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ABC’s

It’s that time of year….back to school and therefore our Tiny Tots are back to learning their letters! Our tots are wee guys, but that’s the perfect time to start with an introduction to letters! We pick one letter a week and focus on it, we expose the tots to the letter in our morning circle and then base our fine motor activity on the letter as well. For some of our little guys, it’s their first time being exposed to the alphabet and others are grasping letter concepts. It is believed that children who can quickly recognize letters have an easier time learning their letter sounds. For other great resources on how to teach letter recognition, check out www.proudtobeprimary.com

Here are a few examples of some of the art we’ve made for A, B and C 🙂

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Santa at Seasons!

IMG_3088Santa comes and visits us every year early enough that you can get your family photo done with him and avoid the lineups at the mall. This past year, we had so much fun with the big, jolly guy. Families were able to take their photo with Santa, thanks to our amazing photographer Pictonat and then they were invited to stay for treats and crafts! Posted below are a bunch of photos from the day!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

oatmealThe tiny tots whipped these chewy, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies in about 20 minutes. Baking with kids is a great way for them to learn about counting and numbers. To avoid big messes we have them sit at the table in their booster seats and bring all the ingredients to the table. Then they each get a turn and thus we are also working on our waiting our turn. All great skills for the tots to learn about. I got the recipe from here, I have also pasted it below. We added 3/4 cup of raisins too! Happy baking!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2C old fashioned oats
  • 3/4C chocolate chips, plus extra for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter with granulated sugar and light brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Scrape the bowl as needed. Mix in flour, followed by old fashioned oats. Mix until just combined and no streaks remain. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop, spacing 2-3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. If desired, top off with additional chocolate chips. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on the pan for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Easy Craft for Toddlers!

 

img_3986.jpgLearning through artistic play is a great way to teach toddlers about a variety of topics. This rainbow craft is a super, easy craft to do with kids. All you need to do for prep is cut a variety of colours of construction paper and print out an outline of a rainbow. We used gluesticks as it’s less messy and we’re working with lots of little hands at one time. If you’re doing this craft one on one, white glue and a popsicle stick is also a great way to work on fine motor skills and learn about colours.

As research has proven children learn best through play and that definitely includes artistic play. In our tiny tot program we do a lot of our teaching through artistic forms, art is a fantastic medium for teaching about colours, numbers, shapes and letter recognition. Visit our post on how toddlers can learn through artistic play for more information.  

How To Make a Popcorn Bar!

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This past weekend we hosted a pizza/movie night birthday, which was a very low key and super easy birthday (if you’re looking for ideas). The kids almost made it through the whole movie (which was close to 2 hours) and therefore made for an easy, calm and almost quiet birthday! We made a little popcorn bar, which didn’t take much set-up and the kids loved it. All you need is a bin for the popcorn and some smaller ones for candies. Visit your trusty dollar store for most of the supplies, we also purchased the popcorn boxes there. Print out some fancy looking labels and voila you’ve got yourself a Popcorn bar.