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.

 

 

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

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

If you liked this activity then I am sure you would love the activities we do on a regular basis, follow us on Instagram -@rattlebabblebattle and stay updated with the activities we do on daily and weekly basis.

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

 

Why Messy Play is the Best Play

Whenever I post about sensorial activities the most common question that is asked by moms is How do you clean the mess ? Well honestly I have my tricks and tips for minimising my work of cleaning but I never minimise on the mess my baby can create and play with.

Childhood is all about experience and there is no better way to experience than touch.Touch and mess create a sense of happiness.Let me take the example of La Tomatina Festival in Spain and Holi in India.Both the festivals are messy and fun.Messy play excites the brain and the feeling is of enjoyment,fun and happiness.

Apart from happiness there are various other benefits of messy play

 

Creativity

There are no guidelines for messy play and hence you can see your little one creating their own version of mess.

Exploratory

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Messy play is the best way to explore as its open ended and unstructured.

Language 

Children learn to be more expressive while they involve in messy activities apart from learning the various terms related to play like gooey, sticky,etc.

Physical Development 

They learn to have more control over their body while they explore.It is the best way to hone gross and fine motor skills.

Social Skills 

When playing in a group they learn how to play which involves so much of touch but without hurting or pushing.Messy plays helps them be more social and enjoy the company.

Still wondering how to start with messy play check this out Sensorial Activity -Edible Slime (Free Play)

Still feel like you can’t deal with the mess try these tips

  • Let your baby play with water just plain water.
  • Make the bath time messy play time.
  • Let them explore the messy stuff on their high chair
  • Make some edible messy play with banana,avacado,papaya. Just mash these fruits and give it to them to explore.
  • Boil some extra noodles while you make it and let your baby have some messy fun with those extra noodles.
  • While kneading the dough give some flour and water to your toddler as well.
  • Let them jump on muddy puddles.
  • While visiting park let them run bare feet on the grass and the mud.

And while you involve in these messy activities do not forget to click pictures and make those childhood memories the messier the merrier.

 

Colour Themed Montessori Activities

Nirvaan can recognise the four primary colours and has started calling few as well like buuuuu, geeeen and I am yet to catch the words he uses for red and yellow some weird rhyming words.As he can differentiate and recognise the colours the activities we did last week was more of sorting.If you are wondering how to introduce colours to your toddlers you should give this a read before going forward

MONTESSORI SERIES- HOW TO START WITH COLOURS

Now that the introduction phase is over and Nirvaan very well recognises all the four primary colours, sorting came pretty easy for him but attention span for sorting activity remained very low initially and I realised it has to be more fun and different then just one activity.Here are few of the different activities we tried and he enjoyed doing.It helped me in his toy rotation as well as same toy was used for different colour activities.

Colour Tray 


This one is a DIY ,I buy these yogurt cups for Nirvaan and it comes in a tray.These trays we have used for many activities.This time I have simply pasted the foam sheets with double sided tape for colour sorting.

Blocks Train


Got these blocks train from a local toy shop and this so far has been the favourite activity none of the other sorting game has kept Nirvaan busy for this long.He does colour sorting by making the train by stacking the same coloured blocks together  and then loves to play with the blocks or simply plays with the train.Hence some Independent unassisted play makes this my top favourite sorting  activity as well.

Matching Utensils Activity


Matching the toy kitchen utensils with the same coloured lid.It was something I thought he would not be interested in doing but he did it in just few seconds and did it again as well.An easy activity with already existing toys.

Stacking Activity


I have combined two of his existing toys for this activity,I have taken the stacking stand from his wooden circus stack and those rings are the blocks.

Simple activity for colour sorting and stacking both.

Mega Sorting 


I have mixed all his primary coloured blocks in a box and have used the felt sheets for sorting as shown in the picture.This activity was fun for him as he loved so many blocks in a single box and played with the blocks before sorting.Even after sorting he was busy with those blocks in the box.

Hope you guys liked these activities . These are few of the activities that we have done in our learning colour series will be posting more on this soon .

Would love to know if you have some new ideas for colour activities please drop your ideas in the comment below and stay tuned for more of this series.

 

 

 

How to make Play Dough at home

So after  Slime I really wanted to make play dough at home because I seriously can’t let my baby play with the one available in the market.The curiosity level at this stage knows no boundaries and I don’t ever want those play dough to end up in my baby’s digestive system ever.

Apart from being completely non toxic and edible the quantity also is more when we make it at home plus its super cheap and stays in the fridge for good 15-20 days as compared to the market ones which usually dries up in one use.

Here is the recipe

Ingredients 


All purpose flour (one cup)

salt (1/4 cup)

water (as desired for softness)

Food colour

How to 

First take little water and mix the salt to dissolve it completely once the salt is dissolved in water add it to the flour and mix it properly. After mixing he salt & water add few drops of food colour into the flour mix it and start adding water to knead the dough.

Softness of the dough will depend on the kneading so I suggest kneading properly.

It can be stored in an air tight jar or zip pouch in the refrigerator for almost 20 days.

My experience 

Kids get bored very easily and to keep them engaged overtime coming up with new ideas is practically impossible and it is good for them to get bored, As boredom is mother of creativity. As a parent our job is to provide them the right environment and keeping themselves busy should be their job.

Open ended plays like play dough requires very less involvement from parents end and keep them busy for hours together. Nuture their imagination and can be very satisfying as well.


If you are introducing to an one year old I suggest you let them explore on their own rather then teaching them to make figures out of the play dough.Give them the shape cuter etc but let them explore on their own.

Check out how Nirvaan had fun with his home made play dough

Sensorial Activity -Edible Slime (Free Play)

This time for our weekend activity we chose a messy  play as summer leaves us with no option but to stay indoors and what better than a messy indoor play.

A sensorial activity with toddler means lot of exploration and hence the stuff might just end up in their mouth.I am still not comfortable with the slime available in the market and decided to make a non toxic edible slime, so that even if the slime ends up in the mouth I won’t go berserk.

Slime Recipe

Corn starch-1 cup

Water-1/2 cup

Food colour (optional )

Mix cornstarch with water till you get the gooey consistency.Adding food colour is optional but to make it more attractive it is advisable.

Cornstarch has the property to bind when mixed with water into solid but the moment it is dropped down it drips as liquid and again solidifies.

It can be a fun solid-liquid science experiment for older kids.

Nirvaan initially was not  able to pick it up and play as it was solidifying hence added little more water to make it more gooey for him to play easily.


He used everything to lift it tong, spoon,fork.

Applied on his body as cream.

Had fun pouring solid as liquid.


Mixed it and messed around for almost an hour or may be more.

He was not ready to leave it and I had to finally lift him so that he could take a shower and I am pretty sure he would have enjoyed for another hour if left.

Watch him enjoy

Slimey messy fun 🤗 . Slime made from just three ingredients .✅cornstarch .✅water .✅Food colour . The happiness and hours of fun was worth the mess . It was a stress free messy fun for mama too . ✅Used a high chair ✅Before bath time ✅A seperate tray was used ✅No clothes . When making slime is so easy then why not have some fun .. Try it and join the slime fever don't forget to tag me will love to see your messy slimey fun pics . #slime #slimerecipe #slimefortoddlers #nontoxicslime #messyplay #messyfun #toddlers #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #keepingtoddlersbusy #summerdays #summerfun #indoorfun #momlife #mommy #mom #expatmom #expatlife #muscatmums #muscatbloggers #parents #parentingblogger #indianmomblogger #indianmontessorimum #sensorial #blog #rattlebabblebattle

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To make it easy for me to clean the mess

1.I have used the high chair for him to play as that would limit his area.

2.Used a separate tray instead of using the high chair tray.

3.The activity was timed right before the shower time.

4.The high chair was placed right outside the bathroom.its really hot here so balcony or open space was not an option for us.

5.No clothes were on not even an apron to save me from the washing and removing food colour stains from clothes if any.

Hope this activity and my tips for a less messier activity would help you try this out.And if it does don’t forget to share it with us.

 

 

Farm Animal Themed Montessori Activities

So the last week was all about farm animals for us.It was a moo moo, quack quack sort of a week and we enjoyed learning a lot about the farm animals.I dedicated one or two trays per day in our activity shelf to farm animals and did a weekend activity.


Monday 

Farm animal puzzle-This is a wooden farm animal puzzle with almost all the farm animals. Nirvaan enjoys playing it and say baa baa like baba and quack quack like kaka.

Watch him doing this puzzle here


Tuesday


Flash Cards– We used the flash cards to match the animals.You can download the flash cards here Farm Animals Printables-For Toddlers (12-18 Months)

He loves this one I am yet to stick velcro but he loves matching it so much even without it.watch him do this matching activity and trying to be perfect in his own way .


Wednesday 


Flash card matched with the animals figurines.another fun activity ,there can be little confusion once it comes to figurines but its all fun.

Watch him match

Thursday


Lacing-We tried lacing rabbit, which we found was little difficult and hence didn’t force him much to do it.Here he is trying his hands on lacing.


Friday 

Singing and dancing on the rhyme “old mac Donald had a farm”.Well this is something we do every day but this time with all the moves.As I was the one dancing and singing so no video for this one.

Weekend Activity



Made a farm and had some fun free play feeding the animals ,transporting them in tractor.

Weekend activities are for father son quality time,I only make video from the back while they both enjoy playing and spend some quality time together.
I have used his existing toys to create this farm.

The hut is from his Noak’s ark

Old Mac Donald and his wife are actually Noak and his wife.

Animal figures from the farm animal set

Duck from his bath set and hen one of his random toy

Tractor is from his construction set.

The carpet is the one we bought for balcony and now is used for his play .
Watch this video and excuse us for the rash driving we did with the tractor while transporting.

Rainbow Rice-Sensorial Activity

The last week was all about colours in our Montessori Trays , so to end the week I planned a rainbow themed activity for Nirvaan.I had Rainbow rice in my mind since long but somehow wanted to introduce this to the sensorial activity when he would be able to differentiate colours.This was the right time as he can do sorting colour wise now.


Making Rainbow rice is very easy and it took hardly 15 mins for me to make primary coloured rainbow rice.

Ingredients required:

1.Rice (4 cups for four colours)

2.Vinegar

3.Food colour (I took the primary colours-Red,Green,Yellow,Blue)

4.Mixing bowl and some newspaper to dry the coloured rice.

Method:

To one cup of rice add one table spoon of vinegar and few drops of food colour.

Mix it well and let it dry.

How we enjoyed with the Rainbow Rice

Since it was weekend and he spends time with his father the most I wanted both of them to enjoy their day and hence they both did this activity together.I wanted Nirvaan to have fun and make the coloured rice rainbow on his own and believe me toddlers are great at mixing stuff without instructions and help.

I gave one colour at a time with few blocks of same colour for a free play and soon he wanted all and mixed them.


I think almost for half and hour he was busy pouring the rice in different container.

Then came pouring with funnel and his juicer was of the right size with handle.He scooped poured in the funnel used almost all kinds of spoons available in his kitchen.


 

He even took the rice to cook in his kitchen,I never knew he notices so much and knows that rice is meant for cooking.


 

His activity table was finally used for some more pouring and throwing of the rainbow rice.

 

He did some practical activity by using brush and pan to pick the spilled rice. I tried clicking pictures but my phone memory ran out and I went to transfer the pictures and videos to the laptop and He was busy for good 1 and half hour just repeating pouring spilling the rice on the mat picking it with pan and brush.

Watch the video to checkout how the activity went 

And some more fun and free play 


The quantity of rice may seem less here because I have just made four colours and will be doing many activities and introducing new colours to our rainbow rice.After the play was over I stored the rice for future Play.

 

Many mom ask me rather tell me that cleaning is a task hence they avoid such activities so here are my tips for easier cleaning after messy play

1.Retrict the play area

2.Use a mat so that cleaning would mean only cleaning the mat

3.Make your baby wear clothes that  you won’t regret getting spoiled.

4.Make cleaning a part of play ,initially with younger toddlers it might seem like it doubles your task but eventually they learn and start doing it and enjoy cleaning as well.

Hope these tips and play idea will make your activities with kids more interesting and hassle free.

Toy Review- Hape Lacing Vehicles

I was searching for lacing beads online when I came across this beautiful product.I am in love with wooden toys and that is my small effort towards a greener earth.One look at the product and I knew what I wanted to do with these beautiful wooden cars.

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My son is not a car freak but he loves cars and when the package arrived he was more than happy to see the beautiful  colourful wooden cars.

These lacing vehicles are from Hape and I was so happy to find it in amazon.Priced at Rs599.00,its a set of 12 lacing vehicles which includes cars, ship, trees, cloud and stop sign.It came with a lacing red thread.

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Review- Priced at Rs 599.00 I expected the cars to be little bigger in size but then as lacing beads the size is good.The lace is not good quality wise whereas the quality of wooden lacing vehicles is very good.

Its non toxic and a nice product for colour recognition,lacing,couting etc.I find it a very innovative lacing idea.

Rating-3/5

As you know when I review a toy I also mention the various ideas the toys can be used so that the kids doesn’t lose interest easily and quickly.So this time also we didn’t keep ourself limited to lacing but we had more fun activities with these lacing vehicles.

1.Lacing– Fine motor skill can be fun and at the same time challenging for the toddlers.This can keep them busy for a long time but with lots of motivation as inability to perform a particular task can make them anxious.

My son tried many times to lace the vehicles but the lacing thread has small hard ending to lace and and it doesn’t pass through the vehicles completely.For an 18 months old the lacing thread is not suitable but the product is ideally for 3 yrs and above.for older kids it is good and lacing can be done with little concentration.

2.Stacking– The most common and fun activity for a toddler is stacking and knocking the stack down.

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Check the video at the end of the post to see how Nirvaan enjoyed stacking and knocking it down.

3.Counting– The cars can be used for counting in a fun way.While lacing the child can count till 12 and then you can remove two and ask how many are left and similarly addition.

4.Colour Sorting– This time to make the colour sorting fun I made a parking lot with different coloured parking slot.  Nirvaan was not able to sort the cars by its colour but with prompt he was able to put few cars to the right slot.But he had fun parking and taking the cars out of the parking lot.

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5.Free Play– I staged this free play for him.I cooked a story about a farm near the river with cow and horse in it and he had a fun time driving his car through the farm.

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Check how Nirvaan enjoyed Playing in this short video

You can buy these Lacing vehicles online by clicking the pic below

Disclaimer- This is not a sponsored review.The product has been purchased by me and review is based on my experience with the product.