Please find below our daily SolBe Family update letter containing helpful resources and exciting projects to explore while we all do our part to stay home during this pandemic.

March 27, 2020

SolBe Families,

Happy Friday! For fun singing and dancing in Spanish and English post-circle time today, check out “Bilingual Beats” from State of Kids for free from 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM this morning (great for all ages)!

In addition, we encourage you to check out KidPowerment’s weekly donation-based classes:

  • Wednesdays @3:30 PM EST: Courageous Warrior (ages 13+)
  • Fridays @11:00 AM EST: Playful Warrior (ages 3-7)
  • Fridays @3:30 PM EST: Joyful Warrior (ages 8-12)
  • Fridays @4:30 PM EST: Adult Yoga w/Christyn

You can find all of the information on KidPowerment’s Public Classes by visiting their website! 50% of this weeks proceeds will be donated to Boston Resiliency Fund.

Project of the Day Infants & Toddlers: Colander Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Skills Activity

Sourced from “Hello, Wonderful”

“This Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers is an easy way for young children to practice hand-eye coordination and learn through play. Learning through play is important. And not just that…but allowing your child to use their senses and fine motor skills to learn is quite amazing. In our house, we choose to let our children learn using their minds, hands, and senses. The outcome? They develop a very deep understanding of how their emotions, thoughts, and actions can help them learn and grow.”

This is a wonderful fine motor activity for kids. It encourages them to use their hands and minds to make this activity work. That’s it. There’s honestly nothing fancy to it. We hope that your child loves the simplicity and challenges of this fun and creative activity.

Materials

  • Colander (obviously one with big enough holes to thread pipe cleaners)
  • Pipe cleaners, all various colors
  • Clear packing tape

Instructions

  1. Thread pipe cleaners through the colander holes one by one. You can weave in and out of holes.
  2. Tape your colander on a flat surface like a table or high chair top so your child can concentrate.
  3. Encourage your child to pull out pipe cleaners one by one.”

Project of the Day Older Toddlers & Preschoolers: Super Easy Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wands

Sourced from “My Home Based Life”

“Bubbles are great fun for kids of all ages. Who can blow the biggest one, or which one will pop last are always games I hear my kids playing. This year we made our very one customizable Bubble Wands and my kids erupted with joy. These bubble wands literally take minutes to make and the kids can make them whatever colors they want. Heck, they can make one for each hand if they want to.

What You Need

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Perler beads
  • Bubbles
  • Small dish

Directions

  1. Place the two ends of a pipe cleaner together and twist the bottoms together, leaving the top in a circle shape.
  2. Start placing beads onto the bottom two pipe cleaner ends and pushing them to the top, you can create any color pattern you’d like.
  3. Once you fill the wand with beads, fold the end of the pipe cleaner up to hold the beads in place
  4. Fill up a small dish with bubbles and dip the circle end of the wand into the bubbles and blow on the wand to make bubbles.”

More resources to follow in the coming days. Feedback and more ideas welcome, as always! We hope you are able to get outside for some warm sunshine and fresh air.

Be well and stay healthy!

The SolBe Team

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