Sport some facial hair and teeth
Magic Fizzy Tray
Ice on the Aqua Doodle
Pretend Garden Play
We planted "seeds" (pom poms), then I took the bin in the other room and replaced them with veggies. He was surprised and delighted every time!
Place a cookie tray in your freezer, THEN add water. Freeze. Cut cup in half, get pennies and popsicle sticks. Play. Enjoy.
PlayDoh Name Activities
Fine motor Button Pick Up (test/review child's knowledge of colors and shapes)
Shoe Box Puppet Theatre
Can you tell we had just painted? The puppets are from IKEA.
Use Elmer's glue to write or draw on scrap cardboard. let dry for several hours or over night. Your kids will be amazed!
This stuff is rad. 1 cup corn starch. 1 cup water. pour into muffin tins. Add food coloring. Give each one a sir. Paint; watch it dry into chalk.
Easy, do you really need directions? :0)
Real object Match
Find objects, trace, give to child, supervise if small objects are used!
Bird feeder using paper towel roll, peanut butter, hole punch, string, bird feed. Punch holes before you lather in PB and seed! :)
We recorded how many marbles 1, 2, 3 Kleenex could hold. Fun little science experiment I saw at my son's OT office.
I made a thick paste of baking soda and water. I placed a mini dino in the middle and let them harden over night. He is spraying vinegar to hatch them.
Life Size Game
I ended up buying more of these soccer spot dots for the team. We made a huge Candyland for C that included the cupcake, peanut etc from images I found in Word.
Kid too young for word search? Try letter hunting!
Next time we'll use shapes and play with symmetry.
You know all those annoying shooting a spear toys you're getting at 'Donald's? Well we made a game called shoot ten! He shoots numbers that add up to ten!
I spy alphabet jar
Dye the rice using 2 tablespoons for rubbing alcohol, 3-4 drops of food coloring, and 2 cups of rice (per color) in a gallon ziplock bag. Squish and smooth until all rice is colored. Pour out into cookie tray. Stir every couple of hours or leave out overnight for alcohol to evaporate. We used a Parmesan container and got the beads at Walmart.
Clothes Pin alphabet order
A pinterest favorite!
Duct Tape Bracelet!
Sticky though so caution when removing as you'll have to use scissors to cut off.
Foil Finger paint
This is awesome because when you're done, you just throw the piece of foil away and minimal clean up with soapy water to your cookie tray!
Another pinterest favorite! Roll and subtract beans until they're all gone. 1 player or many (each child needs his own mat and beans). We placed the die in a food storage to keep from rolling away. Yea that's right. Shake it and "roll" it right in a storage container. You're welcome.
Sun screen art
I think next time we'll use an oil free, but this was fun and easy. We could see the sun's effect on the paper. Next time we'll use just stencil shapes and letters left on the paper out in the sun for a few hours.
Shaving Cream Fun
Mini Melty Beads
Purchased at Walmart. Parents only should iron beads.
I got this at the thrift store BRAND new for $3. Not sure my luck can be repeated, but maybe you can make your own or find another weigh station?
Stretch on Yoga Ball
He's reaching to get letters. You could do this with puzzle pieces too. Any OT would love this! Great rainy day activity too. P.S. It's hard to take pictures when you're holding a squirmy three year old's feet :)
Potential for tick tac toe if you had a preschooler who understood the game and two sets of different colored marbles.
Writing in threes
Write it, wet it, dry it. We never got to the dry it part and I wrote it so.... but hey maybe you'll do better :) OT recommended this.
Cornstarch over laminated name
Window Crayons under cornstarch
Lentils over laminated name
Curling pipe cleaners around pencils
Bubble wand from straws
Curled pipe cleaners (cut into thirds) in water with magnet (water intensifies the magnetic pull)
Paint with paper plate, paper clip, and magnet underneath
Pipe cleaner dance (we're really into magnets this month)
We played zoo train, or is it train zoo?
We did a cloud experiemnt
PS have you noticed C hates wearing pants when he's at home!!!!
Jar 1/3 filled steaming water, lit match held inside for a few seconds then dropped in, plate on top covered in ice for 1 min. Remove plate of ice and release your cloud.
Puzzle hide and seek
wish I had the results, but the pages flew away! we'll try again next month with rocks :)
After some play we finally made something. An ugly something.
Body Sticker Match
I wrote on C using washable markers in capital letters. I wrote lower case on sticker dots.
We made some clothes pin caterpillars, and C retold the story, um kind of.
Dino Dig Out in lentils
Letter and number fishing
Thrift Store finds this month
Operation ($2 missing a few bones)
Whac a Mole ($3 no hammers, LOVE the listening feature on hard level)
I Spy Game ($2 one missing card)
Lincoln Logs (two sets used to create this; we already owned one but it doesn't seem to build large enough structures, $3)
Pins .69 each but 50% off day means I got all three for around a buck. Ball was ours.