Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Visiting the Leprechaun Tree

This past weekend my daughter and grand daughter came to my house to visit.
It was the perfect time to go for a walk in the woods
to look for the Leprechaun Tree.
On our walk we found coloured ribbons with bells on them.
When we found a ribbon we tied it on to her stick.
We walked, shook the stick and sang "I Can Sing a Rainbow".
"I can sing red and yellow and pink and green,
purple and orange and blue.
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too."
After climbing up and down hills we found the tree.
The doors are still there, yay!
It was a fun to see that a couple of unicorns have moved in.
When we looked closer we saw a gold coin.
And another one!
Good thing Nana brought a little black pot to collect them in.
It feels very special to share these traditions with my grandchild.
Hope you had a fun St. Patrick's Day too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Leprechaun Family

This week when I go home my daughter and grand daughter will be coming with me.
I'm very excited that they will be home for St. Patrick's Day
because we can go visit the Leprechaun Tree.
I got busy on the weekend and made a Leprechaun family for my grand daughter to play with.
It's modelled after her own family with a mom, baby and dad.
When I arrived Sunday night we put her new playscape together.
Starting with a basket filled with green (fake) grass
and a walk way that has jewels glued to it.
A little house came next and she was eager to get the family into play 
but there were a couple of more things to add.
A rainbow stacker, tree and bench finished it off.
Oh and of course a pot of gold.
It's set on top of our little sensory table with a book called 
"The Littlest Leprechaun".
The house soon came out of the basket so it was easier to reach
and the family have been happily tucked in to it several times.
Sometimes those tricky Leprechauns try to get away
but she catches them
and puts them back.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March Treasure Basket - Balls

In January I made a card board box house for my grand daughter 
but she never was comfortable going into it.
I tried poking lights in the top but that didn't interest her
so I thought balls might do the trick.
I spent the past month searching for a variety of balls,
some from my own bins and others from dollar stores.
We set the box on it's side and cut holes for these two big tubes
to fit through.
Then I showed her the balls.
She took each from the basket and showed me her favourites.
Then I took one of the balls and rolled it through the tube.
She copied me.
A couple of balls have lights inside them.
She figured out how to activate them.
I thought they might motivate her to go farther in to the box.
As you see in the video she is stretching into it but I wouldn't say she is

Do you have any suggestions on how to encourage her to go in the box?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Introducing Colours

Colours are all around us and they are fun to introduce.
One of my grand daughter's favourite books is 
"Treasure Hunt Counting Colours"
I like this book because of the big layout.
It's not cluttered but gives a toddler a challenge.
We've followed her lead in showing us what she is interested in on each page.
For example, on the green page, if she points at the frog I say "frog" and introduce the sign.
Then we look to see if there are any other frogs on the page.
Over time I'll add words like big and small
and what sound a frog makes.
On the purple page she was interested in the balloons
so we sign and find all the balloons.
But when she points at the onion we talk about same and different.
Using the signs for each one helps her hear and see that they are different.
At the moment her favourite thing to find on the purple page are the socks.
On the blue page we've introduced "pretend" and pick up the blueberries to eat them.
On the black page it was the truck.
This is because we talk about what her dad drives to work.
We make a sound for truck too (vroom).
On the white page she points to a bear then attempts to sign it.

On the orange page it is the cats.
Then I introduced the sign for tiger and she points to that one too.
Interestingly she rarely spends any time looking at the yellow page
even when I point out things I know she likes.
Whereas brown is my favourite.
Mmmm chocolate, bread, snuggly teddy bears are some of my favourite things.

I think we need to find some easy "I Spy" books for her next.