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!
❄️ADVICE❄️I’ve been asked about some winter coloured dolls. I’ve started painting some of the set with shades of blue.
Do I leave them plain for open ended play? Or...
Do I paint hair (maybe white) and some snowflakes on the body?
Most weeks we only do formal school activities four days a week. I leave one weekday open for an all day adventure or an at-home day with no real agenda. Sometimes I make a list of productive things to do around the house while they play and other days we all stay in pajamas and make messes and memories. Today we skipped our morning chore time, have a cousin visiting for the day, and have playdough spread all over the table. I've got the coffee on longer than usual and we're all singing along to @seedsofworship. I'm a very structured person, by nature. I cannot imagine living in a world with no rhythm or structure. But, I also thrive in occasionally breaking my own rules and plans. So of course, I have a PLAN to break the plan. 🤦😆 It makes me feel a lot like my daughter in this picture. 🦋 It's a strange paradox, really. Can anyone else relate? #itscomplicated
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future - Jeremiah 29:11 *
Mais voici ce que dit l'Eternel: Dès que soixante-dix ans seront écoulés pour Babylone, je me souviendrai de vous, et j'accomplirai à votre égard ma bonne parole, en vous ramenant dans ce lie - Jérémie 29:11
Two thumbs up for slime! 👍👍Okay, at least according to my kids...as for me? I hate making the stuff! <-- yep, it's true.
Do your kids love slime too?
Then try making this lavender slime! You can get the full tutorial on the blog by searching for "lavender slime" or by using the link in the profile.
1 15an hour ago
~Little Boxes~ what started out as a lid to a cardboard box soon became a Lego Hero TV. Complete with monsters and monster babies along with unhatched eggs.
And an enormous 🔥
The power of the cardboard box.~ and so what you don’t see is......
A courageous 4yr old- with a central line- a Portacath- inserted just under the skin in his upper chest. Which is accessed via a needle being inserted into his chest into a small reservoir.
Having an infusion over 60mins- an infusion that he really didn’t like at first, which made him frightened, upset and angry-but slowly with time, explanations , specialised play equipment, skills and pre and post procedural play. .
He now feels a little bit more in control- rather than be an onlooker in his treatments.
He has reconnected to his body and is involved in the process, understanding the stages.
Observing his family watch and smile, and hear them say how happy they are, that he is happy,
How he looks forward to visiting, wondering what he will make.
The role of the Health Play Specialist has many layers.
Play has many layers.
1 6an hour ago
We love 🌧 days here at SK Gym! Does your child have a favorite 🌧 day activity? .:Comment below:.
Fun activity or just a great way to cover my living room in oats?! 😆 Really simple set up of porridge oats with pans and utensils for my two to play with this afternoon. As well as being lots of fun, sensory (or messy) play like this helps develop neural pathways in the brain which pave the way for future learning; it supports language development, problem solving, social skills and fine motor development; and it is a lovely calming activity (although not necessarily for whoever is clearing up 😂). You can also use this kind of play to provide opportunities for other learning: for example T has been writing a menu, or you could easily add in a bit of maths by adding prices and a few coins in to the play. Another way of extending the play would be introducing some music - for example food related nursery rhymes such as ‘five currant buns’. Happy playing!
1 51 hours ago
•THERAPY TOOL THURSDAY!•
Today I’m highlighting the Sassy Floor Mirror by @sassybabyproducts - my #1 tummy time tool.
•folds out to stand on it’s own
•easily wipeable materials
•non-toxic for babies if chewed on
•brightly contrasting colors
•attached lady bug and bumble bee for visual and tactile interest
•Reaching in sitting
•to provide visual feedback for coordination tasks
•For the first couple months, infants can only see about 8-10“ in front of them so make sure to place the mirror within that distance during tummy time
•Faces are one of the most visually stimulating things to babies, so why not let them interact with their own!
•Really any mirror will work, but the features of this one make it super convenient and easy to use
Where to purchase:
*Does your little one have a favorite tummy time toy??*
Is it ok to post cute Christmas pics mid January? 🎄🎅🏽🤶🏽
The thing is: this sweetheart became a big brother recently and I haven’t even congratulated his mama, so ‘welcome to the world sweet Noah, baby brother to Josh, and the best New Years gift any parent could ask for ♥️
We’ve been kinda off the grid. Literally and figuratively. Today my sons started school after we returned from NZ on Tuesday. We’ve had an amazing 5 week holiday with my parents, and 2 sisters and their families, all of whom live there. But I’m keeping myself medicated just so I don’t have to face the harsh reality that I’m unlikely to see them for a few years 😢 if at all 😕
This time last year I had no idea when I’d see my elderly parents again, so when they invited us over it was a dream come true. I completely detoxed from everything that stressed me out in 2018. I was present for my children, and we did fun and inexpensive activities to keep busy, all the while immersing ourselves fully into kiwi life.
But, all good things sadly have to come to an end... and here we are, back at work and excited for a fresh new year. •
So; happy new year, come along on an adventure with @totemteepee - we’ve got big things in store for 2019, most of all our 10th birthday celebrations!!!
PS: Don’t forget to enter to win our January #TotemTeepee - one post back 👉
1 191 hours ago
TODDLER’S FIRST Dot Marker Activity • You guys know how much I love dot markers around here! And, many of you have asked when your littles should start with dot marker art and activities. I’d say whenever they start showing interest... my almost 17 mo loves scribbling w markers and crayons so I knew he was ready. 👉👉👉This is a great way to get your young toddlers started! Great for fine motor and problem solving skills, and can include a bit of color matching. Draw large circles in various colors on a large sheet of paper or cardboard. Encourage your little one to use the dot markers and stamp inside of the circles! More in my stories today! #littleoneslearn
VALENTINES DOT ACTIVITY ♥️ here's one simple #playideasforkids you can prep and do with your #activelittles as the Valentine's holiday comes closer. It's very simple to do, very effective in so many ways and really fun for them! What I did: since my #threeyearsold is learning her colors I wanted to incorporate that into the mix. I added circles around the heart so she knows where to place the dot sticker! I also added hearts around the outside of the heart for her to match other colors. I used a white roll paper (we got ours from marshalls, it is the brand @melissaanddougtoys ). With the circles and hearts as an indication of where the sticker would go, it was so easy for her to stick them. Your little can say aloud pink, green, orange as they stick them on! You can also do a simple skip counting by colors, add numbers to the dots... So much can be done! The simplest things can have a great impact when it comes to #learningthroughplay 🐳 with some dot stickers or any stickers, really! Have you tried a dot sticker activity, and which one did you do? If you try this send me a dm so i can include it in my stories! Hope your having a lovely day mama ♥️
I recently shared in stories a video of Fox (almost 5 years old) during rest-time and I received so many DMs about how I implemented a period of rest in our house and what it looks like for us that I thought I would offer some more insight here.
I think the switch from naps to rest can look different for every child. Some children decide to stop napping on their own, while others seem to need parental guidance to move away from naps and towards a rest-time. When Fox turned 4, he began having a hard time falling asleep at night. The nightly struggle between parent and child for rest and sleep lasted for hours, beginning around 8pm and with him finally sleeping somewhere between 9:30 and 10:30pm. As you can imagine, this left my husband and I with very little evening of our own, one using the time to work and the other trying to get him to sleep. It also seemed to leave Fox in a chronic sour mood. He was not getting enough solid sleep at night, which meant he would crash hard for nap and be wired at night. We first tried shortening his nap but it seemed any amount of day sleep would keep him up at night. So, we made the decision to halt naps completely and move to a time of rest. The transition was difficult in the beginning, Fox would beg to sleep so it really took quite a bit of guidance on my part to keep him awake. But, once his body fell into the routine, magic happened. Fox now takes a two hour time of rest after lunch everyday that centers his spirit, allows him to relax and leaves him refreshed for the afternoon.
The question I received most was: what does he do during rest-time to keep him occupied and motivated to actually stay in the playroom? Well, first let me say, he DOES come out of the playroom each day to talk to me. I do allow this and I answer his questions with a kind and attentive heart. This is the time of day Esme is napping and he has my full attention so I let him utilize it. But, once his question has been answered, I remind him that it is rest-time and guide him back to the playroom. If he is coming out frequently, it’s because he has not settled into a deep activity and needs my guidance to do so. (continued below)
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A Day in the Dark. I got this idea from one of my preschool teacher heroes @miss_morgan_ after seeing glimpses of it on her account. She’s pretty amazing.
We spent the entire time in the dark illuminating our water coloring, journaling, snacking, etc. with just mini flashlights and glow sticks. It was SUCH a fun day. To practice our names we used inspiration from @friendsartlab and traced names with highlighters. Later the kids got to ooo and ahh over how cool their work looked under a black light. We did more, but I’ll stop with just it was an awesome day. 🔦 🌚
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3 years - school age class - Children now take part on their own during the session enabling them to boost their confidence by achieving activities without parental guidance. Staff guide them to fulfil their potential. The children will further develop their motor skills, tackle tasks and enhance their skills of agility, balance, climbing and co-ordination. Within the class the children will actively participate in small groups developing listening and language skills.
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Thursday - 10:00 #Romsey
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1 95 days ago
With parent involvement, each 45 minutes session helps to stimulate and encourage babies to use all their senses, gently and without pressure. Playing, exploring, crawling and learning together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. An important element of overall brain development in babies is for them to spend time playing on their tummies.
We currently run 4 babies classes-
Monday - 09:45 #Itchenabbas
Tuesday - 12:45 #botley
Thursday - 13:15 #romsey
Friday - 11:00 #chandlersford
1 86:35 AM Jan 10, 2019
Our sessions give children the skills and confidence to climb safely! But why is climbing important? There are so many reasons, here is just one...
Simple actions such as reaching and grabbing in early infancy will strengthen a child's 'gross motor skills' in the upper body as well as their neuropathways in their brains, which is essential to encourage the movement needed to climb and also to co-ordinate.
To start your child’s climbing journey, as well as learning many other skills for life, please visit: www.tumbletots.com/winchester
1 76:30 AM Jan 8, 2019
Did you know that tunnels are more than just fun? Tunnels help to develop both a child’s vestibular and spatial awareness as well as encouraging their confidence in crawling. We have tunnels in most of our sessions so book your child into a class now! Book now for next term!
2 96:25 AM Dec 30, 2018
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2 248:23 PM Dec 16, 2018
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An invitation to play for when Elijah gets home from his morning out with Daddy 😍 We are absolutely loving the @waytoplaytoys set! So much fun and keeps him occupied for ages! Majority of this set up is all from @thecreativetoyshop 👌😊
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! 🤣🤷♀️
Number sense and fine motor all rolled onto one fun activity? Yes, please!👍 This mitten match game is super easy to make and can work for other skills too. All you need are👉.
✏Make the dots and numbers on the stickers, and you are ready for the kids to match them up by clipping them together (which is excellent for strengthening those writing muscles!) You could also try it with skills like
•Lots of possibilities!🎉
7 13417 hours ago
Coffee Filter Heart Prints 💜 ages 3+ 💙 We discovered this fun technique while just playing around with our ink pads. Start with a coffee filter and place it over a color on the ink pad. Then take a dough or cookie cutter and press it on the coffee filter and onto the ink pad. The effect is so cool and it’s so simple to do and mess-free! 💛💚❤️ follow us @raisingdragons4 for more fun kids activities! #preschoolteacher#toddleractivities#kindergarten#preschool#toddler
“When we create a beautiful, inviting playspace, we have gone a long way toward encouraging creative play. The structure of the playspace, the open toy shelves, the baskets filled with toys you have carefully selected — all of this creates what we will call the ‘container.’ This is the safe space where play can occur. There will be a few rules we will want to institute — ‘We don’t throw our toys,’ ‘We save running for outside,’ and so forth. For the young child, it is helpful to use the golden ‘we.’ The child is not yet aware of separation, and understands better in terms of ‘we.’ You will know the rules that are needed in your home, and for your family. A simple guideline is to think of rules about damage to oneself, to others or to property. These simple, basic rules also help to establish the boundary of play.
Our loving attention to the child’s playspace, and the natural boundaries of play that we have established through our rules, creates a container. Within the empty interior of this container exists an open space for the child’s imagination to fill anew each day. Our conscious attention, held silently in our hearts, is like the ‘clay’ of the container. Our love becomes the sparkle in the empty interior.” - Heaven on Earth, Sharifa Oppenheimer
Creating a rich play environment for my children, with open-ended toys, and not too many, has allowed me as a parent to take a step back from my children’s play. When toys meld together: a nice set of wooden blocks, wooden or felt animals, silks for use as water or grass, a truck or tractor, people (or our favorite now, Grapat Sticks) the environment becomes a place where the story can easily evolve for a child with little help from the parent. I often find my little ones working through social, problem-solving and emotional skills through their imaginative play; especially when I move away from directing it in any way. And isn’t that the goal, to help the child’s imagination grow into their own? A rich imagination will serve them well in whatever field they pursue as an adult and so I find it one of my main goals as a parent to cultivate now. Have you found certain toys better for imagination?