I’m so excited to be part of the Everwood Team, and looking forward to sharing my passion for children, education, and Camp through this blog! A little bit about me… I have been a preschool teacher for the past 7 years and I am also the mom of a 10 year old boy and 13 year old girl. I have had thousands of conversations with parents and taught hundreds of children through hands-on, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities designed to foster creativity, fine and gross motor skills, language development, social skills, problem solving and more. This blog will be a filled with fun activities to do with your child, jokes, and tips that I can offer based on my experience as both a preschool teacher and mother. If there are any topics that are of interest to you, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Trick or Treat!!
Before children can learn to write, they need the strength of their pincer grasp. The squeezing motions children use when handling play dough (or things like it) are a fantastic way to strengthen those muscles. Here are two great activities to use during Halloween or anytime with your children young and old. Both can be made with common ingredients and last for weeks in an airtight container and are great activities for strengthening fine motor development in young children.
1 cup salt
2 TBS vegetable oil
4 tsp. cream of tartar
4 cups of water
Food coloring and glitter(optional)
Combine all the ingredients including coloring or glitter and mix well in a pot. Cook over medium heat until it becomes a ball and pulls away from the pot. Take it out of the pot and knead it on the counter, but be careful as it will be hot. Once it cools, it is ready to play with and you can use plastic knives, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, rollers, and candles as well as many other things to make the experience more fun and to expand their imagination.
1 cup Glue
1 cup Water
Dissolve Borax in one cup of water in a bowl; Let sit for a minute. Then pour either clear or white glue into the bowl and watch it change as you stir it. You can knead it with your hands until it forms a ball. Throw away excess liquid. This is fun to squish and stretch. It will stick to clothes, but does come out in the wash.
My Favorite Links
For more fun activities visit www.stevespanglerscience.com. He has experiments that you can do with household ingredients with step by step video. He also sells many cool science experiments and products which are great for birthday gifts or the holidays.
Joke of the Month
What did the pumpkin put on his boo-boo! …. A PUMPKIN PATCH!!!