Eyedropper Excavation

Trevor loves baking soda and vinegar activities.  We must do a variation of this classic chemical reaction almost weekly!

For this activity I poured some baking soda into muffin tins, and then added just enough water to make a thick paste.  I buried a few small plastic toys in each spot.  I set the tray out to harden for a few days.

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After the discs hardened, I filled a container with vinegar and added an eyedropper.  Eyedroppers are such great tools for strengthening fine motor skills in kids.

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After he had loosened up all of the toys through bubbly fun, I gave him a spoon to help scoop the toys out.  (More great fine motor work!)

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He had a blast with this activity!  What is your favorite baking soda and vinegar activity?

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Paint to Learn!

I love any activity that is not only fun for my kids, but educational too.  This was also ridiculously simple to set up, which is always a bonus.

For this project I pulled out my fantastic Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Paper (not sponsored, I just love it…although if Melissa and Doug wanted to sponsor me I wouldn’t be opposed 😉 ).  This paper is great because it’s thick and doesn’t tear when kids add a lot of paint to the paper.

All I did was take a trusty Sharpie and draw shapes on the paper for my daughter, and some of the Dolch Pre-K sight words on my son’s paper.

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I taped the paper to our kitchen table and let them paint away with some homemade flour paint (though you could just as easily use store bought).  My daughter still tends to eat a lot of our art projects 😉

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This activity was great because we got to talk a lot about what they were painting on (identifying words and shapes).  Fine motor, language, and sensory skills all tackled in one simple project = a total win!

Coffee Filter Flower Garden

We absolutely love our sliding glass door.  It is such a great location to do all sorts of fine motor and play activities.  Recently I set up a coffee filter garden for Trevor to water.  He had sooooo much fun!  And using a spray bottle (plus working on that all-important vertical surface!) is great for improving strength.

On the inside of the door I drew the stem and leaves of the flowers using a green window crayon.  Then on the outside of the door I taped up some coffee filters that I had dotted with our dot markers.  Finally I gave him a spray bottle filled with water and let him go at it!

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He had a great time “watering his garden”.  After he had sprayed literally every single inch of the coffee filters, he wanted to go inside and spray away the stems too.

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I hope your kids enjoy this activity as much as Trevor did!

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