I was searching for fun games for learning sight words and came across one where your kid slaps the words. Here is the original post about it. I wasn’t sure what words I wanted to start Sophia with at first. I looked at word lists from different websites. I ended up going with the “Tricky” words from Sophia’s Teach Your Monster to Read game (read about it here). I like to cross reference and relate things to each other as much as possible for a solid foundation. So this seemed like a great idea to me, at least.
Sticky notes (I bought sticky notes in a multi-color pack, because more colors means more fun 😉
A list of words
First, pick out a list of words you want to use. These could be lists from school, favorite books, tv shows (like Wally Kazaam), games, or a list you found online, anything really.
When I told Sophia I had a slapping word game in mind for her, she was all excited. She set off to cleaning up her toys and books from the table so we’d have room to play (win-win situation 😀 ). She wanted to be the one to write out the words. So I showed the picture with the words and she wrote them first and then I wrote the word on the paper after her.
We started the game with 4 words. (Keep them spaced out so there room for slapping 😉 ) I called the word and she had to find it, slap it with her hand, and call it out. After she found all 4 she called them out for me to find, slap, and call out. 😀 Then we added 2 more words, played again, and so on until we had all 11 of them. 11 was pushing Sophia’s limit (she is after all still 3 for a few more months anyway). I honestly think she was enjoying writing the words out the most 🙂
After we played out the 11 words Sophia wanted to go play more of the monster game to get more “Trickies” so we could add more words.
For a while I’d been wanting to make the snowflake puffy paint window clings that I’m sure a lot of you have seen. Sophia and I tried those out as instructed on wax paper. I’m not sure if the paint or the wax paper wasn’t good enough quality but they stuck to it badly. I figured we’d give the window clings another shot and try it out on a plastic Ziploc bag. I decided to change it up and we made some monsters instead. I love them and Sophia absolutely loves making them! There’s no guidelines to follow just mixing paint as we pleased. Way more room for creativity and exploration just perfect for a toddler.
What you will need:
Puffy fabric paint
Coffee stir sticks (or some other “stick”, long tooth pick would do as well)
Gallon size Ziploc bag
Wet wipes (for clean up)
Set up: I first cut the Ziploc bag completely open (on three sides) so it opens up and lines the cooking sheet.
I had Sophia put on her painting smock because it is after all paint for fabric. I felt it to better be safe than sorry.
Make a pile of paint, mix and spread it out with your “stick” and place eyes on.
As always I recommend having wet wipes nearby for when you get paint on your hands.
First I demonstrated one to Sophia on how to mix the paint by swirling with the mini straw. And sticking googlie eyes on after I was happy with my paints.
And off she went. Mixing paints and adding googlie eyes as the pleased 🙂
The dry time is pretty long with it being on a plastic bag. It’ll dry to the touch within a few hours however under the googlie eyes it will still remain wet for a lot longer. I let them dry out three days. You can check on the back side by pushing at the paint under the eyes, if you feel paint move give them more time.
Once you’re certain they are dry you can peel them off. Gently using your fingernail peel the edge up. Once you get the first little bit up they peel off really easily. They are ready to stick on your window.
The rest of the pictures I took at night so you could see them better.
This one reminds me of Anger from Inside Out movie 🙂
I’ve been wanting to do a stamping project with Sophia for a while but I didn’t have many stamps and I know they can get expensive fast. However, yesterday I scored a ton of stamps off of a garage sale app for only $10 for it all.
Luckily I had bought an ink pad at my last outing to Hobby Lobby, so we got right into to stamping first thing this morning.
What you will need:
White card stock
Stamps of your liking
Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
I picked out several stamps I thought Sophia would like to stamp with. I found a pink ink pad that had come in an art kit Sophia had received as a Christmas present. The purple on is the new one I got on sale. We folded the card stock in half.
TIP: Test the ink pads before hand. I should have tested pink one but we found out it was a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working well.
It took her a little bit to get the hang of the process. She wanted to just keep stamping with out grabbing more ink on it in between.
I told her to push the stamp all the way down since she was only pushing half the stamp, so then she pushed on it with all her might 🙂
TIP: Have the wet wipes with in easy reach for wiping off ink from little fingers 🙂
After the first card was all stamped up, Sophia wanted to make another one.
Finished cards 🙂
This is a great activity for exploring new vocabulary, a new multi-step process, listening skills and learning to follow instructions.
Depending on the stamps you use, these can be modified for any occasion or holiday. Very quick easy fun to make.
After the first mold was all done to her liking we moved on to the next.
TIP: In case of glitter spills, wet wipes and also play doh are great fast ways of picking up the strays
Once she was satisfied with all the glitter and sequins in the mold. We mixed up a batch of plaster. I didn’t think we would need a full one pound (It comes in one pound bags in the box), so we mixed first a half a pound and halved the recipe on the box.
TIP: Instead of using a bucket and a stick as the instructions on the box say, use a gallon ziplock bag to mix in. Sophia demonstrates how to mix in the bag below.
Once mixed just cut a small hole in one corner of the bag and pour it on the molds. I found that we were a little shy so we made another 4 oz (with the recipe quartered for water amount).
We were left with 1/4 pound of unused plaster.
I did remove the ornaments out of the molds after they had set for about an hour, so they would dry better. In the process I did break two of the Moomin Trolls arms off. But glue them back on once they dried with mod podge.
After the ornaments were dry I took a larger paintbrush and mod podged the tops and sides of them to seal in the glitter and sequins. I set them to dry on a sheet of tinfoil.
Sophia was happy to cut up all the ribbon pieces we needed. I hot glued them on. You have to let the glue cool before touching it or they do peel off pretty easy when wet yet.
The recommended age for perler beads are 6+ according to the packages you buy at the store. However, I feel that in a supervised setting toddlers can benefit greatly from practicing with them. It is great for fine motor, hand eye coordination, concentration, and following directions. Also, it provides for great talks about color, patterns and provides opportunities for learning new vocabulary.
We did this fish together as she wouldn’t have the patience to do one by herself.
I would recommend to do this in a tray of some sort as the beads do roll away easily. We love doing projects like these in her highchair 🙂
She’d knock some over and I would just comment about it being OK and I’d knock some over too. I felt that this is a good way to show her that it’s not bad and not to get frustrated when some fall over.
She learned a great technique of flipping the fallen ones back up on to the pegs all by herself by just experimenting. (I was working on the tail, the rest were hers.)
I didn’t let Sophia assist in the ironing process, since she had just spent a lot of time concentrating on the project. I felt that her attention span would be too short to be safe for her work with the hot iron.