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Week 16: Posting lids

25 May

This weeks’ inspiration comes from: the adventures of bear

I’ve been collecting the lids for a couple of months (Jalna yoghurt containers are perfect for this. Princess Peanut had discovered them a couple of weeks ago and has found they were a great toy on their own 😉

Easiest activity by far – I put one empty wipes container and 8 lids in front of Princess Peanut and she was off!

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“No worries Mumma! I know what to do!”

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“Let’s get to it Mumma. In they go”

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Princess Peanut then wanted to closethe lid. So we talked about open and closed and had a bit of a practise.

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Then Princess Peanut wanted to open and close the WHOLE lid….with her TEETH! argh!

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“Lids were fun Mumma…but what else can I fit in here?” Princess Peanut’s Crayole crayons and thick toddler crayons all went in!

IMG_7580007“Here you go Mumma! All finished!”

Verdict: So easy and a great learning opportunity! Princess Peanut was entertained for quite awhile and was able to do most of it independently without too much input from Mumma 😀 I was able to sit back and enjoy watching her explore.

Extensions/ Adaptions: It’s going to be so easy to revisit this activity… quick ideas are for counting, colours, language development, pictures/ symbols/ shapes/ etc can be added to the lids to post. That’s just off the top of my head. I know my little Preppies at school would have loved to have races to see who could post their lids the fastest. Sight words could be added to the lids…Versatile!

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Week 14: Tissue box – in and out

3 May

 

 

Here is the last catch up post before I can post this week’s activity.

For the past few weeks Princess Peanut has been obsessed with ‘in’ and ‘out’, and more recently, ‘on’ and ‘off’. So I thought it was prime time to do this activity!

The inspiration comes from Making boys men.
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So here is Princess Peanut – no explanation or modelling needed her. There were blocks…there was a box…of course the blocks have to go in the box!!

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She had such great fun putting the blocks in with such confidence she could do it with her eyes closed, well her back turned at least!

 
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This automatically turned into building a tower of her very own for the first time! ❤ how exciting and wonderful to watch her concentrate and see how the blocks fit together.IMG_7178You can see the tower isn’t straight, but she was experimenting and learning all at the same time! She only needed a little bit of help from Teacher Mumma to help hold the tower still every so often.

Summary/ Verdict: A nice easy to prepare activity (once I remembered to save the tissue box) and CHEAP! Princess Peanut automatically knew what to do!

Extensions/ Adaptions: Princess Peanut has made adaptions all of her very own by experimenting what will fit in the box. So many things that could be used – pom poms, lids, small balls, Little People (or similar figurines), small animal figurines, wooden blocks, cars….the list could go on forever! 😉 An easy activity for language development or following directions. Easily done by labeling what you are doing (‘in’, ‘out’), colour recognition, please/ thank you, asking for items “May I please have the…”, etc. So much from such a simple activity!

 

Week 12: Egg carton fun

28 Apr

Ok, I’m a little behind in the blogging department, but Princess Peanut and I have still been doing our activities. So we will have to play catch-up with our posting.

Here is week 12…

 

Our inspiration for this activity came from 

The Educator’s spin on it  and Dirt and boogers

We managed to get a bit of a collection up of plastic eggs, so I thought we should put them to good use. Princess Peanut is a bit fascinated with little things fitting inside things. She is also loving “in” and “out”. So armed with this I thought this activity would be perfect. (I’m also sure I have pinned another pin along these lines, but do you think I could find it!?).

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The only problem with our activity was the eggs kept popping apart. But I didn’t want to seal them up in case we want to use them for another activity.

Princess Peanut was excited to see her little eggs all the same.

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This also gave her an opportunity to practice closing the lid and opening it again. Very excited learning indeed. 

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Princess Peanut loves to open the eggs, but gets frustrated when she can’t put them back together again.

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After a little while I introduced pom poms! So pretty and enticing! And they also feel funny. She did try tasting one and quickly decided that they were much more fun to play with.

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Here’s Princess Peanut putting the pom poms in the egg carton.

 

SUMMARY/ VERDICT: a great activity that kept Princess Peanut engaged for around 20 minutes or so! She was quite happy to turn her back on me and explore without any help and would turn around every so often to show me something or ask my help to put the eggs together.

 

EXTENSIONS/ ADAPTIONS: I must remember to get some more pom poms as she thought these were great. I should have a whole set the same size. We might also try some other things like cotton balls. This will be a great activity to do when we are exploring 1 to 1 correspondence in the future 😉

 

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