We ❤ Discovery Bottles! In anticipation of Valentine's Day, I made Little Miss F two Valentine inspired Discovery Bottles.
Miss F loves Yetis. Yes, the winter wonderland version of Big Foot. Absolutely. Loves. Yeti. She has yeti books, a Yeti friend for her bed. We’ve been reading Vin Vogel’s picture book, The Thing About Yetis. Our little girl, much like a Yeti thinks the cold and snow of winter are the most fabulous things. She does not like to be hot. But...just like the Yeti in Vin Vogel’s book, sometimes, even those who really, really love the winter miss the breezy ways and days of summertime.
We LOVE the ocean. We LOVE the beach--the water, the waves, the sand, the shells, the rocks! This summer Miss F simply delighted in her first beach experience, much to the absolute pleasure of her parents (and Digby!).
Last weekend my daughter and I took a leisurely autumn walk to the park. Actually, we never even made it into the park -- only to the entrance steps! Little Miss F. was having so much fun playing with the leaves as we went we didn't get very far. While we were sitting on the steps enjoying the leaves, an older man stopped to share, "I was watching you and your daughter as she was playing in the leaves." I wasn't sure where this was going...but I listened. Having a dog and a baby has taught me that people feel quite comfortable to come up to you at any time and just chat. Then he asked me, "Do you know Buckminster Fuller?" He then said, something I hope I carry with me always. He explained, "When your daughter pulls on the drapes, LET HER! There's only two weeks that she'll be that type of scientist!" It was amazingly affirming to hear from a complete stranger, YES! Do let your child play in the leaves. She is happy. She is exploring. She is engaged. She is learning! Thank you kind stranger. You left me with a quote I will ponder for some time.
Nature and offering natural materials to my daughter is important to me. Especially since we live in New York City. In last post I shared our Nature Pal Exchange box. It was so much fun to purposefully explore the nature around us in New York! There is a lot to notice, explore, wonder about, and enjoy! I learned some lessons too! Dry out your collected materials as soon as possible! I made the HUGE mistake of not drying out my collected acorns and leaving them in open bags in a closet. Big mistake! I noticed the condensation on the bags & hoped since they were open they would dry out on their own. Nope. Mold formed. I was so disappointed & it was totally my fault. I felt so bad-the acorns could have been tasty meals for squirrels. :(
While school is back in session for many, we are still dealing with the heat of summer. Midweek it is supposed to be 88º here in New York. I am definitely planning on hitting up the sprinklers in the afternoon, and perhaps enjoy some ice-cold play with homemade ice chalk!
Lately I’ve noticed that Little Miss F. is starting to splash more in the bathtub. Now splashing is fine with me -- it is great sensory exploration. However, we cannot flood the bathroom. I knew I needed to change some things up because I think LMF was getting a bit bored of the same rotation of bath toys. So, the other night I decided to change up our bath time routine and add something completely new to Little Miss F. --
My husband said to me the other day, “Why don't you make cloud dough for LMF?” and I thought, yeah, why don't I make some cloud dough for Little Miss F to explore?
Goop is one of Little Miss F.’s favorite sensory play activities. She loves scooping it up in her hands, tasting it, and watching it flow.
I know it has not been long since my first post about goop, but it truly is one of my favorite sensory activities for babies and young children. It is an easy, low prep activity to make using everyday household ingredients--cornstarch and water. And it is no muss clean up too. Just let it dry and sweep up!
I LOVE squish bags -- they are a fun sensory material for babies, toddlers, and children. And -- they easy to make using everyday materials most of us have around the house.
Who doesn't like light play? Years ago at a Brooklyn light festival, Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche New York I was captivated by artists' explorations into light and color. The festival only lasted two years - but it was amazing. I was completely fascinated by one artist’s creations using old box televisions and PCV tubing.
Light play is an engaging activity for children of all ages--there are so many possible connections and adaptations. It's a wonderful sensory play as children explore light properties, color, & shadow. As children grow, it continues to be a great fine motor activity and can connect to science, literacy, aesthetics, and math easily. Manipulatives can encourage children's early understandings of foundational mathematical concepts such as counting, one to one correspondence, symmetry, and more.
Growing up I could spent hours in front of a sink playing. Hours. I loved water--there was not a body of water I couldn't resist jumping into...I think that fun and joy in water has carried on with Little Miss F. Bath time is a highlight for her & water play is something she almost craves.