Favorite Things

Our teachers are experts at learning through play!  Try some of these simple activities at home – your child will enjoy learning something new!

Courtney’s Goop

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Favorite Things | 0 comments

Mix small amounts of cornstarch and water until you get the desired consistency. Ultimately, you’ll want the goop to solidify when squeezed in your hand, and then melt and get drippy when released from your hand. This “super therapeutic” sensory activity will engross your children. Provide them with scrapers, forks, spoons and cups and see how creative they can be with their goop!

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Connie’s “Five Sense Party”

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Make popcorn with your child while focusing on the five senses. How do the popcorn kernels feel? What do you hear when it’s popping? Can you watch the popcorn pop? How does the popcorn smell? How does it taste? How is the finished popcorn different than the popcorn kernels? You’ll have a great discussion about the five senses while enjoying a special treat together!

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“Mouse Paint” Project

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Start by reading and enjoying the book “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh with your child.  Then put XS rubber gloves on your child’s hands.  Set up white paper and finger paint for your child in primary colors (red, yellow and blue). Just like the mice in the book, your child can explore the colors and what happens when they are mixed. The rubber gloves add a fun texture and feel to their little fingers (and they also make clean-up easy!).

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Jane’s Silly Putty

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No need to head to the store for Silly Putty!  You can make it at home.  Just mix 1 cup of glue with 1 cup of liquid starch.  Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired. If the putty is too sticky, add a little more starch.  If it is too liquify, add a little more glue.  Enjoy!

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Cherie’s Treasure Boxes

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Little children (especially two-year-olds) love to put things into other things! This treasure box project gives kids the chance to do this while strengthening their fine motor skills and concentration. Collect a variety of containers that can hold treasures.  Examples include: small jewelry boxes, margarine tubs with lids, travel toothbrush holders, baby food containers, zippered coin purses, or even empty dental floss boxes.  It’s easy to find these types of containers–if you don’t have them around your house (check out...

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