Archive | March, 2013

Week 10 – Easter eggs

30 Mar

 

Original Blog Inspiration: The Educator’s Spin on it

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So I found these little plastic eggs at Woolies to use and snuck them out ready to go while Princess Peanut was having a nap. They are lovely and bright, but the down side is that they are really easy to pop apart. But Princess Peanut still had a ball. This activity kept her busy for at least an half an hour!

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Here she is having a peak inside the jar. Princess Peanut also had fun just putting the lid of the jar on and off.

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She loved hearing and watching them while she shook the jar.

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After a while of playing and exploring I snuck one away and placed a pom pom inside.

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“OOOOOH!” said Princess Peanut. We had fun with this little pom pom for awhile (I kept putting it in the egg and she kept discovering it and saying “oooh!”).

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You can see how enthralled she is here.

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SUMMARY/ VERDICT: Fantastic! Princess Peanut was enthralled for ages with this activity. I would like to do more with these eggs at a later date too.

EXTENSIONS/ ADAPTIONS: Hopefully next Easter we can find some new eggs that might be a bit thicker in plastic. These ones break easy. I also have a packet of larger eggs that we can hide things in and if I seal the little holes in them I could use them as shakers and a listening activity when Princess Peanut is older (i.e. different items inside the eggs and compare their sounds).

 

Week 10 Inspiration!!

27 Mar

Here is my inspiration for this week’s activity – in honour of Easter!

http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/baby-time-easter-activities-crafts-and.html

I miss this time of the year in the classroom – so many fun activities, art and excitement to be had!

 

Post on how this activity went to follow soon!

Week 9: Homemade Maracas

24 Mar

 

 

 

My inspiration for this weeks’ task came from Laughing Kids Learn. A nice simple and quick activity to put together. I went on a hunt to find some nice, small to handle and CHEAP containers, looking like the ones on the Laughing Kids Learn blog post. I didn’t think it would be a hard task, but obviously I looked in all the wrong shops.  The next best thing I could find were cheap jelly moulds.

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So here is Sweet Pea with the said mould. I did one set of 3 up for each of the moulds. One contained small pasta shapes, one with rice and one with rolled oats.

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Here is Princess Peanut checking out the different maracas. After a quick discussion and not really grabbing the girls interest (Princess Peanut seriously! We do Kindermusik and I can’t drag you away from all the instruments!!) my Partner in Crime got out her box of tricks (well collection of art recyclables) and found a couple of clear containers. A quick rummage in the kitchen and she found some empty herb jars too. We transferred the pasta, rice and oats into the new containers…

 
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And here is Princess Peanut shaking her rice and having a good look inside.


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Sweet Pea is also fascinated by what is in her jar.

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Princess Peanut of course likes the loud ones the best!


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SUMMARY/ VERDICT: This was so easy to prepare and definitely one to keep on hand. Princess Peanut loves to make noise and we do have a bit of a jam together so I am sure these will come in handy.

EXTENSIONS/ ADAPTIONS: I will remain on the lookout for some cheap, clear, small containers to use. We can also mix it up and use some different things inside (I do have red lentils on hand). When she is older we can use all sorts of things and talk about how they sound/ look, what might they sound like, putting in more or less of each item. etc.

 

Until next time 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8: Spaghetti!!

16 Mar

I didn’t get a chance to do my pre-activity blog post  this week – and my post-activity blog entry is a bit late too. But…better late than never.

So this week’s inspiration came from:

mamaot “messy play with rainbow spaghetti”

growing a jewelled rose “setting the stage for group sensory play”

hands on as we grow “slimy spaghetti sensory activity for toddlers”

 

I was hoping that this activity was going to be a winner – Princess Peanut LOVES pasta!  and yay – it was!

So we cooked up 2 packets of spaghetti and divided them into 4 lots. Each lot was a different colour (yellow, green, blue and red) – this proved a little more challenging than I thought. I tried to stir the colour through the spaghetti, but that didn’t work that well (I needed to have a very large bowl). I then used tongs, which was a bit better. In the end I used my Tupperware mixing bowl with a lid and shook the spaghetti. I did use a bit of cooking oil as the spaghetti was cooking so it didn’t stick together, which worked perfectly (although I did have to wash the floor twice).

So fairly easy prep – all cooked and coloured and put in a tub…and we were set.

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The girls got straight into it – Princess Peanut a little more cautiously than Sweet Pea.

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Princess Peanut need to see Mumma put it on her own hand, before trying anything (except eating it that is!)

 

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Those colours look so enticing Sweet Pea!

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Yum yum!

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What slimy fun!

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Yum yum Princess Peanut – why is Teacher Mumma not surprised! 😉

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We even did some sharing!

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Princess Peanut then thought that Sweet Pea needed some help in putting even more spaghetti on her legs!

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Great job Sweet Pea – that does look like a lot of fun!!

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This activity kept the girls entertained for quite awhile!

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We hid some small objects in the tub for the girls to find (duplo and little plastic balls)

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Yay Princess Peanut! Get in there!

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At the end Princess Peanut decided to push the tub around the kitchen. I must admit there was a little bit of clean up to do. The mess was ok when you can see how pretty it was and the girls had so much fun!

 

Summary/ Verdict: oh my goodness what fun! It was great fun for the girls and great fun for us mummas watching! Apart from a bit of a clean up at the end, it was easy to prepare and cheap too (the spaghetti was only $1 a packet).

Extensions/ Adaptions: Must remember this when Princess Peanut later on as she can have coloured spaghetti for lunch (well she can do that now, but later on we can learn about the colours). Great for colour recognition and talking about long/short/slimy/cold/etc.
Hiding things was great – later on we could turn that in to a bit of a treasure hunt (find the…).

I even saw a ‘pin’ that used spaghetti to “trace” over letters for writing practice – GENIUS!! why didn’t I think of that when teaching!?

 

Week 7: Ice and Water completed!

7 Mar

 

 

 

The weather yesterday was perfect for our Week 7 activity! Here are the ice cubes that my partner in crime prepared for the girls:Blog IMG_5908

 

You’ll see in a photo below they looked really cool – the colour centered itself as a ball in the middle of the ice cubes.

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Princess Peanut and SweetPea were straight into the activity, without hesitation. Working on their fine motor and hand-eye coordination by picking up those ice cubes straight away!

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Princess Peanut giving her ice cube a taste test. She didn’t mind that it was cold!

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Here are the ice cubes and you can see those balls of colour inside the cubes! The girls enjoyed chasing them around in the container.

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Ooh it’s cold Princess Peanut!!

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A closer look at the ice cubes!

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It wasn’t long before SweetPea was ready to take a dip – hehe!

 

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It’s nice and cool in there isn’t it SweetPea!?

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Poor Lambie also took a dunk!

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Hey Princess Peanut! You can’t take Lambie!!

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The water is not so pretty after the ice cubes have melted!

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Lambie taking a bath and Princess Peanut exploring with the ice cube tray lids.

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Ok, I was surprised with this one! Princess Peanut decided to follow SweetPea’s lead and tested the water out! But – oooh it’s cold! She practically jumped out, before turning around and heading straight back in to the container!

Summary/ Verdict: We loved this activity! Perfect for Summer, especially in this run of hot days! I’m hoping to do this again some time this week! Easy to prepare, just have to think ahead to prepare the ice cubes. Cheap – ie. no real expense! and…FUN!!

Extensions/ Adaptions: More ice cubes!!! Because of the heat the ice cubes melted before too long (although the girls got quite a bit of play out of them anyway). Might have to try her blow up pool, or SweetPea’s clam shell next time 😉

Week 7: Ice and water

5 Mar

The inspiration for this week’s activity has come from Growing a jeweled rose. Ice and water!

The perfect activity for this week, since it is going to be 33 degrees C tomorrow! Can’t wait to have some fun with Princess Peanut and SweetPea!

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