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Water Play | CMSMatHome
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Water Play | CMSMatHome

  It’s time for Toddler Wednesday with @CMSMatHome!   Today, we’ll play with water. Prepare some bins, large and small, containers, colander, measuring cups, spoons, rocks, and building blocks that can get wet. Fill the large bins with water or sit in the bathtub.   Experiment with a variety of cups, spoons, containers, and the

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Build a Board Game | CMSMatHome
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Build a Board Game | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome!   We’re sure you’ve played board games, but have you ever made one? Let’s work on that today!   Gather some paper, scissors, cardboard if you’d like, ruler, pencils and markers, dice, and small toys to use as game pieces. We can start out with a simple game, and you

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Melting Ice | CMSMatHome
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Melting Ice | CMSMatHome

  Let’s melt ice today with @CMSMatHome!   First, prepare by freezing clear water or water with some food coloring in ice cube trays or a variety of containers. Get a plastic bin, some utensils, and some cups and scoops.   Add some water into your plastic bin, then dump ice into the water and

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Colorful Leaf Prints | CMSMatHome
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Colorful Leaf Prints | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Let’s make some colorful leaf prints today. Get some paper, preferably white, and some felt-tip markers. Gather freshly-picked leaves, but look for sturdy ones with strong vein structure. Color the back side of the leaf (where the veins are) with your marker, then press the colored side onto the white

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Make a Rain Gauge | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome! This is our 60th daily post in this series, and we’ll consider this a small reason to celebrate! 🙃 Today, we’ll construct a rain gauge. You’ll need a clear plastic bottle, ruler, marker, and some rocks. Cut the top section off a clear bottle with the help of an adult.

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Make a Sundial | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome!   Let’s put together a sundial today! Get a marker, paper plate, pencil, scissors, and a piece of paper. Draw a clock face on the paper with equally spaced numbers from 1 to 12. Cut out your clock face and glue it to the back of the paper plate. Punch

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Follow the Sun | CMSMatHome

  Let’s follow the sun with #CMSMatHome! Have you noticed how the sun changes its location in the sky throughout the day? Do you know how much it moves, and when? Let’s try to observe and record its movement. You’ll need a pencil, some paper, string, and a clock. Find a window in your home

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Obstacle Course | CMSMatHome

  It’s time for a Toddler Wednesday with #CMSMatHome!   Today, we’ll build an obstacle course and, through crawling and jumping, work on our gross motor skills.   Gather some chairs, stools, scarves, streamers, tape, pillows, cushions… and anything else that resembles good building material. Find a good spot and start creating your obstacle course.

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Experimental Seed Starting | CMSMatHome

  Let’s see what we can grow from foods we eat at home, such as avocado, grapefruit or lemon, or tomato. Sprouting can take 7 – 14 days.   Cut a grapefruit or lemon in half, then scoop out flesh to eat or use in recipes. Collect seeds, add some potting soil or dirt to

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Check Out (Quite Literally!) One of These Cool Backpacks!

By now, most parents and caregivers have likely exhausted a long list of ideas to keep children–young and old–occupied and content. Here is something that may help with that! Besides CMSMatHome, a daily prompt for play and hands-on learning, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota now has one more exciting project to offer: Prairie’s Edge

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Build a Toad Abode | CMSMatHome

We’ll work on a toad abode today. You’ll need a small clay pot (8 – 10″) or a similar container some paint and paintbrushes, and clear polyurethane sealant spray.   Clean and dry your pot, paint some designs inside and outside of it, and let it dry. Have an adult spray the sealant on the

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Blotto Painting | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Let’s do blotto painting together. You’ll need a piece of paper, a paintbrush, sponge, or a stick, and some paint. First, fold the paper in half, then open it back up and paint blobs or shapes on one side. Fold the paper again, press on it with the palms of

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