I purchased some colorful foam blocks at the Dollar Store. I wasn’t sure yet how I was going to use them, but I wanted to have them. When my youngest grandson was over he saw the blocks and immediately tried to put it in his mouth. I didn’t want him to choke on them and also I didn’t want any chew marks on them so I decided to put them in a plastic bottle.
Materials needed to make foam blocks shaker bottle.
I had an empty clear plastic bottle from juice that I used. The blocks fit great in them. I decided to add some bells that I had so when he shakes it, it will make some noise. After putting the blocks and bells in I hot glued the lid so it won’t open and the contents won’t fall out.
Foam Blocks Shaker Bottle
I am currently working in an infant classroom at a private preschool. Their theme was the Fourth of July. I wanted to do something with the babies but I am somewhat limited because of their ages. Most of them are 12 – 14 months old.
I wanted them to paint with red and blue on white paper. I made some pine needle brushes and dipped them in the paint. They did pretty good using them. Of course I was right there to keep them from putting it in their mouth.
Pine needle brushes.
Painting from a 13 month old using pine needle brushes and q-tips.
I also use q-tips a lot when I am painting with the babies. They are short and easy to hold. I would show them how to dip the q-tip in the paint and let them spread it on the paper. They usually end up using their fingers. That’s okay, that’s how they learn.
When painting with the infants, I usually do it in the high chair and put a plastic bib on for a paint smock. I also have a container of wipes handy to clean them afterwards. I have one infant at a time painting so that I can focus on them. There is usally another teacher in the room.
What kind of things do you like your infants to paint with?