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.
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*  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. 
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  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 cooks.com 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. 
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    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.
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    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











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      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!
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    (during)
    (after)
     

    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.
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    *  (See a previous post of this book, titled A Picnic With Monet)
    Age:  infant
    Activities:
    1.  French breakfast.
    2.  Floral sensory bottles.
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    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.
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    2.  Floral sensory bottles.

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