Friday, August 31, 2012

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear (again)

We love this book!  With its strawberry theme, we concocted a yummilicious-smelling playdough for Baby K to explore.
*  Story: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood  (again)
*  (See another fun post of this blog titled The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear.) 
*  Age:  infant 
*  Activity/ Experience:
          1.  Playdough. 
  1. Strawberry-scented playdough.   Played with this a lot here at home, and took some to daycare to share with friends too.  Baby K squeezed, patted, manipulated, & tore off little pieces of the dough with great concentration.  --It clearly doesn't taste good though, as she put some in her mouth then quickly spit it back out.  I love how our Sweet Pea is willing to try new things!!  
Here's how we made the dough, using recipes on as a guide:
Mix 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, & 2 packages of strawberry Crystal Light.  Add 1 cup water & 1 tablespoon oil.  Stir over medium heat until mixture forms a ball.  Knead until smooth & store in air-tight container.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear

    A splendid book Baby K has enjoyed since the womb.  (Seriously!  Often read it to my belly via a fetal microphone!  -Okay, that sounds a little weird.  --But I was EXCITED!!!)  Regardless, this story offers an excellent opportunity to incorporate all the senses.  I was glad to refer to it for the Summer Virtual Book Club, since I'm sure we'd all agree, babies do indeed investigate their world with a lot of tasting, smelling, feeling, hearing, & seeing. 
    Story: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
    Age:  infant
    *  Activities/ Experiences:                              
              1.  The 5 senses with strawberries.
              2.  Fingerprint onesie.
    1.  5 senses with strawberries:
    Taste:  Strawberry-flavored lip gloss.  (Mmm, tasty AND pretty!)  Earth's Best Brand of strawberry banana baby food.  Strawberry-flavored freeze-dried yogurt.
    Smell:  Strawberry-scented bubbles.  Strawberry-scented wax.  (Never to soon to give a "nose for knowledge!")
    Feel:  Plastic strawberries, large enough to not be a choking hazard of course.  --They've been left accessible in her play area, to repeat the experience whenever she wishes.  And she does!  Even took them in the bath.
    sweet bubbles
    Hear:  Plopped the plastic strawberries in a bucket of water.  --This was quite entertaining!!  Baby Girl really got the giggles when the strawberries clunked into a cup.
    See:  Went to our town's annual Strawberry Festival.  Bought red ripe berries, put them in a sensory baggie for squooshing, and it was pretty funny to watch K carry the bag while scooting around the kitchen.  -Carefully.  As if she had a bundle of precious jewels!
    plastic berries
    plastic water berries

    toting the goods
    outside plastic water berries

    in the bath

    bag o' squished strawberries

      2.  Fingerprint onesie.
    Inked up Baby K's fingertips.  (Mommy & Daddy too!)  Her red fingers grabbed a handful of the onesie, leaving splotches on the material.  Drew "seeds" & "stems" with fabric markers, transforming the prints into strawberries.  Then, added a mouse iron-on to complete the book's look!

    Check out these other brilliant activities done with Don & Audrey Woods' books:

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

    A Picnic With Monet (again)

    Bonjour!  Today we revisit the beautiful artwork of Claude Monet in this simple, yet eye-catching board book.
    *  (See a previous post of this book, titled A Picnic With Monet)
    Age:  infant
    1.  French breakfast.
    2.  Floral sensory bottles.
    1.  French breakfast.  Now that Baby Girl is starting to chew with her gums...  I was looking forward to sharing my favorite French breakfast with her.  We headed to our town's Farmers Market, pretending to stroll a french open-air market along the Mediterranean.  (Oh I hope Baby K shares my imagination some day!)  Picked out a delicious strawberry crêpe, and was reminded how I did this very thing last year, insisting my pregnant belly chose this treat!  We washed it down with Le Chocolat Chaud, my most favorite french breakfast item.  I am ecstatic to have found a recipe reminiscent to what I drank every morning in Paris umpteen years ago.

    2.  Floral sensory bottles.

    silk flowers, oil, water, food coloring, marbles
    silk flowers, oil, water, food coloring, pebbles