Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bath time For Baby

Here’s a bath time with baby sensory tub. I got the idea from this bath time sensory tub done by Counting Coconuts. Here’s the messier version with water and real bubbles. It’s good if you have the time and don’t mind a little water play. It would work better in the sink or bathtub.
Here’s what’s in the tub or in this case next to the tub since not everything fit.
Two different scrub brushes, (one with soft bristles and one with rough bristles)
Soft sponge,
Plastic cup,
Plastic bottle with cover,
Wash cloth and hand towel,
Soap dish with cute little heart shaped soap, (slightly scented)
A baby doll,
And a cute little rubber ducky.

The plastic bottle is to keep things like body wash or lotion in for travel.
The cup is from a bathroom set that we found in the clearance isle at Sears.
The brushes and sponge are from a bath set I received as a gift years ago and I’ve never used them.
The soap dish was from another bath set.
I think the heart soap was from a hotel.
The rubber ducky is part of a set called Sweetheart Ducks that are obviously for Valentines day.
I bought them six years ago and I think they were from this website, but maybe not.

To make the bubbles, I used apple body wash from Bath and Body Works, but you can use whatever bubble bath or soap you’d like.

The baby pictured is called a water baby. She is the big version and I’ve kept her for over 20 years now and brought her out for the photos. I also had the smaller version and I was hoping to use her for the pictures instead because she’d fit in the tub better, but she’s not in the bucket of dolls that I’ve kept. For those who don’t know, you fill the baby with warm water and that’s what makes her shaped more like a baby and she feels squishy instead of hard vinyl or plush. I didn’t know if they still made these dolls so I looked around and found some on Amazon. They have a much bigger selection now, but you have to look through all of them because some are more expensive.
Water Baby in lavender.
Water Baby in pink.
Water Baby Newborn.
Water Babies Fun Bath Set
There are more on Amazon and other sites than what I’ve linked to here.
drying off


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates Giveaway

For the past few days, I’ve been thinking about changing my blog layout again and I decided on a winter theme. I was searching around this morning and found some neat winter Blogger templates from Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates. I tried using a couple of the Christmas themes and settled on this one. I’m sure in a couple of months, I’ll change the layout again and I’m pretty sure I’ll go back to this site. These templates are some of the best I’ve seen.

Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates is having a big giveaway. I had already decided to use one of these templates and after looking around on the blog, I found a post to this giveaway. Here are the prizes.
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Arctic Ice Fishing

Here’s an ice fishing activity that I made to go with my Antarctica theme.

What you’ll need:
1 container,
Food coloring,
Rubber or plastic fish or other objects that you want to freeze,
Spoons, Plastic or wooden hammer or Anything else to break the ice with,
Snow cone maker, (optional).

First, I filled the container about half full with water. I used a plastic Tupperware container. I forgot to take pictures as I was making it. I added four drops of blue food coloring. Then added a few rubber fish that I bought at the Dollar Tree. I know that most of these fish don’t live in Antarctica, but they are the closest thing I have on hand. Next, I put the container in the freezer. I didn’t want all the water to freeze so I kept checking on it. Some of the water spilled so I had to add more which is why it ended up filled almost to the top. It took about three or four hours for the top half of the container to freeze. With the water underneath cold, but not completely frozen, it makes it easier to make holes in the ice. Some of the fish froze upside-down which I didn’t plan on either. Well, maybe they were diving!

Once the top was frozen, I took it out and tried to poke it with a spoon. It was a little hard, but doable. It would be easier with a hammer or something else to tap with. That’s part of the fun, the kids can experiment and figure out what works best to get the fish out.

Ocean with Fish

Next, I added snow! I used an inexpensive snow cone maker I bought from Walmart. I used about a cup of ice cubes which doesn’t make much snow, but enough for a couple little snow banks or a layer of snow on the top. It melts quickly so making a few cups and freezing it might work better especially if you have more than one child doing this activity. I thought it came out well and think it’d be fun to try with the preschoolers.

Layer of Snow

Snow bank

Starting to melt

Starting to break

Weekly Favorites: November 28, 2010

Here are a few favorites from this past week. the list is shorter because there weren't as many posts over the holiday break.

Make an Octopus from Bubble Wrap and Paper
A cute octopus craft and experiment.

Balloon Inflating Experiments
Neat science experiments with balloons.

Frozen Soap Bubbles: Winter Fun for Kids
I never thought of doing this with soap bubbles, but it looks fun.

Little Cloud Puffy Paint Craft
A cloud craft to go along with the Eric Carle book, Little Cloud."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sorting and Counting Snack

I got some random food together and put it on a plate for counting and sorting. Kids can learn about healthy and unhealthy foods, sizes, shapes and textures of foods, food groups etc. I put the platter there for an easy sorting tray. Since Thanksgiving was yesterday, it's a good time to make a post about food.

What’s on the plate:

1 role,
2 apple slices,
3 candy corn,
4 pieces of celery,
5 coco puffs,
6 marshmallows,
7 grapes,
8 pieces of cheese,
9 raisins,
And 10 pieces of blueberry granola cereal.

healthy vs. unhealthy
healthy foods in the top sections and unhealthy foods in the bottom.

hard, Soft, rough, smooth, crunchy etc.

Round coco puffs, rectangle pieces of cheese, oval grapes, etc.
I made it so that each food had a certain number from one to ten. This platter only has five sections so here it is with just five foods.
building with a toothpick
You can add toothpicks to all these foods to make any creation or design. Here's a simple one with a grape, apple slice and two marshmallows. Using toothpicks with marshmallows is always fun and it works the best because they stick.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Find the Leaf

Find the Leaf

Leaves of different shapes and sizes from different plants,
Construction paper,
pencils and crayons,
tape, (optional)

Collect a variety of leaves and show them to the kids

Go for a walk with your children and see if they can match the leaves to the plant they come from.
Allow your children to do leaf rubbing.
1. Put the leaf vein side up.
2. Place the paper over the leaves.
If the paper moves too much try taping it down.
3. Rub over the paper with the side of a pencil or crayon.

Look up the leaves and their trees. Learn the names ( Internet/library).
Put together a book of all the leaves.
Compare with friends from other areas of town, country etc.
Take digital pictures to remember this experience especially if you are making a book.
Compare leaves from the same tree/bush from different times or seasons of the year.

Good For:
Vocabulary Building
Fine Motor Skills,
Learning about nature.

Idea from the Play-activities.com E-mail newsletter.

Happy thanksgiving!

I want to wish all my followers a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
If you don't live here in the US, have a good day as well.
Enjoy all the food!
Things for the kids to do while waiting:

Numbered Pie Matching

Matching Pies to Foods
Turkey Baster Painting

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Reflection and Light Sensory Tub

Everything in this tub is shiny, transparent or mirror-like.
What’s in the tub:
Two types of clear stones,
Shiny colored stones,
Tiny round beads,
Flat round beads with designs,
Tiny jewels of different shapes,
Shiny stars and circles,
Various balls,
Blank CD,
Fake crystal bracelet,
Plastic circle covers,
Clear plastic,
Stainless steal bowl,
Transparent cup,
Plastic compact mirror,
And the tub is lined with tin foil.

I got all the stones, beads, shiny stars, circles and jewels in the craft section at Walmart. The shiny plastic crinkly ball and the other ball with tiny circles on it are both cat toys that haven’t been used yet. The bouncy ball with the horse inside, I found on Ebay a few years ago. The little bowl is Diamond’s from when she was a kitten. The two shiny circle covers are for the back of headphones. They don’t really look shiny in the picture, but they are and some of the beads and jewels can fit into them. The rest of the stuff was found around the house. I’m sure there are more things you can add that are shiny or reflective that I didn’t have. I included the flashlight so they can see how light reflects off some of the things and how it goes through others.

For a bigger tub, I’d probably just tear the tin foil in pieces instead of lining the whole thing so that not so much foil is wasted. Of course, I’d add more flashlights for more kids. This is for children over three. To make it for smaller children, put larger objects in the tub. I hope you enjoy this idea.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mini Winter Sensory Tub

Here’s a mini winter sensory tub I made this morning.
I’d prefer a bigger tub and more cotton balls, but I used what I had on hand.
What’s in it:

Cotton balls for snow,
Shiny stones for ice,
Small polar bear, (Arctic animal fun in the snow)
Small penguin,
He didn’t fit with all the other things so I had him next to the tub.
A cup and bowl for pouring,
A shovel for scooping, (shoveling snow)
A snowball,
It was a dog toy that we bought, but we decided it’d be better that he not chew it up.
A snowman’s hat,
It came from a Bath and Body Works snowman bottle from years ago.
Small fuzzy white ball, (another snowball)
It’s a cat toy that was also never used.
The shovel and cup came from a snow cone making set that we have.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekly Favorites: November 21, 2010

Here are my favorites for the week. There were a lot of great posts.
Turkey Baster Painting
Here's a new way to paint and since Thanks Giving is coming up, it fits in with the theme.

Cinamon Sparkle Play-dough
This play-dough came out really neat and I like the idea of giving it as a gift.

Coffee Filter Snowflakes
A cute snowflake craft. They are good for winter decorations.

A Light and Dark Den
A great post about building a different type of den for the kids. they can experiment with mirrors, reflections, lights and shiny objects.

Painting Pancakes
A fun way to get toddlers and preschoolers involved in cooking.

Snowman Game
A cute homemade snowman game.

Toasting Marshmallows with Children
Toasting marshmallows is a great science activity to do with kids.

Bubble Bath Paint
Some bubble bath paints to bring creativity to bath time.

Edible Winter Sensory Tub
A neat winter sensory tub.

Bath Time Sensory Tub
Another creative and fun sensory tub made by Counting Coconuts!

Magic Play-dough

Magic Play-dough

Basic Play-dough Recipe:

1 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cup water
- Wooden spoon
- 2 medium sized bowls
Red, yellow and blue food coloring. Or powder paint.

Make up the play-dough.
Divide the play-dough into six balls.
In the middle of each ball, hide some food coloring or powder paint (two balls of each color).
First give them the yellow ball and red ball. As they play, the colors will appear and will appear to form orange
Later combine red and blue to make purple.
Combine blue and yellow to make green.
All the balls combined will form brown.

Good For:
Color Recognition,
Recognizing same and Different,
Recognizing changes,
Fine Motor skills.

Place play-dough in a plastic container or ziplock bag and refridgerate to make it last longer.

Activity found from the Play-Activities.com E-mail Newsletter.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Animals of Antarctica

Here are five animals that can be found on the continent of Antarctica. There are no land animals on the continent. There are birds, fish, sea mammals and a few kinds of insects. Antarctica consists of the ocean and places frozen over by ice. The temperatures are extremely cold and over centuries, animals have adapted to living in the freezing cold.
Play memory by matching the pictures,
Match the pictures to sounds,
Find arctic related books,
Arctic animals dramatic play,
Arctic theme crafts,
Arctic sensory tub,
Learn vocabulary,
Arctic printable and coloring pages,
Search online or in planning books for more activities.

Click here to download the folder.
It includes the pictures, sounds, map of Antarctica and fact file in Microsoft Word.

Arctic Skua :

Size: Body, 16 to 18 in (41 to 46 cm); Wingspan, 43 to 49 in (110 to 125 cm)
Weight: 12 to 20 oz (330 to 570 g)
The word “skua” comes from the Old Norse term for seagull.
Skuas are sometimes called avian pirates.
Skuas steal much of their food from terns, puffins, and other birds that are carrying fish and other foods back to their nests and young.
They live most of their lives at sea, but come to shore to breed in the summer.Skuas can be light or dark colored.
Click here to hear the Skua's call.
Diet: Eggs, small birds, small mammals and fish.

Blue Whale :

Blue whales are the biggest whale and the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth.
They are the loudest animal on Earth - even louder than a jet plane.
In good conditions, blue whales can hear each other up to 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away.
Click here to hear one.
They can be found in Antarctica as well as through out the rest of the world.
Can swim at more than five miles an hour (eight kilometers an hour) but accelerate to more than 20 miles an hour (32 kilometers an hour) when they are agitated.
Average life span in the wild: 80 to 90 years
Size: 82 to 105 ft (25 to 32 m)
Weight: Up to 200 tons (181,437 kg)
Group name: Pod
Protection status: Endangered
When a blue whale exhales, the spray from its blowhole can reach nearly 30 ft (9m)
When a blue whale calf, (baby) is born, it already weighs up to 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) and stretches to 25 feet (8 meters). It gorges on nothing but mother's milk and gains about 200 pounds (91 kilograms) every day for its first year.
Diet: Tiny crustaceans and tiny fish.
They can eat some 4 to 8 tons (3.6 to 7.3 metric tons) of krill per day.
Krill are very similar to shrimp.

Elephant Seal:

Average life span in the wild:
9 years (northern); 20 to 22 years (southern)
Up to 20 ft (6 m)
Up to 8,800 lbs (4,000 kg)
Group name:
Hear a seal colony.
Southern elephant seals can dive over 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) deep and remain submerged
For up to two hours.
There are two species of elephant seals, the northern and southern. Northern elephant seals can be found in California and Baja California, though they prefer to frequent offshore islands rather than the North American mainland.
Southern elephant seals live in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters.
Southern elephants are the largest of all seals.
They are called elephant seals because of their trunk-like inflatable snouts.
Female seals have one pup per year.
Elephant seals were once hunted for their oil and became endangered until laws were made to protect them. Since then, their population has increased.
Hear a young elephant seal play with his echoing call.
Diet: Fish, squid and other marine foods.

Emperor Penguin:

They are the largest of all penguin species.
Size: 45 in (115 cm)
Weight: Up to 88 lbs (40 kg)
Group name: Colony
Hear a colony of emperor penguins!
Penguins are birds that cannot fly.
They are excellent swimmers and spend most of their lives in the sea.
Emperor penguins can dive to 1,850 feet (565 meters)—deeper than any other bird—and stay under for more than 20 minutes.
Average life span in the wild: 15 to 20 years
They live in colonies on ice packs in Antarctica.
They are kept warm by a layer of blubber (fat) and insulating down feathers which are water proof to keep their skin dry. The female lays a single egg and then leaves it behind with the father for around two months.
Male emperors keep the newly laid eggs warm, but they do not sit on them, as many other birds do. Males stand and protect their eggs from the elements by balancing them on their feet and covering them with feathered skin known as a brood pouch.
Hear a penguin chick!
Diet: They eat fish and squid.

Leopard seal:

Average life span in the wild: 12 to 15 years.
Size: 10 to 11.5 ft (3 to 3.5 m).
Weight: Up to 840 lbs (380 kg).
The leopard seal is named for its black-spotted coat. The pattern is similar to that
Of the famous big cat, though the seal's coat is gray rather than golden in color.
Like the big cat, leopard seals are also fierce predators.
leopard seals are insulated from frigid waters by a thick layer of fat known as blubber.
Leopard seals are earless and have long bodies.
Hear a leopard seal!
Diet: Smaller seals, fish, penguins and squid.

Blubber: Fat.
Brood Pouch: A pouch where penguins keep their eggs.
Colony: A group (usually referring to animals).
Crustacean: Shellfish that have segmented bodies such as lobsters, crabs and shrimps.

Pod: Group of whales.

My next post will be on Antarctica itself and the habitat of these animals. I’ll have more ideas for planning and play from the list above which I will explain in more detail. My third post will contain a list of books, crafts and printable.

Facts found from: National Geographic.
All pictures found from: Google Images.

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