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Name:
Kathy
Email:
Kamie71@yahoo.com

3-5-01

Toddlers love to play dump and fill and they enjoy a little bit of challenge surrounding it as well! I use a large margarine container and cut a 2 inch slit in the top with a knife. I then fill the container with Poker Chips. They are too large to be swallowed so they are safe for them. They love to hear the noise of the chips shaking in the container and taking the lid off and dumping them out. After you help them replace the lid they will spend an enormous amount of time pushing the chips through the slot and listening to the "klink" that they make as they hit the bottom of the container!

Name:
Diana Epperly
Email:
thunderhart@prodigy.net

3-5-01

Developing small manipulative activities for young toddlers has always been a hobby of mine. This activity can be used for almost any theme by just changing the the objects to match your theme. This activity is called hands on/ hands off. You need a white sheet of tag board, four sheets of multicultural paper, glue, scissors, clear contact paper, four sheets different colored construction paper, & Velcro. On the white sheet of tag board glue on 4 sets of hands (cut from the multicultural paper). I used my hands as patterns so that the children would have a bigger surface area to work with. Next contact tag board. With the four pieces of colored paper you need to cut out mittens slightly larger than the hands and contact. On the back of the gloves apply the rough side of the Velcro. On the hands glued onto the tag board apply the soft side of the Velcro. I make my Velcro pieces about 2 inches long and apply them so that they make a letter T when placed on top of each other. Then I secure the tag board to the wall. This gives the children an opportunity to be able to pull off and place by on all by themselves.

Name:
Pam McPherson
Email:
riley99@frontiernet.net

2-22-01

Cut a small round hole in the lid of an empty coffee can. The whole should be large enough for a toddler to put a clothespin into. After this skill is mastered. introduce the skills needed for using scissors in the future, by showing the toddler who to open the clothes pin by squeezing it. Eventually he will be able to clip them around the rim of the can.

Name:
Amy in MA
Email:
argilman@yahoo.com

2-12-01

Use long pipe cleaners for the children to string beads with. Roll one end into a "knot" first. It doesn't "droop" as the children are working, always has a neat end, and can be turned into bracelets easily.

Name:
Amy in MA
Email:
argilman@yahoo.com

2-12-01

This is great for children frustrated by stringing beads. If you can use simple tools, you can make some wonderful bead stringing manipulatives. For each one, you need a block of sanded scrap wood, and a thin 12" dowel. (first make sure that your beads can be strung onto the dowels!) Drill a hole in the center of the block the same diameter of the dowel. Glue one end of the dowel into the hole, and let dry. Now, the children can place the beads onto the dowels. For older children, you can make pattern cards for them to follow if they choose.

Contact_FullName:
Sharon
Contact_Email:
sclln@aol.com

2-9-01

Juice Lid Sorter 

Take frozen juice lids and place two or three different design stickers on them. Cut two or three slits in a shoebox lid large enough for the lids to slide easily through. Place corresponding stickers at slits in box lid. Older toddlers can sort by sticker's picture, younger toddlers just love putting lids in and dumping out. Helps fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills.

Contact_FullName:
April Pfaffman
Contact_Email:
Aprilngreg@planters.net

2-9-01

Use cookie cutters and playdough to help with fine motor skills. You can choose depending on theme and color.

Contact_FullName:
chris kirkham
Contact_Email:
KKustomK@aol.com

2-9-01

We let our infants play with and tear plain newsprint paper from our local daily paper plant. Usually you can get the end rolls for free. The children love to wad it up and put it in a box or a laundry basket and then dump it out again and again.

Contact_FullName:
Marilyn
Contact_Email:
Cabana94@aol.com

2-9-01

Save the lids from juice cans (Tropicana OJ) These are the lids that have the pull tab all around and then the top has no sharp edges. Now take an empty instant ice tea canister and cover with colorful contact paper. Make a slit in the top of the plastic lid and let your toddlers slip the juice lids through the slit. They really love to do this and they enjoy the clanging noise that it makes as it drops into the container. This is easy and cheap, too! :)

Contact_FullName:
Marilyn
Contact_Email:
Cabana94@aol.com

2-9-01

Tape bubble wrap paper onto the floor. Give the children small play hammers to bang and pop the bubble wrap. Have them dance on the wrap and enjoy the popping noise.

Name:
Peggy Kanak
Email:
Psk82@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Purchase a large box of dog biscuits. Make sure the box has a cute little puppy face on it. Empty the box of biscuits into a plastic dog dish. Cut a hole in the box where the puppy's mouth is. Let the children pretend to feed the puppy by putting a dog biscuit in the puppy's mouth.

Name:
vicki townes
Email:
vtownes@bellsouth.net

Date: 1-24-01

Sing to tune of Muffin Man

Can you put _ finger(s) up. _finger(s) up, _finger(s) up? Can you put _ finger(s) up, show me if you can.

Name:
Verna Cione
Email:
vcione@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

I purchased pails, plastic utensils, cups, pitchers, large key rings, and bowls at the dollar store. Hook the key rings together in sets of 3-4. The toddlers love playing with these items.

Name:
Denise Chocolate
Email:
deecoco@warwick.net

Date: 1-24-01

Get a Rubbermaid type tub and fill with water or sand. Give the children measuring cups, funnels, measuring spoons, etc. For the water tub you can cut different color and shape sponges (square, circle, triangle, etc.) These are all good pre-math skills.

Name:
Toni
Email:
thealey@chesapeake.net

Date: 1-24-01

Allow toddlers & twos to use pipe cleaners to string large beads.

 

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