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Sock Counting

Simple counting can be fun! All you need is a sock and some counters that are big and easy to feel. We used glass stones.
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I told Caleb to close his eyes while I put some stones into the sock. Then, I asked him to feel how many stones were inside the sock.
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Feel counting. Exploring his sense of touch.
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CALEB: There’s only two!
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He checked the sock to see if there were really two stones inside. He was so happy to find out that he was right.
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CALEB: Let’s do it again!

I had no problem with that, whatever gets him to practice counting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sensory Play : Coconut Cloud Dough

Caleb wanted to go to the beach today. Of course, the beach is thousands of miles from where we are. So, he had to settle for the next best thing…coconut cloud dough!

This is such a wonderful recipe for fun. Just two simple ingredients(If this seems like a lot to you, you can just use half of the recipe)!
1. Eight (8) cups of flour — I used all-purpose flour
2. One (1) cup of oil — I used the entire 250 ml bottle of virgin coconut oil to make the dough smell like coconuts…reminiscent of the beach.

If you don’t like the smell of coconut oil, you can use cooking oil/baby oil. Cooking oil would be better though, just in case your child tries to taste it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Procedure:
1. Measure out the flour into your prefered container. Whatever you have at home is fine. Just make sure it is deep enough for your child to reach in and doesn’t spill easily. I used an old dishrack cover for this.

2. Make a well in the middle of the flour for the oil.
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3.Mix with your hands.
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4. Take out your shovels and any toys to enjoy your coconut cloud dough!
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Caleb buried shells in the dough and had fun digging for it.
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He also buried his precious dino friend, Stegosaurus.
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He rolled the dough into balls.
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And made a mini mountain. Caleb had so much fun playing with the dough.
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Even I enjoyed it! You can shape and press it together easily and it smelled like coconuts. We played for and hour and a half! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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This is a messy activity and it gets on hands and clothes. So make sure to do it in a place that’s easy to clean up ๐Ÿ™‚ When you are done playing, store the dough in an airtight container. It keeps for more than a year as long as you store it well ๐Ÿ™‚
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Posted in All Kid Activities, Home Investigations, Life Schooling

Taste Test

Tasting activity to distinguish sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
I used sugar, cocoa powder, calamansi (local lime), and salt for this activity.

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Sweet.
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Sour.
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Bitter.
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Caleb didn’t like that one too much, he had to wipe the cocoa powder off his finger.
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Salty. He loved the salt best of all.
No surprise there.
After all, his favorite food is bacon.
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