Tag Archives: baby

Musical Instruments: Shakers

20 Mar

Click here for materials you will need.

Musical Instruments: Drums

19 Mar

Click here for materials you will need.

Music can build your child’s literacy and build pre-reading skills. You can get information about music and literacy for children of different ages by clicking here.

P.S. Sorry about the static. 😦

Materials for March 19-23: Musical Instruments

17 Mar

Not only is music fun, music also develops many educational skills for kids. This week we’ll make some homemade instruments to create your own rock band!

These are the materials you’ll need this week. Recycle what you have around the house.

Monday: Drums

  • Can or oatmeal container (any size)
  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Foil, plastic wrap or waxed paper
  • Rubber band
  • Two new unsharpened pencils

Tuesday: Shakers

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Rice, dried beans, beads, etc.
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Wednesday: Guitar

  • Empty Kleenex box
  • Paper towel tube
  • Six rubber bands
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint

Thursday: Sand Blocks

  • 2 1″ x 4″ pieces of wood
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue

Friday: Rainstick

  • Paper towel or wrapping paper tube
  • Packing peanuts
  • Rice
  • Paper
  • Masking tape

Water Play Activity Bag

6 Mar

Click here for the materials you will need.

Materials for March 5-9: Activity Bags

3 Mar

Activity bags are great for take along activities for kids of any age. Keep them in the car or grab them on the way out the door and your kids will have something to play and learn with when you are out.

Surprise a friend and make an additional activity bag each day that they can use with their children.

This is what you will need this week.

Monday: Tangrams, Ages 5 and up

  • White cardstock
  • Print off Tangram template on cardstock here
  • Print off animal, abstract and/or people puzzles on white cardstock here
  • Clear Contact paper
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Tuesday: Water Play, Ages 5 months to 18 months

  • Magazine
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Scissors
  • 6-8 Small colorful objects such as beads, pom poms, foam shapes
  • Gallon size Ziplock bag

Wednesday: Patterning and Small Motor, Ages 3 and up

  • 5-8 Colored pipe cleaners
  • Pony beads
  • White cardstock
  • Print of the Pony Bead Patterning page here
  • Markers
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Thursday: Art and Story Writing, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares or scraps of felt
  • 1 Light blue felt square
  • Scissors
  • Square of corrugated cardboard, a cereal panel would also work
  • Tacky glue
  • Crayons to match the felt colors
  • 1 Sheet of colored construction paper
  • 5 Sheets of white construction or printer paper
  • Stapler
  • Quart or gallon size Ziplock sized bag

Friday: Buttoning, Small Motor and Patterning, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares (You may have some left over from Thursday’s activity.)
  • Scissors
  • One 12″ length of 1/2″ ribbon


24 Feb

*The daily links will be active at 6:00 am EST.


21 Nov

Today is World Hello Day.

In some countries you kiss, others a special handshake and others just a simple tip of the hat. Yes, there are many ways to say hello in other countries, but how do you say hello to a fellow countryman when their world is filled with silence?

Travelers to foreign countries often learn to say the basic greeting for hello. It’s a form of respect to a native of the country. A few years ago, I travelled down the street to the local hospital. One of my kids had broken something and we were waiting for X-rays. There was a cute little girl, about three, who was also waiting with her mother. The little girl looked at us and we said, “Hi.” Little did we know, she was deaf and couldn’t hear our greeting.

Since I’m not the bashful type, I asked her mom how to say hello in sign language for two reasons. First, I wanted to learn a new sign so I could use it in the future, and second, because I wanted to model for my kids how to interact with someone who was deaf.

The mom showed me that the sign was simple and similar to a salute. When the little girl looked our way again, I gave her the sign for hi and was rewarded with an amazing smile and salute right back. Since learning that simple sign for hello, I have been able to use it several times to greet someone who lives in constant silence. I have also learned the signs for thank you and yes and every time I have been able to use them, I receive a warm and grateful smile.

So whether you travel far and wide or stay near home, a warm hello can make anybody’s day a little brighter.

Recommended Books

Download our Monthly Activity Calendar.

%d bloggers like this: