Kent was 26 months old.
Week 2 of Bible Basics for Two Year Olds was all about how God Made Plants.
L to R Top: cutting, chunky puzzle, transferring pom poms. Middle: shape buttons, cylinder block #2, fruit matching. Bottom: shape pounder, seed sorting, dressing frame.
I don’t think I’ve ever offered him this puzzle before. It’s pretty easy for him now but he enjoyed it.
He loves transferring!
He was fascinated with his cylinder blocks at first but lately hasn’t been drawn to them. I think it’s time to offer two at a time.
These were part of a free reusable bag that I got from Babies R’ Us. I was going to sew them together and stuff them but the two shapes mirror each other so it wouldn’t have worked. Instead I put them in a basket and he had fun making pairs.
Sorting seeds was a nice theory but the very first time he did it he ended up dumping it out and kicking the seeds around so I didn’t put it out again. Next time I will try with something easier to pick up, like beans.
Special Theme Activity
I put together a tray with a dish, packet of lettuce seeds, water sprayer, small glass jar, and paper towel.
First, I tore open the seed packet and let him dump it in the dish.
He wet the paper towel a bit with the sprayer and then dumped the seeds on it.
I showed him how to pat them in place.
He really struggled with this sprayer. Previously, he was using a spray bottle just fine so I’ll have to look for the one he used to use.
Then I had him stuff the whole thing in the jar and set it on the windowsill.
We watched the seeds gradually grow and sprout and talked a lot about how God made the seeds and gave us the sun the help them grow in to food for us.
He used his wavy chopper and cutting board to help me cut up tomatoes.
I didn’t get a picture but we did get some plant related books from the library. Our favorite was “Tops and Bottoms”. From our own collection we read “A Tiny Seed” and “The Little Red Hen”. That last one is a long-time favorite of his anyway
I tried to encourage him to collect some natural materials from outside so we could make a collage but he wasn’t interested. I’d suggest he pocket an acorn and he would shout, “No!” with a very offended look on his face and toss it back to the ground. Apparently, acorns belong outside. Silly mama. 😉
What’s your favorite way to play with or learn about plants?