Spring Week 11

Spring Week 11: May 13-17

Week 11

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


Golf Ball Paint

IMG_1671This will be a fun, abstract piece of art for your child to enjoy! Lay construction paper in a container about the size of the paper. Then, let them choose paints they want to use and squirt blobs onto the paper. Drop in one or two golf balls and let your child roll the balls around in the container. This is a nice activity to combine some fine motor movements, some large motor movements, and the stimulation of colors moving and mixing. They can also have total control of what they are doing and be proud of their final product.

Stuff to Have

Construction paper


Golf balls

Plastic container, large enough to lay construction paper flat

Developing Skills

Fine motor, colors, art

Fine Motor

Button Flower

IMG_1468Lay 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

Pipe cleaners

Developing Skills

Fine motor, colors

Early Science & Math

Seed Sort

IMG_5700There are two main concepts in the seed sort, fine motor and classification, which is an early math concept. This week the focus is the classification of the seeds… noticing the differences and sorting based on them.Younger children probably aren’t going to sort them exactly the way we would, but they will experience the differences through feeling them and noticing difference in color and shape. No matter their age, they will benefit a ton from you talking about colors, shapes, and any other characteristics you notice as your child plays. What color are they? Which one is the biggest? The smallest? The weirdest? What are these seeds for? What do they look like? Take advantage of simple activities like this, and draw out learning experiences from all areas of development!

Stuff to Have

Various seeds (larger seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and corn seeds are good for this)

muffin tin or ice tray

Utensils: spoons, cups, tweezers, tongs, etc. (optional)

Developing Skills

Fine motor, math (sorting), sensory

Cooking & Baking

Ants on a Log

IMG_5656The old classic, ants on a log! I was never a big fan of it, but my kids seem to like it and I like including healthy cooking activities as well as fun ones. And this activity really lets them get involved, there’s no cutting or difficult processes or cooking. Let your child spread peanut butter into center of celery. Then they can line raisins, “ants,” along the celery stalk.

Stuff to Have

Celery, cut into 2”-3” pieces

Peanut butter


Developing Skills

Fine motor, creative play

Happy Playing!



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