Good morning! It looks like it will be cooler, but stormy in Durham today. Here are three invitations for toddlers for today.
Sensory Invitation: Taste-safe cloud dough
While this is made with raw flour, which you should not eat, it is non-toxic and simple to make. In a large bowl mix together:
2 cups plain flour
¼ cup vegetable oil
Powdered food coloring (optional)
When the flour is incorporated, you should have a mixture that holds together when squeezed, but easily breaks apart. You can leave it in the bowl, or pour it into a sensory bin/tub with some scoops and small containers.
Sensory investigations are a way for toddlers to explore the physical properties of the world around them, to work with filling and dumping, and experience different textures.
Large Motor Invitation: Bean bag toss into empty frames or chalk targets
You can use bean bags for this invitation, or balled up socks. Create a target or two using empty photo frames (remove the glass as well), painter’s tape, or sidewalk chalk. Invite your child to toss the bean bags into the frames. They may have ideas about how far away they would like to be, or a different way to arrange the targets. You can also transform this invitation into a water play exploration with balls in place of bean bags and buckets full of water as the targets.
This invitation uses children’s arm muscles, refining aim and tossing skills.
Outdoor/Large Motor Invitation: Sound Adventure: What can you hear?
Invite your child to find a comfortable place to sit near an open window, or to go on a walk around your yard or neighborhood. Ask them to walk or sit quietly so they can listen. What will they notice? What will you, the adult, notice when things are quiet?
We hope this invitation helps you and your toddler to take a moment to listen to and connect with the world.