Preschool Classroom Design: “Before” Photos

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So have I mentioned lately that I start a new job in two weeks? Yeah. Kinda freaking out. In case you missed it, I took a job as a teacher of the 2s and 3s classroom at our little cooperative preschool to begin this fall. And even though it's currently eleventy million degrees outside in Texas, the school year is upon us. I'm excited, … {read more}

Sensory Activities for Kids: Galaxy Oobleck

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Hello friends! Long time no see, eh? It's been a tad crazy here at Twodaloo central- we're moving to a new house and I'm also getting ready to start my new job at our cooperative preschool in a couple of weeks, so until then things will continue to be a bit quiet around here. However, I do have an activity to share with you today (faint and fall … {read more}

Giving Power To Your Child’s Words: Encouraging Literacy Through Meaningful Activities

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If you've been reading Twodaloo for awhile, you know that I promote meaningful, organic literacy experiences for young children.  You can read more about meaningful literacy here, and also get some ideas for creating a literacy-rich environment. My twins (age 3.5) don't know the alphabet song. They can identify some of the letters in their names … {read more}

Big Process Art: Rainbow Ice Painting

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A few weeks ago I led a messy art camp at our cooperative preschool. Toward the end of the week we had a Frozen/ice-themed day that everyone loved- it was a great way to beat the Texas heat! One of the simple activities I made was a huge bowl of colored ice cubes for ice painting.  I brought an old sheet to use as our canvas and spread it on the … {read more}

Bubble Activities for Kids

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What kid isn't fascinated by bubbles? As a speech therapist, bubbles were a staple in my bag of tricks, guaranteed to get the most reluctant little ones engaged and communicating. At messy art camp this summer, bubble day was a fan favorite, keeping our diverse group of children ages 2-5 gleefully entertained for hours. And for my own twins (age … {read more}

Rainbow Burst Oobleck

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Ever since the twins were very small, the simple combination of cornstarch and water has never failed to fascinate them. If you haven't played with oobleck (otherwise known as "goop" or "cornstarch slime"), you are in for a treat- as a non-Newtonian fluid, oobleck acts like a liquid one moment and a solid the next. As the twins have gotten older … {read more}

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime Recipe

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Ok, so it may seem like we are a tiny bit slimeriffic here lately at Twodaloo...but my kids are LOVING it! We've had so much fun with our galaxy slime and taste-safe slime paint that we felt compelled to make a new batch to go with our ocean theme, and it turned out just as gorgeous (if slime can be gorgeous) as our previous versions. Ocean … {read more}

Play Recipe: Taste-Safe Rainbow Slime Paint

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Hi friends! You may have noticed that I've been a little scarce this week- I've been running a fantastic messy art camp at our cooperative preschool!  It has been incredibly fun, and as a result, the twins and I are incredibly tired. However, we did muster up enough energy this afternoon to test out a new paint recipe...taste-safe slime … {read more}

Slippery Fish Taste-Safe Sensory Play

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Hey friends! We're back again with another fun ocean-themed sensory play idea. This one only takes three ingredients and is safe for little ones to taste (although it doesn't taste that great so doesn't encourage further nibbling), so those of you with younger tots can try this one out. Slippery Fish Taste-Safe Sensory Play Have you heard the … {read more}