{Toddler Tuesday} Snowmen at Night

Hot. Glue. Guns. There’s a love hate relationship for ya. Love the outcome, do not love all the glue strings during the process. 😛

ANY ways… We got a book from my Aunt not too long ago called Snowmen at Night.

You can tell it was a popular one because it’s well loved (lots of taped pages). 😉 And it was no different for A. He loves this book! That got me to thinking about the fun felt pages I made to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What if we made some felt snowmen? So I got to work…

I kind of took over the kitchen table.
I kind of took over the kitchen table.
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Glippity Gloppity Gloop

Spring break is over & I’ve hardly done any sort of school with Boozle since January. Honestly, I don’t know what happened in that car accident, it’s just been hard to get back into my groove.  ANY ways, it’s not like we did “school”. We just made gloop. And he was SO happy. 🙂

Animals in Gloop

He wanted to dump all of his bears & sea creatures in there right away. And yes, he asked me to tint it pink. 🙂

Bear in Gloop

Pure joy as he watches the gloop drizzle off one of the bears. Can you tell he helped mixed the gloop?

There’s no specific recipe for gloop: 1 part water, 1 part corn starch. I kept adding corn starch until it was the consistency that I wanted. So simple, yet so fun.

Ever made gloop?

Antoinette

For simple, healthy, delicious recipes made with all natural products, check out my Wildtree Website.
For simple, healthy, delicious recipes made with all natural products, check out my Wildtree Website.

Preschool this week – Letter S {December 17th, 2013}

I’m not the only one who’s been crazy busy, right? It’s been so hard to attempt  blogging with the busyness of the season. But, I have some time right now so I want to share with you some things that we have been doing. And such fun stuff this time of year!  Again… lots of pictures.  🙂

What do you think you can do with all these boxes?
What do you think you can do with all these boxes?
And these boxes?
And these boxes?

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Preschool brought to you by the letter “C” {November 18, 2013}

We were so busy with the letter C last week that I didn’t post anything about school! But never fear… I have lots of pictures to share. 🙂

I will admit that I’ve been kind of sporadic with Preschool this year. Planning has been little to none. And it has been stressful to not have any sort of schedule to rely on.

However, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Pinterest about people focusing on one letter a week with their toddler. Now that I can do!

I also read that Montessori teachers often do not teach the alphabet in alphabetical order. They often start with the letters that are easier to write. For example, big C and little c look the same, thus less confusing to a toddler.

So without further ado, here you have it… Letter C. 🙂

The first thing I had to pull out was Cloud Dough... with cars and cups (and a couple of construction vehicles). (Click on picture for RECIPE.)
The first thing I had to pull out was Cloud Dough… with cars and cups (and a couple of construction vehicles). (Click on picture for RECIPE.)

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Invitation to Play – Math skills

We are back with another Invitation to Play from our home. I’m amazed at the amount of skills you can work on with one Invitation to Play tray. And these are skills that I did not plan ahead of time. I simply looked at things that I thought would be fun to set out for my little guy to play with. And he sure did have fun this time. Here’s the tray…

We have colored rice, desert animals, seashells, an assortment of flat marbles & acrylic leaves. Not pictured are some multicolored number buttons, tongs, a strainer, & a scoop.
We have colored rice, desert animals, seashells, an assortment of flat marbles & acrylic leaves. Not pictured are some multicolored number buttons, tongs, a strainer, & a scoop.

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Invitation to Play – All things Playdough

I know I’ve said this before, but I love invitations to play. I just love seeing what a child will come up with when presented with a chosen handful of things to play with. I love seeing how their brains work without my example of how you should play with said items. Explore, create, learn… love it. 🙂

It all started with this blog post. A saw me looking at it and said he wanted to do that. However, I couldn’t find any golf tees around the house. That’s not true. I found one. Needless to say, the activity had to wait until I could go get some.

And the Styrofoam? I actually couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have to listen to him poking golf tees into it. It makes my teeth ache just thinking about it. WHY IS THAT??? ANYONE??? So instead of Styrofoam I went for…

Play dough! Actually, A asked me to make some play dough. And don’t think I’m all that, it’s super easy to make your own. (Recipe to follow.)

Here’s the tray I set out… (Be forewarned that there are a lot of pictures.) 😉

We have some colored buttons, word links, golf tees, play dough, and a variety of beads and marbles.
We have some colored buttons, word links, golf tees, play dough, and a variety of beads and marbles.

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Preschool this week – October 23rd, 2013

I believe that someone is missing his brothers this week. He had them home for 2 weeks & tried to monopolize as much of their time as he could. Now he’s stuck with me. 😉 His sister’s here, but she has a lot more school work this year than she had last year. However, we have plenty of things to keep him busy.

For example…

Shaving Cream 2
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Montessori Monday – August 26th, 2013

Aaron & I have really been enjoying some sensory play during the days. So when I came across this pin on Pinterest, I knew we had to give it a try.

The problem was that he saw me looking at the pin & wanted to play before I could check to see if we had ingredients to make it! I had exactly one envelope of Knox Gelatin in my cupboard & lots of Kool Aid. So I mixed the Gelatin with 1 cup of really hot tap water, added the Kool Aid & mixed in another cup & a half of water. Then we put it in the fridge & waited expectantly to see if it would turn out. It did!

Don't you want to get your hands right in there?! (I know you do!)
Don’t you want to get your hands right in there?! (I know you do!)

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