Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Playful Snowman Activities (and a MEGA cash Giveaway!)

One of my favorite winter activities is building a snowman. Unfortunately, there isn't any snow where we live, so my munchkins have never had the pleasure of building their own versions of Frosty (or Olaf, whichever you prefer). To satisfy my their desire to partake in the winter tradition of snowman fun, I decided to put together a "bucket list" of 10 playful snowmen activities to do before winter is over. I hope you'll join us in the fun! Please stop by our Facebook Page and leave a picture/comment of any of the activities you try with your munchkins (and I promise to do the same-just be sure to "follow" Munchkins and Moms to see our updates!)
 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Block Soup Pretend Play

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I will admit- I don't take out the blocks nearly as often as I should. The thing is, they are all the way upstairs and we are usually playing downstairs. So out of laziness on my part, the blocks stay in my son's room the majority of the time. I actually think they forgot we even own blocks (several types, as a matter of fact!) I recently pulled down some of their wooden blocks for our Salt Dough Architecture, which must be what inspired me to bring down another variety of blocks today: Foam Blocks.  
I wanted to offer the boys a simple pretend play opportunity that could keep them busy while I did some cooking. My boys love to hover at my feet while I cook (do your kids do the same? These 10 ways to keep your toddlers busy wile you cook offer some good suggestions to keep your sanity). Today's activity was novel and simple enough that it kept their attention off of me and on their pretend play!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowy Construction Zone

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Grandpa is a proud heavy equipment operator and he insists the boys know the names of each of their toy tractors. My youngest is just starting to say "bulldozer", but my oldest will eagerly point out backhoes, dump trucks, cranes, excavators, and bulldozers! To say that he loves construction vehicles is an understatement. They are his go-to toys that I also like to incorporate into activities (see our Construction Zone Breakfast and our Playing with Rocks posts).
 
Since my boys haven't really experienced snow (ok, my oldest did when we visited North Dakota when he was just 10 months old. He doesn't remember that though), I really wanted to make a sensory activity for them to play with. I searched for several play snow recipes, but settled on this one I found at Growing a Jeweld Rose. The recipe doesn't have exact measurements, but is SO easy to make!
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snowman Soup

Make winter meals fun with yummy Snowman Soup!
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After our successful "Melt a Snowman" activity, I really wanted to incorporate more snowmen fun into our day...maybe in the form of a fun food idea... then it hit me:  Snowman Soup!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dinosaur Fossil Dig

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Last week's preschool co-op theme was dinosaurs. Our co-op has munchkins ranging from 18 months to 3 1/2 years old, so I like to try to offer a variety of hands-on play and learning activities that will be enjoyable for everyone. There are typically 3-5 activity centers for the kids to explore, and the activity I'm sharing today was highly popular with both my little men and many other kiddos!
 
It was really more of a sensory bin with a learning extension. The necessary materials are as follows:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Snowman Ice Melting Activity

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Do you want to melt a snowman?  |  Super cool sensory activity that would work for toddlers and preschoolers!

We have a lack of real winter weather where we live. No snow, frost, or even rain. So all the "winter" weather my boys experience are manufactured (fake snow at local events around town). Consequently, I thought I'd manufacture my own winter sensory experience for them!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

S.T.E.M. Activity with Salt Dough and Blocks

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It's no secret that I love incorporating literacy opportunities in play. Actually, I'll incorporate literacy in almost any activity, including eating! (see our Letterpress Toast) But I am admittedly less gifted in incorporating STEM activities into our daily repertoire (STEM activities include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
 
Incorporating STEM activities doesn't mean that I have to have my preschooler/toddler working on math problems and studying classical architecture. Just the opposite, actually. Through play, I can give my munchkins a foundation for developing an intuitive mathematical/engineering understanding to build on later in life.
 
Despite the fact that I haven't done so well incorporating these types of activities in the past, I'm pretty excited to start offering more STEM type activities on a regular basis. For our start on this new journey, I went back to an old activity that I offered Cannon when he was a bit younger (1 year and 10 months old). Building with Salt Dough and Blocks! (see the original post here)
 

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