Carpet Squares – What to do with them?

A few weeks ago I was at a carpet store and asked if they had any carpet squares to give away. They said they had some by the front door and I could take what I wanted.

Being a former preschool teacher and also owning my own preschool I have used carpet squares a lot. They are not really squares but most of them are rectangular. They are great for when you are doing circle time and you want each child to have their own space.

Carpet squares can also be used for playing games – hopping/jumping from one carpet square to another, using it for color recognition/sorting, or just having it around in the book corner.

I got some carpet squares for my grandchildren. I got one for each of them so if my daughter was doing circle/story time they could each sit on a carpet square. As you can see in the pictures they had other ideas.

C and H playing with the carpet squares.

C and H playing with the carpet squares.

C trying to decide what to do with the carpet squares.

C trying to decide what to do with the carpet squares.

Some other things that you can do with carpet squares – get enough to make a hopscotch game, can be their own playing area, build on it with blocks or legoes, take outside to sit on if you don’t have a blanket available.

What would you use the carpet squares for?

Sponge Bullseye

When I was planning fun activities to do with my grandchildren I wanted to do one with water. At mamaslikeme.com I came across this fun activity using wet sponges.

I stopped off at the Dollar Store and I picked up a pack of sponges and some sidewalk chalk. I already had a dishpan that I could fill with water for their sponges.

I drew a target on their patio with chalk and assigned point values for each circle. Of course the bullseye got the most points. We then drew lines on the patio where the children would be standing to throw the wet sponges.

We decided to play until 21 points was reached. We kept score on the patio with different color chalk. This was good for the older one to practice keeping score using tally marks.

I forgot to take pictures of this, so next time we do that I will.

Remember to supervise children under 3 when playing with water.

Science Experiment – Dancing Raisins

Being a Nana is great! Last month I planned some fun activities to do with my grandchildren. I wanted to do a variety of things with them. We did a nature hunt, played with shaving cream, made a coffee filter butterfly, made “gak”, and did a sponge toss. This was all done in one day.

I had a box of raisins at home that I wasn’t using. For this science experiment I used raisins, clear glasses, carbonated water and regular tap water. Since I had four grandchildren that would be doing this I got some short clear plastic cups to use. This way they could each do their own experiment.

With one of the cups I let them pour some carbonated water into it. They were each given some raisins to put in the cup and to watch what happens. The raisins started going to the top and then back down. The grandchildren were excited to see them go up and down.

 

Dancing Raisins

Dancing Raisins

Mesmerized with Dancing Raisins

Mesmerized with Dancing Raisins

We talked about what they think would happen when they put the raisins in tap water. I gave them another cup where they added tap water and then the raisins.

We talked about how the tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide adhere to the raisins at the bottom and carries them up to the top. Once the bubbles pop on the raisins they sink back down again and repeats the process.

Shaving Cream – What Else Can You Do With It?

A few weeks ago I planned some fun activities to do with my grandchildren. I like to do things frugally when I can, so I purchased a can of shaving cream at the Dollar Store. Shaving cream is a great sensory product for children who don’t put things in their mouth.

Before I let the grandchildren play with the shaving cream, I got a dish pan(from the Dollar Store) and filled it  half way with water. I also had some towels available. I do this to make clean up easier. I did this activity outside but it could also be done in the house.

Shaving Cream Fun

Shaving Cream Fun

They had a small child size picnic table that we used. I squirted the shaving cream on the table and let them at it. After a little while, I asked my eight year old grandson if he wanted to play tic tac toe in the shaving cream. He thought it was a cool idea. I had him look for a couple of sticks to use as our writing instrument. We could have also used our finger.

Tic Tac Toe and Shaving Cream

Tic Tac Toe and Shaving Cream

For those children who may not want to touch the shaving cream or they still put things in their mouth, you can put some shaving cream in a ziplock bag and seal it. Let them play with it and squish it.

What does your child like to do with shaving cream?