go "buuuuck, buck, buck, buuuuck", which we try to copy.
This ultra-mini farm has apple trees
and raspberries.
We had a conversation about not picking other's fruits unless there is a sign saying we can.
This morning my grand daughter reminded to stop and look for the little things.
Like snails and ants.
And bumblebees!

 We enjoyed taking the time to look around that we did that all the way home
 We found a community garden that has fun, informative signs.
We talked to people walking their dogs.
 We found other gardens that had lots of flowers, pig statutes and bird houses.
We counted the bikes as they whizzed by (there were a lot).
We watched the BIG lawn mower cut the grass in the park.
It was loud and a little scary.
And right by our house we saw this crane.
All of this during a walk around a small part of our neighbourhood.
Hope you enjoyed our walk.  We did!

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.