Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bird Feeders

It has been so nice here lately. Sparkle loves the birds and asks me many times a week to feed them. She loved making this bird feeder. 

Things needed:
Peanut butter (or crisco)
Shaped box (or pine cone)
bird seed

 Spread peanut butter on your shape. 

 Sprinkle with bird seed

Hang in the tree

Really simple and easy for a tot to do. I helped spread the peanut butter a little bit, but she was doing a very good job by herself. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Play dough

Play dough

1 C. Flour
1/2 C. Salt
1 T. cream of tartar
1 T. cooking oil
1 C. Water

Food coloring of your choice.

Add all dry ingredients to your sauce pan. Stir well. Add oil, and water. Stir together before turning on your heat. Heat over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY. Once the play dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and all the wet parts look dry, you can dump it out on the counter. Knead it into a soft ball. Let cool and enjoy. :)

Tips: When adding a color, just put the food coloring in your cup of water, and stir in at the same time time. This ensures a nice even color (and no mess on your hands). You can also add fun things to your play dough. Like glitter. Just add it to your dry ingredients.

Seal in an airtight container.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March Sensory Bin

Moon sand

8 C. flour
2 C. baby oil

Dump it all into a bin and mix it all together. Add some toys, and you're set for loads of fun!

It can be a little messy. If using iver carpet, put a tarp on the floor to catch most of the mess. It sweeps up easy off of tile. :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

New School Zone Set Up

I finally got our calendar from Oriental Trading. I also made our "calendar time" board, and bought some new shelves from a yard sale. I like the finished look of everything.

 Our new ABC floor puzzle

 I love these new shelves. They are pretty tall. I like that I can put all the "Calendar Time" stuff on the top and the kids can't reach it. I can also putting Sparkle's Tot Trays on the next shelf down and Buddy can't reach those. The bottom two shelves have Buddy's trays, and free toys. 

 The smaller white shelving unit. It has a tot tray and then free toys. The calendar is hanging over it. 

 The "Calendar Time" board I made.  We sing the songs each morning, and she sticks the corresponding card in it's spot. 

 Sparkle's new cork board, for her weekly work. 

The cups with all the calendar cards in them. 

I am hoping this set up with help us move through our morning more efficiently. So far so good. :)