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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 💡!



🎨Texture Balls Painting🎨


Another super fun activity from @thecurioustot ‘s textures unit 👏🏻💕 Check our Tracy’s page if you want more details. 😁 At first Clark didn’t understand the process. “Open up, paint!” he said. But after I opened the container to show him what it looked like inside (and to put another paper in), he wanted “more, more, more” and got to work shaking the ball around 😁 These textured paintings turned out so well that Clark yelled “PRETTY!” every time I showed him the end result 👏🏻 I am going to fold two of them for Father’s Day cards - shhh don’t tell my Dad and Husband 😝 💡When you’re finished, put some water and soap in the container, add a sponge or dish brush and have your toddler clean the paint off of the balls. Double fun!! 💕






Monday, June 11, 2018

A Little Stuck - Book Review

A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

This book is an adapted version of Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (which is also awesome). I own a copy of Stuck and I was thrilled when I found this board book version for little readers. Clark absolutely adores this silly and imaginative story and asks to read it several times a day. This is a book that I don't mind reading over and over again. It is repetitive, but in a way that the words just roll off your tongue. I am not sure if Clark quite understands the humour in this book yet, so I know it is something we can enjoy for years to come. 

Stay tuned for a related activity! Thank you for reading.

I was calling Clark's name and when he didn't come running, I found him on the couch reading to himself. What a dream! 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

🎈Texture Balloons🎈


This activity is from @thecurioustot ‘s super fun textures unit - check out Tracy’s page to learn more! 💕 We made 7 balloons (flour, beans, seeds, flour+water, hair gel, water, and air). 😁Clark loved squeezing and shaking the balloons and trying to guess what was inside - He helped me fill them so he had an idea of his options. 💡 We counted them, sorted by colour, talked about size (biggest, smallest), discussed which colour had the most and which colour had the fewest, talked about the textures he could feel through the balloons, sorted by solid, liquid, and gas... and even played catch with them! 😝 The possibilities were endless!! 👍👏🏻 You may be wondering if/how Clark understood these concepts... he most likely didn’t!! 😝 But, at this age it is all about exposure, not mastery. 💕



The following are Amazon Affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of any purchases made. As a rule, I only feature products that I have used and love! I loved these balloons because they came in such a wide variety of colours in a resealable pouch.