Thursday, April 23, 2015

Toddler Water Play ~ Quick & Easy!

I discovered an activity that will keep my Toddler busy for 15 - 25 minutes at a time!  No joke!
It is so simple too, with literally no set up!

Toddler Water Play!

We typically do this activity after breakfast while he's still in his pajamas.  He ends up soaked, but it's not a big deal since he needs to get dressed for the day anyways.  I just grab a couple of "scoops" (measuring cups, tupperware, etc.) and fill them a little bit with water.  I add some spoons for stirring and scooping practice and let him do as he will.

I usually give him the white measuring cups (because he likes them) but try to change up the tupperware, spoons, etc.  He really likes using the whisk or our "large" measuring cup.   I can't wait until it's warm enough to set up our water table, he's going to love it!
What other quick and "set up free" activities do you like to do with your little one?  Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Days of Freebies!

I just reached 500 "likes" on Facebook!
To celebrate, I added a new FREEBIE to my TPT Store every day for 5 days!

If you missed a day, here is the recap:

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Enjoy your freebies and please leave me feedback!  Thanks!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Flower Theme Color Matching Sticky Wall & Freebie!

I came across an adorable Easter Bunny Color Match activity from Toddler Approved and I knew it would be perfect for our sticky wall (Click the link to see the activity).  Unfortunately, Easter is over so I tweaked it to make it more Spring related.

I used flower frame clip art from Krista Wallden and added the corresponding color words to the centers.  I printed 2 color copies on card stock and attached one set to the back (not sticky side) of a sheet of contact paper.  Next, peel of the paper and tape contact paper, sticky side out, to a wall, window, or easel.  I provided Little Guy with the second set of flowers and encouraged him to try to match the colors.  The color matching was a bit over his head, but he had fun sticking them to the paper and we got to practice color words.


If you would like to try this activity, you can print the flowers with color words FREE in my
TPT Store, Click HERE!

The cards are also perfect for use in the classroom as a color matching file folder, pocket chart, or memory matching game. 
 Skills included; Matching/Visual Discrimination, Color Identification, and Sight Words

They also match perfectly with my NEW Spring Flower Ten Frames!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Edible Oatmeal Play Dough - Easter Play

Edible Oatmeal Play dough.... Take 1!

We made our first match of edible play dough using the oatmeal play dough recipe from Glued To My Crafts, except I substituted baby Gerber oatmeal instead of regular oatmeal.  Little Guy loved using the measuring cups to add the dry ingredients and the whisk to mix them up.  I think he would have been happy just playing with that for a while!
After I added the water,  It felt very sticky so I kept adding flour until it had a better consistency.  Honestly,  I added so much flour that you couldn't really feel the oatmeal texture anymore.  It kind of defeated the purpose of using the baby oatmeal but if you have extra oatmeal,  this is a great way to use it up!

For an Easter extension, I added a few drops of yellow food coloring (and more flour), to give our dough a fun color, and provided Little Guy with some Easter theme cookie cutters to experiment with.   When one of the cutters got stuck in the dough,  he used a play dough tool shape like a spatula to pry it out,  without any prompts from me.  I was so impressed!

 I also gave Little Guy some plastic Easter eggs.  He used them as cookie cutters at first and then decided to fill them with the dough.
The dough lasted about a week stored in an air tight container in the fridge.  It actually had a better texture after it was chilled and wasn't so sticky.

Do you have any favorite "edible" sensory activities for us to try?   Leave me a comment below! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Eggs, Kool-aid... and a Toddler

I was so excited to dye Easter eggs with my little guy for the first time!   When I saw the Kool-aid dyed eggs on Pinterest by TotallytheBomb, I knew I had to try them!  
I could only find 3 different packets of Kool-aid at Target; cherry, grape,  and tropical punch.  I thought the tropical punch was blue but it was actually red, like the cherry,  bummer.

I mixed up the "dye" in plastic cups,  it was so easy,  just Kool-aid and water!   When we were ready to dye,  I poured a little bit of the dye into a small, shallow bowl to try to minimize the mess in case of the inevitable spill.  I decided to try out whisk method from Surviving the Stores and it was AMAZING!   You pop an egg into a wire whisk so you don't have to get your hands dirty!   Little Guy loved stirring up his eggs and watching them change color.
The colors on TotallytheBomb are so bright and vibrant, ours honestly, did not turn out so great.   The colors were a bit dull (but I'm sure we didn't keep them in quite long enough) and the purple looked almost brown.  The eggs looked even worse after being put in the fridge.   The dye ran, streaked the eggs and changed colors.  The Kool-aid also bled through the shells onto the egg white,  which is expected, but my egg definitely had a bit of a grape flavor to it, yuck!  We won't be using the Kool-aid method any more,  but the whisk method is a keeper!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Markdown Monday {April 6, 2015}

I'm starting to get into the Spring spirit, even though the weather around here is definitely NOT! (It's still snowing and cold!)  

So for this weeks Markdown Monday with Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations, I'm marking down my Spring Flower MEGA Packs in my TPT Store!  Both packs are aligned to the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten.

25 Pages ~ Color word wall words, build-a-word tiles, fine motor maths (play-doh/dry erase), syllable sort, beginning sound clip cards

49 Pages ~ Counting clip cards, pattern cards, number frames (1-5), number cards (1-20), and sorting mats

While you're visiting my TPT store, you can also check out my NEW 

Spring Flower Counting Puzzles (#'s 1 - 5)
So cute!  These would be perfect in a pocket chart or as a file folder game!  Enjoy!