Moon Dust and Pom Poms!

My three boys all love anything about Space; stories, toys, you name it they like it!

DSC02989I thought it would be fun to make them a Small World play area centred around space, and make it a sensory activity as well. I found this awesome post by The Imagination Tree on how to make Moon Dust and create a Lunar Small World. Follow the link if you want some detailed instructions on how to create your own.

I decided to make the Moon sand and create the small world by myself and have it as a surprise for my boys this time, instead of involving them in making it. Sometimes it’s nice for them to have a little surprise.

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We started off the activity by reading a variety of books centred around the topic of space, some fiction and some non-fiction books. I then got the small world out for my 4 and 5 year olds and opened it up. I left it up to them to explore on their own and play. It was nice to see them playing make-believe together.

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When my 1-year-old got a chance to explore the Lunar Land, he was very interested in the Moon Dust and was all about the sensory part of the activity. It became a little messy, but nothing a little broom couldn’t handle.

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It ended up being a great small world, one that all three boys could enjoy!

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DSC02915As for Pom Pom’s, well who doesn’t like Pom Pom’s? When you want something quick and easy to entertain and improve fine motor skills in a 1 yr old, Pom Pom’s are the best thing around.

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I got out a small muffin tin, a bunch of pom pom’s, an empty tissue box, a toilet paper tube, a plastic and metal container, and some tongs.

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My 1 year old, and even his older brothers had fun playing with the pom pom’s, sorting them, using the tongs to move them, putting them in and taking them out of the tissue box and containers, and of course throwing them up into the air and watching them fall!

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Best thing about pom pom’s is that when the activity is over you just pick them up and put them away….no mess!

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I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely day….Happy Mothers Day!

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Toddler and Mommy Time!

So this is what my youngest and I do while his older brothers are away for a few days at their grandparents! A little painting, and little fun with pipe cleaners and a little, much needed, relaxing for me.

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DSC02850The other day we did some painting with child friendly acrylic paint and I gave him some brushes to use. Of course his first thought was to put the brush in his mouth, but after redirecting him to use it to paint with instead, he had a blast painting! He painted, mixing colours around for quite some time, stopping every now and then to touch the paintbrush and feel the bristles and the paint between his fingers. He marvelled at the colours and the textures. It always surprises me how much focus a 15 month old can have, when they want to.

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DSC03099Then today, I decided to get some things out for him that he usually doesn’t play with. Pipe cleaners, a colander, toilet paper and paper towel tubes, and a pair of tongs. It only took me moments to set up the colander with the pipe cleaners, weaving them in and around the colander (an idea I had seen recently on Pinterest). Then I laid out all the materials and let him have some fun. The first thing he did, so obvious, was pull out the pipe cleaners and toss them away! He was so excited!

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DSC03105Then he found the tubes and tried putting them on his hands and being silly, then trying to fit the pipe cleaners into the tubes and pull them out again. This task took his undivided attention and the focus on his little face was amazing to watch. I didn’t interfere with any of his playing and just sat back taking pictures, marvelling at my little boy who is growing so very quickly.

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It was a nice change of pace for my 15mth old and I to have some quality time together. Him receiving my undivided attention and I being able to enjoy our moments together without any other distractions. I must admit I miss my other 2 boys, but I am enjoying this time my toddler and I have, as come tomorrow my house will be filled again with the love and rambunctious behaviour of my three boys all together.

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Happy March Break!

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Pattern Necklaces

We brought a little math into our after school fun today….Pattern Necklaces!

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Excited to get started!

We used pipe cleaners, beads, buttons, and round paper hole punch outs.

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Working on their patterns

The boys picked their pipe cleaners and went to work creating patterns of their choice. My 4yo is quite good at creating patterns now as he learned about them in school a lot. So he choose an ABCC pattern of wood bead, paper punch out, button, button. He was set on this pattern and worked diligently on it until completed. My 3yo on the other hand did a simple ABAB pattern of yellow, blue, yellow, blue. I am excited that he knew what a pattern was and created it all on his own! However, he was not happy with his and destroyed it and decided to create many different patterns with different pipe cleaners until he had a simple necklace of just the paper punch outs.

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Intense Concentration!

They both really enjoyed making something they could wear and use to attach to their trucks to pull around. They didn’t even realize they were doing math and improving their fine motor skills. I just love how learning can be so much fun!

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Finished necklaces, 4yo even added a pipe cleaner looking glass.

And I was lucky enough to have my 5 month old playing happily on the carpet with his toys, being cute, of course.

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Fun with Math

We did a little math this afternoon, being home and all I figured we should do some learning.

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We started off making a clothesline and writing our numbers from 0 – 12 on paper. Then clothes pinned our numbers to the line. Then the boys went on a hunt to find objects around the house and put in bags and attach to the correct number on the line.

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The boys loved the activity, I don’t think they even realized they were doing any learning (writing, fine motor control with the clothes pins, number sequence, sorting).

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They even thought is was fun taking everything off the line and letting them fall.

Here’s to Fun with Math this afternoon!