Planting Flowers and Collaging Seeds


R was 15 months old at the time of this activity


June 29, 1999 by David Weisner – R and I read, “June 29, 1999” together. I pointed to and named the gigantic vegetables on each page. R enjoyed flipping through the pages over and over. When I closed the book, she would say “book” and demand to have another read through. This book is a great way to inspire scientific investigation in children. I look forward to reading this book again with her when she is older and we can conduct experiments together.


1. Crayon Resist Watercolour Painting


I drew daffodils on watercolour paper with crayon. R practiced her brush strokes using blue and green watercolour paint. She poked at the beaded water that would sit on top of the crayon. Her favourite part of painting is dipping the brush in the paint and she does so with precision. I can really see how much R has improved on her control of the brush and coordination. The more we paint, the better her fine motor skills get!



Extension Activities:
a. Instead of the adult, have the child do the crayon step.
b. Discuss why water beads on top of crayon and it doesn’t on top of paper.

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Meeting Birds and Butterflies


We visited the Bloedel Conservatory with my girlfriend and her daughter, J, who just turned one!!  We had used this outing as a way to enrich R’s study of plants that she had been doing during the week we had visited.  “Field Trips” are a necessary addition to all learning experiences as they provide real-life experiences for concepts taught at home or at school.  We were in the perfect location for doing exactly that.

There are tons of beautiful plants, flowers, bushes and trees in this mini tropical enclosure, plus a great variety of gorgeous parrots and other birds and butterflies.  The girls really enjoyed watching the birds and gently touching the leaves.  Usually, R is copying her older friends, so it was wonderful to watch J imitate R when she would say hi to the birds.

We only had time to visit the conservatory at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, but the grounds of the park are just stunning.  The great thing about the grounds is that all areas are accessible by stroller, despite their being tons of staircases to ascend and descend the park.