EDUCATIONAL APP: KIDLOLAND REVIEW 

With the change in time and technology the way we bring up our kids have also changed. So while at our times excess of TV  was a matter of concern now excess of gadgets like mobile , tablets is a concern. While in our times our parents exercised control over television time and counselled us to watch Discovery, History and Natgeo, now we have many options for our kids to make their screen time more effective and learning and change the lost game into a win by educational apps and excercising moderation.

One of the applications that I am going to review today is Kidloland. 


My son is 2 yrs old and has been exposed to screen time since he was 20 months. He has a fixed timmimg for screen either mobile or television.We don’t watch television so most of the time it’s something that he watches on net but on TV.Only during traveling I allow him a little more liberty and little more of screen time apart from keeping him busy with his activities. This time while I was travelling alone with him I wanted an app which would be more of his activity then just plain viewing and that is when I tried Kidloland.

This app has endless options to keep the little ones busy without compromising on the learning aspect .What I liked most about this app is the age appropriate content.The settings has the option and you can choose the age you want your kid to view the content for. 


The puzzles and the chomping monsters are baby N’s favourite he would simply browse and open the puzzle to feed the hungry chomping monsters. He would make donuts , hamburger by solving the puzzle and simply say eat donuts hungry monster. This has been one of the best development in the last month where he has learnt to frame sentences on his own and this app has helped in improving his vocabulary .


Other than puzzles the app has some very interesting early learning games, flash cards ,songs to make them learn numbers, vegetables etc.Again one of the things that baby N loves is the Collection of universe songs which has 


The sun song which teaches about sun, the moon song about moon similarly a star song about stars. 

The planet songs teaches about the planets and their unique features, the continent song about the different continents and the ocean songs about oceans. 


Although N is too young to understand these but the songs are catchy enough for him to catch the tune and sing a whole line. That is when I decided to let him listen to these songs and make him learn about the universe early.

The collection of nursery rhymes is unending and are original without any addition of lyrics unlike most of the rhyme apps these days. All the rhymes ate interactive and child can click on the objects shown in the screen and they will move. This is a nice way to make them learn the meaning of the rhyme and helps them learn the ryhme in a better way.

The app has lullabies in melodious voice which can play at the background while making your child sleep.The stories in the app are interesting and can be read by the older kids on their own and read for me option for the young ones.the story collection is good for early readers.the collection of some old forgotten fables will take you back to your childhood . The stories we grew up listening can now be read to our children too.The app has some very nice stories on good manners which can be read as a part of bedtime stories to the young ones.

The flash cards are good for early learning and make kids learn about shapes, vehicles,food etc. Improves the vocabulary and recognition skills.


The Kidloland is full of options and covers almost all the learning skills required. This has been so far the best travelling companion for us. Along with keeping baby N busy and retaining my sanity this has been a great help on the learning part as well. 

Few tips to make screen time more effective 

1. Set a time for viewing for us it is max half and hour a day.

2. Allow only educational content.

3.Screen time should be only during day time as night time screen viewing is not good for kids.

4. Be around your baby and make the screen time more interactive rather than just viewing.

5. Ask what they have learnt from the app once their screen time is over.

6. Try to cut down your eon screen exposure so that you can actually preach what you practice about screen time.

Some of the cons of the Kidloland app 

1. Takes a lot of space in the phone (not actually a con but the options are so tempting that I actually downloaded all)

2. No timer option hence a meltdown or emotional blackmail for more viewing is possible.

Rating by baby N and Mama 

Educational -5/5 

Overall -4/5 ( one less for timer option it would have been 5/5 by baby N though)


You can visit their website    www.kidloland.com     To know more 

You can simply download the App  by clicking the link below for  ios

Kidloland iOS app

For android 

Google kidloland app
From Amazon App Store 

Amazon Kidloland app

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SKOLA TOYS : PEG AND ADD 

I recently received a learning toy from SKOLA TOYS to review and when I opened it and saw it was peg and add the timing could have been no better. Yes I know 2 yrs is too young for addition but we are learning numbers and we’re super excited to see the clock ( tik toc in baby N’s lingo ) with numbers till 20. And we count exactly till 20 so there could have been nothing better. 


We got a leaflet which explains how this learning toy can be played and addition can be made fun. But since baby N is too young for addition we played it in our own way and was it fun you have to see it for yourself 


For a 2 yrs old 

FINE MOTOR SKILLS 


one of N’s favourites and can keep him busy for hours,fine motor skills is one of the most important skills for toddlers to hone.N enjoyed putting the pegs on the numbers.This is an excellent activity also to improve the grip and muscles and helps in hand and eye coordination.
COUNTING 


While putting the pegs he counted till 20 he is fluent while counting till 10 but stops after 11 as twelve is something he forgets but from thirteen again he counts without break till 20. It was a fun activity for him to peg and count. 

One of the major skills that can be acquired by a 2 yr old playing with peg while counting is the basic skill of knowing multiples.when a child  learns to count more than knowing the numbers the concept of one and multiple should be clear . Peg counting makes it easier for them to see that counting is not just numbers but objects to be counted.

NUMBER RECOGNITION 


We used the number buttons to do number recognition.i displayed the numbers one by one showing baby N what the number is while saying it loudly. “One this is 1, can you show me 1?” And similarly till twenty.Baby N  enjoyed pointing the numbers to me. 

NUMBER MATCHING 


The square number buttons are in two colours so we did another fun number recognition game by matching the numbers.
MEMORY GAMES 


With older kids memory games can be played in various ways but we just kept it simple.

Arranged the number buttons by hiding  the numbers and asked baby N to find and match the numbers he was lifting the buttons one by one and matching it when he found the same number again.

PUZZLE 


We have used the decagon parts and made them two piece puzzles for N. Where he tried to match and make a perfect decagon.

For 4 yrs old 

This is an amazing learning toy for a 4 yrs old to gain the basic knowledge of arithmetic. Since I am at my mothers place and my nephew is 4 plus he had a great time playing and learning with this toy.

PEG AND COUNT 


Used one of the yellow boards and covered it with one of the white board which covered the extra peg hole and kept only the peg hole displayed as the number on the board. A simple yet effective way of counting.

ADDITION 


for this we have used the whole board ,just like counting here also we have covered the peg holes with the tiles and asked my nephew to peg colour wise and arrive at the total.when he started enjoying the addition I just flipped the larger base over showing no numbers and asked him to count and tell the sum .

ADD TABLES OF TEN 


Took the red base tile and asked my nephew to find the complimentary blue base tile and just the way baby N did the jigsaw puzzle my nephew was also able to do it and was surprised to find that the total was always ten when he found the corresponding tile.

MEMORY GAME 

Kept one set of base in one room and pegs in another and asked him to go to the other room and bring the number of pegs as the number on the base tile.

Flipped the base tiles and asked to match the numbers by remembering .Allowed him to flip and see the tiles once then gave him the tiles and he had to flip the correct one.

SKILLS DEVELOPED 

ADDITION 

The basic concept of adding two quantities to arrive up for a bigger whole. Using pegs makes the abstarct arithimetic procedure of addition very concrete and clear.

COUNTING AND SYMBOL ASSOSIATION 

Pegging while counting automatically ensures greater accuracy and stronger reinforcement of quantity. Pegging at the corresponding numbers leads to number recognition.It also helps in strong quantity symbol assosiation since there is a numeral ,a base and loose pegs all indicating the same quantity.

TABLES OF 10

An essential aspect especially for carry over/ borrowing .

NUMBER MEMORY 

Remembering the number ,bringing back the pegs strengthens memory for numbers, handy when the child starts doing carry over and borrowing.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS 

excellent to improve pencil grip and muscle strength.

This is one of the must have to teach young kids the basics of mathematics.

PRODUCT REVIEW: AVEENO BABY DAILY MOISTURE LOTION

The most wonderful feeling on this earth is to touch your baby for the first time.Its heavenly that soft skin just out from the protection of your womb where you took at most care of your diet during your pregnancy so that your baby’s  skin will be healthy and glowing.The same way once the baby is out the search begins for the skincare of the new born.Wondering why I am writing about new born when my baby is almost two while reviewing a baby skin care product.Well! Aveeno Baby has been with us since the day one and nothing makes me more happy to review this product which has been launched in India.Now I don’t have to ask my relatives to bring it while they visit India.

Babies have really sensitive skin and the product used should be the best. It’s not about the sensitivity but just that whatever we use should not be harsh on baby’s skin .So while choosing a lotion which is actually going to stay for quite a long time unlike the bodywash and shampoos which gets washed off you need to be cautious about the ingredients used.

One of the reasons why I have been using Aveeno Baby since day one is the fact of it being fragrance free.When we buy baby products with fragrance and kind of associate it with baby smell is nothing but adding layers of chemical to your baby’s skin.Aveeno Baby apart from being fragrance free is paraben free and phthalate free as well.Paraben is the most commonly used preservative used in skin care products and has been associated with cancer causing chemicals although it is in the research stage but it is always advisable to buy products for baby which are paraben free.Phthalate on the other hand is added in products to enhance fragrance and absorption and again in research stage and hence advisable to avoid baby products with phthalate.Aveeno Baby is free of these commonly used dangerous chemicals.

The product is mild ,light ,non greasy and blends well, it’s stays on for a longest of time if applied immidietly after bath.Aveeno Baby moistures the skin for the longest of time even in winters.As new born’s skin drys out quite frequently and needs reapplication but with Aveeno we never faced the problem of drying out.

It has the goodness of oats which  makes it one of the best product for baby skin. As oats relieve the dry skin and prevents itchy dry skin

The lotion is non sticky as I mentioned and doesn’t make the baby skin oily as other baby products available over the counter do. Infact it makes the baby skin supple and soft without making it looking greasy.

I highly recommend Aveeno Baby and this has been in our essentials since day one.Till date that is two yrs almost I could not find a single drawback of this product. And now when this product is in India all I can do is recommend it to you all.

Here is a pic of a Happy Aveeno Baby


Wondering from where to order the Aveeno baby products click on the link below and also you can use this special code to get Rs 100.00 off on your first purchase 

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Disclaimer : I have received the product from Aveeno for review but all the views expressed are my own. I have been using this product way before the company approached me for a review and hence my views are  based on the experience of a new mother using and selecting baby products for her new born.

THE JOURNEY OF LEARNING :MADE ENRICHING BY SKOLA TOYS

“As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery… Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way”-

Excerpts from C. P. Cavafy’s poem – Ithaka
The poem written with Odysseus in mind is so true of life where we set out to reach a status in life, but what becomes more important are the things we have gained in our quest to get there. Similarly, when children set out to learn a certain “something” it’s not the final outcome of leaning but the process of getting that particular result that matters.  
For example How a little child goes about learning to add 2 numbers, for instance. Yes, of course 2+3=5, but how did the child get there.

  
1. Did we give them the answer helpfully and smilingly without asking him/her to find the answers by themselves?

2. Did they just hear the answer once, and immediately register it to memory?

3. Did they see it in a book and write it down 5 times, so it became a fact?
4. Did they learn to count first, practice it for a couple of months counting anything and everything they came across. Did they then count 2 and 3, put it together and arrive at the answers making many mistakes along the way and learning from them?

Each route created a different type of learner, and certainly the last group of learners would emerge wisest and most confident, just because their journey has been most meaningful and enriching, gaining something at each step of the way, while they made mistakes that is also when they learnt something new.mistakes are integral part of learning.

For young children, completing a task is never a priority infact they find happiness in doing an activity not completing it.Their focus is always on enjoying the process of activity rather than completion or the outcome.
Learning always happen when children take up a task or activity voluntarily.so as a facilitator our job is to provide them with the right tools and the result will be a enriching process of learning, which will be fun as they find answers at each stage with all excitement and enjoyment.
Just like each of us have a different journeys running simultaneously all teaching us something different, so also at any point in time, the child is not on one particular journey alone. The child maybe at a point where she/he is
• Learning to read 3 letter words

• Becoming familiar with the sequence of numbers

• Starting to use 2 hands for some activities
• Becoming aware of cause and effect

Every child is unique in the way they start and move through these journeys. Learning is never a single occurrence, learning even one single concept involves a series of steps.

  
   Every Skola journey takes children systematically through a series of experiences that are incrementally challenging enabling them to discover and learn something new at each stage. Every stage is facilitated by a toy playing with which will allow children to challenge themselves in an interesting way.
An example of a learning journey is:

  

 Visit www.skola.toys to understand children’s learning journeys and view toys that facilitate incremental learning.
Enable our future generations to play, explore and discover through “Learning Journeys designed as Play “

TOYS : BEST FRIENDS AND THE BEST TEACHERS 

 This topic is very close to my heart and I have been planning to write about it since a long time and finally today was able to pen down at length.
The importance of toys in the life of children is something which can never be replaced by anything.The first friend or the favourite object they have for the first time is always a toy.
So let’s discuss the importance of toys in early learning , how today’s market has been diluted with non environment friendly options and in the end I would be discussing about the solution.

  

Importance of toys 



Toys play a vital role in early years of mental and physical development of a child,not only do they provide the vent to drain the energy but also helps in honing few basic skills which play a major role in future or in the later stage ,for example concentration.listed below are few of the major benefits toys offer

Cognitive development and creativity

  



Children are in constant quest of learning since birth and hence the toys provide the opportunity for them to think explore and relate it with real life.when an infant start playing or reacting to a rattler or starts getting attracted towards contrasting colours that is when they start their journey of curiosity . A toddler playing with a wooden horse and recognising a real one in the field is nothing but the imagination which comes to action while playing and relating things in real life.creativity is another one such benefit of playing with toys and helps in cognitive development.

Physical development and motor skills 

  



Physical development at an early age is at the fastest rate and hence the early stage of infancy and toddlerhood is when physical and motor skill can be developed.motor coordination helps in problem solving and also helps brain and hand coordination as well as eyes and hand coordination.Both gross and fine motor skills are important and needs to be developed at an early stage.Toys are the best way to hone these skills.

Social and emotional skills 

  

Another important aspect of growing up years is social and emotional development.when a child involves in pretend play they learn how to become social even if they play alone.sharing and multiple player toys helps them in developing social skills.Babies and toddlers goes through a lot of emotional ups and down where they are unable to express their feelings. Toys are the best medium to make them express what they feel and also through play they learn how to express themselves and their unexpressed emotions.

Language development 

  

Toys help in developing language skills, they add so much to the building vocabulary of the babies and toddlers.A child’s language skills are developed when they come across new objects and toys provide the avenue where they learn about new things and develop their language skills.

Sensorial development 

  

I have already talked about the importance of sensorial activities in past , when a child touches the toys they develop the sense of touch and feel soft , rough etc.

Importance of toys in today’s context and problem with today’s market 

  

When now we have already discussed the importance of toys let me throw some light on importance of toys in today’s context. Now when the families are small and spending capacity has increased we often face the problem of keeping our little ones busy and find refugee in gadgets or battery operated toys.while there is no harm in screen time in moderation beyond 18 months of age and few battery operated toys in your child’s collection but totally relying on these for play is not advisable.over exposure to battery operated toys also hamper the creativity of a child.

  
Today the market is flooded with cheap plastic and battery operated toys everywhere, I would not deny the fact that those plastic toys and at that price are not tempting enough.But these toys attract a very low span of attention for babies.So eventually we end up buying more and more and slowly kids lose interest in toys altogether.Another disadvantage of these plastic toys is they are extremely bright and colourful and over stimulating whereas toys should be soothing and welcoming.

So what is the solution ?



Needless to mention the effect these battery and plastic toys have on our environment. When as a parent all we want to do is leave a better place for our next generation.so the least we can do is by consciously making an effort to abstain from buying plastic toys altogether or to limit our plastic purchases and replace plastic with wood.

  
Yes wooden toys are more attractive ,educational, welcoming, soothing and on the top environment friendly.They are much sturdier than plastic toys and lasts for generations and hence can be passed on generations altogether.And if your plans are not that futuristic as mine then those can be used as decorative pieces in kids room once they outgrow as wooden toys are so beautiful and finished .

A wooden toy brand which promises a solution 



As you all know I follow Montessori and I constantly search for the best brands for wooden toys who manufacture finished toys using the best quality of wood.one of such brand that I have come across is Skola toys.

Skola
toys is a brand which manufactures high quality wooden toys for children between the age of 1-8 yrs and makes learning fun by covering the various aspects of education like language,cognitive,sensorial development.The best part about this brand is they have a wide range of toys and mostly open ended.open ended toys helps children use their imagination and prompts them to be more creative. 

Why I think skola toys can be your child’s best friend and best teacher 



One look at the toys and you can tell that these are made by the finest artisan and craftsmen.the research team behind definitely puts in a lot of effort and research before designing a toy. They have a collection of Montessori toys which you would not find easily in India.

To read more about this wonderful connection of toys with kids click the link below and check what Udita (famously known as zuzu’s mom) has to say 

Early Learning toys and kids :The whole cosmic connection

Capsicum Kadi- A recipe from the left over in the fridge

Last weekend we went to the turtle reserve and stayed there for a day,Since we planned this in advance I didn’t do any grocery shopping in the end of the week as our plan was to be out and about for atleast 4 days.But then due to some reasons we had to cut it short.

When we came back we were not in a mood to have our food ordered and wanted to have something cooked at home.When I opened the fridge all I could see was some capsicum and bell peppers almost cut into halves as  it was used for the noodles I prepared recently, some curd on the verge of expiry and some mint leaves apart from full stock of tomatoes and chillies.I thought of being experimental and tried this dish.

Capsicum Curry : Side dish for two

Prep time -15 mins

Ingredients 

Curd (1 cup )

Besan (Gram flour)(2 Table spoon)

Capsicum and bell pepper cut into small pieces

Chillies (2)

Onion (half )

Garlic (2 cloves )

Prepration

Mix the besan with curd and add some turmeric and salt to it.Keep aside.

Heat the pan and add some oil

Add some mustard and when it sputters add the onion

When the onion is slightly brown add the garlic finely chopped.

Add some curry leaves and chillies,

Add the capsicum and bell pepper.cover and cook for 5-6 mins.

Slowly start adding the curd mix kept aside in high flame ,stir continuously.

Once the whole mix comes to a boil, put it in sim for another 6-7 mins till the time you get the desired thickness of curry.

I tried this with chapatis and hence made it little thick.The more you boil more thicker it gets.If you wish to have this with rice you can add some water to curd.Boiling is important for the taste.

I am a big fan of Kadi and love curd dishes. And any dish with curd in it can never fail.

Do you experiment ? Or use the left overs to make some new dish ?

 

Raising a Reader – Books on Wild Animals 

My last post was all about wild animal themed Montessori activities, while we do themed activities we read and browse through many books relevant to the theme.


Little N is 22 months old and loves books with bright pictures and can recognise animals while browsing through the books that means a lot of Independent book browsing which we call reading. N is not patient enough to read a story book that only happens at the bedtime rest the whole day it is browsing through the pictures of the book and most of the time it is done by him Independently. Only during bedtime he needs either me or his papa to read a book .
Let me take you through our collection of wild animals.

 

Wild Animals -Touch & Feel Book


This is N’s first book on wild animals and it started with touching the texture and now he makes sounds while browsing through the book. He loves to point out details like trees, butterfly,flower apart from the main subject in the page. This helps me cook Story around which in next reading session is pointed out by him proudly.

 

Noises by Neal Layton


This book is a must buy for babies and toddlers. Bright illustrations with one animal per page. The book has no text other than the sound animals make, this makes the book all the more interesting for the babies.

This is little N’s sound book(not battery operated but self 😜) and it starts with a roar because the lion is in the cover pic.This book is often repeated in our car stash of books as well.

 

Roaring Lion by Emily Bolam


This is a story book about a roaring lion who has no friends because he roars and everyone is scared of him . Well Honestly I didn’t like the story as in the end lion stops roaring and starts purring to make friends. But for lil N it’s his roar book and I have let it be a roar book.

 

Jungle Animals – Cup Cake books

This is a very interesting and engaging book as the black and white animals take colour as you pull them out . A nice book to teach colours and animals at the same time and has a very interesting story line as every animals after getting colour starts searching for another animal in the next page.

This is little N’s Magic book .

 

Who am I? monkey by Sawaan publication


This is a series of books we have few farm animals book from the same series. This book has some interesting facts about monkeys and funny illustrations with monkey wearing caps , sunglasses and hence becomes an excellent book for language as well. As we find which monkey is wearing glasses or cap.

 

My first Animal book -By Sterling Publications


I bought this book from Big Bazaar for just Rs 20/- and the reason I bought this was it has real life illustrations. All pictures are real and hence an excellent Montessori book.

Reading the books relevant to our theme not only helps Nirvaan gain more knowledge but also makes the reading fun as he relates the animals with the activity.

WILD ANIMAL THEMED MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES

The last time we did the farm animal themed activities and it was loved by Nirvaan and I thought of doing the wild animals in the same lines.Check the Farm animal themed activities here if you haven’t checked it already.

Activity 1

Wooden wild animal puzzle


Puzzles are one of the favourite activites that we do almost everytime  little N does shelf activities.This is a wild animal puzzle and a very nice language activity as well.

 

Activity 2

Three piece puzzle and colouring activity 


This is a three piece puzzle activity on one side and magic colouring with water on the other side.N enjoys solving the puzzle and also the magic colouring only with water keeps him occupied for a while.

 

Activity 3

Printables Matching


I have taken two copies of these printable and N loves matching them and also tells the sound the particular animal makes while matching.You can get these printables here

 

Activity 4

Figurine matching with printables


One of the most interesting activity is matching the figurine with the printables, this can be done with the prinatbles or the book but the idea is to match the real looking figurine with the images.

 

Activity 5

Lacing 


Wild animal lacing an excellent fine motor activity.This is little difficult for Little N but still I love the way overtime this is in the tray and he tries his level best to do it.

 

Weekend Activity 

Made a jungle and fun book reading session with Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


This time we made a jungle for our weekend activity , And Little N had a fun time with the free play and a fun book reading session with Dear Zoo where we sent back all the wild animals and kept our Puppy as pet.


Wild animals belong to the jungle and hence we have sent them back to the jungle.


 

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY-DINOSAUR EXCAVATION FROM JELLY

Dinosaur are a favourite at our house and I really don’t know how many books I have bought just because it has dinosaur in it.But I never have to regret buying those books because little N loves those and you can find him reading those while he would make sounds like Dino says Raaaaaahhhhhhh!!!

So for the love of Dinosaur I wanted to plan an activity that would be fun and would include Dinosaurs.Little N is too young to understand that the Dinosaurs are primitive and for him they as alive as tiger or bear.

To start this activity I told him after he got up that his Dinosaurs are missing and I could not find them anywhere.He went to the storage box where I store those Dinosaur and searched himself while moving his hands expressing “where are the Dinosaurs”.WE did the activity at around his bath time and till then I kept on telling that “we need to find the dinosaurs”.So the excitement and tension was created before introducing the activity.

How to make Dinosaur jelly


  • Add the content of jelly (available in general stores easily) to boiling water (250ml)
  • Stir till the content is mixed well with the water
  • Add another 250ml of cold water
  • Let it cool and pour it in a vessel
  • Put the dinosaurs in the vessel (use balloons or different shaps to make it more interesting )
  • Refrigerate the mixture for few hours

Tools we have used 

  • A plastic knife which comes with every prestige pressure cooker 😉 and few serving spoons from Lil N’s kitchen
  • Our activity box (its a storage box but now we do all activities in it )
  • A tray (Again its our activity tray )

How we got started 


Kept the Dinosaurs in the jelly in the storage box and asked Lil N to see what is there in the box.He was shocked to his dinosaur all struck in jelly before he could realise that  it was going to be fun.He tried lifting but didn’t like the feel of jelly and left it asking help from his daddy to rescue his dear Dinosaurs.

We kept few on the tray for him to explore, his daddy showed him how to cut and there was no stopping after that , he loved cutting the jelly which actually looked too good to us as well for cutting.

After he rescued all the dear Dinosaurs he had fun making mess squeezing ,rubbing the jelly everywhere .

He even applied the jelly on his legs like  a moisturiser.He shared the mess with his dad and wanted him to look equally messy but he bargained with just messy hands.

See the happiness in his face because for him he rescued his dinosaurs who were missing since morning.For him it was  the biggest rescue he has done because till now he has only drowned his bath toys while bathing in the tub so that pretty much counts for his good deeds now.






Watch the video 

On the cleaning front 

The jelly was sticky so I was mentally prepared for a massive cleaning drive afterwards but it was easier than expected.

  • Wiped the jelly from the mat using a wet cloth.
  • Scrubed he mat using dishwasher and scrubber
  • wiped again with a clean wet cloth
  • sun dried the mat (We use the other side of the mat for messy activities and safari side for daily use)
  • Little N took bath with his dear Dinosaurs, and there was a lot of raahhhhhhhh in the bath tub too.
  • Cleaned the tub and his kitchen tools separately and sun dried before storing again.

 

 

 

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY-INSECT SENSORY BIN

There is never a better way to learn than experience ,sensorial activities not only make learning fun but makes learning easier as well.One of the sensorial activity we tried recently was the Insect sensorial bin.It was fun learning about the various insects and also discovering and finding them out of the soil bin that we have created

 

How too make an Insect sensorial Bin

1.storage box

2.Insects set

3.Pebbles

4.Some leaves and grass

5.Soil

6.dump truck or any vehicle to make the discover interesting

7.scooping spoons or shovels to scoop the mud out

8.Insects flash cards

9.Dust Pan and brush for cleaning

How to prepare the box


Pour the soil into the box mix it with little water if it is dry, fill the box upto the level you think it will be comfortable for your baby to scoop out.Hide few insects below and few above.Make sure the insects are little visible for the toddlers to see and scoop out.They might just loose interest if it dug too deep.


Put the pebbles where ever you are hiding the insects it will be interesting for them to take out pebbles as well.And it will act as clue for older kids.

How we played it 

Our last weekend activity was . INSECT SENSORY BIN . For the bin we have used 🐞🕷From the insect set . Storage box as bin. . Scooping small spade and fork from beach play set. . Pebbles . Dump 🚚 from the construction set . . Dust PAN and brush from Montessori cleaning set for toddlers . Flash cards made by me 😀 . Activities done 👍Scooping and transfer . 👍Insect discovery . 👍Insects matched with the flash card. . 👍Practical life activity by cleaning the mess . . . #montessori #montessoriathome #montessoritoddler #sensoryplay #bugsiscoverybin #insects #insectsdiscovery #indooractivities #montessoriactivity #learningisfun #handsonlearning #handsonmama #funschooling #funlearning #messyplay #messisgood #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #toddleryears #toddlerslearning #toddlerhood #momblogger #mombloggerindia #muscatbloggers #muscatmums #expatlife #asianblogger #dubaiblogger #mombloggersofig #momtribe

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  • When we started Nirvaan was more interested in transferring the soil out of the bin to the dump truck and transporting it.

  • While scooping when he started getting pebbles and insects he started showing interest in the discovery box

  • He started finding the insects out and we named the insects as he was taking it out.
  • After taking all the pebbles out we gave him the flash cards and he had a fun time matching them.

  • He counted the pebbles he has taken out.
  • Finally he was busy with transporting the insects and mud in his dump truck.
  • He helped us in cleaning as well and it was a great practical activity where he tried to brush the dust from the mat using his pan and brush.


This is a very simple activity which needs very less time and effort to prepare the bin.If you wish to keep it mess free try this activity outside the house.And if you also have a space and heat constrain for playing outside spread a mat and let the little one play there.It is easier to dust the mess out of the mat then sweeping and cleaning the floor.

All these activity we start as a family play with all three of us Nirvaan, his father and me play it together and then when he develops interest in the play we let him explore on his own.Few activities he doesn’t need us at all but doing it together is so much fun.I plan these activities in the weekend so that we can enjoy it together.