Totally obsessed with this set of pop-beads from @fatbraintoys . The Lalaboom pop-beads blow the traditionalones out of the water. There are so many uses for these which helps develop a variety of skills in children 10 months and up. Not only can you push them together and pull them apart, each bead can twist apart (awesome for working on bilateral coordination and motor planning). They all have a variety of textures which is a great way to encourage sensory exploration in young children. One of the things that really drew me to this product was how you can mix and match and use the extra pieces to make fun creations making it a toy that can grow with them and not just be used with super young kids.
L E A F S H A P E S C O L O U R M A T C H • This took a lot of concentration, persistence and focus for Orla. The little cutters were quite tricky to use on the leaves, but she was determined and she did it! We colour matched the shapes to these colour swatches too. We did this yesterday and she's dipped in and out of it today too as she got a bigger heart shaped cutter to try on the leaves we collected on our walk in the park today 🌿🍃🌿
Used our beginners bible and talked about kindness today || Joseph’s colorful robe is the perfect story to start a conversation about keeping kindness in your heart and how we should treat others || You can use small and big pieces (talk about size differences, shapes and colors) of material, felt , tissue paper, wrapping paper, craft paper, card stock, foam, newspaper, or magazines. #beginnersbible#prek#preschool#bible#josephcolorfulcoat#toddler#finemotorskills
Good bit of maths waiting for Austin for after school. First task is simply to pick up the correct amount of pompoms to match the numbers in the egg carton. This uses his counting and fine motor skills. The next task was to pick one of the numbers then the plus or minus. Then Austin had to roll the dice to create a sum. For example he would pick number 5 and plus, roll the dice. If he got a 4 he would collect 4pompoms from the surplus and add it to the 5 he already have. Then he counts them to get the correct number.
The whole task went down well except for two things. He got bored of using the rings and used his hand instead. He picked 1 and the minus which made that bit of maths tricky.
It kept him entertained until tea was ready.👌👌👍👍👍
Erupting Apples. Since baking soda and vinegar is a favorite around here, we decided to use them with apples! We colored our vinegar red, yellow, and green to go with our apple theme. Ezra enjoyed lifting the apple tops, dropping in some vinegar, and squishing all the fizz when he put the tops back on. During the activity, he turned to me and said, “Mommy, is this science?” 🤗💕 I love that he gets to learn while playing! •
Materials: Apples, baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and 3ml dropper pipettes (Amazon). •
Skills: Science, creativity, fine motor, color recognition, letter recognition, and letter sounds.
Well not 100%, but sooo much better!!! Day two of “B Week” started out with a fun ballerina dance performance! It was so good to see her off the couch. Then I threw together a little B/b letter recognition activity for Ava to do while I fed Jeremiah. She did so well - a little error with a lower case d, but she quickly caught her mistake when I gave her the B/b flash cards to compare. After we did that she wanted to write letters! Love that we can do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. We worked in the book she enjoyed so much last week and I was so glad she had just as much fun this time around. I’m slowly seeing an improvement on her handwriting - still working on that grasp, but I know it’ll come.
We read “Not a Box” and some stories out of Ava’s favorite Bible. Quick story about church - Ava stays with us during the worship service even though there is great children ministry opportunities. The other day Aaron had read Ava the story about Moses and our pastor mentioned him in the sermon. Ava whispered - “Dad! He’s talking about the Bible! Our Jesus stories!” It melted my heart and reminded me, they’re always listening. I thought she was busy coloring away, but obviously some of the message was sinking in. Also shout out to the best husband for being our faithful leader of the house. I am so thankful for him!
I had never heard of “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” until we started the Peaceful Preschool last year but it is now a household favorite! Today we used the globe and found each of the countries listed, talked about the ingredients found in each country, and then used MiniMEG’s favorite sensory bin to retell the story plus practice measuring, scooping and pouring. Even Bitty Baby got in on the lesson today. ❤️ The length of time sensory bins keep her occupied never ceases to amaze me- it makes the little mess SO worth it. ☺️
Some souvenirs from our weekend trip to the science center ☺️ use any slime under super close adult supervision especially as these two are almost 3 and 1 years old. Rhys is starting to finally NOT eat everything in sight and listen when I say no (sometimes) lol.