Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fun with shaving cream

I filled a plastic tub with $1 shaving cream. I also added a few drops of food coloring. He had  a blast. After play, I just put him in the tub for  a bath. Grade B+ inexpensive fun.

Button Play

I purchased this bag of mixed sized and mixed colored buttons from Walmart for about $5. We tried to use it with  sand toy, but most buttons were too large to fit through. My son sorted buttons, hid buttons, and played for about 30 minutes with them. I think I've now found all of the buttons. Grade B-.

Marble Easter Egg Painting

This activity was super fun! I could not find marbles anywhere (tried Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Target...okay not EVERYWHERE but the usual supply places). I ended up using floral arrangement glass beads. they worked just fine despite being $5 a bag. I will save them when he's in to marble tunnels. "A" grade activity....used a leftover Valentine chocolate tin and plain white paper.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Finger Prints

I give this actvity an A. Little ones will have fun pushing their fingers into the ink pad and seeing their own whorls, archs, and loops. I even created a worksheet for older kids and a printable template for the finger prints to go on.

Play Doh with Stamps, Play Doh Bugs

I gave Caden some old wooden stamps to play with the Play Doh. He loved it. It was easier than the molds that come with Play Doh kits because those you have to smash the dough inside of the mold. It's tedious even for adults to remove the smashed dough without ruining the imprint. Well, with stamps, you can just press and have a nice, quick image. Activity grade A for ease and low cost.

We also made Play Doh bugs with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and pom-poms. Grade of B because I am the only one whose bug remotely looked like a bug! Little ones will enjoy the googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and pom-poms to make all sorts of new creations. Elements can be used again and again.

Painting with Bubbles

I give this activity a B+. The effects it creates are neat, but it's more of an outdoor activity. The food coloring came up off the floor without any issues.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Yolk Egg Match

I'll be honest. He doesn't quite get this activity yet! I used scrap pieces of felt to make the yolk. The plastic eggs are still hard for him (26 months now) to open and shut. I worry that he'll pinch his fingers in the sharp edges. This should turn into a good fine-motor activity and be useful in the next few years. Activity grade B-.

Roller Painting

I give this activity an A. I bought the paint roller at the Dollar Tree for  a buck. I placed a cookie sheet under the paper to make rolling the paint easier and give a boarder so that the paint didn't get all over the floor or leak through. The paint was non-toxic :)

Plastic Easter Egg Sorting

This is just like my brick and ball sort. I give this activity an A-. The only basket I'm having trouble finding is a true orange one. What I do is put a few orange in one yellow-orange basket and he adds to it. The other baskets are true to color, so I can leave those empty, and he will fill them in on his own.