I couldn’t decide for a while to do an advent calendar for Scarlett this year or not. She’s 26 months old now and I wasn’t sure if she would understand the idea, but I decided to try. I picked the activities that I think she would like, so I’ll be sharing them here.
Our advent calendar includes 24 bags for Christmas countdown – each bag contains an activity to do and a little gift.
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I recently discovered a fascinating educational method by Makoto Shichida, that focuses on the development of the child’s right brain. I’ve been overwhelmed with interesting information and started to apply it to our activities with my toddler right away. It’s not easy to find detailed information about his method online, and his books in English are only available from Japan. So I ordered his book – if anybody is interested it’s here or you can read my summary below. Besides reading the book, I gathered information from parents whose kids went to Shichida schools in Asia, so here is a recap of what I learned and how we implement it with our 19-month-old.
As you know, left brain controls things like logic, written and spoken languages, scientific ability and number skills. The Shichida method targets the development of the right brain which is responsible for the photographic memory ability, computer-like calculation ability, intuition and creative imagination. All these skills can be acquired by doing exercises that stimulate the right brain. The idea of my child having these skills sounds very exciting to me, considering that I have a very bad memory. If I can help my child develop even some of these skills, I would consider myself an accomplished parent. Continue reading “Shichida method overview. Plan of activities for all ages. Our adaptation for 18-24 month olds.”
Your toddler can make this beautiful butterfly, and set up is very easy.
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If you didn’t read my post about how we organize activities and toys, please go here first.
This is the second box of activities, and here is a look inside it.
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I was thinking about making a magnetic theater for a while but I couldn’t decide on the story. It seemed that some of the stories have too many characters, while others have too few. So I thought about nursery rhymes, and 5 little ducks seemed perfect. Scarlett loves ducks, and loves this nursery rhyme, and this one is also great for learning how to count and to do the actions in the song. Continue reading “Magnetic theater. Based on 5 little ducks nursery rhyme. Free printable.”
1. Make a sorter with ping pong balls and a yogurt container.
You can really create sorters from anything, but these ping pong balls are so colorful and bright, that I decided they would be perfect for sorting. Cut out an opening in a container slightly larger than the size of a ping pong ball(it’s hard to see an opening in this picture since the lid is clear). A toddler’s task is to get a ball in the container using ice cream scoop. Younger toddlers can use their hands instead of a scoop. Great for development of hand eye coordination.
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Rice play is a great sensory activity. While you can use white rice, kids really love colored rice, so i think it’s worth taking time to color it.
Here’s how I colored it. I took a few large ziplog bags, filled them with rice, added a couple of drops of food coloring, and 1 table spoon of vinegar. Then I zipped the bag and squished until the color was dispersed equally. You can add more coloring if rice is too pale, or more vinegar if it’s hard to spread the coloring. The general rule of thumb is to use 1 table spoon of vinegar for 1 cup of rice. At this point you can also add essential oil to make rice smell beautifully, for example, add some lavender or tangerine essential oil. Then I spread the rice on trays lined with aluminum foil and put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees. This helps it dry faster but I still left it out to dry fully overnight.
If you’re afraid the child might put some rice in the mouth while playing, one option is to use organic food coloring. Even though eating raw rice is definitely not recommended, rice is still digestible in case a tiny bit is swallowed. Using organic food coloring is definitely better in that case since it’s made from vegetables. I do have both food colorings at home. I use the organic one for activities where stuff can get in Scarlett’s mouth – for example, I color water blue to do ocean theme water station since Scarlett likes to drink that water with a cup, and I use it for actual food, like cupcake frosting. I use the non organic one for things like colored rice (Scarlett doesn’t try to eat it), for adding color to sensory bottle, etc.
Here are some rice activities that we do:
1.Transferring rice from one container to another.
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1. Learning words with flashcards.
This activity is based on Glenn Doman technique of teaching your baby to read. His technique involves showing 5 flash cards at a time to your baby 3 times a day. It’s better if cards have images of an object, not illustrations, so it’s easier for your child to identify them. Each card should have a text with a name of the object. You can start this activity as early as possible, Doman recommends flash cards from as early as 10 weeks old.
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