Suds Car Wash Activity

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Suds Car Wash Activity

Supplies

  • Shaving Cream
  • Toy Cars and Trucks
  • Water
  • Wash Cloths or Sponges
  • Pitcher or Water Jug
  • Container for Car Wash

Instructions

  1. Place the cars in the container
  2. Pour water in the container 3/4 of the way to the top of the container
  3. Cover the entire surface of water with shaving cream
  4. Add sponges and wash clothes to the container
  5. Provide a pouring container so the cars can be rinsed off.

Helpful Tips:

  • You can purchase the shaving cream, sponges, cloths, containers and toy cars at the Dollar Tree
  • Great activity to use after Moon Sand or Mud Playdough

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Pom Pom Drop

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Pom Pom Drop

Supplies

  1. Trace two or three circles on the lid.
  2. Cut out the circles using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5. Cut out two inner circle lid size out of clear contact paper.
  6. Place the clear contact on each side of the lid.
  7. Cut out a strip of the pattern contact paper to cover the outside of the coffee tin.
  8. Place the pattern contact paper on the tin
  9. Place the pom poms inside the tin can

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the pom poms out of the can.
  • Allow the child to place the pom pom into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on.
    • For preschool children, this game is also a great way to practice counting numbers and identifying colors.

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How to Make Glitter Slime

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How to make Glitter Slime 

Supplies

  • 1 Bottle of Glitter Glue
  • 1 teaspoon of Borax
  • 1 cup of Warm Water

Instructions

  • Pour the  glue into a mixing bowl
  • Mix borax and warm water together
  • Pour about half of borax mix over the glue
  • Mix it together
  • Knead the slime until it becomes a thicker consistency
  • ENJOY!

Check out this video from Emmy Made who uses liquid starch instead Borax.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Activity

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One of my favorite stories is If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff. If you read the story in a silly voice and with lots of expression, you are bound to make the children giggle as they hear the story. It is a fabulous book to practice sequencing skills.

Extension Activity

Bake muffins together as a family and read the story after they come out of the oven.

  • For toddlers and preschool age children,  I would allow them to pour the ingredients in the bowl.
  • For a school age child  I would teach the child how to measure and use a mixer.

Muffin Recipe Suggestions:

I love Leia Bushman’s Brown Sugar Buttermilk Muffins  from Eat it & Say Yum. The muffins will melt in your mouth and make you want seconds. I hosted a toddler taste testing and the child and the adults loved it. Here is her recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter- slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375.
  2. Spray the muffin pans.
  3. In a bowl mix together the butter and brown sugar.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Mix it together.
  5. Add the flour to the mixture.
  6. The batter will be thick and easy to scoop about 2 tablespoons into each muffin pan.
  7. It should make about 18 muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes and then serve them.

Be sure to check out her other muffin recipes as well.  They all look delicious.

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Rain Cloud Experiment

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How to Make a Rain Cloud 

Supplies

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Glass Vase or Jar

Instructions 

  1. Fill the vase with water
  2. Add the shaving cream to the top
  3. Add drops of food coloring, if you have the neon  food coloring I  suggest using the light colors first and then move to the darker colors
  4. Watch the rain droplets fall to the bottom of the vase.

For the curious learner who will have lots of questions on how a cloud and rain is formed I  suggest watching  2 Minute School below

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Jellyfish Sensory Bottle

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Jellyfish  Sensory Bottle

Supplies

  • Water Bottle (VOS or Core)
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon Hair Gel
  • Plastic Grocery Bag
  • 8 inch piece of thread
  • Permanent Craft Adhesive Glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a 12 inch square out of the grocery bag
  2. Take 1 tablespoon of hair gel and place it in the center of the grocery bag
  3. Pull the sides of plastic bag up and twist the bag around lump of hair gel to form a mushroom top size shape.
  4. Take the thread and tie off the plastic bag. Make several knots in the thread to secure body of the jellyfish
  5. Begin to make the tentacles by cutting the bag into slivers.
  6. Fill the water bottle up with water almost to the top
  7. Add food coloring
  8. Drop in the jellyfish
  9. Add more water until it reaches the top
  10. Place the cap on the bottle
  11. Shake it up to see how the jellyfish moves
  12. If you like how the jellyfish moves then glue shut the bottle. I  recommend either Gorilla Glue or E6000

Helpful Tips:

Get Crafty Crafty also provides a helpful instructional video.

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Watercolor Spray Leaf Art

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How to Create Watercolor Spray Leaf Art 

Supplies:

  • Spray Bottles
  • Food Coloring
  • Watercolor Paper

Instructions:

  1. Fill the spray bottle halfway with water
  2. Add the food coloring.  I suggest 20 drops to ensure the color will show on the paper.
  3. Go on a nature walk and pick random leaves
  4. Place the leaf or leaves on the paper
  5. Spray the paper with the colors you would like
  6. Allow the paper to dry for at least an hour
  7. Remove the leaf and see your watercolor leaf print

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Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

 

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Supplies

Day 1

  1. Take the mouth of the balloon and insert two fingers into the balloon stretch the opening.
  2. Insert the dinosaur into the balloon.
  3. Fill the balloon with water. I  suggest fillig it up until it is the size of an orange.
  4. Place the dinosaur eggs on a tray in the freezer.
  5. Freeze the balloons overnight.

Day 2

  1. Fill up three to four water bottles.
  2. Add a teaspoon of salt to each water bottle.
  3. Place the top on the water bottle and shake until the salt dissolves.
  4. Take the balloons out of the freezers.
  5. Cut the balloon near the knot and peel the balloon off the frozen egg.

How to Play:

  • Take the frozen dinosaurs eggs outside.
  • Place the eggs on the ground.
  • Slowly begin to pour the warm salt water over the eggs. It will start to crack.
  • The dinosaurs will begin to be released from the frozen egg.
  • If the dinosaurs will not release with pouring the warm salt water,  hold the egg  about 4 feet above the ground and drop it. Ice will fly everywhere but the dinosaur will break free.

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Moon Sand

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Moon Sand

Supplies:

  • Flour
  • Baby Oil
  • Sand Toys
  • Storage Container
  1. Measure out 8 cups of flour.
  2. Add one cup of baby oil.
  3. Mix the 2 ingredients together.
  4. Place the moon sand in your storage container.
  5. The moon sand will stay fresh for up to 6 months.

Help Tips

For toddlers:

The first go around you will need to model for the child how to build. Teach the child words like fill up, pat, pour, stack.

For preschool age children:

Ask the child to help with measuring out each cup of flour and baby oil. They will love to mix the ingredients together as well so be sure to have a deep mixing bowl. This encourages the child to practice saying their numbers.

How to Play:

  1. Allow the children to build and create sand scupltures in the moon sand.
  2. You can also add theme sand toys such as beach, cooking utensils or construction trucks. This provides the children with an opportunity to pretend play being either a cook, construction worker or a civil engineer.

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Eyeball Ping Pong Drop Game

 

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Another wonderful Dollar Tree find were the Eyeball Ping Pong Balls. They were located in the Halloween section.  Immediately I thought – what a cool fine motor skill game for toddlers and preschool age children that I work with.  I also discovered infants like to make noise with the container and pick up the ping pongs.

Here are the steps to make your own Eyeball Ping Pong Drop game:

Supplies:

  1. Trace a circle in the center on the lid of the plastic container.
  2. Cut out the circle using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5.  Cut out two lid size clear contact paper circles.
  6. Place the clear contact paper circles on each side of the lid.
  7. At the center of the lid there should be a clear covered hole. You will need to cut out the clear inner contact paper circle to allow the eyeball ping pongs to go through the top.
  8. Place the eyeballs into the container.
  9. Place the lid back on the container.

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the eyeball ping pongs out of the container.
  • Allow the child to place the eyeballs into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on. Infants may want to shake the container to listen to the noise the ping pongs make.
    • For preschool children you can practice counting numbers as they drop the ping pongs in the hole.

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