Thursday, May 24, 2018

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Another favourite author and book of mine, Denise Fleming's 
"In the Tall, Tall Grass".
It is a great book to add to my grand daughter's interest in bugs.
To bring the book to life I placed a mirror at the back of her table, 
then cut out pieces of green bristol board to look like the grass in the book.
 My grand daughter laughs every time she sees the cover of the book with the child peeking through the grass.  So I thought it would be fun for her to see herself peeking through the grass.
Then Dad introduced the book.
From my collection of stuffies I found the animals, bugs and other creatures that are in the book.
Mom and Dad took some time to help her discover all the creatures in her basket and play with them.
  Lots of playing after that modelling from mom and dad.
 Helping the creatures hide and move in, out, 
over and around the grass.
 
At the end of the day the creatures rest and wait.

The next day, outside in the back yard, we spotted something lying in the tall, tall grass.  The landlord's cat found a cool place to lay.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Textured Hoops

Last week I introduced textured hoops to my grand children.
They are made from old embroidery hoops and different fabrics.
The oldest grand child looked at them first, feeling each one.
Then we put them on the floor and shared them with one of her cousins.
They explored the hoops together.
Introducing descriptive words to help label what they might be feeling.

 My daughter took the following pictures of her girls playing with the hoops.
 She set up the hoops so they were in easy reach for accidental touching,
 grabbing and tasting.
 Soft
 Scratchy
Bumpy
Hey sis, what do you think this one feels like?



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Vintage Toys Never Get Old

I love Fisher Price vintage toys and have been collecting for a couple of years now.
This was my collection a year ago.
Many of the toys are ones that we had when our children were small.
 I love that my grand children are now using the same toys that their parents used.
 Like the Roly Poly apple that encourages reaching.
Or the crib activity centre.
Or the bus she learned to manoeuvre around obstacles.

 A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to a vintage toy fair
 and found the Fisher Price Brown Tudor house.
Plus lots of accessories.
Opa is always excited when she shows an interest in trains.

 
There is still so much to share.
I look forward to bringing new 'old' toys to their homes for them to play with.
Do any of these toys bring back memories for you.





Monday, May 14, 2018

May's Treasure Basket - Bugs

The weather is warmer and we are seeing life happening around us.
On our daily walks we spot a variety of bugs, all new to this little one.
Perfect time to put together a basket of items about bugs.
I included a bug house, magnifying glass and a net.
 
And of course bugs!
I was excited to show her the worm in the basket and we pulled out the Grumpy Bird book.
A worm is what Bird offered his friends for snack
and we hadn't seen a live one yet.
Her favourite item in the basket are these little bug holders.
She loves opening and closing them.
Especially after she puts a bug inside.
We found this great book called "big bug" that is all about big and little.
 It is about perspective.
The book starts with a big bug but on the second page it becomes a little bug on a big leaf.  Then the next page is a big flower and a little leaf.
This continues till they reach the big sky then it reverses back
to the little bug.
Later we went outside to catch some bugs.
We managed to capture these teeny tiny bugs in her net.
When mom and dad got home we shared the basket and showed them how we caught the bugs.