Five Card Board Craft you should do with your toddler this Christmas

So after snow we wanted to do some decorations and get Christmas ready.If you have not checked the snow recipe yet I highly recommend you check that Christmas Activity : DIY Play snow

Usually every year we decorate a small tree as a part of our Christmas decorations but this year I wanted it to be little more as I have a little helper.And wanted to keep it easy enough for N so that he would enjoy it.

I kept the craft very basic and easy because more than beautiful and finished decorations it should be easy for a two year old.And very importantly I wanted it to be a best out of waste project.So that instead of buying a fake plastic tree we can use the waste and be eco friendly.

So lets get started


Materials required

Carton/Cardboard

knife

Glue

Googly eyes

some decorative sequence or stars

pom pom

Colours (acrylic/water any colour would do)

Empty toilet/ kitchen towel roll

Double sided tape

 

Ginger Bread Man 


Take an empty carton and cut it in the shape of ginger bread man.


Paste the eyes

Apply glue all over or

And decorate it with applying glue on the sequence, stars or any decorative item you come across the stationery store.


Tip- Apply some glue but let your toddler apply glue stick on the decorative items again.Glue stick wasn’t that effective on the sticking part hence applying glue (fevicol all over is advised)

 

Rudolf The reindeer


Put your hands on the card board and draw your hands, cut it with the help of knife.Your hands are the horns  of reindeer.

Paint both the horns and the toilet roll brown in colour or else you can leave colouring as toilet roll and cardboard both are brown in colour.


Paste the eyes

Use a double sided tape to stick the horns and

Use a red pom pom stick it with double sided tape.

Your Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer is ready


 

Wreath


Cut the cardboard in a circle I have used a plate to draw the circle as I don’t have a compass.Waiting for N to grow to bring back my school time memories of compass and Protractor.Gosh ! I have even forgotten the names of my geometry instruments. Anyways,Make a bigger circle and draw a smaller circle inside it. Cut it to get the base of the wreath.


Again apply the glue all over and let the toddler stick the pom pom all over it.N enjoyed sticking pom pom and when he was bored which honestly was just towards the end I did the finishing.

 

Star


No matter what I do I find it difficult to draw a star , so I simply draw two over lapping triangle to get my star.Did the same here and mad the cut in the centre to give it a more starry appearance.

Colour it with any colour of your choice.


Decorate it with sequence.

 

Christmas Tree

So this one is our first Christmas tree of this season yes we have planned few more and hopefully we would be able to do it.


Cut the cardboard in the shape of a Christmas tree and colour it green.Let your toddler colour it you can give the last coat to make it presentable.

Cut few shapes like circle, crescent ,triangle as decoration for the tree and a star for the top.


Draw the shapes on the tree and cut the shapes from a different piece of cardboard.Stick velcro with glue gun.


N loves this tree and this is his shapes tree.

 


While doing the craft you can tell the various stories associated with it and about Christmas and the joy of giving.


 

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Christmas Activity : DIY Play snow 

December is a month which is full of celebrations, winters make it even more special.And making a snow man from snow is the best thing but wait we don’t have snow here in Oman or rather had we been in Delhi getting a booking done for Shimla in december is next to impossible.So does that mean Little N will miss out on making snow man and his childhood winter memories will have no snow man in it? Well No he is going to have  better memories with snow man and will have no chilly hands too.

Do It Yourself is the word …Yes we make snow at home.

Materials Required

Googly eyes

Few decorative items

Pipe cleaner or ribbon

Snow Recipe

Two cups Cornstarch

1/2 cup  edible oil (I have used Coconut oil)

Prepration

In a bowl mix the corn starch with oil till the time it bind like snow.Take more cups if you wish to make a bigger snowman.We were able to make a small one but considering the fun factor I would suggest take some more.N was happy with his snow man so for us quantity was not an issue.

Set Up

In a tray or activity table put the whole snow mix and keep the items for decorations. Don’t forget to use a mat for easy cleaning.

Let the little one explore the texture, show them how to make balls and break it.Do it again and again and let them enjoy the snow for a while.After that show them how to make a snow man.

One small ball for face

one bigger ball for body.

Put the pipe cleaner as muffler

Put the eyes and if you can find a nose better (I couldn’t or rather I simply forgot about the nose of snowman)

And our seasons first snowfall snow man 😉

N was in love with the texture and making and breaking balls kept him busy for quite sometime.And we are sure doing this activity again but we are running out of corn starch already ;).Time to go and buy heaps of cornstarch and let it snow here in desert what say ?

 

 

How to Start Early with Early Learning

As I have mentioned in my posts earlier I started with early learning  when N was almost one and regret not starting it earlier but when I look back and see his videos and pics I realise I was on it since he was born.Yes absolutely without even a single iota of knowledge about early learning ,N was into early learning from the day one or may be before in my tummy while he was kicking he was learning something new.

A new born is born with the natural ability to learn and needs no push to do so.As a parent we only act as facilitator and care provider.So lets get started with early learning in early phase of infant life first.

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Tummy Time

Yes it starts from here and parent has a major role in providing the environment. A safe tummy time under adult supervision is a great time to learn for infants.They learn how to keep their head up for longer time and make their neck strong enough to hold the head.

Black and white books

So the fact is to stimulate them and not over simulate; babies love black and white and colours can be over stimulating.So give them some black and white book for the motivation to lift the head while tummy time.

Gym

I bought a simple gym and started from the second month  although the weather was cold and layer of clothing was a major factor but still the gym was stimulating enough for body movements.

In fact more than gym my son was  interested in moving fingers in front of his face.He will move his hands and legs with excitement when I would twinkle my fingers in front of him.

Mobile

(Hanging for the crib )

I never used a crib during the initial months it was only after my son was 5 months old that I invested in a cot.But still we got few hanging and I used to used that in his play area.

Peek-a-boo

One of the most popular and a game which 100% brings those giggles on the tiny lips.We played a lot of peek-a-boo and till now it is my sons favourite.

Skin to skin contact with care giver

A skin to skin does wonders in soothing what it has to do with early learning well!! Attachment with the care giver parents in general is very important and emotional bonding when established can give a long term emotional stability and sense of security . This is important for the emotional well being.

Massage

For first few months I was too scared to do Massage of my baby and hence the act was outsourced.But eventually I realised I am losing out on bonding time with my baby and I took over. Apart from many benefits it helps in forming a routine and hence better sleep.

Talk Talk Talk

Babies they love listening to your voice as they recognise your voice from the womb.They start differentiating voices from an early age.Hence language development starts way ahead from what we can imagine.Talk normally and avoid making baby voice with mushy talks all the time  (I know that irresistible but still ).These little talks will aid a lot in language development in future.

Finger Puppets

Invest in some finger puppets or best just DIY. Tell them stories and talk more.

Rattlers

Invest in some good wooden rattlers ,babies first learn to move their head towards sound and then after sometime to grab the object and rattlers are best for that.

Mirror

Put a mirror near the floor bed or simply show them the mirror during tummy time.Babies they love watching their reflection in the mirror .We had baby eisenstein mirror me book and N use to love it.Now we use this book to make funny faces.

So these were few pointers on starting with early learning at infant stage and my next post in the How to start early will be on babies from 6-12 months.

 

Guide To Start  Knife with Toddlers ft Little Fingers at Work’s Toddler Knife


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When lil N was almost 18 months old we wanted to introduce him to knife and hone his knife skills.But unfortunately my search for toddler Knife fetched no results online.I tried few stores here is oman but never got what I was looking for.So I started with the plastic knife which comes with every cooker in our Indian household.

In case you are wondering what was the hurry and why on this earth do I want my toddler to learn knife skills at such a young age.Give this whole article a sound read, many will not agree many would be convinced but the idea of writing this particular article is to educate my reader on early life skills.

Why Knife at Such a young age ?

Knife skills is one of the practical life skills of montessori approach and is recommended after 18 months only when babies develop a better fine motor skills and a better control over the movement of their body parts.

A toddler is inquisitive and developing many life skills at this stage.Observe a toddler in a pretend play and you will get to know how their observation skill works.You will be surprised to see how they copy you and observe your movement and activities.

Preparing your own food is a basic life skill and to raise an Independent individual which is the primary aim of montessori, introducing a toddler to knife early helps rather than making them realise that they are incapable of doing it.

Just like introducing the glassware to toddlers makes them aware of the fact that it needs to be handled gently and with care  similarly introducing knife makes them aware of the fact that it needs caution.

How to start with Knife 

12-18 months– A butter knife or a plastic cake knife (which I was using and still use).

It will give them a better control and coordination to cut things.You can start with pretend play sets like the pic below as well.

If you choose a butter /plastic knife start with soft fruits like banana, ripe papaya, watermelon ensure that you peel and give it to them for cutting.

18 months plus – A toddler knife like the one shown in the pic below

As I have already mentioned I was searching for a knife but couldn’t find anything fortunately I came across a reviewer requirement by Little Fingers At Work while I was in India,wherein they wanted  moms to review their toddler knife and  send across honest feedback to them.

Its been almost a month we have been using this knife almost every other day to make fruit salad.N shows a lot of interest in kitchen and he eats his fruit salad with more delight and satisfaction.

How to use it 

Start with keeping the cutting board at one side to make them learn that chopping needs only one hand till the time they get a control over the knife.

Give soft fruits like banana, pears; food like paneer,eggs which they can comfortably chop with one hand.

The knife is blunt enough not to hurt those little fingers but you know toddlers they go a little bit extra with chopping and you would want them to hit the knife on the other hand hence a conscious effort of using one hand only.

Once they are used to the fact of chopping with one hand give them the chopping board while they are with you in the kitchen in front like you do cutting or on the high chair.

Once they are old enough to understand how to cut and not chop give them fruits like  banana to teach them how to hold and cut.Like give them a banana hold it at one end and start cutting from the other end.(we have not reached this stage and hence will be updating more once we start doing it )

Progression

The next progression could be a nylon knife or a wavy chopper with handle like the real knife we use.These knifes are little sharper and can cut harder fruits and vegetables also.And should be introduced once the toddler has learnt to hold and cut cautiously.(We are yet to reach this stage and hence more updates or a detailed blog post will be posted once we hone these skills and progress.)

About Little Fingers at work Toddler Knife

Pros

A blunt steel sheet with a wooden grip handle.

Blunt enough for young toddlers

wooden grip handle gives a better grip and control.

Good for chopping soft food items.

An excellent knife to start with knife skills.

Cons 

The edges are pointed, which may require extra caution if the toddler doesn’t have a good control.This is the only drawback with this knife.And as the knife was sent across for feedback for improvement I conveyed the same to the team and it has been noted by them.

Cooking or helping in the kitchen not only helps the toddler to become independent but also gives them a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment which they strive for.And introducing knife skills makes them more confident and cautious.

Some points to keep in mind while introducing knife to toddlers

Adult supervision is a must

Keep the knife out of reach of toddler

Test yourself first by cutting the fruit you offer child to cut.This will give  you an idea if child can cut it comfortably.

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.

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

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 

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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.

 

 

Sea Animals Themed Sensorial / Montessori Activity

After we did the Ocean Themed Sensorial Activity I wanted to do the Sea animals based activity in the similar way ,we have done earlier.Little N enjoyed the activity a lot and I wanted him to have fun while learning about the sea animals.

I took out his diaper cover as the activity was with water, he immediately went and got his crocs thinking we were going to the sea.But this summer leaves us with no option but to stay indoors and enjoy the mini version of sea at home.

Materials Required

  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Pebbles
  • Sea animals set
  • water mixed with few drops of food colour
  • Tray
  • Tub

Fill the tub with coloured water and keep all the other materials in the tray for the child to explore.

This is how Nirvaan enjoyed this activity

Dropped all the animals one by one into the water

Poured the sand into the water 


Squeezed the animals as the sea animals were squeezes and required lot of water to be squeezed in for floating. Nirvaan enjoyed squeezing the water out of the animals.


Counting the pebbles while dropping them into water and while taking it out.

While he was done with putting (read drowning) almost every thing inside the water we started with our exploration.

Took the animals out one by one and named them.So while earlier all the sea animals were fish after this activity tortoise was the one he was fascinated with.

Check the video

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Our weekend activity : SEA ANIMALS THEMED Sensorial Activity 🌊 Tub of water added blue food colour . 🐟🐋🐬🐳Sea animals set . 🐚From our last visit to the beach . 🛥From the bath toys . 💡He loved tortoise and that is his favourite now. . 💡Now every sea creature is not Fish he can recognise seal,shark, octopus ,tortoise and fish. . #sensorial #sensorialactivity #montessori #learnthroughplay #earlylearning #seathemedactivity #oceanthemedactivity #montessoriactivity #freeplay #structuredfreeplay #summeractivities #indooractivities #toddleractivities #momblogger #indianmomblogger #expatlife #muscatmums #muscatblogger #bloggerlife #parentingblogger #parents

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To make this activity hassle free 

  1. I have used a mat so that dusting the sand will be easier and I would save time on sweeping the floor.
  2. Transferred the activity to the washroom and did the cleaning activity along with Nirvaan and we enjoyed  giving the sea animals a bath.
  3. Used a sieve to filter the sand from water.
  4. Sun dried all and stored for future fun activity

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And if you plan to do this activity please don’t forget to tag ,Would love to see your fun pics.