Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Leprechaun Family

This week when I go home my daughter and grand daughter will be coming with me.
I'm very excited that they will be home for St. Patrick's Day
because we can go visit the Leprechaun Tree.
I got busy on the weekend and made a Leprechaun family for my grand daughter to play with.
It's modelled after her own family with a mom, baby and dad.
When I arrived Sunday night we put her new playscape together.
Starting with a basket filled with green (fake) grass
and a walk way that has jewels glued to it.
A little house came next and she was eager to get the family into play 
but there were a couple of more things to add.
A rainbow stacker, tree and bench finished it off.
Oh and of course a pot of gold.
It's set on top of our little sensory table with a book called 
"The Littlest Leprechaun".
The house soon came out of the basket so it was easier to reach
and the family have been happily tucked in to it several times.
Sometimes those tricky Leprechauns try to get away
but she catches them
and puts them back.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March Treasure Basket - Balls

In January I made a card board box house for my grand daughter 
but she never was comfortable going into it.
I tried poking lights in the top but that didn't interest her
so I thought balls might do the trick.
I spent the past month searching for a variety of balls,
some from my own bins and others from dollar stores.
We set the box on it's side and cut holes for these two big tubes
to fit through.
Then I showed her the balls.
She took each from the basket and showed me her favourites.
Then I took one of the balls and rolled it through the tube.
She copied me.
A couple of balls have lights inside them.
She figured out how to activate them.
I thought they might motivate her to go farther in to the box.
As you see in the video she is stretching into it but I wouldn't say she is

Do you have any suggestions on how to encourage her to go in the box?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Introducing Colours

Colours are all around us and they are fun to introduce.
One of my grand daughter's favourite books is 
"Treasure Hunt Counting Colours"
I like this book because of the big layout.
It's not cluttered but gives a toddler a challenge.
We've followed her lead in showing us what she is interested in on each page.
For example, on the green page, if she points at the frog I say "frog" and introduce the sign.
Then we look to see if there are any other frogs on the page.
Over time I'll add words like big and small
and what sound a frog makes.
On the purple page she was interested in the balloons
so we sign and find all the balloons.
But when she points at the onion we talk about same and different.
Using the signs for each one helps her hear and see that they are different.
At the moment her favourite thing to find on the purple page are the socks.
On the blue page we've introduced "pretend" and pick up the blueberries to eat them.
On the black page it was the truck.
This is because we talk about what her dad drives to work.
We make a sound for truck too (vroom).
On the white page she points to a bear then attempts to sign it.

On the orange page it is the cats.
Then I introduced the sign for tiger and she points to that one too.
Interestingly she rarely spends any time looking at the yellow page
even when I point out things I know she likes.
Whereas brown is my favourite.
Mmmm chocolate, bread, snuggly teddy bears are some of my favourite things.

I think we need to find some easy "I Spy" books for her next.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Oatmeal Revisited in the Sensory Table

A month ago I introduced a sensory table to my grand daughter.
We used ground oats in it and had fun letting it fall from our fingers to the floor.
You can check out the post here.
 This time we used a smaller amount of the oats plus water.
 I had placed the cup of water in the table for her to pour 
but her first attempt ended up on the floor.
 So I poured some it for her.
Her hand reached in and she tried to pick it up
and it went right into her mouth.
 I discouraged that by giving her the cup of water to pour.

I thought she would squish it through her fingers or swirl it around in the tub
but her first instinct was to eat it.
Oh how I forget what toddlers like to do best - everything in their mouth.
This is a reason why I couldn't try this at StrongStart with so many
hands and mouths.
 Even using the spoon she continued to eat it.
I was conflicted if I should let her.
It's not cooked, would it upset her stomach?
Would she eat enough for that to happen?
It's a sensory experience should I just let her explore?
I waffled back and forth and encouraged her to use the spoon
to fill the can.
What would you have done?


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How Does She Learn?

I love watching my grand daughter play.
I love that I have the time to do it.
When I was a young parent with my own children there was always
so much to do.
Now I really have the time to watch 
and see how she learns.
Today I watched as she tried over and over to put the yellow tube into the black one.
These were all going through my head as I watched.
All traits of a good learner.
 She finally got!
 And immediately pulled it apart to do it over again.
She even switched hands and tried it again.
The cool thing about today is that these tubes were from the recycling bin.
I didn't have to buy it or create it.
Something to remember when we are providing for our little ones.
She looked pretty pleased with herself.