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.

 

 

 

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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.

Crocodile Play

Some Crocodile themed sensory play seemed appropriate given everyone was still talking about the croc park. I set up a sensory tub outside with some plastic crocs, a rock from the garden and some water. There were also some water beads in the water.

It didn’t take long until the crocs needed something to eat so I added some small plastic birds to the edge of the tub. A second tub, set up the same but with some dinosaurs was also played with because it was hard for everyone to share.

Perfect play for the warm afternoon’s we’ve been having lately.

Messy Play

Today Master C wanted to “make something” (more specifically a rocket ship), Master E wanted to play board games and I didn’t really fancy either. Messy play was the answer. Messy play and can change the mood in seconds. Today we used water beads, shaving foam and lots of scoops, spoons and bowls.

Starting out it was all very civilised, no one wanted to touch the foam…Master E didn’t even want any in his bowl and started out just with water beads. They soon got stuck in and after watching the other two for 10 mins Master E requested foam.

The water beads with the foam make a very slippery sensation and they loved “cooking” with them. They made pies and cakes with the water beads as decorations as well as lots of squishing between fingers listening for the squelching noise. The activity eventually turns into a big mess of foam but cleanup is so easy because the foam is designed to wash off. A garden hose for the table and a strainer in the sink to catch the water beads while washing out the containers and you can reuse the water beads that aren’t broken.

 

BroomeTime afternoons

The school day in Broome begins at 8am and finishes at 2pm. It’s fantastic once you get the other little people sleeping in just a way that fits into pick up time. 2pm pick up can also be curse. Some days when Master C comes home from school tired and not in a mood to accomadate his little sister it’s on for one and all. This afternoon was headed down that path. I’d been keeping WaterBeads up my sleeve and this was the perfect time to pull them out.

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We had clear and blue waer beads. At first I gave them a container each of mixed up colours. They discovered that they bounced and were slippery and squishy.

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We added in a little water and they couldn’t help but scoop and pour them into all sorts of different containers.

 

 

Mater C was intrigued when the clear beads completely disappeared into the water. It was as if they weren’t there at all.

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These water beads, with a little water and a few containers and scoops entertained my kids for an hour! almost a record around here. We were able to collect most of the beads up for use another day and the ones that were broken they enjoyed squishing them into the garden.

One of “those” mornings…

We had one of “those” mornings here. Master E didn’t know what he wanted to do and every suggestion was hit back with a no. Little Miss A generally goes with the flow and participates in everything she possibly can but Master E is a bit trickier. Today I spent a few minutes gathering bits and pieces and set up a sensory tub outside. I found the original idea over at Counting coconuts.

Here’s what was in the tub today:

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I set this up outside on a rug under our mango tree. I left some scoops and spoons along side with a couple of extra tractors and lured Master E outside. Master E thrives with this kind of play, before long he was a farmer feeding the animals, making all the animals noises and we were talking about all the different names for the animals and their baby’s. Little Miss A enjoys the scooping and stirring of this activity as well as making all the animal noises.

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