Learning at Home {Vol.6}

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts and although I’ve been intending on writing one, I just haven’t had an opportunity. Now that Eva is getting older and the activities more complex, I don’t often get a chance to step back and take pictures — usually I’m focused on getting a bucket of water and a towel ready for the clean-up! Anyway, here is a little of what we have been up to:

  • Creating

Currently Eva is obsessed with colours. Labelling colours. Sorting colours. And generally, talking about colours. She loves to categorise them, so creating a collage of various art and craft objects allowed Eva to focus on something she is interested in. I started off with placing a different coloured object in each for boxes on the sheet of paper. And as Eva pulled out each new object, we talk about what colour it was and whether it matched any of the objects on the paper. 

I picked up the “My Curious Collection” A3 sheet of paper from the library and we used a variety of craft supplies we had around the house — stickers, goggly eyes, balloons, ice-cream sticks, pom-pom balls etc. 

  • Cooking

Since Eva has a toy mini-kitchen, she loves to pretend to cook. She will make “bing” sounds and pretend the cookies are ready from the oven and that she needs to quickly put the mitten on and pull the tray out. A natural progression from this was to bake real cookies. 

After measuring out all of the quantities and placing them into little bowls, Eva added each ingredient into the large mixing bowl to make dark chic-chip cookies. Everything was going well, until it came time to creating small balls and placing them onto the tray. Unsure about the sticky substance on her hands, Eva started flicking them around the room in a bid to “clean” them! There were bits of cookie dough over the floor and some on the sofa — I had to laugh at my naivety for believing I could cook with a two-year-old! But despite the mess, Eva had fun and the cookies turned out well. 

  • Experimenting 

I have to admit, I’m terrible at science, so when I saw this experiment on my Abby’s blog  Little Red Buttons, I immediately knew I had to try it — it seemed easy enough! Vinegar and food colouring in one container and baking soda in the other. Eva used an old medicine dropper to transfer the liquid. What resulted was a green, frothy and bubbling concoction. The amount of bubbles didn’t suffice Eva, so she took delight in added more baking soda to the mix. Although, I’m not sure of the science behind it (once again, I’m terrible at science), I think more vinegar was needed…

On a side note, I didn’t realise until I’d uploaded these pictures that Eva in her plastic apron and only wearing underpants reminded me of Breaking Bad! 

  • Reading

Eva loves to read! We take weekly trips to the library and bookshop where Eva loves to browse their collections, often pulling out books that are the same as the ones she has at home. And just the other night Eva “read” her first book to me — turning each page and having memorised key words and phrases of the story! And since I’m always on the look out for new and interesting books, I thought I’d share a few of Eva’s current favourites: Charlie and Lola: I’m Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed, My First Brain Quest, Clip-Clop, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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