Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time for Tots - Activity #9

Hello everyone, it has been quite a while since I last posted a ‘time for tots’, but here I am again all ready for another season of tot school and blogging!

This week Rebekah played with jelly. This activity actually needs to be done with smaller children who have no idea what ‘cutting up’ and ‘mixing’ is yet because that is exactly what she did! My mom once let Beth play with jelly at the age of one and it was hilarious to watch her slurp it up off the table and try to pick it up! Rebekah often helps Mommy in the kitchen by cutting up soft fruit such as papaya and for her birthday she got an apron, so now she is a big girl! This will probably be the last ‘baby time for tots’ post since Madam is entering a new stage of ‘little girlhood’ and needs more challenging activities to keep her entertained and stimulated, but don’t worry, I shall still do activities, they will just be for two year olds +!

So this is what you will need: A tray, spoons, bowls, etc, and table put outside where it can get good and messy, and ready-made jelly (try use a nice, interesting flavour and colour such as orange).

Rebekah ready to start but not quite sure what is expected of her!

Here are the instructions to playing with jelly according to Rebekah:

Start by cutting it up with a spoon...

Pick up a piece of jelly...

...Whoops!  Careful it doesn’t slide off the side of the tray!

Eventually put it in your bowl and carry on.

Have a little taste without anyone seeing you...not!  Nothing ever gets done without anyone seeing around here!  Beth and Gabrielle were hovering like flies around the table hoping for a taste of jelly (which they never got, of course!)!

Continue with this method: Cut, pick up, put in bowl, lick your fingers, cut...

This is fun!!

I wouldn’t advise you to let your tot eat ALL the jelly; tell him/her/ them it’s for playing with, not for eating. When Rebekah told me she was ‘all done’ I let her have a few small spoonfuls then told her we were going to pack away and she gave me no nonsense!

Remember, you can still share your tot ideas with me. They can be for one year olds, two year olds and three year olds. Even Gabrielle, age four, still sometimes joins in activities with Rebekah. If you would like to participate in ‘Time for Tots’ then please create a new post on your blog with your ideas (tried and tested with photos, please!!) and make sure you give a link to my blog and THIS post (click on the link to take you to the tot school rules page). Then come back here to THIS post and leave the link to your actual post in the comments section and I will get back to you! I hope you can join in the fun!

‘To the tots’,

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