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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!

Hop to It!

We all know the physical and health benefits of encouraging our toddlers to be active! But did you know that movement is actually a key factor in a toddler’s overall development?  Through movement, toddlers develop good thinking and communication skills by exploring and interacting with their world.  This also builds self-confidence because children feel competent when they use their bodies to express something and solve problems.  Most importantly, your baby develops a close bond with you through movement because your baby’s desire to be close to and connect with you is what motivates him/her to move.  So get moving!

 

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: Vegetables

Activity DescriptionBunny Hop: Bunnies love to eat carrots.  Place some carrots (real or pretend) in the open around your home or garden.  Pretend to be a hopping bunny going to fetch the carrots.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Gross Motor

Specific Skill: Hopping

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 20 months + 3 weeks

1. To warm up, we read a book about rabbits who love to eat carrots.  We had some bunny ears in our dress up box so we put them on and talked about how bunnies move (hopping).  Then we sang one of our favourite songs as of late ‘Sleeping Bunnies’:

 

 

2. Next I put toy carrots around their play area and gave them each a bucket.  I demonstrated how to hop like a bunny to get the carrots.  I knew they would want to run so I reminded them that bunnies don’t run or walk, they hop (for simplicity).  I actually demonstrated running to get the carrots and said, “Noooooo, that’s not how bunnies move!”, then I did the same for walking.  Lastly, I hopped to get the carrots (I was much more out of breath than I’d like to admit!), then I said, “Yay!  Well done Mommy, that is how bunnies move!  They hop!”.

3.  Time to get hopping!

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….little bunnies resting & eating the carrots they found….
(next time I’ll use real carrot sticks or baby carrots)

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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!