Thursday, May 22, 2014

Finger Painting with Toddlers

Finger-painting with toddlers and preschool age children is quite the messy fun experience! I love watching how children react to the sensory aspect of finger-paints, especially the first time they experience it! 

I recently hosted a finger-painting play date with a bunch of little ones. But this would be my own daughter's very first experience with finger-paint! She has always hated having her hands dirty in any way and she also gets really grossed out easily. For instance, even walking on the beach was an issue at one point because she was so disgusted by the seaweed on the sand ~ she would scream for me to pick her up! Come Halloween time, she would have nothing to do with pulling out pumpkin guts when we made our jack-o-lanterns (it literally made her gag) and messy, sticky food meant she'd need a wet hand wipe right away. 

So, I was curious to see how she would react to finger-paint. But she loved it!!! I was so surprised! It was neat to watch her mixing the paint with her hands, use a fork to draw lines in the paint and discover all of the color combinations she could create with the three colors we used: red, blue and yellow. 

In addition to the Crayola Finger Paints from the craft store, I also whipped up some edible, scented finger paints using potato flakes, warm water and koolaid! You can find the recipe here. It's basically mashed potatoes and the consistency is quite different than the regular store-bought finger paint. To be honest, I didn't personally want to touch it but several of the children really liked mooshing it around on paper and since sensory exploration was the point, it served its purpose!

What is your favorite sensory activity to do with toddlers and preschoolers???

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Munch's Backyard Beach Bash

 How did this happen? My baby turned 4 this week!!!

Happy Birthday to my Munch! You bring sunshine to our lives every day :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dinosaur Crayons

It is "Dinosaur Week" at Munch's preschool next week so we made these cute dino crayons to share!

I found this silicone dinosaur candy mold on amazon, for under $5

For specific directions on how to make these you can see my post here

I hope all the little three year olds will enjoy coloring with them! :)


Linking up to: Sun Scholars

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Laminated Toy Bin Labels

In yesterday's post I showed you the insane craziness we call the playroom and how I spent a nice chunk of time de-cluttering it over the weekend. Now, I'm sharing the easy hand-drawn labels I  finally got around to making for the toy bins in the playroom. 

No more excuses now for the girls when its time to clean up 
{although I'm sure they'll think of something}

Supplies: paper, colored pencils, velcro circles, self-sealing laminating pouches.

I know these drawings are a little whacky but the important thing is that the kids recognize the toys they represent so they know what's in the toy bin. I had only 5 laminating pouches so I made the following labels: Legos, Musical Instruments, Dollhouse Stuff, Blocks and Playsilks.

After laminating each drawing, I attached a little velcro circle to the back of the label and one to the bin itself. I like this solution because its not so permanent ~ I can switch out the label if the contents of the bin change.

Linking up to: A Bowl Full of Lemons, Little Wonder's Days, Yesterday on Tuesday, Frontier Dreams, Clean & Scentsible, The 36th Avenue, Sun Scholars

Monday, September 23, 2013

Decluttering the Playroom

Okay, so I can't believe I'm sharing these photos with you all but yes, this is the playroom. It has gotten to be a dumping ground for every homeless item in our house. Well, maybe not everything but lots of it goes in here and "waits" for a permanent home. I have grand dreams for this room. And over the weekend while the kids were at grandma's, I decided to start out by decluttering it! 

Trust me, that is no small task!

Weeding through the craziness...

Getting a little better as the trash bag and baskets are starting to fill. I also sorted like items, such as dolls and stuffed animals, into their own bins,  grouped the books into stacks side by side, gathered my scrapbooking supplies and stacked the puzzles and board games.

This is what I ended up with at the end of the day: I call it an "organized clutter". So now I need to find homes for the board games, puzzles, books, doll houses, stuffed animal bin and doll bin. 

It looks so much better! 





 It feels great to have made a dent in this project. Of course, the room still has a far way to go. 
But we'll get there...slowly but surely :)

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Saturday, July 27, 2013