Monday, December 3, 2012

Toddler Trays 3: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play, Painting Shells, Beanbags, Lacing Cards/Buttons, Nesting Barrels, Animal Flashcards, Dinosaur Colors/Sorting, Bean Sensory Bin

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Magnetic Letters - This summer B really enjoyed the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom , so I searched the internet for a free printable of the tree to use with our magnetic letters.  The blog, That's What {Che} Said had just what I wanted.  I printed the tree, taped it to a cookie sheet, and we were able to make our letters climb the tree while reading the story.
  2. Painting Shells- We live in Florida, so we always have sea shells around the house.  Why not paint them?  
  3. Mini Cornhole- My mom gave us this set this summer.  I, honestly. was most excited to have some smaller bean bags for B to use.   The goal is to throw the bean bag in the hole.  You could use a laundry basket or cut a hole in the top of a box to achieve the same thing.
  4. Lacing Cards and Buttons- B enjoys lacing the buttons, but could care less about the cards.  This activity is great for fine motor skills. 
  1. Nesting Barrels - I found these for $2 at a local used toy store.  They are fantastic and often lead to play that stretches B's imagination.  
  2. North American Animal Flashcards- B really enjoys looking at different animals, so when I saw these in the $1 bin at Target I decided to buy them.  Each card has a picture of the animal, it's name and a few other facts.
  3. Dinosaur Colors and Sorting -I wrote an entire post about this activity.  Plus, I can't say enough about the MiniDinos Counters seen here.  We use them all the time.  We use them to make shadows.  We line them up for a parade.  We put them in water and freeze them.  We count them, sort them (color and type), and so much more.  Amazon also has a Mini Motors Counters.
  4. Bean Sensory Bin- We play in our bean sensory bin on a regular basis.  This day we were talking about colors and hiding the colored blocks under the beans.  We were also filling the Nesting Barrels with beans and making shakers.

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