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Explore Dirt through Simple play

My little one enjoys outdoor activities but sometimes outside play can be a challenge. So, today we are bringing nature indoors. After reading and discussing few books on dirt, we went outside to collect a bucket full of dirt to explore.

Invitation to Explore Dirt

Explore Dirt Through Simple Play

Materials needed :
Tray
Beach bucket / container
Mud /dirt
Magnifying glass
Pen/ pencils
Paper
Instructions :
Dig into dirt an outdoor activity

Start by collecting dirt from your garden/Backyard using beach toys ,shovel to dig and bucket to collect dirt.
Early Science Explorers
Then spread the dirt on a tray .
Explore Soil through play
Use a magnifying glass to look closely at dirt .
Learning about Mud through Play
Then make a list of things you see on a paper.
Kids draw their Observations about Dirt
As you explore,draw and write Observations.

My son was very comfortable using his hands but if you don’t like your kids to get messy use gloves.This activity is perfect for ages 5-7 years old but If you have a toddler or preschooler, no worries, they can still have fun playing with mud, add few tools like cups, sand sifters or beach toys. It will keep them engaged for a while. However you choose to do it , dirt play is always fun !

Lessons Learnt :
As my son examined,he was finding little things that surprised him. Twigs, rocks, plastic ,seeds and leaves are a few things he discovered . Kids come up with unique observations ,like my son was not happy to see a piece of plastic .He said “Mom ,Plastic is not good for Earth “. He made me think that this could be great Earth day activity too.Above all , I am happy that he began to understand what dirt is made up of.
Simple Garden play at home

Do you have a curious child who loves to explore ? Then experience this Simple,fun activity and let me know what you think about it.
My post Explore Dirt is a part of a 30 Day Simple Play at Home series hosted by Adventures of Adam. Each day of the week a different blogger will be writing about simple play ideas that you can do with your kids in each room of the house for the entire month.

30 Day Simple Play Blog Hop

Winter activity : Snow fun indoors

Do you want to know how we are having  Snow fun indoors . Hmm.. Snow fun indoors ..doesn’t sound like true but is  absolutely indoors.

My son wanted to play in snow yesterday,  as he is falling sick  frequently playing outside in freezing temperatures was not good for him . I got a solution from my friend H who is also a regular visitor to my website . She send me this wonderful idea of bringing snow play inside.
Her two little girls had fun playing with snow and this is what they made as you see in the pic  below . They had fresh lumps of snow nicely in a huge bowl , their princess play toys and cute  a Christmas tree. The girls spent all morning scooping , shaping and playing with snow.

Princess Indoor Snow Play
Ashrith and me were  excited , we went out to get some snow but unfortunately it already freezed into hard ice crystals.
I said Ashrith, this is too hard ..it is ice and not snow anymore ,He replied …”It’s OK Mom”…”I can play Ice Breaking.
Kids are smarter then we know ,Snow or Ice …they find their way to play.
Ashrith inspired by one of the board game he loves to play with his dad , it is called Don’t break the Ice.He brought ice in a little beach bucket and started to play in his baby tub .He loved breaking the ice with shovel and transferring it back in the bucket .
Winter Fun Indoors

Winter activity : Snow fun indoors

Supplies Needed :
Little or more Snow ( Depending on the size of the container )
Bowl, Tray or we used a old baby bath tub ( you can see in the pic below)
Little play toys
Spoons or measuring cups for scooping
Quick Tips : Every household has  kitchen tools  and they  work  perfect  for playing with snow.We also use our Sand and beach toys. They come very handy , especially the shovel and beach bucket .
Always have a pair of mittens or gloves handy if your kid feels cold .Mine was not but you never know 🙂
The first time  we played with snow was a disaster , as I forgot to  place any table cloth underneath .I recommend  party table covers i.e plastic sheets or Table cloth and no worries  if you have tiles or vinyl flooring. It is easy to clean up.

Indoor Snow play
Yahoo ..after few days we got to play with fresh snow couple of times but Mom forgot to take a pic . I did forget guys but here is our latest picture enjoying the snow indoors.

Hope all that snow is not keeping you indoors . If it is, then do try this activity with your kids and let me know how you enjoyed it.
What are you waiting for ? Set out all the supplies and let the kids Explore this fun Sensory play with Snow.