Ways We Learn Through Play

This week we have two amazing videos of singing and swimming. And a bunch of fun activities too!


Sing your heart out!

Darwin has discovered his voice, both talking and singing. I apologize for the poor video quality, I was in the process of cooking something that was boiling over so it’s a bit shaky.

Singing fool video


Cotton Ball Collage

I love collages, they give kiddos the experience of working with glue and a variety of textures and materials. Today we explored the softness of cotton balls. Then later added a splash of color…just because 🙂

cottoncollage cottonballs

Beautiful, right?


Heart Hand Prints

To celebrate Valentines Day each year I’ve made these hand print paintings. Simple but great way to track their growth…and they are pretty too 🙂

heart hands

This is from this year…



and from last year…I guess I should have taken pictures side by side so you can see the difference.


String homemade beads

We had these beads leftover from Christmas ornament making so we practiced stringing- great for fine motor development….and learning colors.


We used a needle with yarn….

threading beads

…and then pipe cleaners! The pipe cleaners worked a bit better than the needle with the homemade beads.

Homemade Playclay Recipe (for the beads)

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Mix the above ingredients, then add warm water.

Shape into whatever you want…beads, footprints, animals, ornaments, etc.

If you live in a dry climate you can leave the creations out to dry but in humid climes, like here in Hawaii, bake on low temp until it hardens.


Display all the kiddo art

This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile- designate an area to hang Darwin’s art. We found some old frames, hung them and put in our latest creations.

wall hangings

The art is easily removed to make room for new projects.


Enjoy splashing around

We have been crashing the local hotels, using their pools and facilities…this was at the Hilton where there are SO many guests that they can’t keep up with who belongs and who doesn’t. They have a lovely little kiddy pool…here’s what he learned…

Hilton pool


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