The Mystery Clothes Shuffle

A couple of years ago I posted a version of this easy family game for the younger toddler group.  As the kids have aged, I decided to give it a new twist…blindfolds.

Step 1:
Place night clothes from all siblings (or group of friends) in a pile.
Step 2:
Use a blindfold (in this case a hand-towel with a headband to hold it in place).
Step 3:
Tell the kids to dress themselves.
Step 4:
Take off the blindfold and let them see what they are waring.

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Toddler Square Toss/Sort Game

When the kids are bored, sometimes I randomly make up silly games to entertain them because the brain strain to make up a silly game is less than what it takes to deal with whiny kids.  :)  So as a result, I am sharing an easy, fun and successful activity which you can try with your children.  All it requires is some painter’s tape and random colored/shaped objects.

Toddler Square Toss

Use painter’s tape to make a tic-tac-toe box on the floor.  Then give instructions to the kids that the boxes are numbered 1-9 from left to right, top to bottom (use very simple terms to explain the numbered boxes of course).  Then use colored shaped objects as the “tossers”.  We chose pretend food shapes from a play kitchen.  When the game starts, instruct them one-at-a-time to:

Choose a green one and toss in square 1…or

Choose a red one and toss in square 5…etc.

My son is almost 5 and he loved the challenge and the math involved and trying to toss it into the right square so that it stayed without bouncing out.  My daughter is 2.5 years and we gave her more simple instructions like:

Choose a red one and place it next to the bacon…

Choose a green one and place it next to the croissant…

She really loved finding the right food items and colors.  The numbered squares were a bit tricky for her, but just naming objects and placing colors was great.  That’s actually her running out of the picture after placing her item successfully.

Give it a try on some rainy day when you are stuck inside with the kids!

Kids Craft- Spring Caterpillars

This is a cute and very easy preschool or toddler craft for spring.  I saw this at my son’s school and wanted to share it.  It requires paper egg cartons (our teacher solicited the parents to gather everyone’s used ones), some Tempera paint, a marker for the eyes (or pre-made googly eyes) and pipe cleaners.

Spring Caterpillars!

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Cut the egg cartons and have the children use the Tempera paint to color them.  Draw on the eyes and help them poke in the pipe cleaners.  Super easy.  They can help with the wall display too, if you choose to have one!

Spring Caterpillars Craft

Spring Caterpillars Wall Display

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You can include this activity along with lesson plans to learn about the morphing stages of butterflies.

The Traveling Bear

My son’s school has great ideas for “homework” for the toddler age group.  One night as a homework assignment, they sent home a classroom bear.  The objective was to document the activities you did for a weekend with the bear and present them to school.  This is a great idea for classes but also Home-school Co-ops and Mommy’s Playgroups.

Classroom Project: Traveling Bear

Classroom Project: Traveling Bear

Here are some highlights from our visit with Brown Bear.

We ate out with Brown Bear.

We ate out with Brown Bear.

We made cookies with Brown Bear.

We made cookies with Brown Bear.

Yes, my four-year-old can crack eggs like a pro!

Yes, my four-year-old can crack eggs like a pro!

We built a project with Brown Bear.

We built a project with Brown Bear.

We made pickles with Brown Bear.

Played in the leaves with Brown Bear.

Played in the leaves with Brown Bear.

 

We went to dance class with Brown Bear.

We went to dance class with Brown Bear.

We read books with Brown Bear.

We read books with Brown Bear.

And a bunch of other run stuff that Mommy forgot to photograph, like swim class and other fun stuff.  This activity does take a bit of work on the parent’s part to photograph and print them out, but even if that is not an option, just writing down the activities and discussing them in class is a worthwhile activity to teach the kids about how other families do things.