Today’s activity: sensory bottles!! This was so fun AND even easier to make. So much so, that sweet babes helped me with it☺️ I used green food coloring, and these little Halloween table decor and glitter all from the dollar section at Target. You can also add any other little objects in your bottle (I’m adding more.) Sensory bottles are great for children to learn self-regulation. Talk to your little one about each object “falling” as well as the swirls. Plus, it also entertains them for a bit— and if you’re anything like most of us, we’re allllways looking for that “bit”😂 #strongcoffeestrongmomma#mommingsohard#sensorybottles#diyactivities#toddlerlife#parenting#parenthoodunplugged#acupofmotherhood#rawmotherhood
Before I get into the what or how, I need to explain the why.
Kannama's paed recommended us to add a few drops of oil to the bathtub to tackle skin dryness. And everytime we did that, she would be fascinated with the droplets floating and disintegrating.
And one thing led to another, and we now decided to do an oil and water experiment:
- first, I offered Kannama 3 cups with 3 food color powders. She added water to it to prepare our orange, green and violet colored water for the experiment.
- then, I showed her how to use the dropper, and she picked up quite quickly. This was quite fun. It also got messy, but she had a handy towel that she used to clear her workspace ♥️
- then, I offered her the jar with oil. We then added drops of coloured water in it - this is truly a visual treat. Swipe right to see more pics.
Can't wait to repeat this when she is older to explain density of fluids #sciencegeekalert
Once we did enough of this, we closed the jar, shaked it to see interesting patterns. We eventually let it rest. The water settles down, so you can separate the oil and use it for cooking :-)
Lastly, we used the excess color water to do some painting on surgical gauze cloth, and the rest we froze into moulds for colored ice painting.
Let's make it fun for the little ones. Do join us every friday and watch out these accounts for a new activity/play idea.
We are excited to see your lovely ideas as well, do add the hashtag #sensoryplaytolearn
Why is walking barefoot so important? It enables the small muscles in our feet to communicate with large muscles in the legs, which helps create a much stronger core. But when we wear shoes etc, we aren't able to support our body's core that well. So let your child go footwear free whenever possible, indoors and outdoors. Not only will it give them sensory experiences, it will also stretch and strengthen muscles, enhance movement and increase spatial awareness, put less stress on joints, restore natural gait and improve balance. You could start by making up your own barefoot trails, all you need is some trays or containers that your child can step in and out of easily. Fill them with a range of materials that will give your little people a range of sensory experiences, so they can begin to understand different textures, and process ways of communicating what the textures look, feel, smell like and also if they enjoy or dislike certain ones. You can use anything and everything such as mud, sand, shaving foam, beans, pasta, cereals, water, lentils, leaves, sticks, pebbles or slime. I could go on but you get the idea 😉 I would suggest just doing four at a time, and do it on an area that can easily be cleaned or put wipe clean mats under them. Just be aware that your child may want to explore with their hands, mouth and nose which is all part of the learning process 💚
0 114 days ago
Kiddie Pool Fishing How-To Guide
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Gracious Living Kiddie Pool (Any size) - Can be purchased at your local @homedepot@homedepotcanada@canadiantire@homehardware@riteaid@millsfleetfarm@tractorsupply@toysruscanada
• Magnets – small size for fish (get enough magnets for fish), 1 big size magnet for fishing rod
• Kids toy fishing rod(s) – depending on how many kids playing – We got it from @Walmartcanada
• Crazy glue
• Floating foam fishes – bought from dollar store
1. First depending on the fishing rod you get (if it comes with a lure or not) we can connect the magnet to bottom of the lure. If there is a flat surface on the bottom of the lure, glue one side of the magnet to it. If not, cut the bottom of the lure to make a flat surface and glue the magnet to the cut lure
2. If there is no lure, you can make you own out of any non-rusting material or tie the fishing line to the edge of the magnet as shown in image 5 (without lure) and glue along the edge. Tip: Use a cup or something to hold up the fishing rod
3. If there is no lure, then it does not matter which side of the magnet connects to the fishes. If there is a lure, then always connect the magnets prior to gluing to the fish (image 5/6 – with lure). This is to avoid the magnets from repelling each other
4. Next start to glue the fishes to the small magnets. To determine how to connect the magnets to the fish read step 3. (Images 5-8 – with lure)
5. Wait for crazy glue to dry prior to playing the game.
How to play:
Fill up the kiddie pool with water, toss the fish into the water and use the fishing rod to catch the fish! If playing with more than one person, you can race to see who catches the most fish!
3 224 days ago
I was always craving for a shelf at Kannama's height that she can access - with minimal supplies of clothes, towels, inns etc.
After the success of our mini-fridge, the DIY bug in us wanted to do more.
So, when we got our next Amazon pantry delivery, I saved up the carton, and waited for the weekend for my sis @harshitakumaraswamy to arrive!
While the chitti focused on getting the hanger rod, hangers right, I did the superficial beautifiication work using textured paper and Washi tape! ♥️ #makingpeacewithmyabilities
This shelf has survived over 1.5 months now, and Kannama thoroughly enjoys the freedom to access and choose.
This is my entry for prompt 2: child centric environment of #themontessoriweek hosted by myself, @thereluctantmom.maitri and @tryingtobeasupermom co-powered by @piccolotoys_india and @pickabook_india
47 854 days ago
🌸 Counting with Play Dough 🌸
Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development.
Children’s early experiences – the bonds they form with their parents and their first learning experiences – deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development.
Optimizing the early years of children’s lives is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success.
Info source :encyclopaedia on early childhood development
My daughter loves play dough and I just created this activity so that she gets to learn while having fun.
This activity is for counting and number recognition.
All you need is play dough (any color) and a cardstock paper. I just wrote the numbers using sketch pen. You can print if you want to and laminate. I used a ziploc to secure from mess so that I can reuse later.
Ask your child to recognize the number, count and fill the boxes with play dough. #funactivity know??
Benefits from the activity
⭐️ Counting practice
⭐️ Messy play with play dough
⭐️ Number recognition
⭐️ Motor skills
⭐️ Happy child as they get free play with learning
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Awalnya aku minta Gracie to put the real things on top of the cards. Bisa, tp kadang suka ga focus.
Setelah selesai 1 round, aku coba ganti, barang asli nya ku susun di meja, dan aku kasih card nya one by one untuk dia cari pasangannya.
Ternyata dia lebih seneng cara yg kedua, dan cepet ngerti kayaknya.
Jadi mommies, kalo lg ngajarin anak trs dia ga mau, bukan berarti dia males atau ga bisa ya. Tapi kita harus coba to be creative untuk cari tau cara apa yg cocok di anak kita (saat itu), krn bukan berarti cara yg kali ini berhasil, akan berhasil lagi di ajaran lainnya, bisa jadi cara yg pertama itu yg nanti dia mau 😂🙈
Semangat ya, dan #staywaras aja pokoknya 😆
We are struck by typhoon Mangkhut and its the strongest one I have ever encountered. One of the windows shattered into pieces while the other rooms were having water seepage. The building was swaying so much I was getting motion sickness. (You can see my hand swaying here in the video bcos the building was swaying. This is the 59th floor.) Thank goodness everyone was safe, including Sherrie. While watching over the broken window, I drew a few "activities" for Sherrie. (I just had paper and markers with me. To get my other supplies meant walking up and down 13 storeys as the lifts were not working properly). I hope everyone's safe.
Recently we purchased rock salt cos I was told it's a healthier variant (actually no, because I have a ton of play ideas that revolve around it!)
- I first took rock salt in three glass cups, and let Kannama add a little bit of food color to each.
- Then she mixed it up nicely with a stirrer
- She then played with the coloured salts for a bit
- I then drew a rough sketch of mountains, sun, fish and water (some of her favorites now) and asked her to color it - She helped squeeze fevicol, and then poured the rock salt of her choice of colour. Swipe right to see our teal blue sun, and bottle green fish! ♥️
Of course, the painting step was super messy, and she threw rock salt all around, but it stuck where it should (thanks to the fevicol). Now it is our latest display in our art area!
Here's our activity for this week's #sensoryplaytolearn. Follow these moms for some uber cool sensory ideas every Friday.
We would love to see your ideas too. Share them with the #sensoryplaytolearn
How difficult it is for you to get your kids eat a healthy breakfast.. Specially for moms who have to be in a hush hush so that their kids can reach school on time.. It could be tasking for the child as well, as he/she may not be interested in food. But a good breakfast in the morning can ➡️assist in maintaining healthy weight
➡️also act as brain booster pill
After all a kid needs to concentrate on his studies and improvise his memory .. Isn't it?
So I have shared some few tips on my blog on how could we offer healthy breakfast to kids with limited resources during the morning hours
Do share your feedback and enjoy this breakfast foodart I made? And if you want the video of the foodart.. Plz comment below