Posted in Fine Motor skills, Homeschooling, Preschool Activity, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Indoor Marble Play

We love creating FREE indoor activities for kids that are easy!

  
Using last year’s marbles we created a “marble race” in the living room that is sure to keep Inigo busy for quite some time.

  

It is super easy to make. I used an empty plastic bottle and used the knife to cut the bottom part. I also used the tissue rolls and tape.

Once built it’s ready to play!

  
Ready for play!!

You are ready for races!! You could even put a solo cup at the end of the runway to see who could get the marble into the cup at the end….now that would be super fun!! 🙂

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Posted in Fine Motor skills, Homeschooling, Learning through play, Our little wiggle, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Wooden Shape Puzzle

We have lots of wooden toys in our house. And Melissa and Doug items are always on my shopping cart. 

Shapes learning has been taking place in our house for some time. I have toddler who is working on shapes identification.

One of our favorite and really useful is the Wooden Shape Puzzle. It has an easy-grasp knobs for little hands with matching pictures underneath! 

Playing and learning with your toddler doesn’t have to be hard. It can be fun and memorable for both you and your toddler.

             

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Our little wiggle, Preschool Activity, Sensory skills, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Fine Motor Skills with Toothpick 

Loads of fun with just a few simple things and very little preparation.  For this invitation to play, I gave toothpick and empty clear plastic container.  

I gave him the empty container and a small paper plate filled with toothpicks. I showed him how to pick up one toothpick at a time and drop it into the container. 

 When it was his turn, he picked up several toothpicks at a time and then ended up dropping them.  

He learned that it worked much better to only pick up one at a time. He was very engaged in this task and thorougly enjoyed it. 👍

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Homeschooling, Learning through play, Our little wiggle, Parenting style, Summer Activities, Summer Ideas, Toddler's Activities, Uncategorized

Learning through play – Sorting using IKEA Kalas Children’s Tableware

With my experience of teaching Kuya Angelo at an early age I noticed that toddlers learn so much from just living and playing!  
 

And now that Inigo is on the stage of exploring and like simple tasks and activities that can feel successful at accomplishing. We have been doing a lot of activities over at our house this week.

   

   Aside from puzzles, shape sorters, and stacking rings, we love to thrown together items around the house!  When we have had a stretch of time at home, I often quickly pull together an activity to engage #chinitoinigo that happens to introduce him to a learning concept or skill.  

Today I am sharing how we used the IKEA Kalas tableware in learning the process of sorting.

Inigo sorted the tableware according to its classification. I wanted to introduce sorting by colors as well but don’t want him to overwhelm so we settled in stacking them. But since we are also of teaching vocabulary every time he’ll picked one item I am saying the color he’s holding. Remember – repetition is the key!😊  

 

Inigo (now 18 months) loves to complete these tasks. What toddler doesn’t like to clap for themselves??  He learns so quickly and amazes me everyday by how much he has learned and changed in his short 18 months of living!  

  

   

 I look forward to spending more time with him and finding teachable moments in his everyday play!

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Finger painting, Homeschooling, Learning through play, Our little wiggle, Summer Activities, Summer Ideas

Learning through play – Fork Tulip Painting Kid’s Craft

Inigo is such a trooper and has lots of energy. He always wants to move and play around. In fact he loves to scattered the toys all over the house. To divert his energy I am trying to create an invitation a.k.a activity that doesn’t look like serious teaching. I love early learning activities. I love the idea of learning through play. 

What better way to spend a hot, summer day – than doing some crafts together! I wanted to incorporate some different and unique types of art into Inigo’s crafts, so that he didn’t feel like it was the same ol’ thing again! I think I accomplished just that too. 

Today I’m going to share how we used the wooden fork to create a wonderful painting.

For these crafts, you will need the following:

  • Tempera Paint
  • Wooden or Plastic Forks
  • Paper Plate
  • Paint brush
  • Water bottle (optional)

  

For this activity, since he’s only 18months old I helped him out a little bit while talking and explaining what colors we are using. If you have older child,you can let them do it all themselves, it really is up to how you want it to come out in the end!But this is really quite simple though!

STEP ONE: While I was preparing for the activity I asked to give to me the colors that he like us to use. While he’s giving it to me I’m talking to him and I’ll tell him “ok you want to use red color, nice choice! Then I’ll asked him again to choose one more so on and so forth. The idea is helping him to express himself since he can’t talk yet and to increase his vocabulary.

After selecting which paint colors to use I pour a little of each color onto paper plates.

  

STEP TWO: Dip the forks into the paint and press them onto the canvas. Let your child decide how many flowers and where to put them – you will add stems later!

  

I am not after the end product but on the process. So since he’s still baby (awww) his attention span is still short. So in between activity he will still do other things which is quite normal for his age.

While doing the Fork Tulip Painting he took one of his favorite book and tried to look for Mickey Mouse.   

   After reading he went back again and this time he wants to use the water bottle.    

 

I wanted him to create more flowers but he chose to have less – he needed to have his “creative freedom” I guess!

  

When he finally decided that he doesn’t want to continue I helped him to add the stem and vase.

That’s it! These are what our final picture looked like:   

  

I displayed his artworks where he can easily see it and show to his dad and Kuya. 

I love how a simple cutlery can turned into masterpiece. And the idea of using different things to paint with rather than just a paint brush is amazing! 

 

 

Posted in Learning through play, Our little man

The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss

Don’t you LOVE his books? His positivity? His famous qoutes?

When we started collecting books for Angelo.We made sure that Dr. Seuss collection MUST be in our library.His books are fun to read and they have a great message all the time.I guess, what makes him popular among the children is because of his unique style of rhyming and bizarre cartoon characters.

And since Little A is very fascinated to the doctor who is a favorite among children. “Dr. Seuss,” as Theodor Seuss Geisel is fondly called.I thought to dedicate our weekend activity to something he really loved.

For this week,I prepared 3 games.

  • Memory game – I googled the pictures of The Cat and The Hat,Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam I Am and lastly The Lorax  saved it in MS Word and printed two copies.Viola! We have our own version of Dr. Seuss memory game.
  • Matching game – I went to Seusville site and found lots of worksheet. I chose the match the characters name to their correct names. I was amazed when he can easily identified them.Little A was very thrilled while doing this and he even begged for one more round. Good thing I’ve printed more copies.
  • Matching game – Dr. Seuss have become a favortite of his. I laid the books at the top of our table and some sort of printable characters for him to match,and he’s set!

We had so much fun of playing! And as a reward I baked Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies for his snacks.

our own version of Dr. Seuss memory game
match the characters to their correct names

match the characters to it's right book