11 June - Colours and counting...
Hi there. It's Sumari from EasyHealthyKids.com, and this week's newsletter is filled with educational and sensory activities for toddlers and preschoolers. They will learn colors, counting, fine motor skills and (best of all!) how to keep themselves busy while you have a cuppa.
The family: Fred is a headstrong 3.5 year old toddler boy, and Sarah is my sweet 1.5 year old baby girl.
My kids love stamping and painting and Easter eggs. You don't have to wait for Easter to make these fun Easter egg paintings.
All you need are some potatoes, paint and paper. And a steady hand to cut the potatoes (tip: keep it simple).
This "Feed The Turkey" activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers who enjoy scooping, transferring and caring for animals (like my kids).
I like that you get to make your own fun, educational toy with just a few simple supplies.
This Blocks Color Sort And Drop activity is another way you can make your own educational toys for your kids. You'll need some sort of blocks (like Duplo or Lego blocks), and a box to do this activity.
Tip: If you don't have blocks, see if you can find any other object that your kids can drop through holes in a box.
This playdough activity can be done indoor or outdoors, and is suited for all ages.
All you need are some natural objects and playdough.
I like this Dinosaur counting activity because you can adjust it to suit kids of all ages.
Older kids can do it more on their own, while you can help younger kids. It's a fun and simple activity to teach counting.
What are sensory bins?
"A sensory bin is a way for your toddler and/or preschooler to engage their senses. This engagement helps build cognitive development and better understand cause and effect." - DaysWithGrey.com
Lemons make for a fun and very sensory experience for kids of all ages. You can also add some oranges for even a wider sensory experience. The bowls of colored water make cleanup easier.
Shopping list: Supplies needed for this week:
- Art activity: 4 potatoes, washable paint, a4 white paper
- Quiet time activity: Plastic jar, Pom pom balls, Plastic tongs, Colored Construction paper, 2 Googly eyes
- Indoor activity: Easel paper, packing tape, box, knife, scotch tape, colored sharpies, and bricks.
- Outdoor activity: playdough, natural objects such as flowers, twigs and leaves.
- Educational activity: dinosaurs printable, clothes pegs, thick paper or a laminator (optional)
- Sensory activity: 1 bag lemons, lemon press, food color
Do you have any great recipes or fun activities that you want to share? Let me know by replying to this email.
Talk to you next week.
P.S. If you try any of these activities or recipes, let me know! I'd love to hear how you found them.