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Month: November 2017

Our fall play table

Our daycare baby is no longer joining us, so it’s just my little Miss and me during the week now. I’m excited about the opportunity this gives me to focus solely on her needs and development.

She started pulling up and standing last week so I’ve made a few changes around the house. The biggest one in the playroom is that I pulled the play table out from the wall giving her access all around it. I have added to our collections fall-themed books and toys and arranged them all around the perimeter of the table. I put our autumn leaves in the middle so she can see them but not reach them/eat them.

Here’s a peek at our fall play table!

You’ll probably recognize a lot of the resources from our fall story time, and we’ve added to our collection with books from the library and a library book sale!

I’m hoping the change will entice her to start cruising around the table as she chooses the resources she would like to engage with.

(The music is “Raccoon and Possum” by Dan Zanes. Thanks Spotify!)

DIY Sensory Blocks

My little one loves things that make noise when she shakes or bangs them. So this idea I found on the A Crafty Living Instagram account seemed like the perfect DIY toy for me to make for her. Olivia used plastic specimen jars with screw on lids like these. I was all set to order some when I remembered the growing pile of used baby food containers I’ve been collecting from my daycare baby’s lunches. Add some rattly materials from around the house and this project ended up costing $0.

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To make your own you will need:

  • Plastic containers small enough for little hands to hold
  • Small objects that will make a variety of sounds when shaken
  • Strong glue

Directions:

This was a pretty straight forward project. I went around the house and through my arts and crafts supplies and found a variety of small items I didn’t mind no longer having access to. Some ideas include: googly eyes, buttons, bouncy balls, coins, polished rocks, silly bandz (remember when all the kidsĀ hadĀ to have these?), dried beans, jingle bells. I tried to find items in a variety of sizes and materials to make a wide range of sounds when she shakes them as well as providing visual stimulation. I had enough to fill 15 containers. I removed all the labels, washed them out, and made sure they were completely dry.

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(You may notice there’s only 10 pictured here. I added five more after she enjoyed them so much and I found some tiny jingle bells at LIDL I just couldn’t resist. So it did end up costing $.79 after all.)

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Then I glued the lids on and let them dry with a book on top to make sure the lids were on tight before I gave them to her. They were pretty much an instant hit! She loves to shake them and listen to the different sounds and to knock them over just as fast as her daddy or I can stack them up.

I posted a video on Facebook and a former college professor of mine described them as a “perfect example of freely chosen and personally directed play.” So there you go!

If you try them I hope your little ones enjoy them as much as my little miss!

All the best,

Rebekah

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