Notice I didn’t say exercise! You can’t argue the benefits of cardio & strength training. Everyone should be on this train already! If not this may be a place to start. If you are exercising this approach will be key for you to drive consistency & know you are moving with more precision towards your goals!
What about when you are way too busy with work or the kids or life to fit in a gym session? Can you do a 1 minute or 5 minute session that makes you feel better about yourself & feel better for tomorrow?
When you have been sitting at a meeting for 3 hours do you have small movements that you are confident can make you fee less stiff?
When you are traveling on a plane can you stand up every hour & do a couple drills that prevent your low back from acting up?
When you wake up with a stiff neck do you have goto movements to recover faster?
Are you able to target your daily aches & pains currently or do you just have to wait & pray?
Are you not exercising because every time you do something hurts?
Do you feel like you are going through the motions each day & with exercise?
Do you know that you need to strengthen your low back because of back pain, but when you do it makes it worse, so you stop?
Have you been saying I will start exercising soon, but know you are just telling yourself that?
What if for less than $1/day I could teach you movements that are going to actually help you address your daily concerns while fitting in your busy day?
Yesterday we spent the afternoon playing, no set ups or intentions but just free play. Now when my little ones play it can get quite messy. They like to add many elements and start with one idea and move on to another, expanding their play space. #kidsatplay
In the whirlwind of play they are focused and creating the most imaginative set ups eg. If you saw one of my stories you would have seen our large Grimms rainbow being used as crab legs. #openendedplay
The play silk area has been turned into a construction site, the magnetic tiles were being turned into race tracks and jumps and Mr 4.5yr is building a police station/zoo with duplo. I love these play session where it just looks like a whole lot of mess but really there is intent behind every piece. I was also under strict instructions not to pack away their play until they said they were finished 😉 #playwithpurpose
How do you feel about play mess? Can you see past the mess and see the values of play? #playislearning
I love seeing all of the fun ways to use @waytoplaytoys flexible roads! Our friends at @lubulona paired them with their town blocks and the set up is so inviting for play, isn’t it? 🚙 // #lolaandlark#waytoplay#pretendplay#kidsgifts
Started the day as a ballet dancer, at night she transform into a super hero! Maybe tomorrow she’ll want to be a princess, a panda, a witch, a teacher, or a doctor..who knows 🤷🏻♀️ Whatever role she’s choosing to be, she does everything with joy 💕 #playislearning#letthekidsplay
I’m pretty pumped for this week with the girls and Matt! I love using Sunday’s to prep for the week. I try to tie any loose ends up for work, make sure we are stocked with groceries (Matt does the shopping now since🤰🏼), I prep what we need for the girls week of school and we do as much as we can as a family! This morning while I got some work done, Matt took the girls to see the Grinch. Now we are relaxing and snuggling while Lucy is napping then off to lunch at Culver’s (mmmmm!!!), Michaels to stock up on some Christmas fun (we decorate ON Thanksgiving) and then home for more family time. I have a goal of being better about our routine and habits for our health and home. These cards from @mywildoaks have been printed and ready to go for months and I finally laminated, cut them out and got them in order on our board. This is my ideal schedule for Monday. Will it happen this way? Probably not because our girls are 5 and 2, but it’s going to feel so good to take them off the board as we complete them and then I’ll reset each night. I’m going to write this order down so that each day it only changes very slightly! I’m so excited to see how much this schedule will help us!
That #homemadeplaydough she had so much coloring made the most beautiful marble pattern when she mixed it 😍 I knew it would be perfect for waves so I made this ocean #smallworldplay for her. I love creating these tiny worlds to see what stories she’ll come up with, this time her turtle and penguin were on the hunt for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 😂
Ms. Jamie and Ms. Yukie’s preschool class had so much fun outside this week. There are so many benefits to children when they play outside.
Children who play outside are overall healthier because their bodies are active. Running, jumping, climbing, and more help young children stay active and increase their gross motor skills.
When young children play outside they are learning about the world around them and expressing themselves creatively. They are able to explore their senses and try out new sensory experiences.
Playing outdoors helps children develop social skills and encourages them to communicate with their peers during free play.
Outdoor play encourages independence in young children as they learn to take risks as they play. They are exploring their special awareness, trying new things, and learning to take control of their body.
We encourage all preschoolers to spend lots of time outside. How can you incorporate more outdoor play in your child’s day? #cmpfun#cmpkids
Instagram is full of beautiful photos of #invitationstoplay that are neat, tidy, appealing to the eye and leave me wanting to create the perfect play #flatlay or #playtray . But, that isn’t who I am and the fact of the matter is, the children in my care choose how to spend their time, have freedom to choose any materials they want to play with in any way they choose to play with them!
With those things in mind, I am inviting you to take part in a challenge I’m calling the #pureplaycollective . .
Tag @learning.wild with #pureplaycollective if you snap a photo of children immersed in an organic play moment. Keep these parameters in mind as you snap away.... the play you are capturing:
1) must be child initiated
2) must be child led (no adult ideas allowed)
3) Tell us the story behind the photo! .
I’m excited to have these other accounts on board as part of this Pure Play Collective... give them a follow and see what the children in their care are up to!
Can’t wait see what pure play moments you can find! I may even have a little giveaway up my sleeve to announce soon for those who take part in the challenge!
🐿MY LITTLE SQUIRREL🐿
G is like a little squirrel and has been since she was only months old. In our old house at 9 months she had a tiny cupboard that she used to squirrel away any little treasures that she found and in this house I’ll often find her rummaging in the little alcove under the stairs to find random objects to play and create with. This morning she found the cardboard box, shredded paper and tubes, turfed her poor little brother off his blanket 😂and kept adding to her collection through the day. She made a cafe, a slide, houses, a den, a balance beam, a ‘blanket collage’ (her words!) and a ‘giraffe beach’ 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ She seemed most indignant that the ice cream lady (better known as a colander) at the giraffe beach had run out of mint chocolate chip as apparently the pink giraffe (better known as a toilet roll tube) NEEDS it for his medicine...Don’t you just love it?!?! 😂😂😍😍🤷♀️🐿⭐️
STEM challenge: Can you make a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff? 🐐🐐🐐 We worked in teams to create a bridge using only cardboard rolls, paddlepop sticks and sticky tape 🐐🌲 Our bridges are now being used as a small world set up where students can engage in storytelling and enjoy their creations 🐐📚✨ Our wooden trees, Billy Goats Gruff characters and branch cuts are all from @modernteaching ✨
Ce matin bébé chat 🐱 était en train de jouer avec un sachet de dragées de son baptême qui faisait du bruit lorsqu’il le secouer 😊
Ça m’a donc donné l’impulsion de commencer le petit loto sensoriel que je voulais faire depuis un moment déjà 💪 !
J’ai récupéré des sachets non utilisés et je les ai rempli, en double, avec : des lentilles, des petites pâtes et du riz pour commencer😊 (j’ai fait avec ce que j’avais sous la main \o/ )
Pour le moment il ne sera pas capable de les associer mais il apprécie quand même de sentir les différentes textures sous ses doigts, de voir lesquels font du bruit, de les malaxer, de les secouer etc. Bref une super activité sensorielle réalisée en 5 minutes 😁 !
A terme cela va développer le sens du toucher, les notions de textures, de poids aussi, la capacité à associer des choses semblables et donc à catégoriser, les capacités de préhension et la coordination main-œil 👍
J’ajouterai dès que j’aurai un peu de temps des sachets mous avec du coton, d’autres avec des noisettes etc. .
Petit défaut : les sachets sont un peu transparents, ça se voit sur les lentilles par exemple. Mais finalement ce sera juste un élément de plus à prendre en compte pour les associer quand bebe chat aura l’âge 😇.
N’hésitez pas à me donner des idées de ce que je pourrais mettre comme matière dans d’autres sachets 😊🙏 !!
Passez une belle journée de dimanche (ensoleillée ici 😍) et soyez bénis 😘
몬테소리 교육에 대해서 책도 읽고
엄마표 몬테소리하는 인친님들 피드보며
아이의 일상 활동에 자유를 많이 주려고 하는데
그 중 하나가 “식사준비 참여하기” .
엄마에겐 귀찮고 지겨운 식사준비도
아이한테는 너무 즐거운 놀이시간😆
재료를 손으로 만져보고
엄마가 사용하는 주방도구의 이름도 알아보며
새로운 세상을 탐험한다. .
불 앞에서 하는 요리는
아이보다 내가 훨씬 더 긴장하는데
키가 작은편인 아이라 발받침에 올려줘도
후라이팬에 손 델까봐 너무 무섭다😱
하지만 한번 두번 해보더니
재미와 욕심이 생긴 아이는
매끼 식사 준비때 마다 “내가 내가” 를 외치며
주방으로 달려온다. .
엄마가 해줄땐 안먹고 뱉어내던 브로콜리 요리도
스스로 만들면 맛있게 먹는다.
식습관 교정에도 조금은 도움이 되는걸까🙄
Thank goodness for the #everydayplayhacks hashtag!! I found this bad boy weeks ago and have been meaning to make it for L.
The original poster escapes me, so if you are that person please holler!
I love this variation of a puzzle. A very quickly put together version, but still pretty great to put in the nappy bag and take to restaurants or events! 👍
Stuff you need: popsicle sticks, textas and some paper.
I simply drew and coloured in some shapes on the popsicle sticks. I also put examples of those shapes on paper so L knows what he is supposed to be making. He's just shy of 2 and he finds this a little tricky but with my help, he's getting there.
It's just another great way to engage your child in #learningthroughplay . He is developing his fine motor and spatial skills, learning shapes and colours. Plus the talk that happens during this play is pretty darn special and meaningful too!! Hello language development!! 🙋♀️ Also, I'd consider using bigger popsicle sticks to make grasping and rearranging easier. 👐
Have you made anything like this before?? Any other tips or ideas we could integrate with this??
🎁 GIFT TIPS 🛒
Let me first start out by saying I was a terrible gift buyer three years ago😅🤷🏻♀️. I totally fell for every flashy advertisement and walked straight up to the loudest self winding toy🤦🏻♀️. Nicky never ever wanted to play independently with her toys😐. She would be distracted for a few minutes and then cry for my attention😩. If this is you, keep reading➡️. I honestly believe that Emma 👶🏻 is more independent even at her 14 months of age due to the quality of toys and activities I provide her with 🤗. •
👉🏼I’m finishing up some gift guides for the holidays but first I wanted to give you some tips on choosing toys. I’ll be sharing what we are getting our girls for Hanukkah as well when I release the guides🤗. •
❣️Quality over quantity. Buy items that are made well and are long lasting. It’s better to spend a little more on one item over buying three variations of a cheap one. ❣️Choose toys that have multiple purposes especially if you have limited space. You will buy less items and find your children playing more independently. ❣️Try to stay away from character themed toys like a talking Mickey Mouse. These toys are one and done toys. They are excited over them initially but loose interest almost immediately. ❣️Spend your money wisely. Ask yourself, will they use this toy next year as well? ❣️Get creative. If you are on a budget or want to give toys that aren’t very expensive, make play dough kits. These are inexpensive to make and by far my daughters favorite gifts. I’ll share some ideas on this soon. •
Do you have any tips? I’d love to share them 🤗❤️ #mothercould .
Nature paintbrushes!! 🌱🌾🍃 some days, our activities are planned and we are pretty intentional with our play and learning. Other days are more languid and idle, exploring and creating without any goal in mind. This activity was one of those gloriously spontaneous strokes of genius that made for an afternoon of fun and beauty!•
As we often do on our slower days, the kids and I went on a stroll around the neighborhood with a basket in tow to collect interesting nature things. As we were walking, we found these great big puffs sticking out of a plant by the road. The kids were fascinated with them, and plucked a few for our basket. When we got home, they asked to color and paint and the idea struck me to use the plants as paintbrushes! The process was so much fun - dipping, rolling, slapping and swirling the paint onto the paper to make their masterpieces. The conversation was fueled by color mixing, comparing the plant to a regular paintbrush, the different types of strokes and textures we could create. And the final products were beautiful. We had so much fun!
THANKSGIVING SHELF WORK 🦃
New post up on my blog with the Thanksgiving themed shelf work Asher has been enjoying the past couple of weeks, including a free download for these turkey cutting strips! Thankful for all of the learning and fun this season has to offer for toddlers. 😊
Also, today I guest posted over at @tottimeblog! Head over there to check out my post and the creative Thanksgiving ideas that Megan has! ❤️
Our littles + their siblings had a BLAST exploring dusk with 🔦 at tonight’s Parents' Night Out (disguised as a PJ’s + Pizza Party)! Could you use a few hours of #selfcare each month or a reason to make YOU time more of a commitment? Monthly Parents’ Night Out events are just one way we support parents in filling their cup! Sign up for our newsletter (link in bio) to stay up to date on membership opportunities!
Simple Pre-writing activiy.
Mr. Almost 4 loves doing this activity. He'd probably do it everyday if I let him. Not only do the stickers help with motor skills but it's great for hand eye cordination, pre writing skills and one of the main reasons I like doing this with Mr. Almost 4 is it helps him with starting left to right on the paper.
- Marker - paper - Dot stickers