Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

Clip the Color Toddler Activity



 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   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   IMG_1076     Here is my cute non-toddler finding matching colors for the clips!   IMG_1092 IMG_1094  

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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.  :)

 

Character Alphabet Book



Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

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This fun peanut butter playdough recipe can double as a snack or dessert.  Not only is it super fun to play with, it really is delicious (believe me, I should know…I ate about half of it)!   I shared this edible playdough recipe a couple years ago when we were learning about butterflies (and used it to demonstrate the phases of a butterfly’s life), but I thought it was worthy of sharing again as we recently made some more to play with.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Nonfat dry milk, peanut butter, and honey!  

 

 

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 1.  Mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk, and 3 tablespoons of honey.

 

 

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2.  Mix until mostly smooth and no longer sticky to touch.  Add more dry milk if it continues to stick to your hands.

 

 

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 3.  Have your kiddos wash their hands and then let them have fun molding the playdough on a clean surface…we broke out our alphabet cookie cutters to make letters as well.

 

 

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Feed the Alphabet Monster

Feed the Alphabet Monster



   

I love being able to repurpose things that would otherwise end up in the trash.  And if you have children in your house, chances are the two items needed for this activity are plentiful:  bottle caps (from milk and other drinks) and a baby wipes container!   I shared this bottle cap sorting activity a few years ago and recently found a stash of bottle caps leftover as I was cleaning out a closet.  I decided to make this Feed the Alphabet Monster activity to help Little Brother practice identifying lowercase letters.        

The title of the post was inspired by Toddler Approved’s Feed the LEGO Monsters post.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a plastic baby wipes container, bottle caps, and 1″ stickers.        

 

IMG_9176     IMG_9178  These 1″ labels are perfect for the tops of bottle caps!  Just peel and stick!    
IMG_9180  1.  Write letters (either capital or lowercase) on the stickers.      
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  IMG_9471       IMG_9468         IMG_9478 I love that this activity can be easily packaged and stored in the wipes container!     
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Paint with Tops

Painting with Tops



 

A few weeks ago we made homemade spinning tops (which the boys are still having a blast with).  We found yet another way to have fun utilizing them:  paint with tops!!  Besides being a fun art project, this activity is also great fine motor practice as your child learns to spin a top.

 

We chose to do this activity outside, just in case the paint was to fly.  And I would definitely recommend it…especially if you have little ones who love to get LOTS of paint on the top.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  tops (add to the fun and make your own with our tutorial), washable paint, paper, and a tray (we used the top of a shallow box).

 

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Just dip the marble (on the bottom of the top) into the paint and then spin on a piece of white paper!  We had three different tops with three different colors.

 

 

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 A top in motion!

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This was the result!  I love how unique this art project is!

 What unconventional material have you and your kids painted with recently?