Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What's in the Tub Tuesday?

This week I didn't have a chance to go home and restock materials,
so I used what they have on hand and that is their loose toys.
They played with them the same way they do from the toy box.  And that is taking each out and throwing them on the floor.
A few they would hold and play with it.
Overall they didn't play with it too much.
Oh well!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Book Play - Brown Rabbit's Shape Book

 It is so much fun exploring books with this little one.
She loves books and I love bringing them to life, a perfect match.
 There have been lots of birthdays lately so I thought this would be a fun book as it has a present to open.
The present is a square box with a container in it.  The container has a circle lid and it is full of balloons.
 A big red round balloon, like a circle.
I had fun letting the balloons fly around, she didn't like it so much.
There is a purple pear shaped balloon, an orange oval balloon, a long rectangle shaped balloon and a multicoloured balloon that we thought looked like a caterpillar.
But she did like trying to blow up the balloons.
 After playing with them for a while, and letting the air escape, we finally left them expanded and tied them closed.

What is your favourite book to share with little ones?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What's in the Tub Tuesday?

Dry instant mashed potatoes was in the tub this week.
The oldest grand daughter got to play with it first.
She watched as I poured it into the tub.
It looked like snow falling.
The the twins woke up and joined in the exploration.
Of course one or two of them had to taste it.
There was lots of pinching, grabbing and releasing.
Making it snow all over!
But having it fall on the floor gave them another experience, how does it feel on their feet?
Also gave them more exercise of getting up and down.
If they started to crawl and away I was busy sweeping up after them.
Overall it was a fun experience to do and watch.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book Play - The Mitten

Last year my grand daughter's favourite book was The Mitten.
I pulled it out again to see if the interest was still there.
To make it inviting I sewed some felt together to make this winter scene.
A soft, white mitten was sewn to the felt too.
I hid all the animals in the mitt.
The bear came out and said 'gr, gr'.
The fox was hard to take out because of his long tail.
The raccoon tried to climb into a tree then he went to the river to find a fish.
The animals explored the winter scene, walking on the snow, climbing in the trees, splashing in the water and hiding under a snow tunnel.
My grand daughter had fun playing but the interest isn't the same as last year and that's ok.

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.