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Friday, June 22, 2018

🍉Watermelon Paper Plate Craft🍉

Nothing says summer like a juicy watermelon! 😍 After the paint dried, we counted the “seeds” (black beans) before we glued them on. 🔢 Can you tell which piece of watermelon we placed the seeds EXACTLY where Clark wanted and which one I finished after he lost interest?? 😝👏🏻 Isn't this book adorable? It is called The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. I thought this was the perfect activity to celebrate the first day of SUMMER 2018! 

We used Crayola Washable Paint (I mixed some pink with red for this colour) and foam brushes.

Torn Paper Art 💕

This activity is from The Curious Tot's textures unit. Clark LOVED ripping the paper. 😝 I had to help him occasionally by starting a tear and placing his hands on both sides 👩🏻👦🏻 He is also a huge fan of glue so I knew he’d enjoy that part. 👏🏻 You can also use white glue and a paintbrush like Tracy did with Diggy (check out her post on instagram @thecurioustot). I didn’t encourage Clark to push the pieces down so a few were lifted which helped create even more texture to his art. 😁 Super fun and quick fine motor activity!! 

This triangular glue stick is from the Dollar Tree (NO ROLLING!!)

I love how he decided to place all the pieces in a row. 😍

💥Exploding Colours🌈

We’ve started on The Curious Tot's colours unit! 💕 My hubby was home this afternoon and joined in on the fun 👦🏻👩🏻 He even made some predictions 😝. I hadn’t tried this activity with a toddler before so I thought it was cute to see Clark equally excited for every colour that exploded (not just the first one).  

First, you put a drop of food colouring in each section of your muffin tin.

Cover with baking soda until you can't see any colour. 

Next, fill some cups with vinegar. You can use a squirt bottle too!

 Finally, add some vinegar into each section of your muffin tin to reveal the colours! We used our Learning Resources Twisty Dropper to squirt the vinegar into the muffin tin. 

😍 The mini muffin tin was perfect👏🏻. More spaces for more reactions!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli - Book Review

Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli

This incredibly clever book features 24 aspects of life in the city. It is divided into three sections - transportation, sights to see/things to do, and (my husband's favourite section) things to eat. Those who live in a big city will be able to relate to the content and those who have never been to a big city will be captivated by the contrast to their own daily life. My son, Clark, is 20 months old and enjoys flipping through this book alone as well as hopping on the lap of anyone close by who will read it to him. 

One of Clark's favourite pages is the elevator (seen in the middle picture). He pretends to press the buttons and says "up, up, up...down, down, down". He was SO excited the next time he saw an elevator after reading this book. 

Each page features a die-cut and a few words. We have read this book HUNDREDS of times and we are still finding new things that we didn't notice before.  

Overall, this book is one of my all-time favourite board books. The pages are sturdy, the illustrations are beautiful, and the content is educational. This book is toddler and teacher-mom approved!

Other books in this series: Do you have a dinosaur lover in your house? How about a kiddo who is crazy about construction? Perhaps you are introducing your toddler to letters or numbers? I highly recommend ANY and ALL of the books in the "Block" series. I know, as a teacher, I am hoping that Christopher Franceschelli releases one about what you see and do at school.

As always, thank you for reading!
-Ms. Makinson

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Sticker Wall

This idea was suggested by the lovely @michele_dillon 😘 after she saw one of my stories where Clark was putting stickers on the wall 😝 This big sheet of paper has been up for several days and has definitely been a hit! 👏🏻 Whether he is putting new stickers on, taking old ones off, or simply pointing and naming what is up there...he’s loving it! 😍

💥Fizzy Cloud Dough☁️

Here is another fun activity from @thecurioustot ‘s textures unit! Check out Tracy’s post if you want to learn more. 💕 This was Clark’s first time seeing a vinegar and baking soda reaction and he was thrilled to see BUBBLES! 😝 Clean up was easy because we played with it outside and I hosed everything down after we were finished 👏🏻 

👂🏻Exploring Sound at the Park 🙉

This giant cardboard tube is from a roll of gardening fabric. 🌷 Clark has been playing with it for weeks! 👏🏻 We recently took it to the park and used it to explore sound (which was entirely Clark’s idea - I simply guided his learning). 😍 We tapped it on things to listen to what kind of sound it made and then we put different natural materials down the tube to see if we could hear them. 😁 I love following Clark’s lead. He comes up with the best ideas 💡!