Land, water, and air sensory binThis was our first presentation and a following activity to learn two important fact:
1. We live on Earth
2. Our Earth is made up of land, water, and air.
The sensory bin was a huge success. The kids understood the concepts easily and were able to sort through the things with no problem. Their new developing sense of order of the universe around them is so exciting to watch!
I introduced the sensory table without toys first to explain the concepts.
Then they took turns to take a toy from the box and place it into the correct area of the small world. We discussed the things along the way. At the end Mommy couldn't help herself, but make a couple of "silly mistakes" which made the kids laugh - a good sign of understanding.
The land part is made of the colored rice. I used the colors of the rainbow since we are continuing with our rainbow theme and the weather.
The aquarium rocks and decorative glass beads are used for the water part.
The most difficult was to explain the concept of air to 27-30 months old. They knew that birds and planes fly up high somewhere there - where there is no land or water... But what can be there if they can't see anything? We tried blowing on the hand and waving in front of the face - that seemed to help. They still couldn't see it though. Hence the question several hours later, "Where's de air?"
Rainbow box - several activities in oneWe continue with the rainbow theme for the second week in a row. You can read about our past week's activities here: Learning to share with the rainbow fish
The highlight of this week's activities is the rainbow box: gross and fine motor skills combined!
The wider side
I cut out stripes between the colors for added fun. The colors are made of construction paper. Then I covered the whole side with the contact film, sticky side out for the collage activities - our favorite at a time. I prepared different materials with the colors of the rainbow for matching to the corresponding colors on the box: pieces of ribbon, feathers, pictures, pieces of paper with interesting textures, and stickers. Children didn't want to try and match colors; maybe because they were very excited to explore the materials and transfer them to the sticky side, or anywhere else on the box.
The top of the box
I made two rows of wholes in the box. Kids were able to make rainbows with the chenille stems and to make butterflies fly. They did need some help with this activity - great for gross motor skills and eye-hand coordination too since they had to reach up to see the wholes and work in that position for a while.
Two narrow sides
I cut out the openings for crawling through. I covered one with the rainbow-colored ribbons. When our little guests were leaving, I let them choose their favorite color of the day (a great psychological test) and cut a ribbon of that color to take home with them.
The other side was covered with the blue mash-like wrapping paper - that should be pretty to look through while sitting in the box.
I covered the forth side with the multicolored wrapping paper. We used that side for stickers.
I suspect our pretty box will be used for several more days of creative play. Hooray for the spring - we finally got the warmer weather!
Toddler curriculum reviewUp to this point we were busy exploring different activities and media. Now I realized that Camilla is up for a next level of learning (she is 28 months at this time). We were in need of developing a nice new routine too so that Camilla knows what to expect and look forward to; and I have activities readily available for her at all times. I looked around and found the best ever set of activities for us!
I am very excited and Camilla loves our new curriculum that can be found here: Alphabet Printables & More Thank you, Carisa, for all your creativity, hard work and attention to detail! We are your huge fans!
To use Carisa's Tot Pack, I had to print out 14 pages for our letter of the week. We chose R for our Rainbow theme. I love that the pages are simple and not too busy with images, and at the same time, have enough spark to be very engaging for Camilla. The 14 pages cover all the points of interest for us: the letter activities, numbers, colors and shapes, new vocabulary activities, and a space for creative work and arts.
Here is Camilla's favorite at this time: do-a-dots. There are letters R hidden in the rain forest. I modeled a couple for her; and she surprised me by finding all the rest of the letters by herself!
Here are the two most challenging pages for us: color the rainforest with the color stated on each part, and numbers 1-20 activity. I was afraid she wouldn't be interested enough to keep attention, but she loved the activities! I offered her pens for the first time - that kept her busy until she went through everything on the pages, and then some. I didn't know she could name some numbers correctly and trace them - a wow factor!
She loved her new pack so much she went through almost everything in one sitting and kept me so busy I didn't have much time to take pictures. Here is another surprise: she was able to lace the card we made from the pack. I punched flower shaped holes - they have sharp edges which helped to keep the rope from slipping back out of the hole.
Our new 3 part rainforest puzzle looks very pretty!
I have also made matching to the shadow cards and sequencing cards. Love them!
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