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Friday, May 18, 2018

❄️Frozen Pom-Pom Colour Mixing


Yay!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป that the weather is finally nice enough ☀️ for some outdoor ice play! 
⏰PREP: I added some food colouring and a Pom-Pom to each section of the ice cube tray and mixed it with a toothpick. 
๐Ÿ’กTIP๐Ÿ’ก Only partially freeze the ice so you can get at the Pom-poms faster and so that there’s coloured water in the bottom of the tray. 
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Clark LOVED this activity and enjoyed seeing what happened when we mixed the colours! ๐ŸŒˆ He scooped, poured, pinched, and squeezed the Pom-poms and even “counted” them at the end. ๐Ÿ”ข ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Math, science, fine motor, sensory etc etc etc covered! 
Looking back on the timestamp on the pictures, we played with this activity for almost 30 minutes. That is approximately 3 hours in toddler time. WIN! We will definitely be trying this activity again. 

He did a lot of poking as he discovered some were liquid and some were solid.

Scoop, scoop, scoop!

Mark making with the melting ice.

Some colour mixing.

Scoop, and pour!

He loved to squeeze the pom-poms.

Here he is picking up all the pom-poms and counting as he put them in his bucket.

Thank you for reading!
Ms. Makinson

Saturday, May 5, 2018

๐Ÿš’Fire Truck Craft๐Ÿš’




We ❤️ Firefighters ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿš’! Clark thinks all firefighters are his Uncle Moe and he gets excited when he sees one (which I think is awesome - firefighters are real life superheroes ❤️!). 
To celebrate International Firefighters' Day we decided to read some themed books ๐Ÿ“š and do a fun fire truck ๐Ÿš’ craft. Clark LOVES glue ๐Ÿ˜œ so this was a hit. I cut the shapes ๐Ÿ”บ๐Ÿ”ต◼️ during his nap and then helped him with the gluing.




More glue? This amazing triangular glue stick (no rolling away!) is from the Dollar Tree.

One of our favourite books is the Busy Fire Station


Thank you for reading,
Ms. Makinson

Thursday, May 3, 2018

๐Ÿ‘ถMirror Play๐Ÿ‘ถ


๐Ÿ‘ถMirror Play๐Ÿ‘ถ
SERIES: ideas and activities for babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ 
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• IDEA! ๐Ÿ’กPlace a mirror near your baby so they can see their reflection as they play. Great for tummy-time!
• AGE: In my case, it was until Clark was rolling because I hadn't secured the mirror to the wall and it was not shatterproof - otherwise they can enjoy this at any age.
••• Young babies LOVE staring at faces. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Clark loved when we would sit together and imitate each other's facial expressions. This activity is great for working on hand-eye coordination, developing self-awareness, practicing visual tracking, and much more! 
• TIP! ✔️ Use an unbreakable, shatterproof mirror and let your baby touch, play, and even sit on it! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Balloon Kicking



๐Ÿ‘ฃKicking Balloons๐ŸŽˆ
SERIES: ideas and activities for babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ 
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• IDEA! ๐Ÿ’ก Tie a crinkly helium balloon ๐ŸŽˆ loosely to your baby’s foot and watch them kick away! ๐Ÿ‘ฃ
• age: until baby is rolling 
••• Clark was 2 months old in this picture and we received those balloons ๐ŸŽˆ when we first brought him home therefore they were becoming quite deflated! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปThe older the helium balloon, the more crinkly they will be and the slower they will move when your baby kicks! ๐Ÿ‘ฃ You could even ask them to not fill up the balloon entirely if you want to play sooner. 
• TIP! ✔️ Make sure to tie the balloon so it close enough that your baby can see the movement. At two months old, a baby can see approximately 18 inches from their face. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป



He was so alert while playing and I was able to snap some great pictures!

Thank you for reading! Check back soon for more ideas and activities.
-Ms. Makinson

Thursday, April 12, 2018

High Contrast Books for Newborns+


NEW SERIES: ideas and activities for babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ  
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• IDEA! ๐Ÿ’ก Place a board book near your baby during tummy time or playmat time. 

• AGE: newborn+

••• I love these high contrast ๐Ÿ“š board books by Roger Priddy.  They have abstract pictures with ๐ŸŒˆ vibrant primary colours and are perfect for the littlest littles who are working on their tiny eye muscles. ๐Ÿ‘€ 
LINK: Roger Priddy's Hello Baby Gift Set (any high contrast book will work!)

• TIP! ✔️ Make sure to place the book close enough to your baby’s face as they can only see 8-12 inches away.




3 weeks old - check out that hair!


1 week old - in his crib

3 months old - tummy time - working on those neck muscles

Thank you for reading! Check back soon for more ideas and activities.
-Ms. Makinson

Monday, February 26, 2018

Board Books About Colours

The adventures of "Toddler and Teacher-Mom" continue! This post highlights some of my 16 month old's favourite books that feature colours. To be honest, I do not read these books with him to explicitly teach him his colours. I simply try to follow his lead and use what he is interested in to my advantage when looking for new books and activities. He has recently shown an interest in colours and currently he points to things and insists everything is "geen" which I think is fantastic! :) 

All of the books listed below are board books. Some of these are available in other formats but for my son's current age, I prefer to choose only board books because I like to keep them out in a bin that he can access whenever he wants (and I never have to worry that he will rip the pages).

Color Wonder Hooray for Spring by Chieu Anh Urban

Toddler's review: This has been one of Clark's favourite books for most of his life. He absolutely LOVES this book. He loves the critters and he loves the colour wheel. He will sit and spin the wheel for what seems like forever (in toddler time).
Mom's review: This book has two colour wheels that spin to show primary and secondary colours. Although that part goes over Clark's head, I know this will be a book we can pull out as he gets older and is ready to grasp the concept of colour mixing. If you can find this book, I highly recommend it!

Colors by Jane Foster

Toddler's review: There is something about the illustrations in Jane Foster's books that Clark loves. They are simple, bold, and bright. We have read this one a million times!
Mom's review: This is a straightforward colour book that has two pictures on each page.  My favourite part of this book is that it has a page for the colour "turquoise" which you rarely see in children's colour books.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.

Toddler's review: Clark is a huge fan of the big board book version that we borrowed from our local library. He likes to point to all the animals on the final page and is mesmerized by the page with all of the children. He highly recommends that you find this book in the large format!
Mom's review: Could there be a list of toddler colour books without "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"? To be totally honest, this isn't my favourite book to read because it is soooo repetitive. However, that is EXACTLY why kids love it. The text is simple and predictable which is perfect for this age. We also own a copy of "Baby Bear, Baby Bear" which is great.

Fun with Colors by Holly Brook-Piper

Toddler's review: Clark adores this book! The pages have a bit of a texture on them which he thinks is neat. One of his first words was "banana" so he is always excited when we turn to the yellow page.
Mom's review: Any book that promotes healthy eating is a hit with me. I love the illustrations - each page has a white background which makes the fruit pop. This has been one of my "diaper bag books" and has saved me many times.

Brown Bear Color Book by Jane Foster


Toddler's review: This book is one of Clark's favourite to flip through on his own. He likes that you can see the bear in the window on each page.
Mom's review: When I picked this book out from the library, I figured it would be similar to all of the other Jane Foster board books we have... boy, was I wrong (it's even better)! This is a larger board book than the other Jane Foster book mentioned in this list and it also has more words. The flower on the last page that the holes make is stunning!

Colors in the Cold by The Rookie Toddler

Toddler's review: Clark often asks to read this book several times in a row. He likes to point out the winter clothing items on each page. The fact that it highlights the clothing colours is a bonus!
Mom's review:  I love that this book features real pictures instead of illustrations.  I love the "Rookie Toddler" series. As a teacher, I think these are well thought out to teach the concepts they are designed for.

HONOURABLE MENTION: 

Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Toddler's review: This book is an honourable mention because it isn't one of Clark's favourites... yet! ;) I think this will become one of his favourites very soon.
Mom's review: I adore this book. I think it's a wonderful way to introduce different fruits and veggies to toddlers. I have learned a thing or two from flipping through it.


Thank you so much for reading this post. As always, if you have any book recommendations, PLEASE comment below. We would really appreciate it! :)
-Ms. Makinson

You may also be interested to read another post in this series which features some generic favourites. Click the link below.
Board Books for 12-18 Month Olds

Disclaimer: The links in this post are NOT affiliate links. I simply chose Amazon because it was easier. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Books for 12-18 Month Olds

My son, Clark, is currently 16 months old and has started enjoying books that have more words and follow more of a storyline. Yay! This makes reading the same book 100 times a day much more interesting for me. We try to exchange books at our local library once every two weeks (and sometimes sooner). Below is a list of board books that he has been loving recently. 

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Toddler's review: Clark loves that there is a page where the panda appears to be upside down. It threw him for a loop the first time we read it. 
Mom's review: I love that this book incorporates colour recognition as well as how important it is to use our manners. Lovely illustrations! I will definitely be checking out the other books in this series. 


Dinosaur VS. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Toddler's review: Clark thinks it is hilarious when anyone reads him this book because there are a lot of dinosaur sounds to be made. 
Mom's review: I love that this book is simple and fun to read. In the end, bedtime wins... which is always a plus! Good sleep habits can never be modelled enough.


Busy Garage by Rebecca Finn

Toddler's review: Clark loves that this book has tabs to push and pull. He has learned a lot of vocabulary from this book. 
Mom's review: I love the illustrations in this book. Every time I read this book, I notice something new to point out and talk about. There are MANY books in this series and I would love to purchase more. This is a great book to keep in the car or your diaper bag. 

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Toddler's review: Clark loves the animals in this book and enjoys finding the balloon on each page (nice touch!). 
Mom's review: This book is a classic for a reason. It is easy to read but also visually appealing. 

Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton

Toddler's review: Clark loves the sounds the helicopter makes. I have heard from mom friends with little ones around Clark's age that they are also huge fans of this book. There is something about it that kids love!
Mom's review: I will be honest, at first, I didn't care much for this book but, I have definitely grown to like it. The story is action packed and I love that one of the main characters is a teacher. :) 


Thank you for reading! Comment below if you have a book suggestion - we would really appreciate it.
-Ms. Makinson