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Supplies: • Painters or Masking Tape (colored is more fun) • Pom poms (optional) • Straws (optional) Use tape to “draw” a path through your house for kids to follow. Think Zig Zag, curved, under tables—whatever! You could use different colors for more than one path, or just do a shorter line in one room and have the kids blow pom poms along the “maze” through a straw. It can be as simple or difficult as your kids would enjoy. Another twist is to ‘draw’ lily pads or other shapes for kids to hop along, then when they get tired, toss pom poms or stuffed animals into the lily pad targets. Or ‘draw’ a hopscotch on your floor.
Supplies: • Pretend dishes, cups, utensils • Pretend teapot or lightweight liquid measuring cup Practice manners and taking turns with a ‘tea’ party. Practice setting the table. Fill the teapot with water and let your child practice pouring into the cups. You can make a big deal about saying please and thank you after each cup, be silly and use accents or fun voices, and ‘cheers’ for each round of tea. You could even eat snack together off the toy plates, and then wash dishes together afterward.
Supplies: • Instant pudding • Milk • Food coloring (optional) • Cookie sheets (best if they have a rim around the edges) or high chair tray • Fork or other utensils to make additional designs (optional) Make pudding as directed on box. You can stick with the natural color or add some as you see fit—remember that food coloring stains most clothes (and fingers), so wear old clothes and/or color lightly. Use the cookie sheets as a canvas to finger paint you can make designs with your fingers, mix colors, smear and start over again. When this gets old, show them how to make a thin layer of pudding and then use a fork or other kitchen utensils to etch designs in the pudding. Trays with a lip help the pudding stay on the ‘canvas’.
Supplies: • Scarves, hats, shoes, etc Let your little person try dressing up with items from your closet. Try wearing an accessory in a new way—a scarf as a belt, a tie as a headband, etc.
Supplies: • 1-2 Large containers (Tupperware, bucket, etc) • Old toothbrush or small brush • Dishwashing soap or shaving cream • Spray bottle with water (optional) • Toys to wash—hot wheels, plastic figures, baby dolls • towels Spread towels over a large area on the kitchen or bathroom floor. Put dish soap and about an inch of water in one tub to make a nice soapy solution for the toys and use an old toothbrush to scrub your cars/animals clean. You can also make a rinsing tub with a higher water level that they can relax in after their scrub. If you decide to use shaving cream, you only need a rinsing tub. Kids love squirting the shaving cream and or water and scrubbing the bubbles. Give them a towel to dry off their toys.
Supplies: • Bath toys • Swimsuit (optional) Let your child/children play in the bathtub (fully clothed or in bathing suits) without the water. Let them play with their special bath toys and pretend to swim or bathe.
Supplies: • Wire baking rack (cooling rack or borrow the oven rack) • Pipe cleaners Weave the pipe cleaner in and out of the lines on the rack.
Supplies: • Blankets, sheets • Imagination • Make a blanket fort by draping sheets over tables and chair backs, or from the bed to the dresser. If you’ve done this before, try a different room to make it more exciting. Go Camping! Get out the sleeping bags and snuggle under your fort (or even real tent) while you watch a movie, tell stories with a flashlight after dinner, make s’mores for a snack (graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows heated in microwave for a few seconds) Have a picnic—pack up their lunch or snack as if you were having a picnic, and put it in a basket or backpack, spread out a blanket and enjoy!
Supplies: • Large bag of dry beans, rice, etc • Small treasures (pennies, small toys, etc) • Large container with high sides • Spoons, measuring cups, small bowls, etc Pour beans/rice into container and hide the small treasures under the surface. Have your child ‘dig’ her fingers through the rice to find the treasures. Encourage her to feel the rice between her fingers, dig into it, clench her fist around it, watch it fall off her fingers, etc, exploring the sensory experience. When she is done exploring it, have her practice filling and pouring the rice into and out of other small containers.
Supplies: • Old socks that have lost their mate • Fabric glue • Accents like-googly eyes, markers, yarn, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, etc. Glue faces, hair, spots, etc. onto your mismatched socks. Use striped socks to make zebras, or cut the foot off a patterned sock and put a plain sock through it to make the patterned sock into a ‘shirt’ for your puppet.
Pom Na Tu Ri (Korean Transliteration) Na ri na ri kae na ri Ip beh tta ta mul ko yo Pyong ah ri tteh chong chong chong Pom na tu ri kam ni ta. Springtime Outing Lily, lily, golden bell, Pluck it, put it in your bill. unch of chickies, hop, hop, hop! Springtime outing, off they go! Hear this song as well as other children’s songs from around the world at: http://www.mamalisa.com
Supplies: • A favorite story that has only a few characters • Dress up clothes, puppets, or stuffed animals (optional) After reading a story, try acting it out together—you can dress up to play the characters, or use puppets/stuffed animals to play the parts. Use your imagination in casting-For example, in the three little pigs—who has three different pig toys? re-enact the story using stuffed kitty, bunny, and teddy as the ‘pigs’, Barbie as the ‘mother’, build ‘houses from blocks, legos, cardboard boxes, or blankets, and have ‘bad guy’ action figure be the ‘wolf’. My daughter played the part of all the pigs, and my son loved playing the big bad wolf. Sometimes Buzz Lightyear even flew in to lend a hand to the pigs. Another option is to read a story and encourage your child draw pictures from the story. Staple them together to make your own personal version of the favorite book.
Supplies: • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls • Crayons or markers • Scissors or hole punch • Music (optional) • Different colors of thin wrapping ribbon or string Use scissors to poke 4-6 holes in one end of each paper roll (you should make one too!). Cut various lengths of string 2-4 ft long and tie them through the holes. Decorate the remaining roll with stickers, markers, tissue paper, etc. Encourage your child to run or dance holding the roll so that the strings flow behind. It’s amazing how long they can run in a circle watching the strings gracefully dance in the air. You can pretend to be in a parade, put on shows for each other, or just dance around together—it’s more fun with at least 2 people.
Supplies: • Paper • Crayon • Digital camera Draw letters on a paper and have your child make these shapes with his arms or body. (C, D, I , J, L, O, P, S, U, & V work with 1 person, 2 people can create A, T, X, Y). Take pictures of your efforts so your child can see.
Supplies: • Colander • Pipe cleaners Have your kids stick the pipe cleaners through the holes in an upside down colander. Viola! Porcupine! Once we’d played with that, we turned it over and stuck the ends back through other holes and made a zany hat to wear the rest of the day.
Supplies: • Flashlight • Pushpin/ safety pin/thumbtack (something to poke small holes) • Thin cardboard/old cards/old cereal boxes/dixie cups • A dark room • marker If using cardboard, cut into small squares (about 4”). Use markers to draw small designs (about 2”) on cardboard squares or on bottom of cups. Depending on your child’s abilities, child or adult can use the pushpin to poke holes along the lines in the designs. Put the cardboard square over the flashlight (or shine the flashlight into the open cup) and shine your ‘constellation’ on the wall or ceiling of a dark room. Older kids may enjoy learning about real constellations and making their own.
Supplies: • Yarn or ribbon • A straw • Bread (stale is best) • Cookie cutters • Peanut butter or shortening (optional) • Bird seed or sunflower seeds (optional) If your bread is not yet stale, toast it and let it sit for an hour. Cut the stale bread into fun shapes using the cookie cutters. Use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the shape. String the yarn through the hole and tie the ends together to make a loop. If desired, spread some shortening or peanut butter onto shape and sprinkle with seeds. Let it dry and hang from a tree branch or visible place outside your window when the rain stops. You can also string pretzels or other items for your bird friends to enjoy or coat a pinecone with shortening and seeds for the same effect.
Baking is a great activity to practice fine motor skills, filling and spilling carefully, and taking turns. We also like to guess what color the batter will change into at each addition. Find a favorite recipe or boxed mix that your family will enjoy.
• 1 (9 x 5 x 3 inch) loaf pan • 1 ¼ cup sugar • ½ cup stick butter or margarine (softened) • 2 eggs • 3-4 very ripe bananas • ½ cup buttermilk * • 1 tsp vanilla • 2 ½ cups flour • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp salt • 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (if desired) • 1Tbsp sugar 1. Grease pan 2. Mash bananas with a fork in a large bowl 3. Add 1 ¼ cup sugar and margarine and mix 4. Stir in eggs and mix well 5. Add buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth 6. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until moistened 7. Stir in the nuts or chocolate chips if desired 8. Pour into pan 9. Sprinkle the top with sugar 10. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. 11. Cool for 5 minutes in pan then loosen sides with knife 12. Remove from pan and let cool before storing *(we never have buttermilk, so just use ½ Tbsp lemon juice plus enough milk to make ½ cup, let it sit for a few minutes)
Make some play dough together and then cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or mold into fun shapes like cupcakes or animals. You can even add buttons or sequins or stickers to your finished sculptures! Don’t forget to add color! Divide your play dough into sections and knead in food coloring (liquid or paste).
Supplies: • 2 cups flour • 1/2 cup regular Morton salt • 4 tsp Cream of Tarter • 1/2 cup Salt • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil • 2 cups boiling water • Food Coloring (actual coloring or a kool-aid packet) • Sparkles (If you want to be more fun!) • Large pot and Wooden Spoon In a large pot, combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the oil and water. Stir until the mixture is firm and hard to stir. Be careful not to over cook. Dump out of pot onto a lightly floured surface. When cool, knead until dough is smooth and pliable. Store in an air-tight container. Refrigerate. This can last up to 3 months if stored well
Supplies: • Newspaper (that you’ve already read) Have your child crumple up the newspaper into balls until you each have a nice pile. Commence snowball fight!!! Don’t forget to recycle your snowballs when you’re finished.
Supplies: • Blanket or towel • Smooth floor • Stuffed animals Lay a blanket out flat and have your child sit cross-legged in the center of the blanket. Take your child for a ride by pulling one edge of the blanket. You can pretend you’re flying over grandpa’s house or the park…what would you see? When you get tired of pulling, have your child give their dolls and animals rides. Alternatively, you can have your child sit on the edge of a blanket with his or her feet off the edge. Encourage them to use only their feet to move themselves across the floor. Try racing to a destination, moving backwards, turning in circles. Have your child put her knees to her chest and feet against a wall to push off…how far can she go?
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