What a terrific turn out momstown Milton had this month at Indigo for our Tales for Tots program! It was an equal division of infants and toddlers which created a healthy environment for learning where the little ones could watch the older ones and practice a wee bit of modeling.
This months theme was My Senses so we raided our craft box and came up with a variety of sensory materials that the kids could explore while creating their spring pieces. The craft today was a visually stimulating bright Spring landscape with clouds made out of soft billowy cotton balls, flowers made with great smelling Fruit Loops and flower stems made of colourful pipe cleaners. For the grass we used strands of shredded paper that felt like straw to the touch. I think of all of the supplies provided the Fruit Loops were the biggest hit since it seemed to double as a tasty snack!
While the older ones were creating their crafts, the infants enjoyed the freedom of exploration, crawling around on the colourful parachute. They became quite excited by the fuzzy pig and fluffy quacking duck puppets,shiny glittering butterflies, and cloth textured books that were scattered about their play area.Giggles and thrills of excitement could be heard through the store as some of them saw these furry creatures come to life for the very first time.
For circle time we sang a modified version of "I've got two hands" and went through all of the five senses highlighting the importance of each one in making our world come to life. Our book selection was How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague donated to us by Scholastic Canada. What a great book for sensory awareness!Not only did it talk about cookies, which we all love to taste, but it had a scratch and sniff component that had our little ones amazed that a book could smell like chocolate chip cookies or lemon drops!Hannah - our lucky winner was thrilled to add this tasty book to her collection at home!