Sensory squishy fish aquarium. Use dollar store hair gel and food coloring. Fill with fish/objects if desired. Tape top of bag closed with clear packing tape. Hint: rub off ziploc logo with nail polish remover.
Genius! If you have an infant you know that you could have thousands of dollars worth of blinky, colorful, noisy toys in your home, but your baby would prefer to pull baby wipes out of their container, right? Turn a wipe container into your babies absolute FAVORITE toy.
Ball Maze - a great activity for shape identification, predictions (will it or won't it roll?), gross motor (we eventually tried to throw the ping pong balls onto the ramps from a distance), and just some general fun!
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Fostering responsive and respectful relationships is how educators value children. Like adults, when children do not feel that their ideas and initiatives are valued they become resentful which leads to difficult behaviours in the classroom/workplace. By not honouring their innate drive to play and explore freely we are ignoring their ideas and initiatives.