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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Four Fine Motor Activities

Straw Activity:

What you need:
Pipe Cleaners


First twist a couple pipe cleaners together at the ends to make one long pipe cleaner. Then cut the straws into three pieces.  After that, let your child put the straws on the pipe cleaner.   

Talk about the colors as your child is grabbing them.  Notice how many of each color they put on their pipe cleaner.

Cheerio Activity:

What you need:
Cheerios or Fruit Loops
Pipe Cleaners

Put the strainer upside-down and poke the pipe cleaners through some of the holes.  Make sure the pipe cleaners are sticking upward.  Then let your child put the cereal on the pipe cleaners.  Help count the cheerios as they put them on.  If you are using fruit loops, notice the colors they are choosing to put on the pipe cleaners. 

Golf Tee Push:

What you need:
Golf Tees
Old Box

Let your child push the golf tees into the box.  If they are having trouble pushing the tees through, you can poke the holes first.  As your child is doing this activity, you can count together how many tees you can fit on the box.  If you have different color tees, you can also recognize the different colors.

Rip It Up Activity

What you need:
Old Magazines
Old Newspapers
Scrap Paper

Pick a spot in your home that has room to be messy.  Set out the magazines, newspapers and scrap paper.  Let your child rip them in strips.  While they are ripping, talk with them.  Notice how big, small, long, short the pieces they are ripping are.  Also, notice the different colors they are ripping. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

Click the link below and you watch me read one of my favorite books

Miss Amanda Reading a Book


Cash and I found an easy recipe for bread and it turned out very good.  I wanted to share it with you, so you can make it at home.

I don't eat honey, so we substituted the honey for sugar and it worked well.  We also mixed it all by hand and it was a lot of fun. 

We decided to be creative with one of the loaves and turned it into cinnamon roll bread.  We took 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons butter, mixed it together.  We flattened one of the loaves and spread the mixture on it. Then we rolled it up and set it in the bread pan.  Then we put it in the oven to rise with the other regular loaf.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Three Fun and Easy Toddler Games

I Spy:

What You Need:
--One empty water bottle or clear pop bottle
--Enough white rice to fill the bottle about 3/4 full
--Small recognizable items that will fit through  
   the opening of your bottle

--Put your items inside the bottle, then the rice, 
   secure the top, then shake it up
--Once you are done, your child can shake the 
   bottle and look for the hidden items in the bottle 

This can also double as a music shaker!

Ice Cube Treasure Hunt

What you need:
--One tupperwear bowl and lid
--Toy Hammer or Spoon
--A few water safe toys

--Fill the tupperwear half full of water
--Place the toys in the water
--Freeze for 8ish hours

When it is frozen, let your child hammer or chisel the ice to get to the toy treasures!  You can do this outside, in a small shallow storage tote or you can do this in the bathtub.

Cardboard Tube Game

What you need:
--empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls
--toys that will fit through the tube 
  (matchbox cars work great) 

--Tape the tubes up on a wall, or on the back of 
--send toys down the tubes


St Patricks Day Pictures

Here are some pictures from the Toddler Room as we were getting ready for St Patricks Day.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020