Little Boats

Some carefully chosen recyclables became boats recently. I had picked the containers that I knew would float well and would hold a fair amount of “creativity” before sinking.

It didn’t take long until we had 3 little boats ready to try in a tub of water. Master C was able to make his independently, Master E needed some help to make a flag but did all the general decorating and Little Miss A mostly just had fun sticking colourful bits onto her boat.

Each chose a Lego man to ride in their boats. The current toy of choice which has no end in sight.

All their boats floated and they blew through a straw to make wind to push them along. Master E crafted a submarine later although was disappointed that it kept popping up to the surface instead of staying under like a submarine should.

Police puppets

Today I have 3 little people all feeling a bit under the weather, a bit of a high temp and a big boy who is a bit sick for school but a well enough to want to do something.

At school this term Master C is learning about the community and the people who help us. Along with over half his class he has decided he wants to be a policeman. (only 1 child in the whole class said they want to be teacher… speaks volumes but that’s a whole different story). Building on the new found love of policemen I found a printable online to make a policeman. Here’s the link.

Totally simple, not much mess and aloud the three to work at their own level. Master C did all the work independently, Master E was able to cut the shapes into big circles and I then cut them to shape and Little miss A loves just having a go with the glue and the scissors but I did do most of the cutting/assembly for her.

We attached the head and legs with butterfly clips so they can move around a little and they are still playing with them and are requesting a police dog and a car to go with it.

Playing with Pom Pom’s

Traditionally we use pom pom’s for craft and making things so as soon as the kids saw them they were looking for glue and scissors and were very disappointed when they didn’t find them. Master E asked “what do we do?”, “just play” was my response “but don’t use your fingers”. He was baffled for a minute but was up to the challenge and soon found the spoons, scoops and tongs to pick up the pom pom’s with.

Little Miss A spent her time transferring pom pom’s from one container to another, trying hard to use the tongs. Master E sorted the pom pom’s into colour groups, spent time counting them and telling all about how they were different from each other. (size and texture)

It turned into a really great activity where the two of them had the same items available but were able to work through it on their own level. Very easy to clean up, we turned it into a game to collect all the pom pom’s with the tongs. Definitely one to keep in mind for another day.

 

 

 

When toddlers are silent

You know something is up ….. ALWAYS!

I often treat my little miss like she is 3 and a half years old because most of the time that is the way she acts. Except this afternoon when she acted completely like the just turned 2 year old she is.

Bandaids…. about 15 mins worth of choosing and opening and peeling and sticking….

Super proud of the fine motor skills involved but not so much the 20 odd bandaids she went through to get these 5 on her leg.

Today I’m linking up with Real Life Wednesdays over at Picklebums!

Popstick puppets

While Little Miss A had her nap Master E had a go at making some ocean themed puppets. Master C’s class is currently focusing on the ocean and he wanted in on the action. These were simple, yet look great. The only help he needed was in the cutting out. He cut each animal in a big circle and I then cut it accurately. It only took us 20mins plus drying time and he loves them.

Free Play

After a mixed up morning, some free, undirected play was a great way to get the kids involved in something long enough for me to clean the kitchen. I gave them a tub each, split the blue/green water beads between them and had several large jugs of water available for them to use. Master E bought over his superheros and Little miss A a couple of cars. Later I gave them the box of sensory play utensils to keep them interested a little longer.  The water beads have been played with over and over are a due to be switched over for some new ones so I didn’t mind them getting squashed.

Not sure how long they remained engaged with this but it was long enough to have a clean kitchen and lots of good photos of them playing. With no instruction or direction from me they decided to be cooks, Mr Maker and firemen. Love their imaginations! 

Sensory play

Getting back on track after our mixed up couple of weeks I set up some simple sensory play for Master E and Little Miss A. Normally this is the kind of activity I like to have outside but it was too windy today so we set up inside. Our house is tiled so very clean up friendly.

This activity is simply dried yellow and green peas in a tub with lots of different scoops, cups and containers (most from the second-hand shop). After the play I store them in a zip lock bag so they can be reused over and over.

They both love this kind of play and enjoyed it for close to 45mins.