Sunday, May 14, 2017

Activity Drawers - Week 1

Remember when we started our "Creative Table" a few months ago? I wanted to get back into a routine with my kids, and provide them with stimulating and intentional activities. It's been a huge success so far! Now that our baby Sweet E has arrived, I've decided to make our creative table more accessible for independent play. Enter our Activity Drawers. They are basically a collection of "invitations" similar to our creative table, except that the kids may help themselves to each activity on their own. I have these set up at their homework station/art corner.

This is a trial week for our activity drawers, for our first week home with our baby. And if they are successful, I will try to change out the activities on a weekly basis! Here is what is inside them this week:

Drawer 1 - Scissors and Punches!

I grabbed a large stack of scrap paper, and provided assorted "fancy" scissors and punches. I know Little M&M will enjoy this, and I have a feeling Honey Pot will take to those fancy scissors too!

Drawer 2 - Fingerprint Art

We loved this activity on our creative table several weeks ago. So in this drawer I provided the kids with our inspiration book, ink pads and blank paper, as well as four drawing prompts I created for them!

Drawer 3 - Playdoh

Playdoh is always a hit. We usually make our own, but I wanted an assortment of colors readily available for the kids in our busy household! To help engage them this week, I've also provided assorted tools, spring cutters, and (new to our playdoh collection) extruders!


Drawer 4 - Bean Bin + Alphabet Match

I put this together very easily, mostly for Little M&M. Hidden within the drawer of beans are all 26 uppercase letters (paper cutouts) and the kids need only to find them, and match them to their lowercase counterpart.

So there they are! Our first week of Activity Drawers. They are super simple to put together, and I think they'll be just the perfect thing for us as we transition from a family of two big kids, to a family of two big kids and a baby sister!

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