Monthly Archives: January 2010

Using Rainbows to Teach Size

J has always loved rainbows.  So of course, I’m going to capitalize on this interest to teach all that I can.  Using rainbows to teach colors is of course great.  We have rainbows drawn outside on our driveway every week during the summer.  Today it finally clicked that I could use rainbows to teach size, similar to the colorful stacking rings J has had since infancy. 

I cut each band of the rainbow out of construction paper and had J glue them in the correct order (largest to smallest). 

Afterwards, I did think this could be a good airplane activity.  I would precut foam/felt instead of construction paper and let J create on the seatback tray.  (Foam/felt creations work well on planes and they take up little space and weight in your carryon!). 

This would also be a good craft after discussing the story of Noah, emphasizing that the God still places rainbows in the sky to remind us that He always keeps his promises.

Age attempted?  21 months

Try again?  probably, at least until he was competant enough in sorting that the activity was to easy for him; You could add more bands to the rainbow to increase the difficulty as they get older

Snow Paintings

A friend of mine recommended using spray bottles and food coloring to create a masterpiece in the snow.  Of course I had no food coloring and I couldn’t find my spray bottle… so I improvised with Kool-aid and medicine droppers.   J and I went outside to create some homemade snowcones.  Eventually mom’s fingers were freezing …. J was having so much fun that he was oblivious to his blue fingers (and no, I didn’t have blue Kool-aid).  I made an executive decision to move this activity inside. 

I filled a couple trays with snow, threw some paintbrushes in with the medicine droppers and let J create.  Forty minutes later, he was still having a blast (though the activity had morphed into stabbing colored ice with the dropper, creating a new favorite of his, holes!).   To keep the activity going this long, I added a blank slate of fresh snow every 10 minutes or so. 

I also had him in the blow up pool to keep J contained with this activity.  Much safer on the carpets/furniture this way!  It also really helped to keep him focused.

Snow painting

Age attempted?  21 months (this activity could definitely be done younger and I’m thinking would be enjoyable when he’s older too)

Try Again?  Definitely yes; he loved it

**It’s snowing again and he’s already asking to paint the snow!

Pillow Talk

20 months

J has discovered a love for pillows. He cracks up when I push him onto my bed of pillows (even when I push him pretty hard!).  Of course we jump on them.  Recently he’s started pulling the throw pillows onto the floor to create trails on the floor from the chair to the couch. He starts at one end and walks/crawls/moves backwards along the path.  

We play stop and go on the pillow trail (stop when mom calls stop, go when mom calls go).  I’ve also practiced colors this way. Since our pillows are different colors I’ve called out instructions fro him to follow like “Stop on a red pillow!”, “Sit on a black pillow!”

Age Attempted: 20 months

Teachable Moments: Follow instructions, colors, Stop and Go, great practice with balancing

Try Again?  This is something we play almost once a week.