Ellie’s been such a little poppet today ❤️ we’ve had good fun and she loved her little dinosaur set up which I made for when she came back from preschool.
She’s super sensitive and funny about having messy hands so we’ve been doing lots of fun things to distract her! .
Let your kid create and you will probably surprise when the magic begins✨
One of the main benefits of the Art LightBox is a great number of options for different games. It is a space for your creativity and fantasy.🎨
New day- new game 🧩
Our play room is finally finished and clean! (For now 😂) I had felt so overwhelmed with all the toys we had, mainly because they weren’t even getting played with, so I took a good chunk out and put some in storage to bring out occasionally or switch out with other toys. Then I donated a bunch more toys that were either out grown or just not loved very much. I feel so much happier with now everything looks, and Marshall absolutely loves the house section. I’ll post before and after photos in my stories!
We had so much fun reading Paddington and doing lots of fun activities all day long to go with the story. One of my favorites was drawing in shaving cream like Paddington does. A wasn’t too sure about getting her hands all messy but once I did it she joined in and enjoyed it! Swipe to see their adorable Paddington craft they made too! I wrote a blog post about all the Paddington fun we had so go check it out (link in bio) to see what else we did! I also put the Paddington printable on that blog post so you can make your own Paddington craft!
At the Clubhouse we teach every day, we help the children to learn basic skills as well as helping them reach milestones and become school ready. We plan daily activities based around their current likes and preferences as well as current events going on....but....we’re also very much child led, they are in charge of what they play with and we go with the mood of the group we have in so sometimes the plans go out the window! 😄 This week we went completely off topic, initially having had a reshuffle of resources which sparked the childrens interests, imagination flowed all week and Yesterday they were so lively that we shoved everything aside (plans and furniture) and had a spontaneous show and dance party!🥳 So much fun and laughs with lots of happy children #whynot#eyfsfun#kidsparty#caterpillarclubhouselaindon#childcare#childcareprovider#laindon#laindonwest#basildon#daycare#daynursery#eyfs#earlyyears#learningthroughplay#comeandplay
••One concept done two ways.••
There are many ways to carry out this activity. What I chose to do was cover an old oatmeal container with felt, and then cut an X in the lid so the kids could reach their hand in, but not see inside.
👦🏼 For M, this activity was all about encouraging him to use his sense of touch to use and introduce new descriptive language and make guesses based upon what he was feeling (a scientific skill.) As you can see from the photo, he loved it!!
I gathered a variety of household items (spoon, hair gel in a bag, cold pack, his underwear [we need to make it silly somehow, right?!😆], an orange, etc.) and placed them inside the container one at a time. M would feel and describe what he was touching and then make a guess based on that. As he was doing this I recorded his responses in his learning journal. (I will share a post about his journal soon.) At the end, he shared that the “bag of gel” was his favorite thing to feel. 😄
. 👶🏼 For C, this activity was all about sensory exploration. Similarly, I gathered items from around the house that had a variety of textures and sounds (a soft doll, a wooden piece of play cheese, a rainstick, a spoon, etc.) and filled the container with them. She currently LOVES to take things out of cabinets, bags, boxes, etc. so this was right in line with her interests and gave her a targeted way to explore her favorite thing to do rather than in an area I didn’t really want her to, ie. the spice drawer. 😁
It was a wonderful activity for her to complete independently and allowed me the opportunity to get dinner together. M actually tried to do the activity with her as he and I did, which was adorable, but also a teachable moment where we talked about how sissy isn’t yet able to complete the activity as he does.
🚗Here is a little photo showing the size of these fun new cars. 👍They measure 4 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches and are 3/4 inches thick. We will also be trying them out in a "thicker" 1 3/4 inches option like our trucks but have not gotten to that yet!
🤗I am putting them in our Etsy shop after I post this today so they are officially available to purchase!
🌱We have new faces around here so besides me planning to do a friday introduction tomorrow, I wanted to do a quick FACT CHECK for those who know nothing about our toys.
🍁 #1 We don't stain our wood, these are the natural and beautiful colors of the wood so you do not have to worry about babies or kids putting them in their mouths.
🍃 #2 The toys are toxic free, meaning we seal them with organic coconut oil and beeswax period. The glue that we use is a hyde glue made from animals and much safer than standard wood glues.
🍂 #3 My husband and I cut each toy out with our own two hands. We do not use a CNC machine that "prints" out the toys for us. We use a template that we created (also cut out by hand either with a scroll saw or the bandsaw) to ensure that each piece is the same. We also sand the majority or every toy by hand and sand them multiple times to guarantee smooth and safe surfaces. 🍁 #4 Did you know that wood is actually anti-microbial meaning it cleans and kills germs on its surface!? Where plastic and other toys may accumulate germs and grow them wood is actually killing off the germs. If the toys need a little clean, you should never submerge our toys in water simply wipe with a damp cloth, let air dry and refinish with coconut oil (coconut oil has fatty acids and can help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi).
🐾 Thanks for getting to know our products a little better! Please, if you love our creations do not hesitate to share our business with friends and family. Counting on social media to spread the word is not a good tactic these days so we really do appreciate all of you that share what we are up to. 💚
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Childhood is the time to nurture a lifelong love of learning — or not. Exploration in a constantly-changing outdoor environment stimulates curiosity in a simple yet profound way for all types of learners. And the best part: it might take some effort to get to the “classroom”, but once you’re there, it’s FREE! 📷: @theclayhomestead Of #freeforestschool of Chattanooga, TN
SASSY TWO’S • So this week has been a little bit grrrr at times 🙈. Bubs is starting to test the boundaries...💕 -
For example the other day she gave me the look (the look of I’m going to test you mummy) and then lobbed her food across the room 😬. It’s like she wants to see how I will react, and what she can get away with. On my last post @jamieson_mrs_ said bubs is sassy (or something similar), so to make myself feel better I’m calling it “the sassy two’s 🤣) 🌈 -
Any advise on dealing with this stage?? 💕💕 -
A L P H A B E T F I S H I N G • Do you have some magnetic alphabet letters - you’ll need them for this game - mine are from elc and are so worth getting as we use them all the time for so many different activities👍
To play the game simply pop the magnetic letters into a bowl. We then used our Cranky the crane but you can use anything that’s going to stick to the magnets. We dropped the crane into the bowl and saw what came out. We matched the letter up to our flash card, and then talked about the letter name, what sound it made and also discussed things which started with that letter. A great little game to help letter recognition and introduce phonics👍
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NEW CRATE ANNOUNCEMENT!
The 💕 XOXO Crate💕 will be February’s crate of the month and will begin shipping on February 1! Get your child in the spirit of Valentine’s Day without touching a piece of candy 🍭!!! 🤗
Included in your crate will be all the materials needed to do the following three activities (more photos to come this week!):
1. Built with Love Sensory Bin: Tap your child’s inner engineer by using this beautiful purple rice and some mini cups along with some measuring spoons to build towers, pyramids, etc. (*NOTE: this is messy...invest in a small broom and dust pan to teach your child how to sweep up afterwards!)
2. Fizzing Hearts ♥️: Your little scientist 👩🔬 👨🔬 will make a chemical reaction that will make their hearts beat a little faster!
3. Paper Heart Sculptures: To round out this #STEAM crate, your child will make an art sculpture that incorporates the science of building using paper hearts. They are beautiful and won’t even realize they are learning!
Play. Learn. Get Messy!
Order at tinkeringtoddler.com or click the link in my profile. Limited supplies available, so don’t miss out on this one!
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Parenting is part of our growing journey into something fantastic. The path might be bumpy, with cracks and holes. You might not see where that path is leading neither. And there are also nice smooth areas, shiny bridges on that path leading us to amazing experiences with our child.
Our child is showing us ways to become the best version of ourself if we choose to see that path, even if it's little step by little step.
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Birthday fun with the Wonderdough Lady!!! Love what you do and it's all so worth it!!! And worth smiling 💙💙💙💙 #smile
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Growing Ice - epic and awesome! Had a couple of successful attempts but you need to catch the water when it’s almost frozen and no ice formed yet in bottle for it to work. Not the easiest when trying to get tea on the table for 6, I now have a million bottles of frozen water where I just missed that magic moment. Instructions I read suggested 3 hours freezing (way too long) I reckon somewhere between 1-2 hours but utterly freezer dependent. 💦 ➡️ ❄️
We are searching for letters to complete the name! Maddie pretty much mastered the matching game of her name letters but it doesn't hurt to do it over and over again to gain more confidence! We used previously dyed orange rice (from fall sensory bin), a clear bin from @target ($2), #bananagrams letters that I had for years, and I added clear pebbles from @dollartree for extra sensory exploration. I simply dumped everything together, asked Maddie to match the letters and voila. Check my stories to see how she did!
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DIY name/letter recognition activity✨
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While Little Doors is fantastic for connecting your family with your toddler, you can make Little Doors even more fun with learning videos. Have Grandpa count to ten. Have Uncle Harry point out colors. Have Neighbor Sue sing the ABCs.
What is snow? Another fab book. Feel like I learnt something today as never knew every single snowflake has 6 sides or points 🤯. We been using cubes and ruler to measure different height penguins and polar bears. And there’s been some building brilliance today too, younger one learning how to make a simple car and older ones building ‘the cuckoo nest castle’
It’s supposed to freeze tonight so I thought we’d made some frozen flower blocks. A quick rummage in the recycling and I found these containers. T enjoyed picking my flowers apart to make them. We’ll leave them outside over night and check on them in the morning.
Utilising the windowsill now and think it's the perfect home for our Grimms houses! (as long as they don't start to fade 🤔) These little houses are so super cute 😍 I'm really loving all the colour in our playroom now. For some reason I used to hate it! 🤣🤷♀️
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Don’t underestimate the power of play!
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What this photo doesn’t show is the mess of materials all over the floor just past the shelf on the far left as I’m in the middle of a big rotation. 😂 That mess has been there all week, which really helped me to re-evaluate our classroom space. The girls barely even noticed the mess over there, which made me realize just how infrequently they choose work from that side of the room. I don’t think it’s because they’re not interested in the materials — when we do them for lessons they are often some of the most loved lessons! I think it’s because the little language/cultural nook is too cramped and there’s not enough space to actually do any work in there. I’m going to rearrange some shelves today to make that space more open and inviting — if only I can get that mess off the floor and onto the shelves! #momtessorilife#homeschoolroom#preparedenvironment