Counting with coins

In Chloe’s room, we keep a piggy bank. And when we have leftover coins, we put them in together. She gets so excited for it.
Chloe is a pretty good counter considering she just turned 2 in July. She can count to about 12, although she often forgets 8. I decided a good way to practice counting while learning new words would be by counting up her coins.

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I dumped out her coins onto the floor and let her touch them all.

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Then, we started sorting the coins. I told her the names : nickels, dimes and quarters.
We laid the dimes in rows of 10, so we had to practice counting to 10 several times.

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We rolled up the coins so that we can go take them into the bank. Chloe needed to help at that part too.

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In the end, we rolled $17 worth of coins.

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I’ll have to keep putting coins in her piggy bank because she loved this activity and will be excited to do it again!

Tissue paper play

I saw a post for sensory play with tissue paper from and next comes L. I was curious to try it with Chloe.

Unfortunately, I used all my tissue paper at Christmas and haven’t acquired anymore since. So, I went to the dollar store and bought 3 packs for a buck a pack. I cut the pieces into different sizes and put them into a bin. 20140517-141204.jpg
I couldn’t even get a picture of the bin before Chloe tried to get her little hands in it. Please note the blur in the bottom left corner- Chloe’s hand.

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At first, Chloe would pull out a piece of tissue paper and lay it flat on the floor.
I played with the tissue paper too, and I started wrapping small toys in the tissue paper. Chloe stopped what she was doing and watched. I gave her a wrapped up toy and she unwrapped it, then wrapped it back up.

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She kept doing that with different toys. She loved it.

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It’s awesome to see how curious Chloe is. And how something as simple as tissue paper can keep her occupied for more than 5 minutes.

Buttons!

One day I was cleaning out a scrap booking box and found a bag of buttons. Chloe stole it immediately and started playing with the buttons. Since then, I’ve kept them in my ‘Chloe craft/play cupboard’ and I pull them out every once in a while for her to play with. She loves them! When she first started sorting and labeling colours, she was playing with her buttons.
Note: make sure this is a supervised activity, especially if your child likes to stick things in their mouth. Mine doesn’t, and has never put a button in her mouth, but it doesn’t mean she won’t…

I decided to try putting the buttons in a bin yesterday, since Chloe often takes them all over the main level of our house. I also put in some little plastic cups and a paper towel tube to spark some creativity. When Chloe normally plays with buttons, she makes a mess of my house trying to find containers to put buttons in, so this time I saved her the trouble!
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Chloe didn’t want that paper towel tube in this bin. She kept taking it out. I tried pouring buttons through it but she wasn’t interested. We played together for a bit and then I just stepped back and let her play for a while. She probably played for a solid hour.

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When we played together, we did some colour sorting and identification of colours.

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Chloe kept asking for the buttons the rest of the day. I gave her the bin a couple more times throughout the day. It’s such a great quiet activity!

Oh, and I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest. But I used to sensory bin idea I found on Pinterest to create a button sensory bin.

Buttons!

One day I was cleaning out a scrap booking box and found a bag of buttons. Chloe stole it immediately and started playing with the buttons. Since then, I’ve kept them in my ‘Chloe craft/play cupboard’ and I pull them out every once in a while for her to play with. She loves them! When she first started sorting and labeling colours, she was playing with her buttons.
Note: make sure this is a supervised activity, especially if your child likes to stick things in their mouth. Mine doesn’t, and has never put a button in her mouth, but it doesn’t mean she won’t…

I decided to try putting the buttons in a bin yesterday, since Chloe often takes them all over the main level of our house. I also put in some little plastic cups and a paper towel tube to spark some creativity. When Chloe normally plays with buttons, she makes a mess of my house trying to find containers to put buttons in, so this time I saved her the trouble!
20140515-094603.jpg
Chloe didn’t want that paper towel tube in this bin. She kept taking it out. I tried pouring buttons through it but she wasn’t interested. We played together for a bit and then I just stepped back and let her play for a while. She probably played for a solid hour.

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When we played together, we did some colour sorting and identification of colours.

20140515-094855.jpg
Chloe kept asking for the buttons the rest of the day. I gave her the bin a couple more times throughout the day. It’s such a great quiet activity!

Oh, and I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest. But I used to sensory bin idea I found on Pinterest to create a button sensory bin.