Gluing for Todders

I can’t take credit for this as I saw it on a blog (I can’t remember which) but thought it was a great idea and wanted to share.  If you work with toddlers you know that it’s hard for them to use a glue sticks.  However, they like to glue things to pages.  Here is a simple solution that makes gluing easy for them.

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Pour glue into a container (if you use one with a lid you can save any remaining glue and use it again).  Mix it with a little water.  Give the child a small sponge to use to soak up the glue and spread it on their paper.  I found these sponges on a stick at the dollar store.  They were perfect.  When done squeeze out any extra glue from the sponge and wash them.  Put a lid on the remaining glue and use it again later.  It is a little messy as the children dripped the glue everywhere but it wipes up easily and the children were very excited to do the pasting all by themselves.

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More Counting Activities

My daycare kids seem to be really into numbers and counting these days.  Here are two more counting activities.  The 2 year olds still need help counting but they can match numbers pretty well up to 10.

A large dice the child tosses and then counts the dots and find the corresponding number.

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There is a ton of Montessori inspired activities you can do on a magna doodles, plus they’re great for developing fine motor skills.  Pumpkin 1 loves this activity.  I write a number on the magna doodle and she makes the right number of circles or squares to match.  Erase, repeat, over and over and over and over…..IMG_8454

 

Window Writing

I love the big windows in our new playroom.  They let so much light in, the kids love looking out them and they’re great for some window writing (in a princess dress of course).  A new way to draw and create.

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