Friday, August 31, 2012

Mercedes' "Chill Spot"

 Mercedes is a girl. And she's two. So, needless to say she is always full of drama. She is a very sensitive, dramatic and passionate little kid. There are a LOT of hurt feelings, frustration, misunderstandings, miscommunication and therefore tempertantrums going on at our house. So I set up a space for her called her "Chill Spot". This is a place she can go when she's angry, sad, or needs some time to herself. When she's ready, she says "Mom! Talk about." And we sit in her Chill Spot and talk about whatever is making her upset and find a solution. Since we've set this up, her attitude has improved a ton. She's learning how to communicate her feelings instead of screaming, throwing things or keeping them to herself. It's also helping me to find a solution to every one of her problems instead of just blowing her off and assuming she's just being a typical two-year-old and throwing fits just for fun. I'm learning that all of her problems are huge problems to her and I need to respect her feelings and help her deal with them. Mercedes is learning that I really care about her problems and her feelings and is very open to letting me help her deal with them.


Her "Chill Spot" consists of a pretty blanket, two cozy pillows, and a basket of peaceful toys. I'm hoping to add more peaceful toys to her basket soon. I also made her a glittery, shiny sign to label her spot. She loves this place and goes there on her own several times a day.



To learn more, please read The Purpose of the Chill Spot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lacing Buttons

Mercedes has really been getting into lacing giant plastic buttons with a shoelace. These were buttons my mom saved from when we were little, but you can buy similar buttons and shapes for lacing HERE. Great fine motor skills activity!




Monday, August 27, 2012

Skittle Paint

This turned out so pretty! We used a 6.75 oz bag of skittles.

 First we sorted the skittles into different colors.


Then added water. I used about 1/4 cup of water per color.

Mercedes mixed them up.


 And the painting began!

We started out using a white piece of paper, then switched to paper towels.
Gorgeous!





Saturday, August 25, 2012

Learning Colors with Crayons

Mercedes has been crazy about coloring lately. This is the perfect opportunity for me to quiz her on her colors. I'll say "let's use the red crayon now" or "can you find the blue crayon?" or "which color do you like the best?" When we finish a coloring page, we'll talk about what color each object on the page is. "We colored the flowers pink. We colored the puppy green. We colored the sunshine orange", and we'll talk about how pretty we made our page.




Friday, August 24, 2012

Contact Paper Collage

Mercedes made her first contact paper collage the other day. I'm sure we will be making many more. =-)
  
First she took her pink bucket outside to collect leaves and flowers.


Her collection
  
We spread a piece of clear contact paper on the table (sticky side up) and arranged the leaves and flowers how we wanted them. Then stuck another piece of clear contact paper on top (sticky side down). So easy! Mercedes helped so it ended up with a few wrinkles. =-)
 
Mercedes was so proud of it she wanted to hang it on the refrigerator.
  

It turned out really nice!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upper and Lowercase Letters with Easter Eggs

Most of Mercedes' alphabet flashcards and books have both uppercase and lowercase letters. I wanted to introduce this concept to her in a fun way. We wrote the upper and lowercase letters on Easter eggs. I told Mercedes that each letter had a mommy and a baby. We separated the tops and bottoms of the eggs and then "helped the mommy letters find their babies". She doesn't recognize the lowercase letters yet but she understands the concept, and she loves the game of matching mommy and baby letters!



Idea from: http://rubsomedirtblog.com/2011/05/same-old-eggs-new-twist/

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Homemade Glitter

This glitter is awesome because it doesn't stick to skin, get in eyes, or make a mess like real glitter does. All you need is 1/4 cup salt per color and liquid food coloring.


First, we put 1/4 cup salt in each bowl and mixed enough food coloring into each one to cover all the salt (about 10 drops per 1/4 cup salt).




We lined cookie sheets with tin foil and spread the colored salt out. We put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.



After the glitter cooled, I dumped it into empty spice jars. See how sparkly it is!



Then we tried it out! First Mercedes squirted glue all over a piece of construction paper.


Then she sprinkled glitter all over.


Her finished art project


So, so shiny!

Instructions from: http://www.planetpals.com/craft-non-toxic-craft-supply-recipes.html

Friday, August 17, 2012

Play-Doh Alphabet

Mercedes and I turned play-doh time into a preschool lesson by making the alphabet out of play-doh letter molds.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Color Sorting with Counting Bears

Mercedes sorted counting bears at her Gramma's house the other day. These bears are great for color sorting, counting, and intro to addition, subtraction and multiplication...I need to get some myself soon!


Alphabet Puzzle

Mercedes' favorite "Intro to the Aphabet" activity is her letters and sounds alphabet puzzle. Underneath where each letter puzzle piece is suppose to go there is a picture of something that begins with that letter. Mercedes is already really good at naming about half the letters, and she loves practicing the sounds with me, too.

Packing Paper Art

In the last few days leading up to our move, Mercedes and I had a wonderful time creating artwork on sheets of packing paper.



Crayons and markers.


Stamps.


Stamps and chalk.


Paint.