Mini Bilibo Play

As with the larger version the many uses of these mini Bilibo are only limited by your imagination. Here you can see the full size Bilibo in action and the mini version here! They are pretty cool videos.

Mini Bilibo Set

I was very excited to try them out and gave them to my children with a mission: find different ways to play with these! They happily accepted.

Mini Bilibo Set

Rose began organizing them.

Mini Bilibo

Then had them leap frog jumping over each other.

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In the garden the flowers made potions with liquid water colour paints and…

Mini Bilibo

…grass and mud!

Mini Bilibo

Next the Mini Bilibo made their way to the sand box.

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These versatile and colourful mini versions of the Bilibo are a great addition to any play space! Check them out here.

Geoboard Light Table Play

So you may expect the following information to show a geoboard being used in the traditional way with elastic bands. Apparently that was not as appealing to my grade 2 daughter as these beautiful counters and beads:

Counters and beads on a geoboard I did leave out rubber bands but they were ignored.

Instead the counters and beads seemed to be more attractive.

The counters are part of this Manipulative Kit for Light Table:

Manipulative Kit For Light Table

and the beads are from this Giant Transparent Beads kit.

Giant Transparent Beads

The counters look amazing:

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These geoboards are transparent and can be purchased at Quality Classrooms here and  are perfect for the light table. They also come in 5 x 5 and 11 x 11 and a variety of colours.

11X11 Pin Rainbow Geoboards

Maybe next time we will use them for what they have been designed for!

Or maybe we will just find another awesome use.

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Who knew geoboards could look so great!

 

Toys for a 7 and 8 month old

So much has happened in these two busy months. Sitting developed into commando crawling and then crawling on all fours.  The sensory ball was still a hit and the way it rolled away and needed to be chased caused squeals of excitement!

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Whittle world provided constant play amusement for all three children. Freddy liked to open the door on the bus, use the crane on the fire truck and put the people into the vehicles. Supervision is needed as the people are still quite small for babies.

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The excersaucer was still entertaining and a safe place while lego was being played with nearby or cooking  undertaken.

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The dreaded noisy toys (we have few) are a good entertainer for a short time and the cause and effect exploration is a great developmental opportunity. Here is a Sound Puzzle Box, one of the few ‘noisy’ toys sold at Quality Classrooms.

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Duplo is again one of those wonderful toys all three can play with safely. Freddy seems happy to be included in the play while the flowers can continue their dramatic play.

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A high chair has a clear vantage point to watch cooking or kitchen clean up whilst playing with some soft toys. This bowling set features 6 different soft pins with sounds and animal faces.

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Watching Freddy’s delighted discoveries and exploration is fascinating for this elementary school teacher!

Toys for a 6 month old

Freddy is now 6 months and so entertaining! He is having a great time exploring, mostly with his mouth but also now with his hands and feet. My aim is to share what he is enjoying most, each month.

At the moment most of his toys are in a huge play yard. This keeps the toys contained and in a few months when he starts moving, it will also keep Freddy contained and safe. With a busy household the play yard is must for us. Making it a fun environment now will hopefully result in it being a comfortable spot for him to hang out in a few months time.

He loves rattles and this is one of his favourites:

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It is easy to grasp and the beads are also of great interest. Everything goes into the mouth and therefore needs to be safe. At Grannies house this Abacus rattle is his favourite:

Abacus Rattle

Freddy has learned to roll a sensory ball backwards and forwards beside him. He also explores the soft spikes of the ball. Proud of himself:

Sensory ball

Jumping is also a delight whether it is in his jolly jumpy or an excersaucer.

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Freddy also gets to explore toys with his sisters who climb into his playpen to play with him.

Wheely bug fun

A trip on a wheely bug was also an adventure!

Farm Animal Play

It is that time of year again when we think about farming.

The crops are in the field, farmers markets are frequent and we are starting to enjoy eating from our garden.

Farm Animal Play

Our Fold & Go Barn is a favourite toy and is easy to tote along to activities or a day out.

The animals can be stored inside but we have quite a collection now and they have a separate home in a tub.

Fam Animals Play

I threw in a tub of Skinny Sticks too. My theory was the girls would use them as fencing. It didn`t really happen.

I penned in the donkey as so:

Fam Animals Play

They ignored me and organised the animals into groups.

Farm Animals Play

The different sections of the barn were perfect for this activity.

They also re enacted scenes from favourite TV shows and books.

Just goes to prove, yet again, how I play with toys, is very different to the way the flowers engage with an activity.

I can predict how children will interpret a play invitation, but I am often wrong!

St Paddies Day Bubber Play

Yesterday I pulled out the green Bubber and some fun additions including Bright Buttons, Coloured Flat Wooden Shapes and some stems.

Bubber

I put it all in a box and made it look pretty (forgot to take a photo) and the first thing the girls did was pull everything onto the table to play. When it comes to Bubber, it doesn’t need to be organised; once you feel the stuff you just want to play!

Bubber

Rose enjoyed using the buttons and a few other green things I had thrown in the box, to make prints in the Bubber.

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Bubber

Daisy was more into using the Bubber as a base for building on top of.

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“Blow out the candle on your cake” she requested.

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The Green House!

The added bonus with Bubber is that it doesn’t weld itself into the carpet as play dough does. It does not dry out and all you need is a dustpan and brush to clean it up.

Need I say more?

Number Fun Ducks and Water Play

With there not being a chance of getting a pool outside for months, we have been enjoying water play inside, in other ways.

Number Fun ducks

These include learning to dry non breakable dishes, playing in the bath and sensory water tub play using:

Water has such a wonderful, calming affect on Rose in particular. She is 2 1/2 and often struggles with temper and sensory overload. Water provides a break for her. She can focus on the feeling of water running through her fingers, play with the effects water has on objects and enjoy listening to the sounds made by moving water. The conversations that come from water play are great!

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Here she is organsing her ‘ducks in a row’ and talking to them. Counting the dots on the duck’s back helps her remember number order and associate oral numbers with physical counts. The number figure on the bottom is more useful for Daisy who is currently working on number formation.

Ideas for Setting up Water Play

Memory Match Clams

  • Sort objects in water by colour, shape, size, weight etc.
  • Investigate which container holds more
  • Go fishing

  • Give a doll a bath

Ocean Miniature Animal Tube

 

Whatever you are doing at the water centre have fun and enjoy the conversations!