Author: patchwork

Learning Letters

The children cycled in and out of the studio on Tuesday to work on letter forming and recognition. Cassie made pages of the child’s choosing (their name, for example), and then the kids decorated them using do-a-dot markers, glue, and items from the tinker tray. This was a really fun way for some children who… Read more »

Lava land

On Tuesday, the kids and Cassie built an epic obstacle course, complete with lave rocks and rings of fire (ribbons tied to hula hoops). We have enjoyed playing and challenging ourselves with it all week!

Fostering dramatic play and exploration…

We have specifically chosen materials, which we hope will support and extend the toddler group’s evolving interest and explorations around dramatic play. Dramatic play is also referred to as symbolic, imaginative, or pretend play. “Dramatic play remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as… Read more »


Rebekah brought in honeycomb this week she found this past weekend. After comparing and contrasting the honeycomb to a wasp nest, and using hexagons to explore the shapes of the nests, she shared an idea to watch a video about bees. We set up our new projector and everyone squeezed in to the mini moosh… Read more »

Homemade silly putty!

We made some homemade silly putt on Wednesday! The process was kind of messy but the result was a easily molded clay-like consistency. Here is the recipe: One part corn starch Two parts dish soap Food coloring (optional) We put the food coloring in last and it might have worked better if we dyed the… Read more »

Rose petals and orange peels frozen in ice

This was truly an exploratory experience; inviting creativity, sparking curiosity, and inspiring investigations around the properties of ice! The children found many ways to engage with the materials–smelling, painting, holding in hands, and picking up the ice with various tools. As the children came back to this activity throughout the day, they were continually delighted… Read more »


Sarah and Mary are playing on the beanbag, jumping around and landing on top of each other. This is fun for a few minutes, then Mary says, “Stop! I don’t like this.” Sarah says, “Okay.” Then a pause and she says, “How about you land on me?”. This works, and Graham and Amy join the… Read more »

Discovering Patterns

“This one has two, this one has four, this one has 6.”