Last Sunday when Shaunak woke up he noticed the balcony door sealed. He sensed something was coming up for him as I got him ready promptly, the bath and the breakfast. And as I was getting a few last things ready he saw it through the curtains and voila! Jumped and screamed- "activity activityyy"! And we were extremely happy to see that spark in his eyes as he was ready to discover and learn something new!

We had a great family time last weekend. The few hours that his Dad gets with him were spent together doing constructive activity, literally. Happy boys!

Shaunak eagerly jumped right in as he saw the Construction Activity setup! Its very easy to make this kind of setup.

All you need is:

1. Plastic Sheets
2. Sand, rocks, stones
3. Dried wooden sticks
4. Toys- hammer, screwdriver
5. Construction site vehicles, workers
6. Beach toys- bucket, shovels
7. strips of black card stock paper to make road
8. Hard hat or construction hat

To prepare this sensory activity I laid out a plastic sheet, to help myself clear the mess easily after the activity, and one more for the background too, preferably blue color to add a good backdrop. Then added coarse sand, rocks, stones, flat marbles, dried wooden sticks from the garden (to imitate wood blocks) and of course, a variety of construction site vehicles, construction workers, beach toys, bucket and shovels, a road! And a construction hat (hard hat) for Shaunak to wear. I crafted it using recycled material.

He enjoyed driving the construction vehicles around, scooping and dumping the sand, shifting rocks and stones using his big trucks, toeing the cars around, using hammer and screw drivers to fix the wooden blocks. He spent a good deal of time making sand patterns and enjoyed the feel when his fingers or vehicles ran through it. Maximum play time guaranteed!

His favorite activity by far was filling the loader bucket with sand and tipping it into a dump truck. He did this over and over! I just love open-ended play. Imaginative and sensory play is essential for learning and kids just love it.

I like to add some literature touch to Shaunak's sensory play time. And his favorite book Little Dump Truck by was perfect for the activity. Though he knows each and every line in the book, I read it again for him as he got busy loading his dump trucks with sand. Remember? Kids always have their ears open. I didn't want to leave any chance of retelling a story!

It was a treat to see my little worker bring his own real world experiences to his play.

Learning opportunities:

1. Sensorial development

2. Open-ended imaginative play

3. Construction site vehicle movements

4. Explore the toys using real material

Check this link to learn to make a construction hat: DIY Construction Hat


I crafted a construction hat (or hard hat) last weekend as I did a sensory play activity- Construction Site for my toddler. The hat is made using recycled material.

And that big smile my little boy gave me looking at it, beyond the words happiness! How great it feels when your kids appreciate your efforts and like your craft! Isn't it mommies?

All you need is:

1. Waste white paper sheets to recycle
2. Cardboard to recycle (I used one that came as a packing for a gift item)
3. Glue
4. Yellow acrylic paint
5. Pair of scissors
6. Balloon
7. Pencil

To make:

1. Tear the waste white paper sheets into small pieces with hand

2. Blow the balloon to the size of your child's head

3. Apply glue to the top half portion of the balloon and stick the paper pieces onto it.

4. Allow it to dry

5. Add two more layers of paper pieces with glue and allow them to dry

6. After the third layer is dry, burst the balloon with scissor

7. Trim around half an inch of the edge to give a smooth finish

8. Place it onto the cardboard and with a pencil mark a hat shape around the paper bowl

9. Cut it with the scissor. Also cut a small square piece from the remaining cardboard and stick it in the middle.

10. Stick the paper bowl onto the cardboard cut-out

11. Paint the hat with yellow acrylic paint and allow it to dry

12 Ta-da! Surprise your little construction worker!

To read about our sensory play- construction activity, go here: Sensory Play- Construction Activity


Since the minute we wake up in the morning our brains try to follow instructions whether while completing tasks around the house or following teacher in the classroom or working with peers in the office.

It feels lovely to be able to communicate to your little child and how great it feels when he follows the instructions well! It is important for a small child to be able to follow instructions to work capably and be actively involved in the play with their friends.

A child requires to attend to detail, understand the language and remember the sequence to follow a simple instruction. I try and play simple games with my toddler to improve his listening skills. Now that I know he follows two steps well, I have slowly moved on to working with him on a 3 step (or 3 part) instruction games. This doesn't only improve child's listening skills but also fine motor and you get a chance to communicate to your child and introduce him to different material during every game.

This game is all about having to listen and follow directions. Only give directions your child can understand. Start simple.

All you need is:

1. 5 Recycled Bottles

 2. Marker Pen

 3. Colorful Pom-poms

Mark the bottles with numbers from 1-5. Make a 3 step instruction like- "Put green pom-pom in bottle number four".

 The three parts are:

 1. Action- Put

 2. Color- Green

 3. Number- four

And let your child decode the instruction and have fun with the activity!

Learning opportunities:

 1. Listening skills

 2. Following directions

 3. Fine motor skills

 4. Memory is challenged

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