Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

Object to Picture Matching- Montessori Pre-Reading Activity for Toddlers

Object to Picture Matching is the next step in Pre-Reading skills. Like object to object matching, it develops vocabulary skills and also abstraction – toddlers make a connection, that the object they have in their hand is what they see in the picture.

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 What you need

  • Picture cards
  • Matching objects

How to

  • We have an animals book which is my LOs favourite. They always match the animals from toob to the pictures in the book. We have also done it with other books- shapes, fruits & vegetables, construction vehicles etc. Every time, they name the object before the match is made.
  • You could pick pictures and objects according to your childs interest – like cars, construction vehicles, birds, fruits & vegetables, animals, little people etc.
  • If you cant find pictures of objects you have, you can always click a picture, print it, laminate and cut.

Miss D(2.5) finds it very interesting to match the objects to the picture. Every time she makes a match, she gets so excited. We name each object as we make the match.Miss A(3.5) is old enough to match perfectly. So we have improvised the activity, by naming the animal sounds, where they live, what is their favourite food etc. Same with fruit & vegetables- whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable. If its a bird – where they live, on a farm or in wild etc.

Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

Object to Object Matching – Montessori Pre-Reading Activity for Toddlers

Matching skills are very important. They help develop visual discrimination & concentration skills necessary for reading. Object to Object matching is the first step in Pre-reading skills. It helps in language development & is perfect for young toddlers.

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What you need

  • A basket of matching objects – i usually use animals toobs or pretend fruit and vegetables for this activity.

How to

  • Take out the objects one at a time, name them and place on a tray.
  • Let your kids repeat the names of the object.
  • Now take the second set of items and let your kids name each object and match it.
  • If your kids do not remember the name, review again.

I used to do this activity with Miss A(3.5)& Miss D(2.5) when they were around 2yrs. D still enjoys this activity. Infact, we did this today. You could introduce this as early as 15 months depending in your kids ability.A & D love to pair up their animals when they pretend play. They come up with stories about each animal family. If they have more of the same animals, the biggest of all becomes dad, the next becomes mom, then comes the baby animals. If we have just two of each, the big one becomes mom and the other baby. πŸ™‚

Posted in Fall Activities, Farm Animals, Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

Old Mac Donald Had a Farm – Fall Farm Sensory Bin

This Fall Farm Sensory Bin was a quick sunday evening play set up for my kids, when it was too cold to go outside. It was very easy to put up with things we already had at home. We love our sensory bins and this was no exception. A fun way to learn about farm animals. If your kids love farm animals or if your looking for a farm theme/ fall theme sensory activity try this out πŸ˜€

What we used

  • Storage bin
  • Farm Animals (dog, cat, duck, cow, lamb, goat, horse, chicken, turkey)
  • Farmer
  • Empty Toilet Paper roll
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Craft Feathers
  • Decorative Indian Corn
  • Plastic trees & plants
  • Pompoms
  • Tractor
  • Craftsticks
  • Corn Kernels

How to set up

    • I used the corn kernels as a base for the fall farm. Reused them from our Fall Sensory Bin.
    • The Farmer was the man from our lego duplo restaurant set. His pets – dogs (farm dog & figaro) & a cat.
    • Placed ducks on a carboard box (symbolizes pond) – you could stick a blue construction paper on it or paint it blue.
    • Used green plastic easter eggs as grass for cattle and a couple of large green lacing beads in the corner as grass bails.
    • For poultry – added some plastic easter eggs and craft feathers around them and placed a decorative indian corn as food(also reused from our fall sensory bin).
    • The blue farm tractor was from our construction vehicles set from dollar store.
    • Built a horse pen for our horses using Velcro Craftsticks
    • Used the top part of the decorative corn as hay for the horses and placed a couple of empty toilet paper rolls to symbolize hay rolls.
    • Placed some green pompoms for greenery and some plastic trees and plants around.
    • Viola! Our fall farm was all set and ready to be played with πŸ˜€

    Miss A (3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) found the theme interesting. They love their animals. Once i explained to them what was there in the bin and what each items symbolize, it got them interested. Miss A sang the Old Mac Donald Had a Farm nursery rhyme. Miss D tried out animal sounds (cow says moo, sheep says baba). πŸ˜€ We spoke about the farm animals, what sounds they make, what they eat and what they do on the farm. Then they played with it just like any other sensory bin. Filling easter eggs with corn, spilling it out, rattling to hear what noise it made, handling kitchen tools (spoons, measuring cups, tongs), pretend play. This activity kept my LOs occupied for a while until it was time for dinner. We used a sheet to catch spills and it made cleaning up easy. πŸ‘

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        Posted in Farm Animals, Fine Motor Activity, Outdoor Play, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play, Water Table Play / Water Play Activities

        Washing Farm Animals -Sensory Play for Toddlers & Preschoolers

        This week the weather has been perfect to spend time outdoors. My LOs simply love water & wanted to play with their water table. One sunny afternoon we filled our water table with soapy water & took all our farm animals for a wash. This simple sensory play activity is easy to set up & clean up and kids will have so much fun playing with it. It develops fine motor skills, hand-eye cordination, concentration & imaginative skillsπŸ˜€

        What you need

        • Water table or Plastic Storage bin
        • Farm Animals
        • Toothbrush or scrub brush
        • Kids body wash or anything which is gentle enough for little hands
        • Water
        • Towel or dish cloth

        How to

        • Fill your water table or storage bin with water. 
        • Add kids body wash and farm animals to it.
        • Give your little ones toothbrush and let them clean their animals in the soapy water.

        You could also add some sand/mud, rub the farm animals on it (imaginative play) and then wash them. I wasn’t really interested in the mud part. Maybe next time I’ll use some chocolate syrup or something for a muddy play before the wash. I did add some toys which we got with the water table for more fun. πŸ‘

        Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) had so much fun washing the farm animals. Miss A would name each animal, pick it up, clean it with the brush and dip it in the soapy water and then throw it in a bin, saying its done. Once shes done washing all the animals, she dumped them into the water table and washed them again πŸ˜†πŸ˜†. Miss D washed few animals, but she was more interested in playing with the soapy water. Busy pouring water into cups and straining the animals. She did learn the names of few animals & sounds they make – cow says Moo😊

        Both of them loved playing with the soapy water – Washing animals, washing hands, scooping and pouring water out, splashing it- so much funπŸ˜€ Once they were convinced all the animals are all clean (took about 45 mins), we washed the animals & our water table (just so that they don’t dump the animals in the soap water again 😜) using the hose and took our animals inside. The girls then wiped the animals dry with a towel and lined them up. One fun evening!! πŸ˜€

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        Posted in Farm Animals, Fine Motor Activity, Ice Play Activity, Outdoor Play, Science Activity, Sensory Play, Summer Activity

        Ice Excavation – Sensory Science Activity

        Ice Excavation is a super fun sensory activity for kids of all ages. Ive seen this alot on Pinterest and other blogs, but took this long to try. This sensory science activity builds fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, concentration, patience & sense of achievement. It was a great hit in our house and my LOs asked for more after almost an hour of play. πŸ˜€

        What you need

        Ice Block

        • Toys ( we used farm animals & birds)
        • Water
        • Bowl or container – that can go in freezer
        • Food Color (optional)

        Play Time

        • Tray
        • Warm Water
        • Squeeze Bottle, Dropper, Syringe
        • Salt
        • Toy Hammer, fork, spoon, tong, or any kitchen utensils – to help break ice

        How to

        • To make the ice block – Add some toys in a bowl, fill with water, add 2 drops of food color and freeze overnight.
        • You could add any toys, make it themed for more fun- dinosaurs, mermaid, lego, alphabets (can create sight words), fishes(ocean).. The possibilities are endless. Depending on your kids age you can also add sequins, glitter, shells, gems, beads, etc. 
        • Freeze in layers for a more distributed ice block. (Eg. Add some gems, water and freeze, then add more water to it, add shells and freeze.. )

          • To Play – Remove the ice block, place it in a tray.
          • If too tight to remove, run the frozen bowl under water to loosen the ice block. 
          • Let your LOs use salt, warm water, toy hammer, or any kitchen tools to break the ice and remove the toys out of it.
          • If you have older kids, explain the science behind the activity. You could also color the salt and water for more colorful fun.
          • Happy Excavating! 

          We had two ice blocks- one with farm animals and the other with birds. Picked this theme because we have been learning about birds this week- animals that have wings and some can fly. Also farm animals are Miss As all time  favorite. 

          Miss A(almost 3 yrs) choose farm animals and Miss D(22 months) was happy with birds. Miss A loved sprinkling salt over the ice and using squeeze bottles to pour warm water (you could also use droppers, syringe or spray bottles). She also used toy hammer, spoon, fork & tong to dig in. Once she understood that salt and warm water helps break the ice easily, she dumped almost a shaker full of salt onto the ice and squeezed almost 3 bottles of warm water. She was very excited to dig the animals out. 

          Miss D wasnt worried about excavating, she just had fun feeling the ice, handling spoon to pour salt onto the ice block and pouring warm water on it. It eventually melted the ice. Once Miss A was done with her ice block she helped her sis to dig the birds out. We spoke about different animals and birds and how birds fly with the help of wings. Also how some birds like chicken, duck live on the farm. Some learning along with fun πŸ‘ We loved this activity so much & will be doing it again soon before the weather gets cold πŸ˜€ (any ideas for theme?? )

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          Posted in Farm Animals, Learn to Draw

          Learn to draw Farm Animals

          Drawing is so much fun and a good activity to keep your kids busy for some time. Farm animals are a great topic of study for preschoolers. These step by step illustrations teach kids how to draw farm animals. Its a fun way to build confidence in drawing & copying. Just look at the placement and then copy along. After drawing you can ask them to color it and also teach about each animal.

          • identify common farm animals
          • the mother, father, and baby names for common farm animal families (e.g, hen, rooster, and chick are all part of the chicken family)
          • the sounds made by common farm animals
          • what kinds of products we get from farm animals

          This is a great activity – kids can have fun drawing & colouring plus some learning πŸ˜€