Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015

Multicultural Children’s Book Day ...

We are excited to be taking part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015. We were asked to review  a multicultural book and create an accompanied activity to help get families engaged in reading. We were extremely fortunate to be given a copy of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece (affiliate link) by Sherrill S. Cannon.   My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is told from the point of view of the main character who is never portrayed. You get glimpses of their hand and a shadow of a face. It is left up to the reader whether the child is a girl or a boy and what nationality they...
Magnetic Valentine Hearts

Magnetic Valentine Hearts

Day 26 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge is a chance to explore pipe cleaners. We love using pipe cleaners for developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Pipe cleaners are also magnetic so for today’s activity we created magnetic Valentine hearts. The activity was easy to set up. I manipulated red and pink pipe cleaners into the shape of a heart. These were placed into a ziploc bag. I also added a sheet of red foam to add colour to the sensory bag’s background. It also helped to the keep the shape of the bag during the activity. Using a magnet...
Week 4 Round Up – 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge

Week 4 Round Up – 31 Day Sensory P...

What another fantastic week of sensory adventures as part of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge. From cloud dough to sensory bottles, to exploring sounds and water beads, we have had lots of fun. Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to have real snow – although some Adventures of Adam readers did! Only one week left of our challenge but don’t despair. Our next challenge starts a week tomorrow – more information will follow soon. Make sure you ‘like‘ our Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any updates. Lets recap the sensory...
Ways To Play With Water Beads

Ways To Play With Water Beads

Day 25 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge is water bead day. Usually Adam will transfer water beads from one container to another. Today I wanted to create a water bead station to see how many ways we could play with water beads using items found in the recycling bin. First we needed water beads and finally it was our opportunity to use our BrainPack from Marbles The Brain Store that Grandad bought us on his recent trip to America. The Brainbows are proliferating polymers – otherwise known as water beads. The package recommend using boiling water to hydrate the...
Farmyard Sensory Bag

Farmyard Sensory Bag

Day 24 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge gives us the opportunity to create sensory bags. Over the past 15 months we have created several sensory bags. From fish tanks to snow men, non messy paint mixing to pea finger football we certainly love our Ziploc bags (affiliate link). After playing with farm yard animal sounds during our sound matching game I wanted to make a farmyard sensory bag. As always I used our favourite Ziploc bags – they are so strong they are perfect for sensory bags. I created a backdrop using green and blue foam sheets. I used foam sheets...
Sound Matching Game Using Talking Tins

Sound Matching Game Using Talking Tins

Day 23 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge takes us to playing with sounds. I wanted an activity to help Adam distinguish between different sounds and aid his listening skills. I remembered I had purchased Talking Tins several years ago. Talking Tins, from Talking Products, allow you to record up to 20 seconds of sound and then play it back. They are re-recordable too. Talking Tins are also available on Amazon (affiliate link). Our first activity was to match musical instrument sounds. I recorded each instrument being played onto the Talking Tin. I laid out the musical...
Neon Space Sensory Bin

Neon Space Sensory Bin

Day 22 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge gives us the opportunity to explore beans or lentils. We have wanted to do a space sensory bin for some time so we decided to use beans – specifically black turtle beans. With our current obsession with neon paint we couldn’t resist making a neon space sensory bin! The last time we used black turtle beans was for our Halloween Spider Sensory Bin, a guest post on Building Blocks and Acorns. However, they were still mixed together with the red split lentils. You can imagine the fun we had separating the two! I wanted...
Love Hearts Dinosaur Eggs

Love Hearts Dinosaur Eggs

We are excited to be participating in another Read and Play Blog Hop. We have teamed up with bloggers from around the world to share activities and crafts based on our favourite Valentine picture books. Adam currently loves the “How Do Dinosaurs..?” series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. “How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?” is one book that makes an appearance most days. The story explains to children that their parents love them all of the time, even if they are moody or naughty. So how does a Dinosaur say, “I love you”?  I thought it...
Valentine Sensory Bottles

Valentine Sensory Bottles

Day 21 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge is the day for making sensory bottles, sometimes known as discovery bottles. We created our first batch on day 9 of our 100 day toddler play challenge and bottles numbered 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are still being played with 14 months later. This time we decided to make four Valentine sensory bottles. Two of the sensory bottles were oil based. In one plastic bottle I added pink coloured water and vegetable oil. In the other I added baby oil and pink coloured water. To both bottles I added plastic heart buttons, like the ones used for...
Wordless Wednesday – Explore

Wordless Wednesday – Explore

Exploring Nana’s...