It’s time for Toddler Wednesday with #CMSMatHome! Have you ever made art with bubbles? Let’s try that today. You’ll need a few small cups or bowls, straws, dish soap, food coloring or other colors, and some paper. Pour a little bit of water in the cups, add the coloring, and a few drops of
CMSM at Home
As we all do our best to practice social distancing, we must not forget the importance of play. To help provide your family with fun, hands-on learning experiences, we are launching our first ever #CMSMatHome series.
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Let’s do sand art together! For this hands-on activity, you’ll need some cardboard, glue, sand, scoops or spoons, and a pencil. Cut your cardboard, then trace your design with the pencil and cover the lines with glue. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle sand all over it, then gently
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! June is National Dairy Month, and we’ll start our celebration by making our own butter! Get some heavy whipping cream, a small container with a tight-fitting lid, and prepare some bread (and salt, if you like!). Pour the cream into your container up to about 1/3 full, then secure the
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Are you familiar with aqueducts? We can build one at home today! Gather recycled plastic bottles, jugs, cups and other containers, and get a scissors or box cutters. Plan where you are going to move water, and with what. Cut the recycled plastic items with the help from an adult
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Let’s build bark boats today. Gather some tree bark, twigs, and larger leaves. Dig or bore a small hole in the middle to push your twig through to create a mast. Thread a larger leaf onto the twig to create a sail. Find some water and test your vessels. Which
Good morning from #CMSMplay! Gather some paper, scissors, pencils, and something to color with, if you’d like. Draw dinosaur bones and plan as you go: how will your pieces fit together? Are there any special bones that are unique to it? Cut your pieces and then challenge someone to assemble the puzzle! Further Your
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Let’s paint with water today, then watch our art as it dries in the sun. Get some paintbrushes, sponges, and water. Find a surface outdoors that can safely get wet and create artwork. Dip your paintbrushes and sponges in water and draw shapes, lines, or anything else you like.
It’s time for a Toddler Wednesday session from the comfort of your home, with #CMSMatHome! We’re sure you’ve played with playdough before, but have you ever made your own? Let’s mix and measure together, then play and explore. We’ll need the following: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup salt 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Gather some milk or juice cartons, acrylic or spray paint, paint brushes, pencil-sized branches, and some yarn or string. We’ll work on making bird feeders today! Wash and dry your carton. Ask an adult for help with the cutting, as you will need to make a rectangular opening
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Have you ever made a weather report? Let’s see what we need to create one. Gather some paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons. Step outside and takes notes of what you see. Is there fog? What about sunlight, clouds, dew. Any precipitation? What does it feel like to be
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Today, you may need to ask an adult for help, as we’ll use a camera, cellphone, or a tablet. You will also need a variety of smaller props, such as balls, cars, trucks, animal figurines, and the like. Try to stage an optical illusion by holding a prop of choice
Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Plants store food in roots, stems, and leaves. This experiment shows that stored food can be used to start a plant growing again. You’ll need tops of carrots, radishes, and pineapple, and a baking pan or recycled container with about 1/2″ of water. Place the carrots or radishes