L and E are almost 31 months old. Our Tot School theme today was "feathers". I tried to incorporate a variety of activities that involved sensorial exploration, art, math, science, literature, physical play, and lots of fun.
The girls requested that we repeat the story/activity a couple times. E loved her baby bird so much that she carried it around with her for the duration of our playtime:
We made nests for our birds out of some small baskets (3 for $1 at Target). And inserted feathers through the holes in the basket to decorate the nests (awesome fine-motor activity). Of course, no nest would be complete without some eggs:
Next we experimented with more properties of feathers and air resistance. I challenged them to guess which will fall to the ground first, a ball or a feather:
Then the girls practiced both dropping and catching feathers with their hands as well as various containers. Since the feathers fall fairly slowly, this was a wonderful exercise in hand-eye-coordination and catching skills.
Then I showed the girls how to blow on their feathers through a straw, and we had races blowing our feathers all through the house:
To make cleaning up more fun, we sorted the feathers by color:
Then I posed the question: what will weight more, a bowl of feathers or a bowl of blocks? Although the girls both knew the right answer, we wanted to test out our theory by giving it a try:
UPDATE: I was so inspired by how much my kids enjoyed early learning games that I created the La La Logic Critical Thinking Curriculum for 3-6 year olds, which includes online brain challenge games, printable worksheets, enrichment activities and more!