Spring Week 5: April 1-5
At Real. Meaningful. Family. my goal is to provide information based on research for parents and caregivers, and to create regular opportunity for you to have special together time with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers learn from the environment and daily interactions. We are in no way seeking to create a school-like setting for your young child. Research has clearly indicated that academic learning (think reading, writing, and arithmetic) for these young children is not developmentally appropriate, learning for this age is in the every day details. The activities below have been created as a time to set aside specifically for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their children. I would recommend you first prioritize time to read, snuggle, dance, sing, move, rhyme, play, and then add these activities in as you can. Don’t stress… keep it simple, and just be together!
“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow. But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.” -Erik Erikson
Egg Carton Caterpillar
This requires hanging onto an Egg carton and using the individual compartments for the body of the caterpillar. To get started cut apart 4-6 of those compartments. Now, your child can start to create their caterpillar by painting each of the “body parts.” They can use fingers, brushes, sponges anything they find fun to get their caterpillar bodies painted, and in any color they pick. Let the body parts dry.
Once they are dry, have your child pick a head part (just pick one of the segments to be the head). They can add eyes to the front and antennae to the top to be bent or curled however your child prefers (just poke 2 holes in the top about a ¼ in. apart to stick one of the pipe cleaners through in a v-shape). Next, your child can add legs to the sides of each of the body parts. Poke holes on either side, and push the pipe cleaner in and bend down. Finally, attach all of the pieces together by poking holes in the front and back of each body part. Thread the yarn (or pipe cleaner) through the holes from front to back, tying a knot on each end to keep it from coming apart. Cut off excess yarn. The finished product should be a cute moveable caterpillar, fun to play with or just to enjoy the work your child put into it!
Stuff to Have
4-6 individual egg carton compartments
Craft eyes, or eyes made from construction paper
Pipe cleaners, (1”-2” pieces for antennae and legs)
Various paint colors
Color recognition, fine motor, art
Lay out buttons and pipe cleaners. Demonstrate to children how the pipe cleaner can go through the button-holes. Let your child try to put pipe cleaners through the button-holes and make a button “flower.” If it starts to get frustrating for your child help them out. The point is to have fun and try something new. If you do help, try to find the balance between letting them experiment, and assisting them.
Stuff to Have
Buttons- various shapes, sizes, and colors
Fine motor, colors
Early Science & Math
Sorting by color, shape, size etc. is an early math concept. It is something that younger kids might not grasp yet, but just talk about what the activity is, talk about the differences and similarities in the seeds, demonstrate for them, and let them try. Don’t expect perfection, but let them experiment, mess up and occasionally get some right! I start my kids out by putting one of each seeds in an ice tray or muffin tin compartment, and then I let them try. With younger kids like I mentioned earlier describe what you see, help them notice differences and demonstrate what to do. With older kids, you can start the same, and then let them give it a try. Keep talking about colors, shapes, and any other characteristics you notice as your child goes through this. What are these seeds for? What do they look like? Are they big or little? Smooth or bumpy?
Cooking & Baking