CLOTHES PIN AIRPLANES: Day 1 of airplane week! So, I learned from @playingwithchanel that clothes pins help develop muscles needed for scissors, so I made these fun airplanes out of them! At first he just pulled them off the book, but he started to get it and was pinching them by the time he lost interest (3 minute attention span, anyone else?!?!) ✈️ Also, this is one of our favorite #usborne airplane books right now. 📚
🍌Los juegos de cocina siempre se han relacionado como un regalo típicamente para niñas pero lo cierto es que es un juego para todos, es unisex, y se puede jugar desde los 18 meses hasta los 5 o 6 años. Es preciso tener todo a mano para poder preparar comiditas para las muñecas y muñecos que están invitados!! El juego imaginario les da a los niños la posibilidad de representar lo que han vivido de forma supuesta. Imitan a través del juego lo que ven en el mundo exterior que les rodea y es una base estupenda para la creatividad porque les abre a un mundo imaginario y fantástico creando un puente entre lo irreal y lo real.🥕
Our dinosaur #sensorybin ! Complete with some pretend soil/mud made from milo-flavoured playdough (taste-safe recipe adapted from @imaginationtree). Perfect for city dwellers who get icky with actual mud in the house like me 😅. It does look more like an invitation for #smallworldplay and I guess it's about time to expose Mr L (2.5yo) to schemas like that.
It turned out to be a hit! I included extra milo powder at the side for a bonus sensory touch. And the first thing Mr L did was to dump it out, declaring that he was feeding the dinosaurs "soil", although it quickly changed to "chocolate" after five minutes 🤣.
Now this set up was enriching on so many levels:
1》We lined them up according to size (small, medium, big) and type. Note: I specifically chose 3 very different breeds (brachiosaurus, stegosaurus and T-rex - duh!), so there'd be more focus on learning comparisons and some problem solving.
2》Mr L initiated talk on family (papa, mama and baby brachio), which surprised me. He made the brachios hug each other with their necks, cos he said they were a family and they love each other. And then he made T-rex fight with the papa brachio, because "papa has to protect the family" 😂. Goes to show how much they know about family roles!
3》Later on, some Duplo flowers were requested to fill up the empty egg carton parts and become "chocolate cake". It then escalated to a challenge on how to get the tall and short dinosaurs to reach for the cake at the same time. Perfect for encouraging some problem solving skills! See picture #4 on how it turned out.
4》We ended it all with some washing up (ie even more #sensoryplay !). Mr L got to clean toys with an old toothbrush and while doing so, we talked about the dino parts: 4 legs like an elephant, long neck like a giraffe, short hands like a kangaroo, etc. So much language learning opportunities!
I was mostly following Mr L's lead during this session so we didn't get to play and make patterns with dino tracks, or make dino accessories from playdough. I guess it's a bin we'd come back to again next time for sure!
Anyone else have a major dislike of bugs 🐜🕷🐞? We're temporarily living rural and the bugs are something I'm not enjoying, but I try to put on the brave mom face for E 😬! I have to stop myself from screaming when an ant is crawling towards us as we play on our deck. I don't want E to learn a dislike for bugs from me! To help, I created this Bug World sensory bin for E (and a little bit for me 🙈) to have some fun exploring bugs.
I dyed some rice green, added some black beans, fake flowers, plastic bugs, and a few cups/bowls. E kept picking up the bugs and saying "buhhh" 👏🏼! It was a great way to introduce some imaginative play!
P.S. Don't forget to supervise and guide your child while they explore!
Practicing our letters today with our magnetic white board. Although it didn't last too long before I had my orders to get the paddling pool out! Obviously it's somehow got a hole in it and I can't find the repair patch 🤦🏼♀️
Ahhh So true!! Today is Motivational Monday in my challenge group. Monday’s are tough so I always need a little positive push 😏! Thanks Ada Moon for posting this 🙌🏻. Trusting in God’s plan and having fun on the journey!! Happy Monday Friends! Make it a good day ❤️
This set up is so inviting and much better than traditional letters on paper. All this activity requires is a tray with coloured water (otherwise try the bath) and some ping pong balls. The balls have letters drawn on them, however you could draw numbers or shapes@and encourage your child to find the correct one. 📷 @playful_wren
Isn’t this one of the cutest little DIY projects you ever did see? We can just imagine little ones playing out Peter Rabbit stories with in this veggie patch tin box. @barleyandbirch is an absolute genius! 🐰🥕
Flower potion 🌸 I loved seeing this come together, we started with flowers and water and ended up adding rosemary, lemon, lime and lot of colour 🤣 Spencer has a thing for food colouring at the moment and absolutely loved watching the drops of colour spread through the water and creating new colours. It was also an amazing sensory experience with so many great smells. Did you make creations like this when you were little? I remember making magical potions using leaves and fruit growing in the backyard 🍋🍃 Swipe to see the colour evolution 👉
BUTTERFLY • I posted this in Stories and received many positive comments, so I thought I’ll share it here for those who missed it! Im sure we have done this symmetry 🦋 printing some time ago when we were in school, this modified version is inspired by D’s art teacher at @artflock. Instead of the usual paints on paper, squeeze the paints on a transparency first! I like this method because the kids can get to see exactly how the colour are mixed. During the art making process, discuss with your child about symmetry, colours (primary/secondary colours, warm/cool colours, light/dark colours, colours mixing) For older kids, let them squeeze the paints and predict how the colours will turn out. Hope you enjoy our little video tutorial ☺️#olpn_toddler
What you need: paints, transparency, paper, ruler or craft sticks, scissors
I thought I'd do these once a week, sharing a little snippet of us, the family behind the name and products for your babes. I think it's nice to hear about how others mums days go. It's reassuring and comforting to relate and know we are all in the same parenting boat. This is our Monday....
Today was a usual Monday! I stayed in my pjs for most of the day, recovering from the weekend that was. There was early morning Brownie making (@aldiaustralia brownie mix make THE best brownies!).
While the kids played with multiple meltdowns and tantrums and stop start disciplining, consoling and endless chatting and responses to Ollies questions, I managed to squeeze in a load of washing and dishes from the night before too. Lunch time quickly rolled by and before I knew it, it was 1pm, I'm still in my PJs and Evie was way over due for her nap. Thankfully she then slept for 2 hours and Ollie and I had a lengthy play with Duplo and Dino's. He's currently obsessed! Despite Evie's long nap she still woke up unhappy and needed long cuddles in my arms. I LOVE those cuddles! Her grumpiness is well worth it 😊
With a long afternoon of carrying around Evie in my arms while attending to the afternoon chores and cooking dinner, I'm tired, my lower back and left arm and wrist is killing me, I'm still in my PJs but I'm sooooooo grateful for a happy and relaxed day with my babies. My highlight was the lengthy snuggles from Evie. The time flies by way too fast and I know these sort of moments will one day be gone.
Tell me a little about your day, what was your highlight? I'd love to hear more about who you guys are and glimpses of your lives with your babes...
HELLO, MY NAME IS
This month's themes at @theinccoworking are CAREERS and CREATIVITY, so I'm working on interviewing parents and kids with a few simple questions and compiling their answers with photos into a book.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
What do you do now?
What is something you LOVE about what you do?
HELLO, MY NAME IS MIRIAM.
I wanted to be a mom and a doctor (first an ophthalmologist because I just really wanted glasses, then a neurologist after reading a biography. In my next life I'm going to be a NICU nurse!) I also wanted to be a musician - just a one hit wonder with a music video. All my life people told me I should be a teacher, and I always said NO WAY ... all the way into undergrad graduation.
Today, I am a mommy (a NICU mommy at that!) and a TEACHER (a SpecEd one at that!). Life.
I love that as a mommy and a teacher I get to live all of my dreams of doctoring and musicianing and artisting and lawyering etc etc etc through play and learning with ALL of my kids.
So what is YOUR name?
Tell me about YOU.
•Do you feel like you blinked and your ‘baby’ is now a feisty, playful, intense ‘toddler?’ •Do you feel like you’re disconnected from this next stage? •Unsure of the next developmental stage and where to go from here? •Are you interested in positive parenting and parenting with respect?
In the 'Tuning into your Toddler' Workshop, with @earthway_parenting , Nikki will facilitate conversations & provide you with tools to delve deep into your littlest loves developing brain; helping you to create stronger connections, deeper understanding & heightened confidence when it comes to parenting with respect & postivity. If you’re interested, head to @earthway_parenting or follow the link in our bio to our directory!