Toddler Time and Tin Cans

 

Most of my posts about homeschool are based on projects done with my oldest, but the last couple of days my Toddler has been very active in the kitchen!

I love that he likes to help bake, and it’s so important for toddlers to be an active participant in their families, that I always welcome the helping hands. (even if it entails more work in the end for me 🙂

What Toddlers learn in the kitchen:

Math- shapes, sorting, measuring, counting

Social Skills- team work, following directions, responsibility

Reading- even though they can’t yet read, pointing to and looking at the books or boxes are beginner steps in reading!

Fine Motor Skills- Stirring, pouring, mixing, and pressing.

The first recipe we made was a fruit smoothie! We had peaches to spare and several other ingredients, so we made it up as we went along and it came out pretty good! We combined peaches, yogurt, milk, ice, peanut butter and     fluff…..it was tasty!

 

 

 

 

 

 
The next baking project was brownies, and both boys shared in who got to add what ingredients and – the most important part- who go to lick what when we were done!                                                                                                                                                       The other project we did today was with my oldest. As we study the colonial times I like to throw in some hands-on activities. The idea of making our own tin can lantern came into play as we take a closer look at what life was like in comparison to today’s world of technology! We have a book filled with ideas to do as we go along, so we started with this one! I saved a tin can, it is to be filled with water and set to freeze as it makes it easier to punch the holes. I tried to do it without and it, and it just didn’t work ;P  Once frozen he drew his design and then we laid it down on a towel and he used nails and a hammer to punch through, we added a tea light after melting the ice out and ta- da!-

a Colonial lantern!

 

Lots of Creations

 

Lots of painting projects today!

We did all the usuals- math, reading, spelling and history, but it was  mostly a  creative projects type of day today.

We started out with some printed blank copies of “Irises” to paint using watercolors.  This turned out to be a struggle for my oldest as he was looking for perfection vs. painting for enjoyment. After a couple of “do-overs” to which he was still unsatisfied with the outcome, we decided to do a collaborative piece together(the one above).  I was surprised that this was not as enjoyable as I had hoped… although he asked to do his own flower painting , preferring to create his own, feeling less pressured. This is what he made “A teepee, with flowers coming out”

While he was busy at the table, my youngest, who’s 2,  was busy at the computer playing memory games and matching of the shape games. He’s pretty good at navigating around and finding new games to do within the site! Shortly after that we read his new book “Who Is Driving?” he loves it as it shows a vehicle with a line up of animals dressed up to “match” the car and asks who’s driving?  He later on was quizzing his older brother with a huge grin on his face! “Liam, who’s driving the race car?!” He was loving it!

With a follow up to yesterday’s science lesson, we read a book about turtles and then made our own turtles using rocks and paint. Liam chose to paint a snapping turtle,  Luke did not want to make one, but looked at the pictures in the book as we read aloud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last project of the day was part of our world history lesson. A project that will take some time, but part one was completed this afternoon. Liam is going to create the Four Alls. In the days of knights and castles, the world was divided into four parts called the Four Alls- the peasants, the priests, the knights and the kings.  He chose to start with the knights and made a small model and will continue to make the whole society as we go along! This one was made using printed pictures and we will also use materials from nature as it is put together for completion. Off to a good start! He already has some ideas for the next one.