Welcome to our playroom/classroom, for now it’s in the basement of a split level home, so we’ve got lots of room to play and learn. We spend a lot of time down here, and love to create and learn together. For this post, I’m going to focus just on what’s on this wall. As for the other shelves, toys, learning tools, and kid sized the table & chairs, I have other posts planned to tell you all about them. Organizing a kids playroom/learning environment can be overwhelming, so I’m going to start here.
Check back here soon for more about our playroom and how it’s set up and organized.
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According to PBS.org “Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing.”
Colored Rice is perfect for sensory play and is an affordable, fun, easy to make tool in activities for strengthening fine motor skills in tiny hands, and other developmental activities.
With proper planning, colored rice play can hold the attention of even the youngest kids, and can last for as long as you’d like it to. As with any activities with kids, this can get messy, but again, with proper planning, you can make cleanup a breeze.
Colored Rice is almost as fun for parents as it is for the little ones. Not only is it fun for us to play with, but to watch your munchkin explore their senses and learn right before your eyes, is absolutely amazing.
Be sure to click the title of this post “Colored Rice – Sensory Play” above, or “Read More” below to see how to make colored rice, some of our activities, and some helpful hints for sensory play.
English Muffin Pizzas are a new family favorite in our house. Not only are they delicious and quick, but my toddler feels like a master chef and is so proud of himself when everyone is eating something he made.
Noah will be 2 next month and I swear he's 2 going on 30. He's SUCH a "big kid," he loves to help with everything, ESPECIALLY cooking. He has a play kitchen which he plays with all of the time, however, nothing beats the real thing. As soon as I stand at the counter or the sink, I see a chair from the kitchen table "magically" gliding towards me. Next thing I know, Mommy's little helper is standing beside me grabbing at everything he can get his hands on.
He's getting better with his listening, but he's still young. By "young" I mean "sometimes the meal is ruined before it's started," but we're both learning ways to make it work.
For instance, I used to put him in the corner of the counter, so that he was "protected" on all 4 sides while standing on the chair. He had cabinets/counter on 2 sides of him, the back of the chair on one side, and me on the other. This was a disaster. He would grab EVERYTHING on the counter, and if he couldn't reach it, he felt it was close enough to climb for. I found myself being more frustrated than fun, and felt guilty because he was driving me crazy. Now, I stand in the corner where the two counters come together and keep anything he's not allowed to touch behind me on the other counter. It's a whole new experience.
I've also found that if I need an "extra second" and I can't stay right next to him, all I have to do is give him a bowl and spoon and he pretend stirs until I get back.
Be sure to click "Read More" below for ingredients and instructions on how to make these English Muffin Pizzas.
Noah will be 2 next month and loves to paint, color and draw. We have been practicing colors for as long as I can remember, and recently we've been practicing holding pens and markers "the right way." He's been doing the "fist grip" on them since we've started coloring and I thought it would be fun to start trying.
This muffin tin and tongs activity is great for helping develop the muscles used for writing. We also use this activity to practice color sorting.
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I'm an artist, wife, and mother of 2 small children. I'm blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, and love spending our days together doing arts, crafts, educational activities, and cooking. Here are some of the fun activities we have done. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you try any of these or if you have any ideas we can try.