Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What's in the Tub Tuesday?

 I brought a sensory table to use at the twins' house.
 Today I filled it with pom poms.  Big, medium and small as well as foam snowflakes and little snowmen. 
 The older little one had a chance to play with it while the twins were napping.
 When the twins woke up the play changed.
While the older one was busy picking one at a time and transferring it to a container
the little ones was focused on emptying the tub.
And putting them in their mouths.
 I realized I had to change it up to make it safer.
That afternoon we read the book by Lois Ehlert called Snowballs
and the tub now held only big and medium pom poms. 
The little ones still pulled each pom pom out of the tub and often tasting them but I didn't have to worry about choking.
I was amazed to watch her lift the tub out of the table and then dump the pom poms onto her own head.
She eventually figured out how to stand up inside of the table and push it around like a homemade walker.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Homemade Easel

This was the final post from 2018 that I'm just having a chance to finish.
My grand daughter likes to paint on the easel at StrongStart
so I decided to make one for her at home.
My daughter had a box, that is similar to a pizza box, that I used to create the easel.
I opened it all the way up and taped it to her sensory table.
I taped a clear tray to the bottom and inserted a paper clip to hold the paper.
I decide to use waterpaint cakes instead of liquid paint for a couple of reasons.
One they don't need to be covered.
Two they are less messy.
Three she can use them any time she wants without assistance.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A New Year and An Expanded Adventure

For the past year I have spent half of every week looking after my grand daughter.
People think my oldest daughter is lucky that I do this while I think I am the lucky one to be able to spend so much time with them and build a relationship with the little one.
Now my youngest daughter is heading back to work, after her maternity leave, and I've agreed to look after her one year old twins.
My husband has offered to come and help me.
Now he can share in the joy that I experience everyday with them.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Old St Nicholas Had a Tree (with Signing)

I've done a post on this Christmas song in the past 
This year I added sign language to it.
Check out video to learn the signs then go to the past post to hear the song.
Merry Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Twins Christmas Tree

For my younger grand daughters (they just turned 1) I made a tree from a cardboard box.
I found these amazing screws, for cardboard, at a store in Vancouver.
They work like a charm and hold the cardboard pieces together so simply and firmly.
I cut one hole in each side and finished off the edges with tape.
I gave the girls a basket each full of balls.
 Some balls were smooth, ruff, prickly, small, big, rubber, plastic and some have lights inside that shine when they are hit or dropped.
After they spent time checking out all the balls I showed them how the balls can disappear into the tree.
The balls that light up are great motivators for the little ones to look through the holes.
 It didn't take them long to figure out to drop the ball through the hole
but getting it out again was a challenge.
 These two are quite physical so it wasn't a surprise to see the tree tipped on to it's side.
 Which seemed like a perfect invitation to go inside.
If one tries it then the other often does too.
I think they like all the balls the best.

A couple of days later I visited again to see they were trying to get the ball out through the hole.  I noticed that she tried with both arms.
When that didn't work she went around to the open end.
It may be a proud Nana talking but I think they are clever.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Decorating a Tree

Talking with my daughters, leading up to Christmas, they were both wondering if they should put up a real tree yet.  Or would their little ones be too curious and try to pull it down?
For my oldest grand daughter I found this big felt tree.
It is a big cone and has velcro that holds it together.
(makes it easy to flatten and store through the year).
She was excited to discover  all the decorations
and took time check out each one.
On the tree there are lots of red pompoms.
Each felt ornament has a string attached so it can be looped over the pompoms.
 I thought this would be challenging for her but she managed very well.
For a younger child the felt ornaments will easily stick to the felt tree.
Finally there is a star that sits on top.
They added lights and now have a toddler friendly Christmas tree.
Tomorrow I'll share what I made for the one year old twins.