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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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Fizz-tacular Painting Activity

Looking for a fun and easy twist on your regular painting activity?  This one is a sensory delight!  It’s perfect for reviewing and learning colours, it includes elements of science and encourages artistic expression!  Perfect for all ages.

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

This week’s Theme:More Colours

Activity Description: Science Experiment: Fizzy painting activity!

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): 24 months

1.  I explained to the girls that we were going to do a painting activity with ‘special paint’.

2. Prepare the paint:

In a container, I added the following: Juice crystals of desired colour, 1/4 cup of baking soda, a squirt of clear dish soap and I slowly added water to get the consistency that I wanted.  A thicker consistency of paint allows for more textured painting and can be sprayed multiple times for more fizzy-fun.  Our four colours this week are: pink (pink lemonade crystals), orange (kool-aid), brown (iced-t crystals) and purple…I used purple kool-aid but it was far from purple…more of a green I would say!

 

Home-made, scented, fizzy paint!

Home-made, scented, fizzy paint!

3. Review the colours & paint away!!

Mommy demonstrates

Mommy demonstrates

M goes straight for the pink

M goes straight for the pink

O painting with 2 brushes

O painting with 2 brushes

Mommy makes a lion

Mommy makes a lion

O adds some last minute touches

O adds some last minute touches

 

 

Voila!

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4. This painting activity is not over yet!  Now for more fun, let’s make it fizz! (spray with vinegar)

Mommy demonstrates.  Oh wow, says M!

Mom demonstrates. Oh wow, says M!

M does some spraying

M does some spraying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O wants to make it fizz too!

O wants to make it fizz too!

Time-out! O found a sticker (which trumps EVERYTHING)

Time-out! O found a sticker (which trumps EVERYTHING)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fizz-tacular fun was had by all!

Fizz-tacular fun was had by all!

This painting activity kept them occupied for AGES!!!  They kept saying, “more paint mommy, more fizz mommy”. We will definitely be doing this one more often!

If you’re doing this activity in the winter, you could easily do it in a shower or bath! The mess would wash right down the drain!

This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

Practice What You Preach

Although it can be super-cute when our babies mispronounce words, it is really beneficial to help them improve.  It’s not necessary to correct everything, all the time, but choose a few words or sounds per week to improve upon.  Choose words that your baby is confident with and uses frequently.  This is beneficial because it helps them to get what they need, to explain their thoughts and feelings and to develop their phonemic awareness (an essential skill for reading and writing).   Also, as more people begin to understand them, their confidence with language and oral self-expression increases and thus, their overall self-confidence increases.  Today’s activity is a very simple and quick exercise to practice pronunciation.

Our little twinkle toes practising her "cheese!"

Our little twinkle toes practising her “ch-ch-cheese!”

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: More Colours

Activity DescriptionWhat Colour?: Place different coloured balls into an opaque bag.  Reach a hand into the bag to pull out a ball.  What colour is it?  What other things are also this colour? Repeat what your baby says with correct pronunciation then practice the pronunciation of colours by singing about that colour. (Song from this week’s list of songs).

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language Development

Specific Skill: Practice pronunciation

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 24 months!!

 

1.I decided to sing some songs about colours at the beginning of the activity because this is part of our learning routine.

2. We used cloths because we don’t have balls in all four colours (orange, purple, pink, brown).  I quickly explained what to do (put your arm in and pull out a cloth) and say what colour it is.  Simple!

Here are a few quick clips to demonstrate

This first clip shows the basic interaction of the exercise:

 

This next clip has more of an example of how to practice pronunciation (they didn’t have much difficulty saying brown in the video above):

 

The following video is an example of how to proceed if your baby can’t guess the colour.  Also, I chose “purple grapes” as an example of purple because they have difficulty saying ‘grapes’ and it is a word they use frequently (that only myself & Mr. Y can decipher):

 

***You can use this activity to learn any vocabulary (put in figurines or pictures) and/or any sound (put in objects that all contain the same sound.  Ex. pig, pot, princess, peas, etc.)

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This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

There’s Orange on Your Face!

Halloween provides a wonderful opportunity to teach and reinforce the colour orange!  Today’s post is an amalgamation of two activities that centre around pumpkin carving. One is an emotional learning activity that involves looking at pictures of jack-o-lantern faces and interpreting the different emotions that are displayed in each (a template is provided in the curriculum package) – then choose one to carve!  The other is a social learning activity that involves reading a book to help explain sustainability concepts and how to reduce waste (this also becomes a part of the pumpkin carving experience – the reason I could not separate the two activities).  I chose to focus on the social learning activity for this post.

 

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: More Colours

Activity DescriptionStory Time: Before carving a pumpkin face [Today’s Emotional Learning Activity] read a book that explains how pumpkins grow and about what can be done with the flesh and seeds (instead of just throwing them away).  Roast some pumpkin seeds, make a pie, save some seeds for planting.  Book Ideas: Pumpkin Circle (Levenson), My Pumpkin (Noonan), From Seed to Pumpkin (Pfeffer), I Like Pumpkins (Smath)

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social Learning

Specific Skill: Learning about sustainability and reducing waste

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 23 months + 3 weeks

 

1.As the activity describes, we read some books together to discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin, the parts of a pumpkin and all the things that can be done with a pumpkin.  Here are two of the books we read.

Pumpkin Circle, by George Levenson

Pumpkin Circle, by George Levenson

From Seed to Pumpkin, by Jan Kottke

From Seed to Pumpkin, by Jan Kottke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  We began the pumpkin carving exercise.  For the sustainability/reducing waste theme, we focused on collecting the seeds for roasting/eating and for planting…..

The first glimpse…. I kept telling them, oooh, look, it’s just like in the books we read!  They were saying “seeds”, “seeds in here!”

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Scraping & separating the seeds…. “Yucky”, M kept saying.

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Washing & straining the seeds… “Clean the seeds now”, says M.  “Get soap?”, asks O!  “No, just water.”, I tell her.

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Set the seeds to dry… We will roast them once they are dry.  I don’t think they will be able to eat them (choking hazard) so I guess I’ll cut them a small piece to taste and then ask them if we should package the rest up as a snack for Daddy to take to work.  (I know they will say yes…anything for Daddy!)

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2.  After completing the emotional learning exercise described in the introduction of this post, we set to carving the pumpkin face.  They chose a happy face.

Daddy carves, we poke/pull out the pieces…

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Taa Daa!  We learned about emotions, about sustainability and reducing waste, we had fun, and now we have this mesmerizing  jack-o-lantern (our first ever!)

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Happy Halloween to all of our readers who enjoy this tradition!!

 

This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

Walk a Brown Mile

We’re back!  Thanks for being patient with us during our hiatus!  It’s a shame we had to take one because we have done so many wonderful activities from the Reaching Roses curriculum that I wanted to share – but such is life, I suppose!  This week we are learning about colours again.  The ‘Colours’ activity plan from the Clever Clovers curriculum focused on blue, red, yellow and green.  This time we are using the ‘More Colours’ activity plan from Reaching Roses; we are learning about pink, brown, orange and purple!  Today our focus is on the colour brown.

 

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: More Colours

Activity DescriptionNature Walk: Go for a walk in nature and have your baby collect things that are brown.  Bring them home to share with others or use in other activities.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social Learning

Specific Skill: Awareness of nature

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 23 months + 3 weeks

This is a pretty straight-forward activity that doesn’t need a lot of explaining.  Here are a few suggestions I do have though:

  1. Try not to be afraid to let your babies explore and touch things; that’s how they learn!  – When you see them touching something, ask them about it and comment on it (what is so interesting about this object that drew them to it?).  My girls still have a tendency to put things in their mouths when exploring so it is important that I stay close by when doing activities like this.

    O feels the brown tree bark

    O feels the brown tree bark

  2. Let your babies ‘lead’ the walk as much as possible.  – If they want to stop, stop.  If they want to walk in a certain direction, go that way.  Don’t rush them.

    Our leads the way

    O leads the way

  3. Bring a bag to collect items of interest. – This is really great because you can do a lot of follow-up activities with the things they find.  I allow most items in the bag, and if it’s not appropriate I don’t say “No”, I say something like, “Wow!  That is a really interesting giant stick you have found.  I can see why you want to bring it home, but it’s too big to fit in this bag, so I think we’ll have to leave it here.  Do you want to look at it for a while?  Do you want me to take a picture of it so we can look at it later?”

    Daddy carries a milk bag to collect things in

    Daddy carries a milk bag to collect things in

  4. Elaborate, elaborate, elaborate! – A toddler’s vocabulary, as I’m sure you have noticed, expands at a very rapid rate.  If your baby shows you something, talk about it – a lot!  For example, “Oh, cool!  You found some brown mud.  Do you know how this brown mud was made?  The rain fell from the clouds in the sky and made the dirt all wet.  Now the trees and flowers can drink the water from the ground.  Did you know that trees drink water too?”  – Talking this way helps to encourage a wider vocabulary and builds comprehension of words and concepts.  My girls often repeat what I said or ask questions about what I said which leads to even more conversation.

    "Brown mud!", says M

    “Brown mud!”, says O

When we arrived at the nature trail, we explained to the babies that on today’s nature walk, we were going to try to find things that are brown.  This doesn’t mean that we would ignore other interesting parts of our walk, just that we would make an extra effort to point out brown things and remind our babies to look for brown things.

Here’s what transpired!

M was all about the brown leaves….

 

Other brown things we found…

Some of our favourite pics of they day..

The ladies!

The ladies!

We love Daddy!

We love Daddy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O, deep in contemplation

O, deep in contemplation

 

This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!