Hey Everyone! As letter E comes to a close, I feel like most of what we did this week was a streeeeeetch. We don’t have a ton of stuff in our house that starts with an E and K wasn’t into anything artsy fartsy this week. So, we didn’t do much coloring or painting, and sadly, my super cute E is for Elk Dot sheet and some fun counting E sheets all sat out waiting all week with no success. I usually try to follow his lead and not push too hard, I just have to be more creative, or switch gears. I did invite him to sit and color with me at one point, and I convinced him to practice his circles for like 3 minutes. I’m sure it was only because I pulled out the forbidden glitter glue. Mark that one as a win for Momma.
These Halloween eye balls got some use this week! K was being particularly grumpy one day (everyday) while I was trying to make dinner, so I made some soapy water and tossed this “eye ball wash” together. I didn’t have this one planned for the week, but it worked! Any kind of “wash” always does, and this time I added a level of difficulty to it and told him he had to use the tongs to handle his eyeballs. I sat with him for a few minutes, helped him pick up the balls, wash the balls and then set the balls on the drying rack. Then, I stepped away to finish dinner. Every so often I’d hand him a random kitchen utensil to add some more interest, and keep him entertained. Whatever you do next week. Do this. It’s easy and clean up is a breeze!
E‘s in Gelatin
For whatever reason, I’ve held onto these boxes of gelatin since like 2001. (I’m not a hoarder, swear.) I don’t even know why I bought them in the first place. Clearly, it was meant for this very moment because it was a slam dunk. I had a hard time finding instructions for gelatin online, so here’s what I did.
Add 1 cup of cool water to a bowl, sprinkle 4 packets of gelatin on top. Allow gelatin to rest for 1-2 minutes. Add 3 cups of hot water, and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add coloring if you so desire. I planned on adding color after the gelatin slightly set, so it would be all swirly and neat looking, but I got side tracked (imagine that!) and I missed my opportunity. Spray another bowl (or a mold) with some cooking oil, and dump the gelatin onto toys. Refrigerate for 3+ hours.
I picked out the few E toys I could find, an E magnet, an Egg Magnet, an elephant, and a bunch of other random stuff and carefully organized them in the bottom of my mold and when I poured in the gelatin, they, of course, floated. So after about 1 hour 20 minutes into the refrigerator, the gelatin was set enough that I could push the toys down and the gelatin filled back in around them. This probably wasn’t necessary, but you know me, overthinking things since 1916. 😂 Anyways, he loved this! Next time, I’ll let the gelatin mold hang out outside of the fridge for a few hours before I let him dive in, because it was just so cold on his little hands! He really got into playing with it after it warmed up a tad.
Ellie the Elephant
I had a totally different intention with this, but it morphed into something super fun! I’ll be honest, this activity started out mostly for me, I’ve been itching to sew something lately. First, we picked out an E word from his huge “first words” book. The illustrations are adorable and super simple. I drew out our chosen elephant on 2 colors of felt that I obviously let K choose. Then, we practiced cutting and cut out all the parts. He was surprisingly into playing with all the parts, building the elephant different ways. We talked about tusks, and her ears and eyes.
We (I) decided to call her Ellie, then K, unwillingly, went down for his rest. When he woke up, Ellie had come to life!! He was SO EXCITED! For the rest of the week, a lot of our play was based around Ellie. He took her to sleep, she went to play dates with us. He loves her. On Saturday, he was hell bent to build Ellie a house with his magnatiles, and demanded Momma AND daddy helped. So cute. I will DEFINITELY do this again. FOSHO.
- The Little Engine That Could
- King Elk
- Elephant Family
- How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies
- Ee See it. Say it. Hear it.
- Eyes, Nose, Fingers & Toes
- P is for Potty (Elmo)
I told you. BIG Stretch.
I found this on, what I believed to be, a Japanese Montessori website, at least I hope that’s what it was. I definitely don’t speak or read Japanese, and I don’t know if it’s sketchy or not, so I’m not sharing the site. 😂
I first tried this gluing the buttons directly to the eggcrate, but K hasn’t had a whole lot of button practice so he had some trouble with it. I removed the buttons and glued a small bead between the egg crate and the button, and while it compromised the effectiveness of the glue, it definitely helped him. Next time I shouldn’t need to use the bead. I cut a couple strips of felt, macgyvered the pony tail holders in place. And voila! Took me and my trusty hot glue gun all of 10 minutes to make.
helpful hint: add some beads or something with some weight to the inside of the egg crate. You can tape it up if you’re worried about your little one getting to the beans. K loves removing tape, so taping it would only distract him from what he’s supposed to do. A little weight will help keep the egg crate in place so little hands can focus on the buttons!
This was way more hassle than it was worth, but it was pretty cute so I’m sharing. We made some elephant feet out of cardboard from the recycling bin. I cut the holes for his feet out of the boxes. Word of advice, cut them small! K helped me cover the boxes in grey felt pieces. Then we cut 6 semicircles and glued elephant toes to the front. It didn’t take us long to make them, and it was super cute watching him stomp around like an elephant, but really hard to capture on camera!! You can totally use construction paper, tissue paper, or even newspaper for this! Older kids could color white printer paper.
This was a HUGE hit, pulled it from a science experiment book I looked at while we were at the library. You could easily do this with only 2 or 3 jars too! For older kids, the experiment is meant to be about bouyancy, and salt levels and all that, but for a 2 year old, we talked about sink vs float!
- 4 jars with water
- food coloring (optional)
- 4 raw eggs
Add increasing amounts of salt to jars 2, 3 and 4. Add 1 drop of food coloring, you don’t want the water to be too dark in color, or it’s hard to see the egg! Sadly, I can’t tell you how much salt I used. Basically, I put the eggs in the jars, and slowly added salt, and stirred them until they started to float. Jar 3 floated a little. Jar 4 floated a lot.
Another huge hit. After he broke an egg, K started acting like he was afraid to play with them, so I gathered up some random stuff in my kitchen for him to play sink vs float. K loves helping with eggs, we go through a lot of them here. He especially likes to help me peel hard boiled eggs, so, he was a tad rough on these raw eggs. NBD. Clean up was a breeze, it all just went directly into the dishwasher and I cleaned the table (and chair and floor). 😂
This idea came from @DayswithGrey on IG. She comes up with these Breakfast Invitation activities to keep her kiddos busy and entertained in the mornings, and they are always amazing. She rocks. Her version of this was a lot more detailed, but for K’s speed, we just did an E and e. For another level of difficulty, I could have thrown another letter or color or shapes in there. Since I was having some trouble with his participation this week, I decided to make it pretty simple.
oooo Slime. I thought K would be all over helping me make this, he’s usually quite the sous chef in the kitchen. But, he found some kid on YouTube playing with monster trucks, and everybody knows that monster truck videos trump whatever nonsense mom is up to, right? This was my attempt to pull him out of the land of YouTube. I made it myself, which was fine, because once I was done making it, I was no longer allowed to touch it!
I decided to make “fluffly slime” because, well, why not? Plus, fluffy slime smells like shaving cream! So, we made fluffy slime and added some silly googley eyeballs! At first, he was super hesitant. He only touched it with his doctor tools. (Hes obsessed with Doc McStuffins– I got him a doctor kit this week. I’m shaking myhead at myself as I’m typing this) It took him a while to really get into it.
Every time he plays, its different. Sometimes he takes the eyeballs out, he pulls and squishes it between his fingers. Other times, he lets it fall off the table and just watches as it slowly stretches all the way down to the floor. Sometimes he sits quietly and pulls out the eyeballs and then makes new homes for them in the slime. Fluffy Slime for the win. 💪🏼
Eggcrate & Pipecleaners
This was another on the fly idea. I took another egg crate that I saved for this week. (Note to self: Egg crates are seriously so handy to have for kids activities!) I made some holes, and then I gave K different colors of pipe cleaners. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but, I’m a pretty frugal Momma. A lot, like the vast majority of the supplies I have for this stuff is from the dollar store. Every couple of months, I go to Dollar General and buy like $20-$30 worth of new goodies, and that’s what we work with! I like to use things from the recycling bin, and random stuff around the house that I just never throw away. Again, not a hoarder. 😉
On the bottom of the egg crate, I cut some more holes, and I colored them the same colors as the pipes cleaners, so he could flip it over and do it a little differently. This activity got us all the way to naptime, AND he continued to play with it on his own while I unsuccessfully tried to get the baby bear to nap. I saw him playing on the monitor and it made my heart soooo happy.
YAY, letter E! I told you guys, super stretch! Next week is Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are going to do a couple fun turkey crafts and talk about being thankful next week, so we aren’t going to do F until the following week. Next week, maybe I will work on writing up about A and B. We did those letters before I started this blog. No promises though, next Thursday, I’ve got a hot date with some Mac & Cheese and Mashed Potatoes.
Thanks for being here! Let me know if you do any of these with your kiddos! I’d love to see or hear some feedback! 😘
• don’t forget- closely supervise and join in on the fun! •
Ee printables👇🏼 K, byeeeeeee ✌🏼
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