Well it has been a very exciting weekend around these parts. My newest baby, (my book), has officially been launched (!!!!), my people baby is moving to a big boy bed, and my chicken babies have moved into the big coop!
You can imagine how it has been around here this weekend. “Calm” me as my book publishes to public eyes, “calm” Ben as he can now get up and wander at will, and “calm” baby chicks as they discover the meaning of “pecking order” while meeting the older ladies. Hmmm …
Thank goodness we have a few (more than a few) Quiet Bins in our house to help maintain some peace and calm amongst all the exciting changes.
I thought I would share with you today one of my favourite Quiet Bins from my new book: A Year of Educational Quiet Bins.
This one is from the summer section of the book and has been a favourite of my 5 year old Sam.
The bin, as are all the bins, is very easy to set up. In this Quiet Bin I used pink and green paper plates and black buttons. If you don’t have coloured paper plates, you can simply add a pink and green circle with markers or paint to plain paper plates.
Next, I drew lower case letters onto the pink paper plates, and upper case letters onto the green paper plates. Nice and big.
I popped them in the Quiet Bin with oodles of black buttons of various sizes. The buttons and plates were both from the dollar store.
Each Quiet Bin has a gently structured activity, but is open ended for little ones to use as they wish. The activity suggestion for this bin is to have little ones work on letter matching and letter formation.
They begin by matching the lowercase pink plate with the uppercase green plate. Next, they focus on how the letter is formed by placing “watermelon seeds” (buttons) to trace the letter.
This focus on the formation of the letter is a very important skill for little ones to learn. Lots of play with this is very, very beneficial. So many of the letters look similar and it is important for children to notice the subtle differences all on their own.
Using the buttons also helps strengthen little hand muscles for future writing.
This Quiet Bin can be used in so many ways!
- Put numbers on the pink paper plate and corresponding dots on the green paper plates. Little ones can either focus on forming the numeral by tracing it with the buttons, or counting by placing the correct number of buttons onto the watermelon.
- Create patterns using different sized buttons on the watermelons. Label the watermelons with a letter pattern (ABAB) little ones can add a small button for A and a big button for B creating and extending patterns.
- Hole punch the letters and add some black shoe laces or yarn. Little ones can trace the letters by threading ‘seeds’ up, down, up, down.
- Use your child’s name letters, add some glue to the Quiet Bin, and little ones can create their names in watermelons to hang in their room or in the classroom.
I can not say enough about the benefits of using Quiet Bins. Both in the classroom and in my home they have helped so many little ones settle, calm, and learn!
Please be sure to check out my book! And, excitingly, it is also now available on Amazon!!
Thank you so much for reading friends, I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!