Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Babygarten

I am a big fan of the nationwide Babygarten program, which meets at local libraries and schools. Each season, babies and toddlers meet for 6 weekly hour-long sessions of reading and singing. We have a wonderful facilitator who leads us in songs with fun actions like "I'm a Little Rocket", "Baby Shark", and my son's favorite, "Choo Choo". Parents read the same pre-selected book aloud simultaneously to their children, and there is also a "structured" (ha!) play time and a "craft" (2nd ha!).

Sometimes the craft item is something the parents create, other times it's a pre-assembled item to take home. We recently finished up the summer session, and I wanted to share with you this project idea--a toy made from stuff you already have on hand.

To make the "wave bottle", you will need a clean plastic water bottle with the label removed, water, baby oil, food coloring, and glitter/confetti/small toys. Fill the water bottle half-way with baby oil, and then pour water until the bottle is nearly full. Add a couple drops of food coloring in the hue of your choice, and then sprinkle a few goodies in for added sparkle. We then used a hot glue gun to attach the lid firmly to the bottle, and sealed the seam with a piece of duct tape for extra precaution. The bottles are easy to make, and hopefully captivating to your toddler!

9 comments:

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I am sure Megan would love this. Thanks for the heads up about the "Babygarten" program. I will have to check into that.

Frances said...

Thanks for the Babygarten link - I shared it with our Library's Family Literacy Coordinator and she is going to explore it further. :)

Angela said...

Babygarten looks like a great program...too bad there isn't one near me...and I'm not motivated enough to start my own program.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I have never heard of this! I will have to check it out!

Beckyb said...

You are being awfully kind about your facilitator!!!! Love it that you posted the craft - that was a fun one!!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! :)
Love, Mom

A, B & C said...

This sounds so fun. We have left over baby oil that I can't move, so we'll try it with that. Thanks!
Abbey

Megan Crow said...

Another great craft that kids seem to LOVE (another that requires much parent help though) is taking a snack size sandwich bag, and filling it half-way with blue hairgel (the cheap kind from the dollar store), then seal it up (optional tape it shut with clear packing tape so no one opens it!) and then let the little ones add fish/ocean stickers to the outside (I've seen them at Hobby Lobby). It's similar to the ocean bottle one, but the kids get to "squish" it...it was a big hit in the preschool classes I taught at church!

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