Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

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 I have just about every “subset” of young children:  a school-aged child, a preschooler, and a baby.  I don’t currently have a toddler at home, however, but I recently came across these colorful clips at the Dollar General and knew they would make a great (and simple) color activity for toddlers!  

IMG 1084 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills, since children have to use the small muscles in their fingers to open and close the clips.   IMG 1074 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   IMG 1076 500x333 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers     Here is my cute non-toddler finding matching colors for the clips!   IMG 1092 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers IMG 1094 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers  

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Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up

There were lots of great ideas shared last week. Here are just a few:

 

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Check out this No-Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering.

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Playdough to Plato shares 100 Free Playdough Mats for Kids!

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This Harold and the Purple Crayon inspired Yarn Art from Buggy and Buddy looks like lots of fun!

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A Solution for Organizing Headbands and Bows

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Last week I asked for tips on the best ways to go about organizing headbands and bows for girls.  There were so many great responses (you can read them all here) and I think I figured out a method of organizing all the bows we have coming out of our ears.  :)

First of all, I decided it would work best if I separated the headbands and alligator clip bows.  I really liked this headband holder, but unfortunately we already had too many headbands to all fit on here (I know, I know…it’s crazy).  :)

So I reverted back to my trusty over-the-door shoe organizer (that we also use for school supplies and scarves/hats in other areas of the house).  I color-coordinated the headbands so the will be easy to find.

 

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Obviously, if you have accordion-style closet doors, this won’t work for you.  Be sure to check out all the other suggestions from our Facebook friends!

 

Next, I needed a solution for the alligator clip bows.  We don’t have very many of these yet because Baby Girl’s hair isn’t long enough to hold them in place.  But I found a birdcage similar to this one at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it with some pink spray paint I already had on hand (it was a teal color to begin with).

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Want to see more of our nursery?  Check it out here.  

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I put felt pads on the bottom to keep it from scratching the dresser.

 

 

How do you organize your daughter’s bows and headbands???

 


Personalized Character Alphabet Book

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Little Brother is slightly character-obsessed.  He loves characters from various cartoons/movies, so I wanted to put that “passion” to good use by helping to reinforce letter names and sounds by creating a character alphabet book for him.  We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house (typically less than an hour a day, although it has been more in more trying seasons of our lives), but these characters are easily impressionable on Little Brother especially.  :)  I have been notoriously against “character” books in the past, but have found that it is beneficial to use the current interests of a child to guide his/her learning (which is why thematic units are great for young children)!

Alphabet Books have long been considered a valuable tool by educators and parents alike to expose young children to letters of the alphabet in a fun and engaging way.  Call me nit picky, but I have found that not all alphabet books are created equal.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when authors of alphabet books don’t use things that actually start with the letter sound that you are trying to teach your child (for example, using the word “chair” for the letter “c”…it starts with the digraph /ch/ and not the /k/ sound).  I prefer for the short vowel sounds to be used for vowels, but that isn’t always possible.  :)

 

Here are the characters included in our alphabet book:

A-  Angry Bird
B-  Batman
C-  Captain America
D- Donkey Kong
E-  Emmet (from The LEGO Movie)
F-  Flounder (from The Little Mermaid)
G-  Goofy
H-  Hulk
I-  Iron Man
J-  Junior Asparagus (from Veggie Tales)
K-  Kristoff (from Frozen)
L-  Lightning McQueen
M-  Mario
N-  Ninja Turtles
O-  Olaf  (from Frozen)
P-  Peter Pan
Q-  Queen Esther  (from Veggie Tales)
R-  Rafiki  (from The Lion King)
S-  Spiderman
T-  Toothless (from How to Train Your Dragon)
U-  Ursula (from The Little Mermaid)
V-  Vader (as in Darth Vader from Star Wars)
W-  Woody (from Toy Story)
X-  X-men
Y-  Yoda (from Star Wars)
Z-  Zazu (from The Lion King)

 

To make our alphabet book, I searched for images for each of the above characters and made them into a book using Shutterfly.  I do not have images or a template to share because that would be a violation of 26 different copyrights…but if you know what you are looking for, it won’t take long to find all of these photos.  :)

 

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Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce

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This is a super-simple activity that Little Brother loved!  I used leftover ping pong balls from our hands-on blood demonstration and the plastic inserts that hold frozen quiche bites from a baby shower I helped with several months ago.  To keep from ping pong balls flying everywhere, I also used a shallow plastic tub to tame the bouncing.    

 

  IMG 0813 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 1.  I used 1″ circle labels to write the letters in each of the quiche trays.  There were a few extra spots, so I drew some shapes as a review.  :)   IMG 0816 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 2.  Let your little one bounce the ping pong ball into the plastic tub.   IMG 08271 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 3.  Have him/her identify the letter that it lands on.   IMG 0839 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce    

Doesn’t get much easier than that!  Check out our other alphabet activities!

 

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