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๐Ÿ’ฆWET Pouring 1: 2 (Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

We are continuing our Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡ with ๐Ÿ’ฆWET pouring, but this time it is pouring 1:2, where a child will pour from one spouted pitcher into two non-spouted cups and back. Make sure to introduce this lesson after a child shows confidence in pouring using exclusively spouted pitchers like in ๐Ÿ’ฆWET Spout Pouring 1:1 (see post heresince you want to assure success to your child.

DSC_0083What you will need:
๐Ÿ”นa tray that is comfortable to take off the shelf and carry to the work-space (you may want to line it with a shelf-liner to prevent any sliding around);
๐Ÿ”น one large spouted glass pitcher with a wide mouth filled with ๐Ÿ’ฆwater (I added ๐Ÿ’™ blue coloring);
๐Ÿ”นtwo NON-spouted glasses or cups or even shallow bowls;
๐Ÿ”นa sponge to wipe any drips or to wipe a tray dry.

๐Ÿ’กTIP: Make sure that the spout is large enough since the child will have to pour the water back from NON-spouted glasses into the pitcher, and you want to prevent frustration and assure as much success to your child as possible. 

As you see in this video, Adrian (at 3.5 years old) is still spilling some water while pouring back from non-spouted glasses into the pitcher. However, spills are natural part of this lesson, triggering reasoning skills as the child will have to realize the cause-and-effect and figure out what to do when something spills, that is wiping the spills thoroughly.  


The pouring below is a little harder since Adrian is using a small non-transparent pitcher: we are actually using a porcelain handle-less creamer (buy here) and tiny 1.5 oz sake cups (buy here). This time, I added green coloring to the water to keep the activity fresh and interesting.
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๐Ÿ’กTIP: Make sure that you do not have more water than will fit into both cups since the child will have to pour equally into each cup, and you do not what your child to end up with extra water.

"Pour, pour, pour ..."  

This activity is great at refining control of pouring, since the child might have to stop few times while pouring in one cup and then into the other (to prevent water from overflowing from the sides), and then go back and pour more in the first cup (like what Adrian did in this video). Also, some children might have an impulse to just pour the entire pitcher  - and it is totally fine since they can naturally learn how to clean up the work and make everything the way it was so that they can start over again. Cleaning up is a part of gross-motor control and part of this activity, and it gives them a lot of pride and the sense of accomplishment and success.

For more on pouring, see here "๐Ÿ’ฆWET Spout Pouring 1:1 (Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."


๐Ÿ’ฆWET Spout Pouring 1:1 (Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

This is a lesson on WET pouring 1 : 1, where a child will pour water from one spouted pitcher to the other and back. (Identical to our DRY Spout 1:1 pouring lesson- see a link below), but this time using water instead of dry objects like coffee beans, dry pasta or beads.) This lesson should be presented to a child who is already conformable with DRY pouring since you want to assure success with pouring by first giving your child something that is easier to clean up like dry pasta, rather than spilled water.

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 What you will need:

  • a tray that is comfortable to take off the shelf and carry to the work-space (you may want to line it with a shelf-liner to prevent any sliding/shifting around; carrying the tray from the shelf to the work-space is part of the lesson, developing gross motor coordination);
  • two identical SPOUTED pitchers;
  • water (I added green coloring to keep it interesting);
  • a sponge for any clean up or to wipe any drips.

 

 Levels of Difficulty of Introducing ๐Ÿ’ฆWET Pouring 1:1:

  • ๐Ÿ“Š EASY: WIDE spouted pitchers;
  • ๐Ÿ“Š HARD: SMALL spouted pitchers.

๐Ÿ“Š EASY (below) would be using two WIDE spouted pitchers:

We are using a 10-oz 3.6" tall stoneware creamer (buy here) which has a flat bottom, preventing this pitcher from tipping, a generous handle and a large pour spout. A child will hold a pitcher with both hands, pouring from one pitcher and back, carefully wiping any spills with a sponge.


๐Ÿ“Š HARD (below) would be using two SMALL spouted pitchers:

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This type of pouring is a little harder since pitchers have smaller spouts. Adrian is using a 2.5 oz  2.25" high small glass creamers (buy here), and transparency of the glass adds a new dimension to this activity. 

Again, the child will pour from one small pitcher to the other and back, carefully wiping any spills. See here part II, ๐Ÿ’ฆWET Pouring 1: 2 (Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡), where a child will be pouring from one pitcher into two cups and back.

Also, see here "DRY Spout Pouring 1:1 from our Practical Life ๐Ÿ™Œ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡."


๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

This is a fun sensorial Father's Day craft which, besides advancing fine-motor control via the use of a dropper, will also teach your child โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™ PRIMARY and SECONDARY colors.

DSC_0021Adrian started by gluing ballon-ribbons and three white cotton pads to a piece of paper. He then added โค๏ธ red ๐Ÿ’› yellow and ๐Ÿ’™ blue coloring to each: creating all three PRIMARY colors.

After Adrian made PRIMARY colors, he made SECONDARY colors by adding the following:

  • he added ๐Ÿ’› yellow to โค๏ธ red making = ORANGE color;
  • he then added ๐Ÿ’™ blue to ๐Ÿ’› yellow= making ๐Ÿ’š green;
  • finally, Adrian added โค๏ธ red to ๐Ÿ’™ blue= making ๐Ÿ’œ purple.

DSC_0026Adrian made orange, green, and purple SECONDARY colors. 
DSC_0026Adrian thus learned hands-on how to make secondary colors by mixing the two primary colors.DSC_0076You may also offer a child to mix any ๐ŸŽจ colors coming up with own color-pallet.DSC_0092-2As a final touch, Adrian added some sparkling glitter and wrote "Love you Dad!"

For more on Father's Day craft ideas see here a video post "๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - ๐ŸŽฅ Magically Appearing ๐Ÿ™ˆSecret ๐Ÿ–ŒMessage."

Also, read here  last year's craft  "๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day Craft - "Daddy, I love you ๐Ÿš€ to the ๐ŸŒ™ moon and back!"

For more on color mixing and science, see here a post "Primary Colors, ๐Ÿ’งWater & Tissue Paper Capillary Action Timelapse Science Experiment (Rainbow Walking Water)."


Lacing DIY Geometric Shapes (Montessori Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Lacing wooden geometric shapes (buy here or similar here) is a classic Montessori Sensorial activity. This is also an easy DIY activity to make at home with colored heavy-cardstock (buy here), scissors and a hole puncher. You can match the shoelace to the shape or use complimentary (opposite) lace color for a color-pop.   DSC_0069Our wooden shapes (buy here) include a circle, triangle, octagon, hexagon, pentagon, and a square. You would use a geometric shape template to trace it on the paper. You can also laminate the cut-out paper shapes before punching a whole to add durability and thickness to your template. 

As a child works with her/his hands, indirectly developing fine-motor control, s/he is learning the lacing stitch while threading the laces through the pre-punched holes again and again. 

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On the left is a paper-template hexagone and on the right is the wooden one.

DSC_0069This material can also be useful for teaching color and shape recognition. 

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As a result of this activity, a child learns geometry (shapes of various geometric objects) while developing fine-motor skills in a practical life activity, which is sensorial in nature. 

p.s. Adrian started lacing since he was two-and-a-half. (See here  a post "Lacing Wooden Geometric Shapes Activity.")


๐ŸŒŠ Ocean Unit Study

June 8th is World Oceans Day, and we were inspired to start our Ocean Unit Study. 

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As always, we begin any unit study by referring to books while exploring our animal figurines. Children love National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (buy here). The book is a comprehensive animal reference, including the sea's high-interest animals (such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins) as well as some of its lesser-known creatures. More than a hundred vibrant animal photographs illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures' sizes, diets, homes, and more. 

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My Mom collected these beautiful starfishes for Julia and Adrian, and we placed them inside of the Discovery windows (buy here ), which are great for displaying as well as for preserving something fragile. 

Shells from ThailandAlso, inside our Discovery Window are tiny shells my Mom collected during her trip to Thailand.

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An invitation to sensorially explore with our Ocean Animal friends (buy a set of 5 here or a set of 4 here). 

DSC_0089 Water beads offer a great tactile experience: smooth, squishy, and cool to the touch, Adrian loved holding and squishing them!

To prepare this ocean sensory bin, we are using water beads (buy here) which are nontoxic, biodegradable, and available in three colors: white, aqua, and blue. Once you add water, the dehydrated beads start expanding, and in about 6-8 hours, they are fully expanded!

DSC_0086You can see the size comparison of dehydrated vs fully expanded beads. 

DSC_0089 A new addition to our collection: Sperm Whale (buy here) is now Adrian's favorite!

Sperm whale has set several records. It is the largest toothed whale and has the biggest mouth of all whales. It could potentially swallow a person whole! However, sperm whale is not dangerous to people because it is only interested in attacking squid, of which it consumes around 1.5 tons a day. Sperm whale's brain weighs 9.5 kilograms (as heavy as almost two bowling balls) and is thus the heaviest brain of all mammals. Sperm whale navigates through the seas using echolocation. You can hear it whistling, squeaking, and groaning under water from several kilometers away.


DSC_0089See turtle (buy here) and Seahorse (buy here).

Sea turtles - green-brownish color, have perfectly adapted to life in the water. Their feet have developed into a shape of paddles and their bodies are more streamlined than those of tortoises, allowing them to move skillfully through the water. Their movements look like they are flying underwater. Except for the time they lay eggs, turtles spend their entire life in tropical and subtropical waters where they hunt for cephalopods, crabs and jellyfish. Did you know that sea turtles, as oppose to land turtles/tortoises, are not able to pull their large head into the shell?

Although seahorses hardly look like a fish, they are indeed fish - from the hippocampus family. Seahorses live in tropical and moderate seas, off the coast of south-east Australia and New Zealand. They use their curled tail to grip seaweed or other seahorses. Seahorses propel themselves very slowly with the help of their transparent dorsal fin. The tiny pectoral fin is for steering. Did you know that it is the male seahorse that hatches the eggs? At birth the fry are literally thrown out of the male's pouch!

DSC_0023 Submerging into the ocean water play! DSC_0023Humpback Whale (buy here) always draws Adrian's attention.

The humpback whale is a charismatic species of large whale that has a truly global distribution, living from Antarctica to the Arctic (except under the sea ice) and from the coast to the open ocean. The humpback whale is one of the largest animals on Earth, growing to lengths of more than 50 feet (16 m) and weights of 40 tons (36 metric tonnes). This incredible size is only possible because of this speciesโ€™ aquatic lifestyles and the buoyancy provided by seawater. On land, an animal as large as the humpback whale would almost certainly be crushed under its own weight. Although they are enormous, humpback whales are not predatory: they filter feed some of the tiniest fish in the ocean, such as krill, plankton and shrimp, and are totally harmless to people. Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. Scientists have found that the noises humpback whales make are their way of communicating with each other through song and to appeal to prospective mates.  

For details on the books we are reading, see a post here "๐ŸŒŠ Ocean ๐Ÿ“š Books we are reading."

See here  a post "International Polar Bear๐Ÿป Day- How we celebrate" where we also used gel water beads during a sensory play.

Also, read here a post "Polar Regions Unit Study" where we explored in details some of our animal friends.