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Cakes made up a new game using her necklaces. So much learning and she didn't even realise.
Cakes carefully moved the pom poms inside the tissue box (they were being stored in) into a set of yogurt containers using a spoon. This proved to be a challenge with many pom poms falling off before they even left the tissue box. Once all pom poms had been transferred from the tissue box to the containers the spoon was quickly discarded, however it took over 20 minutes for the transfer to be completed and she was laughing and smiling during the process (when she wasn't poking her concentrating tongue out). Cakes then started to sort the pom poms into different containers with colours initially and then by size.
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The tape track has been on the floor about a month now with Cakes using it on the odd occasion to move from one room to another (it is in a walkway), but not for much else. I placed some pom poms on the floor nearby thinking she would line them up, count them and discuss their size or colour. This was not the case, she ran off and came back with a few spoons and pushed the pom poms along the line (well as good as she could with them rolling away) for a long time. After many attempts she eventually got the a pom pom from one end of the tape to the other. She was so proud of herself. She also tried pushing them with her hand and fingers though seemed to enjoy the added challenge of the spoon.
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With our exciting new addition to the household Cakes was pleased to try out something new. With a big sheet of paper on the floor in the kitchen and a few cups of salt Cakes was ready for some light box fun. At first she drew circles with her fingers before running off and returning with a paddle pop stick that she drew more circles with. She asked me to write her name and help her do other shapes in the salt. We made hand prints which seemed to be the highlight of the activity though tended to push some of the salt off of the edges. This was a little stressful for Cakes as she attempted to move her hands less and less to prevent the salt from falling off. Once I confirmed we had plenty of salt she was fine. We discussed how the salt felt bumpy and how she could make different amount of light shine through by moving the salt. This activity has been revisted so many times in the past week or so that we may need to get some more salt.
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While researching resources for Kindy recently I found file folders. I had not seen these before and was smitten instantly. File folders are a simple activity all in one place, similar to busy bags. There are so many awesome templates available on bloggers pages for free, on teacher printable sites for free or cheap and for sale on some online stores. Many of the ideas a great and although I could make these myself I thought it best to test them out and see how they work (and why make something that is already done for me). I started with two file folders I knew Cakes would love, colour matching and sorting.
The ice cream shop from Mr Printables has a cute little pocket to store the scoops of ice cream and the blocks off of the sticks. Cakes quickly added the scoops to the cones though realised she needed help with the ice blocks. As she pointed out that there were words (well she said numbers but that is something we are working on) and I needed to read them out. Very quickly she has remembered where her favourite three colours are and places these in first and then has me read out the remainder of the colours.
The paint brush colours from Confessions of a homeschooler has the cutest little paint pots that double as storage once the activity is complete. By the time Cakes has placed in most of the colours she has had enough with thirty-two paint brushes needed to find their paint pots.
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After seeing the bubble snake on pinterest, I knew it was something we needed to try. With a bottle left laying around with all our art and craft things, one of Daddies old stretched socks and a small bowl of dish liquid water we headed outside and started blowing bubbles. Cakes needed a few practice runs and some demonstrations to remind her to blow out and not to suck in. Every time she blew out she quickly attempted to see her bubble snake so it didn't get too long with the stopping and starting. However she was super excited and this activity lasted an hour or so. It was simply dip and blow, then a bubble snake would appear. Cannot wait to try this out again with a colourful twist.
The bath wall suckers had been in the kitchen for several days as I was soaking them in bleach and scrubbing them in dish washing water. Cakes had asked to have them back on several occasions though knew they needed cleaning. When they got taken out of the drying rack and placed on the floor I could see the stress rising as she wanted them back where they belonged, but when I added marbles to the mix she went straight to it as if she had been waiting for them.
Using her little pinching fingers she picked up each marble and carefully carried it to each sucker and placed it in place ( a few got away and the chase was on with the cat). She placed some on with no strategy and others around the edges first and then filling in the middle.
Together we counted the marbles as they went onto the suckers and then again once they were all on. To Cakes's surprise the amounts were the same each time. We discussed the colours of the marbles, the clarity of the marbles introducing the words clear and opaque. Cakes reorganised the marbles to ensure all the small marbles were together and all the big marbles were together, this was tricky without lining each one up.
Every baby goes through the I need what you guys have stage. Most parents organise an old phone, remote control or caluclator for the times when they need one of those, but I never thought of a replacement for the dreaded time when every tissue or baby wipe ends up on the floor. Well while we were at Cake's little pixie friends house the other day and saw his Mum had made him the best toy ever. She simply bought a cheap packet of plain washers from Kmart and placed them inside an empty tissue box. Genius!!! He spends his time pulling them out, putting them back in and every now and then wipes his face. I wish I had thought of that I could have saved some mess with tissues and wipes.
What is the best toy you have ever made for a child?
Cakes has been interested in shadows for sometime. We often stop and look at how our shadows are positioned and see how we can make them move (usually getting them to wave back at us). Cakes had noticed while on the trampoline that her shadow moved a bit funny when she jumped. "It taller me Mummy" she said, describing how it lengthened and didn't disconnect from her. This started a discussion about how our shadows do not like to leave us and are always attached. She became concerned once inside that her shadow didn't follow, this made for an interesting conversation about sunlight.
Once Cakes was standing still long enough I traced around her shadow. She thought it was brilliant that she could see the outline once she moved away. It then was my turn. With Cakes casting her own shadow on my shadow she became a little frustrated though in the end she was very happy with the outline she had created of me.
We both laid down in the outline to see if the shadow was a good representation of both of us. Cakes said "it little bit okay, but you too big for shadows". Good to know my shadow was a little smaller. We discussed the movement of the sun and how as it moved our shadows would grow and shrink and be cast in different directions. We used meal times as the time keepers so straight after lunch she wanted to see if the shadow had changed direction, it hadn't though our shadows became much much smaller. Again later in the day we made our way back out and the shadows had change direction. Often now she asks which way the shadow will face before we get outside and is pleasantly surprised every time.
With Cakes continuing obsession with colours anything laying around that is coloured is fair game. Daddy had been doing some filing at work and had dividers he was to throw out. Instead of throwing them out they came home to add to the mess we call resources. Minutes after entry into the house they were spread out all over the floor as Cakes put them all together in colour groups. This was added to with discussions of different tones of colours (light and dark) and how many there were of each colour.
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