Within the past few months, I placed the girls "craft" box within their reach so they can grab things as they wish. They have access to their markers, scissors, watercolor, construction paper, stickers, glitter, glue, googly eyes, popsicle sticks and other random things. I wish I had done this sooner; I was so preoccupied with worrying about them making a disaster, that I had it out of their reach. They would need to ask or I would have to suggest it. But now I see they love the freedom of creating as they wish. Once in a while, though, they like more structured activities.
We have read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear more times that I can count. We've read it to the girls since the beginning. Our book is actually one of Jeff's from his childhood. His name is scribbled in pen on a front page, written decades ago. The book is so cute and we recently got a small, bilingual cardboard version of the book. It's written in English and Spanish. Lilly always requests I read both languages. Though, some of the Spanish words I struggle with. But it's fun, nonetheless.
I got the idea to make these strawberries for scissor practice from Reading Confetti. It was easy enough to make, especially as a last minute decision. Lilly got to cut three of the strawberries, since her scissor skills are pretty on point. Violet got to cut two of them. This was the first time she's practiced cutting along a line and she did fantastic! We then talked about sharing the strawberry halves which led us to talk about sharing other things. Then we had an impromptu lesson on how two 1/2 cups of water equals one cup of water.
Next, we painted strawberries with our hands and dotted on the seeds using a cotton swab. As usual, the girls got messy and loved working with their hands. It was the first time they've used a cotton swab and Lilly especially enjoyed making lots of marks and swirls with it.
We also made strawberry smoothies, ate numerous pints of fresh strawberries, baked muffins and practiced patterns with our strawberries and other fruit. Sometimes we playing with your food is ok.
Strawberries are one of our favorite things to snack on and we adore this book so much. So these fun, easy activities were perfect for us.