Posted in All Kid Activities, Literacy Activities

Salt Writing

We tried salt writing for the first time today. I felt that Caleb was ready to try writing letters since he could already sound out both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Materials:
1. Container for salt – I used a cake pan
2. 1/4 cup of iodized salt
3. Flash cards

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Started with an easy letter. Lowercase letter “L”. Then I let Caleb choose what letter he wanted to do next. He chose “V”. Here he is writing it.

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He also wrote “C” for Caleb. We just did those three letters and he just wanted to draw scribbles on the salt. I didn’t push him to do more letters since the main objective was to have fun and learn at the same time. We can try other letters next time 🙂

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This activity can get messy, so make sure to do it in a place that’s a breeze to clean up. I had to find out the hard way. HAHAHAHA! Activity was fun and delicious for Caleb ( since he loves all things salty).

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Posted in All Kid Activities, Home Investigations

Mad Science: Mixtures

Time for some experiments!

Here are the materials for the activity.
I used various kinds of glasses that I could find in the kitchen.
I filled some with water and the others with white vinegar. Then, I added a drop of food coloring to make it more appealing to Caleb.
I also put some baking soda in a plastic cup and let him spoon some into the glasses to see what would happen.

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His reaction to seeing bubbles.
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He quickly put spoonfuls of baking soda into the other glasses.
(Note: You might need to refill with vinegar to add more fizz.)
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Of course not all of the liquids produced bubbles. He asked me “why no bubbles?” and kept on adding baking soda to make them appear. I told him to smell the liquids to give him a clue.
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The ones with vinegar smelled bad and were easily identifiable. I asked him to sort the glasses by smell.
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I explained that the liquids that smelled bad made bubbles because they were filled with vinegar and those that didn’t only had water. I kept the explanation short and simple! He’s only two years old 🙂

I let him mix the liquids when he was done to see what color he could come up with.
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Caleb: It’s black. I made black.
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Caleb smelled his hands when he was finished.
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Hahahaha!
Time to wash hands!

Posted in All Kid Activities

Sensory Play: Ball and Scrub Painting

Here’s a novel way to paint.
It’s messy so that means it’s super fun!

Here are the materials that we used for this activity. Make sure to tape the paper to the container so it doesn’t get dislodged during the activity.

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I let Caleb practice with the ball before putting paint on it. Just to be sure that he wont drop it on the floor.

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Time to do some ball painting!
Caleb squirting some paint on the paper.

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Using the scrubber to paint. Got a small bag of these scrubbers at the supermarket.
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Things got messy really fast.

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Finished product.

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Had a great time cleaning up after the activity.

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