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Paint-sicles!

From birth, our children are natural scientists, mathematicians and artists.  This is because they are constantly making efforts to understand (and express their understanding of) their world.  When we provide an enriching and supportive environment for our babies, they intuitively use that opportunity to absorb everything they possibly can.  Today’s activity is an example of an easy-to-implement, hands-on project that will engage your baby in a fun and creative way and that will help develop your baby’s sense of joy and wonder….and as a result…probably yours too!

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: African Animals

Activity DescriptionIce Cube Painting (Sensory): Make ‘paint cubes’ and use them to paint a picture of lions and/or make an independent piece of artwork.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative

Specific Skill: Exploring different art mediums

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 22 months + 2 weeks

1. Preparation:

Put a small amount of paint* in each cube

Put a small amount of paint* in each cube

Add water to each cube

Add water to each cube

Mix water and paint*

Mix water and paint*

Add handles and put in the freezer

Add handles  (I used Q-tips) & put in the freezer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa! Frozen paint cubes!

Taa Daa! Frozen paint cubes!

*To make ‘paint’ you can use juice crystals, food colouring (which are both edible) or actual tempera paint (which is what I used)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. To warm up, we reviewed the vocabulary by playing with our African animal figurines and we sang a song included in the activity plan.

3.Since we are learning about lions today, I provided them with a lion colouring page (which is a template included in the Reaching Roses activity plan) and let them paint it!

Eager little hands!

Eager little hands!

M starts painting

M starts painting

Getting the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it!

Great job O!

Great job O!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
4. Now it’s time to let them create some original pieces of artwork!

"Circle' said M as she draws circles!

“Circle’ says M as she draws circles!

M's masterpiece

M’s masterpiece

Having fun!

Having fun!

O could NOT get enough of this activity

O could NOT get enough of this activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW!  They spent a considerable amount of time creating with these frozen paint cubes.  I knew they would like it but was surprised by the level of enthusiasm and excitement.  We will definitely do this again!!

 

Want to check out some more sensory ideas?

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

 

 

We Make a Great Pair!

Teaching toddlers how to match items is an important part of developing early math skills because it helps children identify and describe relationships between objects.  Matching activities also encourage critical thinking, logic, visual discernment, and short-term memory.  Today’s activity is cost-free, requires very little preparation & clean-up and is easy to differentiate (make less or more challenging based on your baby’s abilities).

 

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: Clothing

Activity Description: Sock Matching: Get a basket of interesting and easily distinguished socks (all shapes and sizes welcome) – a pile on the floor can work just as well.  Pick a sock and model how to find the matching sock.  Then pick another sock and encourage your baby to find its match.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Cognitive

Specific Skill: Matching two of the same item

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 21 months + 3 weeks

1. For our warm up we sang some songs and we read the book, A Pair of Socks, by Stuart J. Murphy.

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2. I chose a sock and modelled how to find it in the pile by comparing it to other socks.  (We used socks that were easy to distinguish)

3. Next it was their turn to give it a try. I held up a sock and asked them to find the match.

 

 

4.  This was way to simple for them so it was necessary to differentiate the task.  To make it more challenging, I decided to do a few  things:

  • I used their socks (smaller and less distinguishable)
  • I used pairs of socks that had similarities (the same pattern but in a different colour or the same colour but in different sizes)
  • I added a couple of socks that didn’t have a pair

 (These changes provided the right amount of challenge for them.  They had to think about it more but were still able to complete the task)

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O found it!

O found it!

M makes the match!

M makes the match!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's close O, but not quite, try again!

That’s close O, try again!

You did it O!!

You did it O!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M looks hard

M looks carefully

Those aren't the same, try again!

Those aren’t the same, try again!

Good job M!

Good job M!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. If the initial task is too difficult for your baby you can differentiate this task in the other direction (by adding more learning support).  Here are some suggestions to make this activity a littler simpler:

  • Use less socks
  • Lay the socks out neatly in a row (instead of having them in a jumbled pile) so they are all clearly visible
  • Take the sock that you want to match up and place it beside each of the socks in the row to show how they are the same or different

 …….while she was waiting for her turn….O decided to practice…..

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Want to see other matching activities for toddlers? Click here!

How Do We De-ice Airplanes?

Playing with ice is a simple, inexpensive and stimulating sensory learning activity.  It is an engaging activity on its own but I added a couple of little twists in order to help promote our language learning objectives and to add more dimensions of experimentation and discovery.  It was a hit, I know your children will enjoy it too!

It was a long weekend in Canada so we were out of town, arriving home only last night.  This is an activity we did last week from the Transportation activity plan from Reaching Roses; it was mildly focused on planes but included all four of our weekly vocabulary words.  Next week we will begin with a new activity plan (all about vegetables).

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: Transportation

Activity Description Frozen Fun (sensory): Take some toy planes (and other modes of transportation), place them in a container with some water and put them in the freezer ; if desired, add food colouring.  Your baby can help you do this. Once frozen, place the ice into a warm bath, water table or wading pool  and let your baby explore the properties of ice.  Watch as they try to figure out what happens as the ice melts (and if you added food colouring, they will marvel at the diffusion of colour).

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Cognitive

Specific Skill: Experimentation and discovery

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 19 months + 3 weeks

Part One – Icing the planes (and other modes of transportation)

1. It’s was a rainy day so we did a lot of lead up to this.  We read books, we pretended to be trains, planes, cars and boats (moving quickly and slowly – emphasizing the activity plan’s secondary vocabulary), we did transportation puzzles and we sang songs!

2.  We put our transportation toys into coloured water (while wearing dress-up hats), placed them into the freezer and waited…..

 

Ready to add colour

Ready to add colour

M adds blue

M adds blue

M adds yellow

M adds yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O adds red

O adds red

O adds green

O adds green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy made orange and purple.  Ready for the freezer

Mommy made orange and purple. Ready for the freezer

Part Two – Playing with ice! (We did this part on a hot, sunny day but you could easily do it in a bath tub).

  • Looking at the ice!  Since they took part in making the ice, they were so excited when I took it out of the freezer to show them.  I heard them saying, “WOW”, “cold ice” and “car stuck”.

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  • Place the iced vehicles into warm water!  They were so excited by the diffusion of colour and were trying to catch it or grab it with their hands (learning that this is not possible)

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  • Play, experiment, discover!
O took an interest in the orange iceberg containing a plane

O took an interest in the orange iceberg containing a plane

O dips it in and out of the water, noticing that the plane is becoming more visible

O dips it in and out of the water, noticing that the plane is becoming more visible

O discovering that it is not so easy to pull something out of ice

O discovering that it is not so easy to pull something out of ice

M takes a look at this plane too

M takes a look at this plane too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cousin E, joins the fun!

Cousin E, joins the fun!

Cousin E, has almost complete de-iced a plane!

Cousin E, has almost completely de-iced a plane!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, adding colour and freezing something into the ice adds extra layers of discovery and learning opportunities for ice-play.  Try it with your little one!

 

Want to check out other stimulating sensory activities suitable for 18-24 months?  Click here!

Fork over That Paint!

We are beginning to wind-down the Meal Time! activity plan from Reaching Roses with only a couple of days left!  (We’ll see you on Friday for our culminating activity).  Today’s post is another artsy-activity that I wanted to include so that I could have the opportunity to write about the significance of children’s artwork and Reggio Emilia’s “100 languages of children” which helps form a part of my philosophy.

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: Meal Time

Activity Description Abstract Art: Use spoons and forks to paint a picture.  Add a little flour or baby powder to the paint to thicken it a bit and provide texture (you could also add sand, salt; whatever inspires you).

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative

Specific Skill: Painting with texture

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 19 months

 

Preparation:  Before beginning I took some paints and added baby powder to it to give it a thickened texture.  I didn’t use any measurements, I just added bit by bit until the consistency suited me.

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1. To begin, we read and talked about some books about eating.

2. I decided to do this activity on top of the geometric art activity we did on Monday but obviously, it is not necessary to do so.  We looked at the canvas and what was already there and I reminded them that they used cups to make it.  I explained that today we were going to use “special” paint and forks, spoons, and knives to paint with.  They were excited.

3. I modelled how to use the forks and knives to create lines in the thickened paint.

4. Off to the races!

O starts with the fork

O starts with the fork

M starts with a knife

M starts with a knife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well done M!

Well done M!

M using the fork to make textured lines

M using the fork to make textured lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O considers the purple paint

O considers the purple paint

Great job O!

Great job O!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M uses a dry fork to manipulate the paint

M uses a dry fork to manipulate the paint

O adds some last minute details with a knife

O adds some last minute details with a knife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  When finished, I recruited the babies to help clean (it keeps them occupied while I’m putting things away so I don’t end up with hand prints on everything in our home! – and it teaches them responsibility)

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6. Once it was dry I encouraged them them feel the different textures they created.  They were pleased.

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Oh, O, you are sooo silly!

Oh, O, you are sooo silly!

Final product!

Final product!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reggio Emilia’s 100 Languages of Children

The term “hundred languages of children” refers to the many ways that children have of expressing themselves.  Children are able to depict their understanding (of any given topic or themselves) through one of many symbolic languages such as drawing, sculpture or drama (to name a few).    It is a true form of communication and they are able to do this well before they are able to speak.  This is why I feel it is essential to provide babies with the opportunity to express themselves through artistic means and why we should pay attention to what they are expressing through their art.

 

Painting by Cups

We’re on the second week of the Meal Time! activity plan using the new Reaching Roses curriculum.  Today is all about cups!!  My camera battery was not charged so I had to use an old camera to take pictures…the quality is not what it usually is, apologies!

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: Meal Time

Activity Description Geometric Art: Dip cups and bowls into paint and stamp them on to canvas or heavy paper to make an art piece.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Fine Motor

Specific Skill: Dipping and stamping

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 19 months

 

1. To begin, we used dishes to review the vocabulary.  We talked about the cups in greater detail by describing them (colour & shape) and talking about what things we put into a cup.

2. Next, I reviewed the colours of paint we were using then demonstrated how to dip the cup into the paint and how to stamp it onto a surface.

3. Give it  a try!

Excited to get started

Excited to get started

Careful dipping

Careful dipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O checks out her creation thus far

O checks out her creation thus far

Nearly finished

Nearly finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our beautiful artwork

Our beautiful artwork

4. Apart from being fun and giving us the opportunity to use the word “cup” a lot, this activity also lent itself very well to reviewing concepts we learned using the Clever Clovers curriculum (shapes, colours, counting).

…..there is another activity on Wednesday using textured paint and forks/spoons/knives as the painting utensil.  I think we will add it to this canvas… see you then!

By the way, I could go on for hours about how much their art work reflects their personality and learning styles – and I find it fascinating!  Leave me a comment to tell me about if/how your little one’s artwork reflects him or her!