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.


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.