I am so excited to introduce you to my latest project which has been taking up quite a bit of my time lately. I fell in love with needle felting several years ago and loved to make things for the children. I had so many people ask if I sold them that I decided to try my hand at opening up my own Etsy shop.
I had all these big plans for doing so many works and activities with LJ after Christmas and so far I've just been a total slacker!
I did manage to set up these water activities one afternoon while I was trying to clean the kitchen to keep LJ occupied.
This is the first time he has experimented with pouring water other than the bath tub. I put two jugs into a baking pan with about 1/4 cup of water and a cloth to wipe up spills. Funnily enough it took him a few tries to figure out he had to switch containers each time he emptied out the water. He kept trying to pour out of the same container even though it was empty.
He also enjoyed just pouring the water into the pan so he could wipe it up.
I showed him how to squeeze the water from the cloth back into the container.
I changed it up a bit for him by giving him two bowls and a sponge. I added a drop of purple food coloring to the water to make it a bit more interesting and for him to be able to see the water he still had to soak up a bit easier. He transferred the water from bowl to bowl several times before we moved on to the next activity which was pouring into a funnel. This actually turned out to be a many step activity because he had to remove the funnel and pour the water back into the jug and then place the funnel back onto the container which was quite a challenge.
I remember at this age L was pouring her own drink at meal times from a tiny jug. I think LJ needs a lot more practise before I'm going to let him loose with any unsupervised water!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It was very busy at our house with lots of family visiting and fun was had by all.
I did manage to get a few works on the shelves for LJ in December.
Melissa and Doug pattern blocks.
I got these off of the used children's items site I belong to for a very reasonable price. They come in a wooden box with several different wooden frames. I just take out one at a time which has pictures on both sides. I put it along with the shapes it needs into a basket for LJ to do.
Although we have been using the mystery bag for exploration for a while now we have only just started using it for stereognostic recognition. I put an assortment of known objects into the bag. LJ pulls them out and names them. He then puts them back into the bag and I ask him if he can find a certain one without looking. He enjoys playing this game and is usually successful.
Putting Cheerios into a pill container.
I bought a seven day pill sorter for my pills and vitamins but before I put it to use I gave it to LJ to sort Cheerios into. He had great fun opening the sections to get the Cheerios in and out.
We even managed some Christmas themed activities.
Here is a Christmas mystery stocking with a tiny snowman, red ribbon, needle felted Christmas tree and several candy canes.
Pushing colored pompoms through the correct hole and then retrieving them from inside the shoe box. LJ was pretty random on when he chose to match the colors.
We did several Christmas crafts together but this one worked the best with both children. Simply gluing tiny pompoms onto a pine cone to make Christmas trees.
They both enjoyed this activity and they turned out nicely!
Okay I have to admit I've been totally slacking the last about 5 weeks. We got out of our great routine and I kind of lost enthusiasm on making up activities. In fairness though I have been working on another exciting project which I will blog more about after Christmas.
Poor LJ he actually asks me for work and says "roll,roll, roll". Then I feel all guilty because he is desperate to do things.
These are some of the things he has been doing.
This is great for vocabulary and matching. I hold all the cards in my hand and give him one at a time. He says what it is and then (hopefully) places it on the table. Once all the cards are laid out I hand him the matching one which he has to find. This is very easy for him now. They are kept in a little wooden box and he loves to take them out and put them back in as well.
Simply posting little hearts through a slot. Always fun.
Color tablet box one. I made these out of paint samples using the three primary colors to start. Once again the box is a big hit! It's funny when I did this activity with L years ago she was so gentle with the cards. LJs cards are all bent and twisted : ) I present a color and name it and then give it to LJ to place on the mat and say the name. Once they are down I give him the other one to match.
Sorting colored beads. Once again only using the primary colors.
I filled this glass money jar with water and put a shot glass at the bottom. Together we took turns putting coins into the slot and watching them sink to the bottom. I also enjoyed trying to get them into the shot glass, however I don't think LJ even realised it was in there.
Thanks to Itty Bitty Love inspiration I sucked it up and got out the lentils to scoop and funnel. I have to say I was way more enthusiastic about this one than LJ was. Maybe we'll try it again in a month or so.
...and one of my all time favourite works. First drop fluffy pipe cleaners into a maple syrup bottle.
Then try to fish them out. Very carefully!
Oooh the concentration!!!
LJ just can't get enough of doing his work and I am the only one that is holding him back at this point. In the new year I am going to try to get back into that good routine we had going in the fall.
So here is what I did. First off I put a drop of blue food coloring in the water and added a couple drops of peppermint extract. I found the perfect foam snowflakes at the Dollar store and added in a little reindeer and polar bear to play with. I set the mood by bringing in a bedside lamp instead of the bright overhead light and hung a few glowing icicles around the room.
For the snow I used shaving cream for them to paint the bath and themselves with and to make "real" snow I used baking soda with enough cold water mixed to give it a snow texture. This is sooo cool as it feels and looks like real snow and just melts in the warm bath water.
I cut out pieces of craft foam so they could make their own snowmen.
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