I have been meaning to make a felt board for the babies for ages. They like the felt boards we have used in classes and at the library. I can think of so many ways to use a felt board with them and I finally got around to actually making them each a felt board. I just love them! They were so easy to make, took probably less than 10 minutes, and cost less than $5 each! Now I just need to start on some projects to use with the felt boards...
All week, the babies have been enjoying a crazy St. Patrick's Day sensory bin. It has a lot of textures, shapes, shades of green, and even different noises. One of the best parts of this St. Patrick's Day sensory bin is that it's mostly made of things from the Dollar Tree!
Baby A woke up early from her nap one afternoon last week so I decided to take advantage of the one on one time to make some play dough. We take a toddler class once a week and the teacher makes the best play dough so we used her recipe. I decided to go with a St. Patrick's Day theme and made two batches. This play dough is so easy to make, the perfect consistency, and I know what is in it in case any of the dough makes its way to toddler mouths.
When I was teaching, I used calm jars in my break space. This was a spot in my library where kids could take a break to regain control of themselves, take a brain break, or calm down. A calm jar is a container with glitter that you can shake up and then watch the glitter settle. It really is very calming! I impulse-purchased some glitter at the Target Dollar Spot's St. Patrick's Day section so I decided to make a St. Patty's day calm jar for the babies.
After visiting a local children's museum and watching the babies play with all kinds of sensory exhibits, I wanted to start making the babies a few sensory bins of our own. I decided to start with rainbow rice because it seemed fun and Baby A has been especially interested in pouring things from one cup to another, which would be a perfect thing to do with rice.