Announcement: When I first started this blog back in 2012, I had Oliver to myself 3 mornings a week and Eleanor to myself 1 morning a week. In other words, I did more stuff with my kids. Those kids activities sort of got away from me, but I’m trying to reel them back in. (Picture me doing that thing where you pretend fish for someone on the dance floor.) I’m going to try and post a kids’ project every Wednesday. If you check out any of our earlier activities, you’ll note that anything I do with the kids has a few common denominators: minimal supplies, minimal effort on my part and maximum time killed by the child. #WednesdayPlayday
The other day, Martha spent 20 minutes opening and closing, loading and unloading a little plastic box for our batteries. Not that this was a bad thing, but it gave me another idea that might be a little more, er appropriate for toddler play.
Last time I hit up our dollar store, I grabbed this plastic storage box with lots of little sections. Along with a pack of craft store glass mosaics I had in my craft bureau, Martha and I had quite a morning.
This summer I learned an important parenting lesson… and for this activity, I put those hard earned parenting stripes to good use! Martha started out by putting the tiles in and out of the box. Big hit.
She pointed out the colors. The only color she can say is “blue” so all of these square were blue.
She lined them all up to make trains. (Martha loves all things transportation these days.)
Then, I got a little more involved and here’s how things went down. If you’re not into watching the video, here’s a summary: we discussed the color blue for while (she got it wrong a lot), I challenged her to find a green (she failed), she lined up the tiles and drove them, and then she saw how dirty her hands were and insisted on getting out of the high chair to wash them.
These simple little preschool activities give a sense of how minimal play needs to be at this age! There are loads of times when I psych myself out thinking I need to plan something complex… and then I notice Martha with her box of batteries and am reminded that fun collaborative learning is sometimes as easy as sitting with my child and watching her. I mean, we talked about colors and patterns and shapes and transportation and prepositions… Mensa right here at work, folks.
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