Tag Archive | Bubbles

A Fish in Bubbled Waters

Wow!  We are already at the end of our first activity plan from the Leaping Lilies curriculum; Bath Time!  We’ve had a lot of fun learning over the past two weeks….and boy are we (and our dolls) clean!  Today’s post demonstrates how to turn any simple, one dimensional activity (like a craft) into a whole-learning experience.  (Meaning that all areas of development are being challenged or addressed in a meaningful way)

 

On alternating Fridays I blog about the final activity of our current theme 

This week’s Theme:Bath Time

Activity Description: Make a soap fish to use in the bath

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, creative, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 4 months

 

Lets get started!

  • Make your soap fish!

You will need:

  1. Wash cloth
  2. Bar of soap (oval shaped works best)
  3. Craft foam sheets
  4. Elastic band
  5. Piece of lace or ribbon
  6. Needle & thread (or crazy glue… I tried it for ease and speed – it seemed to work just fine)

Instructions:

Place the soap in the centre of the cloth

Place the soap in the centre of the cloth

Gather the cloth around the soap

Gather the cloth around the soap (Mommy helped!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure with a strong elastic band

Secure with a strong elastic band

Cut out foam pieces for eyes, fins and mouth

Cut out foam pieces for eyes, fins and mouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure foam pieces with a couple of stitches.  (I also tried crazy glue for ease and speed - it seemed to work)

Secure foam pieces with a couple of stitches.

Tie decorative ribbon around the elastic

Tie decorative ribbon around the elastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa! Finished soap fish!

Taa Daa! Finished soap fish!

 

 

Excited to use these in the bath!

Excited to use these in the bath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Use this activity to create a whole-learning experience

Language Development:

The entire process encourages self-expression and conversation.  Teach new words as they come up in context.  Make conversation around the parts that your tot finds interesting or curious.  Ask questions that require an opinionated response.

Creative Development:

Have your tot take participate in the creative process (as much as possible).  My girls chose the materials; the cloths, the colours for each of the foam elements, the ribbon and they helped assemble the fish.

Fine Motor Skills:

Manipulate the cloth (folding & gathering)

Manipulate the cloth (folding & gathering)

Scissor skills (cutting the foam pieces)

Scissor skills (cutting the foam pieces)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Motor Skills:

Encourage your tots to wash themselves.  Give them instructions that are more physically challenging for them.  (Such as, wash the back of your neck, under your arms, the bottoms of your feet, use the opposite hand)

Emotional Learning:

Obviously your tot should never be left alone in or near a bath but there are elements of bath time that can be used to encourage self-reliance (such as, undressing independently, testing the water before getting in to see if it is suitable and self-washing).  Parts of the activity also help to develop patience (such as, waiting for and adult to do certain parts before they can continue).  This is also the appropriate age to start learning the importance of personal hygiene. (What is it?  Why is it important?)

Social Learning:

In our case, this activity provided exposure to new situations/activities because I am NOT overly competent with a needle and thread so it was something different for them to see me doing.  Also, I’m pretty sure they have never seen a bar of soap before (only liquid).  In story books, the soap is always pictured as a bar of soap and they are always confused when I tell them that the image/drawing is soap!

VERY interested in what Mommy is doing.

We’ve never seen this before!  VERY interesting!

Cognitive Learning:

First there is the sensory component (touching/feeling all the different materials, choosing colours, smelling the soap..and yes, one of them even tasted it, despite my warnings).  It is also necessary to follow instructions (several multi-step instructions) to complete this!  Finally, this is a great activity to develop awareness of sequencing (first, next, last) because this is a step by step process that is completed in a specific order.

The girls really enjoyed using the soap fish to wash themselves but, I chose not to share pictures of the girls in the bath.

 

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Get Dolled Up!

Many caregivers underestimate the value of playing with dolls, especially for boys!  However, regardless of gender, playing with dolls teaches children valuable life lessons and provides growth opportunities in all areas of child development.

 

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 

 This week’s Theme: Bath Time

Activity DescriptionPlay Time (Sensory): Using a water table or sensory bin, give your dolls a bath.  Provide soap, sponges, etc.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Emotional Development

Specific Skill: Developing self-confidence

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 4 months

 

  • Set up – Since this was an exercise in developing self-confidence, I had the girls take the lead in setting up.  I asked them to think of the things we would need in order to bathe the dolls and instructed them to collect the items.  They tested the water to decide weather it needed to be warmer or cooler, they added the bubble bath and swooshed it around to make bubbles and they placed towels on the floor to catch any spilled water.
    The girls set up most elements of this play area

    The girls set up most elements of this play area by themselves

     

  • Play – When playing with dolls, children often mimic their experiences and daily routines (this is what makes it a great confidence booster); it provides an opportunity for them to practice and demonstrate that they know what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.  You can see evidence of this in both the physical and linguistic components of their play.
"Time to wash your legs," says O

“Time to wash your legs,” says O

"Close eyes, I rinse the hair," says M

“Close eyes, I rinse the hair,” says M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I dry you," says M

“I dry you,” says M

"Get warm in a towel," says O

“Get warm in a towel,” says O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension – The girls actually extended this activity on their own.  They decided that after the bath was finished the dolls needed to get ready for bed, so they proceeded to carry out elements of their bedtime routine also.

O brushes the doll's hair

O brushes the doll’s hair

M puts the dolls to bed

M puts the dolls to bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
**We recently received these dolls as a lovely hand-me-down gift from a dear friend (Auntie A).  We hadn’t purchased this type of doll for them before and we were surprised to find how much they enjoy them.  They particularly like them because they can be manipulated into so many different positions.  In any case, it doesn’t matter if you have this type of doll (or wish that your children never play with this type of doll), all you need is a plastic-type doll whose hair you don’t mind getting wet!  You can even use action figures if you want!

 

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A Work of Bubble Art

It’s short and sweet today!  An inexpensive, simple-to-do, art activity using items you already have in your home.  It makes beautiful and fascinating artwork.  Enjoy!

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Bath Time

Activity DescriptionBubble Art: Place some bubbles into a container, add food colouring and mix.  Put a straw in the container and blow bubbles until they reach well above the rim of the container, gently place a paper on the bubbles and repeat.  Use different colours.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative Development

Specific Skill: Experiment using different art mediums

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 4 months

 

This activity is pretty straight forward and doesn’t require a lot of pictures to explain, so here goes!

 

    • Mix the bubbles with the food colouring (encourage your tot to do this)

      Add food colouring to bubbles

      Add food colouring to bubbles

 

    • Insert a straw into the container and blow!!! (explain that sucking will be yucky!)  O accidentally sucked in the mixture even after the warning and she ended up blowing a bubble out of her mouth which made  M laugh so hard which in turn made O so happy that she forgot about the yucky taste in her mouth! (We did keep some juice on hand just in case we needed to get a yucky taste out of our mouths)

      Blow until bubbles rise out of the cup

      Blow until bubbles rise out of the cup

 

    • Place a piece of paper gently onto the bubbles/cup

      Place paper onto the cup

      Place paper onto the cup

 

  • Repeat using different colours

    Taa Daa!  Beautiful bubble art!

    Taa Daa! Beautiful bubble art!

M & O happy with their bubble art

M & O happy with their bubble art

 

 

 

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