Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Discovering an Ocean

During the Canada Day long weekend our daughter, son in-law and grand daughter came home for a visit.
It was the first time we could take Our Little One to the beach. 
Not just a sandy beach but an ocean beach where we find crabs, fish, barnacles and more.
We found little crabs, hiding under rocks, as soon as we got closer to the water's edge.
Then we found the waves and the sandy shore.
These little waves were a challenge for her little legs.
Good thing she had help from mom and dad.
Time to explore the shore.
The sand is so much fun to grab with little fingers and transfer to the bucket.
And fun to splash it all off.
Dad found a little fish as he was combing the edge of the surf.
Opa found our Little One as she was running across the sand.

Back at the Little One's home I created an ocean discovery bin for her.
I started with real and toy shells, fish, snails, crabs and more.
I covered those with strips of blue and green, thin vinyl tablecloth.
I stuck in these little plastic trees, that look a bit like floating seaweed, and more shells, fish and shiny flat pebbles.
Time to explore.
Her favourite was the shiny flat pebbles.
The bin is fun but nothing compared to the real live ocean and tide pools.

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!