Feb 27, 2015

Fine Motor Bead Play with Tractors

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Happy Fine Motor Fridays! We have been loving playing with our beads from CraftProjectIdeas. Several Fridays ago, we enjoyed a fun invitation to play with bristle blocks and beads. One of my favorite things about offering little ones invitations to play and explore is that often the activity continues long after the camera stops snapping. That activity inspired K to incorporate his tractors in our play! 
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Feb 24, 2015

Taste Safe Baby Cereal Fingerpaint

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Now that Bentley is getting bigger, I am having so much fun trying to things with him and doing different activities. In the past, I have used regular non-toxic washable fingerpaint with little ones. K wasn't a mouther, so normal fingerpaint wasn't a problem. I'm not sure if B is or not, but I thought it would be fun to come up with a taste-safe fingerprint recipe for him to use during his first painting experience!
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Feb 23, 2015

Personalized Body Part Identification Busy Bag

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Welcome to another installment of the Book Club Play Date monthly series! New to our series? You can find out more about this awesome series as well as tips and tricks for hosting your own book club play date over at our series landing page. This month we read, I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. This is one of our absolute favorite books! The fun that can be had exploring this book is abundant. For our activity, we chose to create a fun personalized busy bag that will have your little one learning and having fun after reading this adorable book!

To create our busy bag, I first printed out the outline of a boy's body. You can personalize the gender based on your child. I let Kingston color his picture with a Kid Made Modern Giant Crazy Crayon. This cool crayon is huge and is made up of all different colored crayons melted together. It definitely had the feel of our adorable main character in I Ain't Gonna Paint No More who paints his entire body with rainbow colors.

Then, I printed out a picture of Kingston's face, cut it out, and taped it on. After I did that, I laminated the entire figure with my fantastic Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System and cut that out once more.

Then I labeled wooden clothespins using black permanent marker with all of the body parts that were mentioned within the story. Then, with little laminated Kingston and the corresponding clothespins, I presented K with our fun little busy bag!

We read the book over one more time and then I showed K the figure of him. The first thing he said was, "That doesn't look anything like me Mama." Hmm...okay? This kid, I swear. Then he attacked the clothespins and we read each one aloud. He was eager to match the pins to their corresponding body part.

Opening and closing the clothespins made for some fantastic fine motor practice! He used his thumb and forefinger to squeeze the pin open and shut. We pretended that the clothespins were paintbrushes and sang the singsongy portions of the book as he clipped them on. 

This is a great activity for reinforcing body parts, learning how to recognize and spell body parts, and work on fine motor skills. When we were done playing, we tucked these into our plastic bag for future use. Busy bags are great for one the go and when you need a simple and educational activity to explore!

Head on over to my fellow Book Club Play Date bloggers pages to check out their snacks and activities! 

Snack: Painted Toast from Craftulate
Sensory: Rainbow Sensory Writing Activity from Fun-A-Day
Craft: Painted Cup Character Craft from Sugar Aunts
Busy Bag: Personalized Body Part Identification Busy Bag from House of Burke (That's us!)

Stay tuned for next month's book club play date! We will be reading Make Way for Ducklings!

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Feb 6, 2015

Fine Motor Invitation to Play with Bristle Blocks and Beads

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Happy Fine Motor Fridays! Lately Kingston has been obsessed with his bristle blocks. We are constantly making robots and "robot shelves" (I have absolutely no idea what these are, but K is adamant we build them and they kind of resemble a robot tower) out of these blocks. I have several packs of beads from CraftProjectIdeas that have just been sitting in the cabinet waiting to be used, so I thought that I would set out this simple invitation to play and see what K could come up with! 
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Feb 5, 2015

Smooch Print Craft

Today is our last day in our print craft series with Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. So of course, we are bringing you yet another unconventional print craft: smooch prints aka lip prints aka adorable toddler kisses! 
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Feb 4, 2015

Lovebug Fingerprint Craft

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We've made it pretty clear that we LOVE print crafts. But would you believe that some people don't? One of the reasons I've heard is that it is "product" art and that kids don't have the ability to use their creativity during it. I love process art, but I also like product art. Especially when the product is an adorable keepsake that I get to cherish forever. This particular print art though, DID allow Kingston to showcase his creativity a bit. If your child is even older than him, they could certainly put even more thought and detail into it!
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Feb 3, 2015

Little Heartbreaker Footprint Craft

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"He's going to be a little heartbreaker!" "What a heartbreaker!" "He's sure going to break some hearts!" I can't tell you how many times I have heard these phrases in relation to my handsome little men. While I hope that they will in fact be perfect little gentlemen, I imagine that they will break a couple hearts here and there as they grow. This Valentine's Day season, we have had some fun playing with the concept of "little heartbreakers". Have you seen our Bubble Wrap Heart Breaking post? So, I thought a fun "little heartbreaker" footprint craft was in order! 
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