I love Dr. Seuss. I am glad that Baby Rex has developed an early love for books and reading. He is really enjoying all the activities too.
The Shape of me and Other Stuff is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books to use in conjunction with story stretcher activities. The book opens the door to endless possibilities incorporating math, science, and language learning objectives.
For our first activity I gave Rex a few flat shapes to arrange on paper. He had a good time arranging and rearranging the shapes over and over again. I put the tray on the deck to be bleached by the sun. However our day turned out rather cloudy. I will check back tomorrow to see if the sun has worked it's magic!
This project works best with regular construction paper and as flat as shapes as possible. When the weather in nice, we like to go for a walk collecting natural objects for our sun prints.
Tracing a wiggly toddler was a feat all in itself. It took quite a while and lots of silly giggles later we had success. Rex was very excited and surprised to see a full size version of himself on the sliding glass door.
I wanted Baby Rex to be able to interact with his cutout but was worried he would tear it down in two seconds. I ended up taping his cutout on the outside of the door looking in, which has worked wonderfully. Rex is loving smacking himself in the face as well as pointing at his hands and feet. Bonus points for looking like my toddler is staring you down when walking by our apartment.
I traced a few everyday objects to create an outline puzzle for Rex. To start I put all the items on their corresponding outlines. Then let Rex play and interact with the materials at his choosing. This was a fabulous table top activity that kept Rex engaged and entertained while I cooked lunch. I think I am going to make several more and laminate them for durability. Will be a great way to introduce or re-enforce basic learning objectives or make a themed puzzle for a special occasion.
For some afternoon tubby play I used cookie cutters to stamp object outlines on the tub wall. A simple colored bubble bath was fun yet not too distracting away from our focus of attempting to match cookie cutters with the painted shapes. Rex is still a little young for exact matching, but he had fun and we had an exciting conversation. Sensory play in the tub has become Rex's most talkative time - he babbles non stop telling me all about what he is doing as I answer him and verbally illustrate our activity. Even though he is not talking yet these little moments are a critical step in building language skills.