The kids and I had a great time making some new toys today! Lots of fun and great for fine motor work and critical thinking skills. I love making our own toys! The kids get so involved with them and seem so much more excited for homemade toys. Plus, when you can make them using recycled materials, it's even better! See full instructions for these and one more great DIY infant/toddler toy at http://theimaginationtree.com/…/4-diy-baby-and-toddler-toys…
We are very excited to have brand new monarch caterpillars to observe! Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants since that is a food source for the caterpillars. We were fortunate enough to find a couple of brand new caterpillars, and even an unhatched egg! We are looking forward to keeping them in our butterfly house with a fresh supply of milkweed so we can watch them grow and change!
We had some big messy fun with cornstarch & water outside this morning! A great sensory activity, and science lesson, too, since the mixture creates a "non-newtonian fluid" which has properties of both liquid and solid.
We are going to enjoy every last bit of summer weather!
The kids spent a lot of time this past week creating an obstacle course in the yard! The planning, trial & error, teamwork, and of course, large motor work were amazing to watch! #looseparts
We have tadpoles!!! How awesome is it that we have acquired our very own tadpole delivery service?!?! Thanks, Heather! We are so excited to watch them grow and change!
We had fun with colored water in the shade on this HOT summer day! :) I think it took about 15 seconds to get two tubs of purple water...then they scooped, and poured, and filled, and sprayed, and dumped that purple water all day long!
One of my favorite hand-eye coordination/visual tracking exercises: BUBBLES!!! Also great for relational mathematics vocabulary like smallest & biggest, and of course the science of surface tension! Plus, isn't there just something so magical about bubbles?! :)
BIG excitement here today!! The nest we discovered in our playhouse on Friday now has four beautiful eggs! We had a great discussion about what these eggs will need and what might happen with them over the next few days and weeks. So far the kids have agreed that we will stay away and let the birds borrow our playhouse for awhile so we don't scare away the mama bird and she can continue to care for her babies. :)
More ways to join the fun!:
Welcome to Hilary's Home Daycare & Preschool! Take a look through these pages to get a glimpse of what our days are like! If your child is currently enrolled in Hilary's Home Daycare, be sure to check out the "Look what we did today!" section often to join in our fun!
Hilary's Home Daycare currently has two full-time openings for children who are between the ages of 2 and 5 years. If you or someone you know is looking for a fun, engaging, loving environment for a child to spend their days, please let me know!