Muffin Tin Prints
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The Flowers are Calling
Read by Heather, CH2
Rough & Smooth Basket
This is an introduction to different textures helping to refine the ability to observe and compare.
It is very likely that your child has had this lesson. Ask them, and if they have, let them give YOU the lesson. They will likely ask you to close your eyes or put a mask on. Have fun! We love when a child invites us to do a work.
You will need;
- a mat to define the space (dish or hand towel, placemat)
- napkin ring
- 5 smooth (not to be mistaken as soft) natural objects, 5 rough objects (I like to choose some objects that are similar but opposite texture, for example a piece of tree bark and a polished piece of wood or a rock & a polished stone)
- one label for Smooth, one label for Rough, (for our non-readers it is helpful to stick a rough side of velcro next to the word rough to help them remember)
- something to cover the eyes, dark sunglasses, bandana, sleep eye masks
- one basket that everything can fit in.
- Lay out the mat.
- Take out the rough and smooth card one at a time and read the words. Invite the child to feel the cards and place them on the mat.
- Pick an object out of the basket taking your time to feel the object in your hands. Pass it to the child (may be blindfolded or not)
- Have them place it under the corresponding tag.
What you need:
- Two vessels (cups)
- Dry goods (beans, pasta, rice or sand)
- Place child to your right and pour from left to right
- Pour from right to left
- Clean any spills
Submitted by Donna, CH 1
Dry Pouring, from the Practical Life area, helps children refine skills that will help them in every day life. Pouring cereal into a bowl? Transferring baking soda and salt into a flour mixture? These daily tasks can seem daunting to a child, but in reality, present no problem with a little bit of practice. This is where Dry Pouring (and Wet Pouring) come in.
Dry Pouring appeals to a child’s love of materials with tiny components, such as grains of rice or small beads. They carefully pour these materials from a bigger vessel into one or more smaller containers. It’s powerful to witness when even one grain of rice spills, how carefully a child will return it to its proper place.
Color Matching Butterflies
A Monarch Butterfly Story
Spring Sensory Bottle
The Grand Nest Adventure
Help build a bird nest, go on a bird watch or make a bird feeder. Choose one or more of these fun activities to do!
CLICK HERE for PDF
Detective Math Search
Submitted by Donna, CH 1
Easy No-Cook DIY Playdoh
- Flour – 1 cup
- Salt – 1/2 cup
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Food color or washable paint (optional)
Tip! Prevent food color from staining your hands by mixing the dough and food color drops in a sealable plastic bag.
A Racoon on His Own
Does the viscosity (thickness) of a fluid effect the rate at which items will sink?
Messy Bathtub Art
A can of shaving cream, some food coloring, a muffin tin and paintbrushes (or not) are all you need for this messy, fun activity. No big deal about the mess because your kid will already be in the tub!
This also makes an exellent surface for practice writing letters and words.
Submitted by Sarah, Toddler B
Because of You
The Curious Garden
Read by Heather, CH2
Hi, everyone! I know we celebrate our Earth every day but April 22 is officially Earth Day. I hope you can join me for an Earth Day craft and book reading. ~ Melissa, CH 4
CLICK HERE for the Earth Day Headband PDF
The Looking Forward Jar
Submitted by Juliet, CH 2
Eric Carle Inspired Collage
This Eric Carle inspired collage activity offers both a one and two day option.
CLICK HERE for the PDF
“I Spy” is a great, fun game for children from toddlers to kindergarteners. It can be played anywhere and requires no props, and is wonderful for enhancing listening skills and phonemic awareness. Parents and children can take turns saying “I spy with my little eye… something that is…” then give one (or more) of the following clues:
For youngest children:
- a color;
- a shape;
- a combination of qualities (“is blue and has a handle”)
For older children, all the above suggestions, plus:
- “something that begins with the sound __ (eg ‘s’)”
- “something that rhymes with ___ (eg ‘mat’)”
For kindergarteners: [all the above suggestions, plus:]
- “something that ends with the sound __”
- “something that starts with the sound ‘__’ and has two syllables”
Note: We emphasize the phonetic sound that a letter makes, rather than it’s name. When saying the letter sound, try not to add any extra sound (eg ‘t’ instead of ‘tuh’)