We are LOVING our baby bins over here. They are keeping my 17 month old happy and busy so that I can sneak in some extra attention for my preschooler working hard on her learning activities. We are starting out with a new color each week, so this week our baby bin theme was ORANGE.
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Here is a look at what we have planned for the first 6 colors:
Here are the details for each of our activities:
Orange Read Aloud:
I had to do a little digging to find a really good orange book because I wanted something a little different that would keep Miss Aubrey’s attention. I finally found this AWESOME new to me book, It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall. If your little ones love the cutouts in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they will fall in love with the cut out pages in this book as much as we have. Some friendly ants drill holes in their stump to peek out, and see a new color on each page. The pictures in this book are bright and colorful and the story is silly enough to keep you giggling the whole way through.
Orange Sensory Bin:
Play ideas for this bin:
1. Find all of the orange animals
2. Put together the orange circle puzzle card
3. Find all of the food, and feed it to mommy
4. Build with orange Magna Tiles
5. Read the small orange board book
Felt Pumpkin Threading:
For this activity, I cut small pumpkin and stem shapes out of orange and green felt. Then I hot glued the stems on and cut a slit in the center of each pumpkin. I gave Aubrey a few pipe cleaner vines and she went to town trying to put them all on the vine.
Pumpkin Paint in a Bag:
For this baby safe painting activity, I drew a pumpkin outline on a ziplock bag. Next, I added a few squirts of red and yellow paint. Then, I sealed it up and taped it shut for some fun no mess and no stress color mixing and painting.
Orange Water Bead Play:
I’ve been wanting to introduce water beads to Aubrey, but she still puts everything in her mouth and water bead are NOT baby/taste safe. So to keep things safe I poured the beads into small plastic bottles and closed them up nice and tight. I planned to have Aubrey experiment with shaking and rolling the bottles around, but she took the lead and decided they were perfect for stacking!
MORE Orange Water Bead Play:
After a while I was feeling brave and decided to try pouring the water beads out for her to explore while I watched her SUPER CLOSELY. She happily filled, scooped and dumped the containers full of squishy beads. This lasted about 3 minutes before she attempted to put one in her mouth and we were done.
Orange Color Collage:
At the end of each color week we are making a color collage that I will put together in a book for Aubrey to flip through.
To make the orange book page, I first cut out a large rectangle from the center of 2 pieces of orange cardstock. Then I cut two pieces of contact paper that were slightly bigger than the orange rectangles.
I took the backing off of one piece of contact paper and stuck one rectangle on it. Then I gave Aubrey a tray full of orange pictures, stickers, sequins, and feathers to create an orange collage.
After she was finished, I glued the second orange rectangle on top of the first and pressed the remaining piece of contact paper over the top to seal the collage inside. Next, I trimmed the excess contact paper around the orange rectangle. I hole punched the top corner and add it to a small metal ring with our red collage page to form a unique color flip book.
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