I made this webbed bin for the toddlers to play with in the morning and it turned into much more than a play toy. It’s easy to put together and you might have all the equipment on hand to create this fun toddler activity.
As you all know I like to have activities out in the morning as the kids start filing in that will keep them engaged and help promote active conversation. (The morning is kind of critical to the tone of our room for the day.) This box did just that and we ended up using it well past the week that I planned for.
Last week the theme for my class was Buzzers, Hoppers, and More. So I put together a bug sensory bin that my kids could play with until all of the kids were in the room. This bin introduced them to the theme, allowed them to socialize, was a great quiet activity, and allowed them to use their imagination.
I put this bin together in 5 minutes with the help of my five and three-year-old. Every morning they came in and helped me set up my class for my morning welcome activity. I am going to share with you how one sensory bin over the course of five days can provide lots of learning and how the children retained the knowledge that they gathered each day.
The theme last week in my class was Gardening. So I put together some fine motor skill boxes for the kids. These were easy to set up, didn’t cost much to put together, and are great for allowing the kids to explore if you give no instructions. Out of all the activities that we did that week, this was the kids favorite and led to the most interaction. It’s not easy to keep a toddler’s interest for long periods of time and this activity was able to do it.
Oh wow! It’s been a while since I have written. I think I might have forgotten how this goes, but I’m back ladies and gentlemen. I now have a full class and we have been doing lots of fun activities and this week for the Early Education theme we are talking Oceans.
My class did a group creative expression a few weeks ago that they still go and visit on the wall every day. This project works on Fine Motor Skills, Creative Expression, Spacial Recognition, and Social Interactions, and Self- Regulation. Once the artwork is done and up on display, it leads to Dramatic Play.
After looking through all the entries to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, I was moved by these 5 projects that can make a big impact on your homeschool learning room or your playroom. These projects don’t cost much to complete and are not hard for you to complete yourself.
I created a writing tray from a recycled box that has been a big help for my three-year-old. It makes writing a more feeling activity and this helps her to understand the lines that she is creating. I recommend that before you start to use this tray that you create a few letter and shape card and have your child trace them with their fingers. This will help them to learn the lines and curves. Once they have done that for a while you can then move on to this writing tray.
Sometimes in life things just don’t go our way. We end up feeling down and like we just can’t get it right. Well, that’s when it’s time to pick up a book and get inspired to be the best you that you can be.
With our new move came new jobs, new schools, new friends, and new feats. My five-year-old was feeling a little slum about things and it was so much “NEW” to her that she felt that she just couldn’t do it all.
This week The Early Childhood Education Theme is My Body. I have been holding on to this Human Body Factivity Skeleton and Book provided by Parragon Books as part of the Book Buddies program for a while, just for this theme. When we read through the book The sections about our bones fascinated my girls. So much so that we had to do a project to help them really understand them.
I was in Target the other day and seen that their Mega Bloks were on sale. So being the sale nut and Mega Blok lover that I am grabbed them and threw them in the cart. My world came to a halt right there. My three-year-old, five-year-old, and 11-year-old screamed “PUT THEM BACK!” I was floored not by them screaming at me but by them telling me to put them back.
The girls have outgrown the Mega Bloks and they don’t want anymore. They want Legos, but I hate Legos. So, me being the mom that I am, I negotiated with the hostiles. Which leads to this post right here.