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Invitation to Build Over and Under The Snow// After reading the story Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner we integrated the literacy experience with a STEM invitation. In this wintry book, a boy and his father explore the world while moving over the snow on their skis. They see some animals over the snow and talk about other animals that are under the snow, either sleeping or scurrying around for food. To encourage the children to discover over/under concepts and how the animals live in the winter this STEM invitation was a great experience to explore. We set out @guidecraft_official Branch Blocks & Wood Stackers, @michaelsstores ice cubes, cotton balls, bottle brush trees, and wintry animals. Opportunities for hands-on play with different materials allow children to learn and extend their knowledge and creative thinking skills. STEM preschool activities are designed to engage and stretch their thinking. Introducing the engineering and design process is a natural fit due to the fact that children already like to build and problem solve. This invitation was a perfect opportunity to change a simple building activity to challenge them to think and create in new ways and enhancing their interpretation and perception of over/under and how winter animals live. . #preschool #alamedaca #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #discountschoolsupply #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #blockplay #smallworldplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #blockplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #welovewinterplay #stemeducation

Invitation to Create Piet Mondrian Art on the Light Table// Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter. Mondrians style consisted of geometric shapes and primary colors. Today the children were exposed to his art and learned about patterns and quadrilateral figures. We used loose parts and pipe cleaners on our @guidecraft_official light table. What we love most about invitations is watching how the different combinations of materials inspire the children to create different things. This type of play enhances a childs free creative play, exposure to sensory elements, requires concentration, fine motor and hand strength building, relaxing and stimulating. Loose parts from @discountschoolsupply are perfect for limitless possibilities, foster problem solving skills, creativity, exposure to new materials, and decision making. Through this kind of free play children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. Loose parts and free play in childhood develops the creative genius of the future. Seeing the effect the light table had on the different colors and materials as the children matched and adjusted the pieces in each space was an inviting way to engage the children in creating their own abstract art. Opportunities for creativity reinforces the childrens ability to engage with the world in new and novel ways, which promotes inquiry, reflection and critical-thinking skills. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #lighttable #lighttableplay #guidecraft #discountschoolsupply #lighttablefun #pietmondrian

Three Snow Bears Small World Play// Small world play is simply when children use miniature items to reenact scenes from their own experiences, books, fairytales, etc. Many small worlds incorporate sensory play materials to enrich the experience and make it more realistic. Today we invited the children to listen to the story Three Snow Bears by @janbrettauthor followed by recreating the story with loose parts in order to integrate the literacy experience. We set up sugar cubes, translucent blocks from @discountschoolsupply, flat marbles + ice cubes from @michaelsstores, stacking cups, and animals representing the characters in the story. Small worlds are great for many areas of development, including language, imaginary play, and sensory play. This type of play can be defined as where children accept and assign roles, and then act them out. To further enhance their play added the tactile elements creates endless possibilities with materials that heightens a new depth of sensory play. When children engage in play they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play. This type of play is an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, and social studies, in a timely natural manner. They are able to play and manipulate a variety of materials and textures with stimulate their mind and body. It encourages language development, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, focus and concentration. #preschool #alamedaca #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #discountschoolsupply #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #blockplay #smallworldplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #blockplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay #welovewinterplay

Its that time again! Join us in voting for the Best of Alameda. Wed be honored if you would consider Tomatina for:⠀ ⠀ Best Pizza⠀ Best Italian Restaurant⠀ Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant⠀ ⠀ It’s been our pleasure to be a part of the community for more than 15 years, offering our favorite fresh Italian dishes.⠀ ⠀ We love you, Alameda. Thanks for your support.⠀ ⠀ Vote here: http://www.alamedamagazine.com/Alameda-Magazine/Best-of-Alameda-Ballot/ #.XD9NkFh8hHM.mailto⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #alameda #bestofalameda #bayarea #bayareaeats #family #italianfood #bayareaeats #homemade #forkyeah #eeeeeats #zagat #eater #eatersf #huffposttaste #foodpornshare #topcitybites #eatdrinksf #topfoodnews #officialfoodgroup #foodstagram #dailyfoodfeed #foodbassador #buzzfeedfood #sfeats #huffposttaste #thefoodgasmguide #eatforfeats #madefromscratch #fromscratch #fresh #buonappetito

Transferring WaterBeads// Fine motor skills are necessary for completing daily tasks such as dressing (using buttons/zippers), feeding (using mealtime utensils), being a student (using a pencil, keyboard, or scissors), and leisure/play activities (drawing, playing many musical instruments). @learningresources handy scoopers are a particularly useful example of a tool that provides opportunities for the refinement of hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. It allows a subtle and indirect preparation for writing by gently encouraging the hand to curl into the pincer grip used for writing. Working with fine motor tools provides an engaging exercise which captures a childs attention and promotes attention to detail and sustained concentration. The objective of this exercise is to transfer the water beads into the cup. Transferring the waterbeads requires precise movement and helps in hand-eye coordination. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotoractivity #learningresources

#Repost @cafejolie special: Chicken and waffles! #alameda #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #california #breakfast

Start the New Year with that heathy resolution! Eat Clean! • • • cafejolie #cafejolies #alameda #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #california #salad #salads #eatclean #oakland #sanfrancisco #brunch #lunch #cobbsalad #healthyfood #health

Time to vote! 💇🏻‍♀️😄🍾 http://www.alamedamagazine.com/Alameda-Magazine/Best-of-Alameda-Ballot/ #bestofalameda #bayareahairstylist #bosslady #imallaboutdahair

Time to vote! 💇🏻‍♀️😄🍾 http://www.alamedamagazine.com/Alameda-Magazine/Best-of-Alameda-Ballot/ #bestofalameda #bayareahairstylist #bosslady #imallaboutdahair

Piet Mondrian 3-D Abstract Art// Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter. Mondrians style consisted of geometric shapes and primary colors. After all, every shape can be created from the basic geometric shapes and every color can be created from the primaries - red, yellow and blue. Today the children were exposed to his art and learned about patterns, primary colors that yields other colors when mixed, and learning about quadrilateral figures. We used electric tape, scissors, @colorations.artoflearning Tempera Paint, butcher paper, and thin paintbrushes from @discountschoolsupply to recreate his art on recycled boxes. When the children were cutting the electric tape it allows the child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hand with the continuous open and close of the hand. These muscles are also used for writing, painting, and gripping things. It enhances eye-hand coordination by using vision, processing what is seen, and moving the hand simultaneously to accomplish a task. When they are cutting it encourages the child to use bilateral coordination using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task. Painting involves using a small brush to paint light strokes that requires a degree of gentleness and precision. This also promotes a child’s hand-eye coordination, which is their ability to use their eyes to guide hand movements. Opportunities for creativity reinforces the childrens ability to engage with the world in new and novel ways, which promotes inquiry, reflection and critical-thinking skills. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthempaint #letthemexplore #letthembelittle #pietmondrian

Invitation to Create a Snowstorm 🌬❄️🌨☃️// Since we do not get to experience snow where we live, we invite the children to create what they imagined a snowstorm would look like. To introduce winter we set out an invitation to paint a snow storm with mix media materials @colorations.artoflearning glue, glitter, flitter, epsom salt, chalk, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and foam shapes from @DiscountSchoolSupply. We invited the children to begin allowing them to mix the materials as they wanted on their paper. The children made swirls of snow, snow flakes, snowmen ,snow storms and so much more. Experimenting with different medias and varying textures always brings a special spark of interest because of the open ended process for children. There was so much language, experimenting, and creativity expressed through this invitation to create. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthemexplore #letthembelittle #welovewinterplay

Heres a tattoo designed by @billstattoos to represent my banjo playing, retired coal mining, God-fearing, all around awesome Dad. Thanks for rockin this one all the way out, Billy! #dadtattoo #banjo #inkedmen #coalminersson #countryboy #bluegrass #banjo #bibletattoo #rosetattoo #blueroses #tradtatt #traditionaltattoo #radtattoo #powderpigments #custom #onesitting #legtattoo #onesitting #alameda #eastbay #alamedatattoo #bestofalameda

Invitation to Create Snowflakes❄️ with Loose Parts// Before inviting the children to create snow flakes we asked them questions about what they knew about them? After discussing that they come from the sky when it is winter time we introduced them to Wilson Bentley who was the first known photographer of snowflakes over 100 years ago. We read the books Snowflake Bentley and Curious about Snow in order to integrate the literacy experience with a hands on experience. We passed around the images of the pictures he took while explaining details about snowflakes. While no two snowflakes are exactly the same, they are all six-sided hexagonal shapes due to the molecular structure of ice. The initial symmetry can occur but snowflakes are not all completely symmetric. With that framework provided we set up a provocation with loose parts let the children create a variety of snowflakes. We set out our our loose parts from @michaelsstores : flat marbles, tooth picks, gems, pom poms, rocks, activity mirror from @DiscountSchoolSupply. Creative play like this encourages brain development, scientific experimenting, mathematical thought, risk taking, and trial & error learning. They are using what they have and what they already know and combining that to create a whole thats greater than the parts. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #looseparts #loosepartsplay #welovewinterplay

Invitation to Create Piet Mondrian Inspired Art// We set out rulers, paper, @colorations.artoflearning markers, crayons, tempera paint from @discountschoolsupply, and legos to create our own versions of Mondrian inspired art. This invitation was a great way for children to practice math, critical thinking and language skills. While the children were using the rulers we talked about vertical and horizontal lines and they discussed the shapes they were making. We love setting aside our paintbrushes from time to time. When children are given the opportunity to paint using different objects such as legos, it allows them to add texture to their art in a creative and open-ended way. Painting allows children to express their creativity and have fun. Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus children need to be successful in all aspects of life. Painting is a great way to build up their fine motor control and muscles. As they hold the lego they are required to move their hand, wrist and arm to create an image on paper. They are also working on their eye and hand coordination, color mixing, color identification and visual planning skills. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthempaint #letthemexplore #letthembelittle #pietmondrian

Invitation to Paint on Ice// Today we decided to do painting in a whole new way. Painting on ice had so many layers of exploration. The children were enamored by the sensations of ice and were amazed by watching the colors pool as the Colorations liquid water colors hit the ice. The set up was simple we placed into the aluminum tray along with containers of @colorations.artoflearning Liquid Water Colors from @discountschoolsupply, pipettes as their tools in order to let them paint, create, and explore. Simple STEAM invitations such as this have limitless possibilities. As the ice melted, it took the color with it and the water combined with the ice brought another sensory element to the experience. Questions were rising of why doesnt the color stick? How come it keeps melting faster when we paint it? What will happen if we add more water in the bin? The vibrant little swirls of color made for a truly magical moment. Painting on different surfaces is a great chance for children to create in a different way by expanding their imagination. This also exposed the children to science where they were able to see the colors blend, the state of ice alter, the cause & effect of it all. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtopaint #colorations #childcareadventures #steameducation #processart #preschoolscience #welovewinterplay

Im so in love with this newest bit of ink from @billstattoos!! Its such a tropical wonderland of Aloha with all these rad colors! Come see Billy, if you wanna get some fun ink! #billstattoos #alameda #bestofalameda #alamedatattoo #eastbay #hawaiianshirt #skeletontattoo #ink #traditionaltattoos #tradtatt #tiki #toucan #powderpigment #tropical #flashtattoo #skulltattoo #aloha #alohavibes #prettycolors #sharks

Snow ❄️Sensory Soup// Making pretend soup with snowflakes, flat marbles, water, Insta Snow, and @colorations.artoflearning Liquid Water Color from @discountschoolsupply. Pipettes, cups, cylinders, and beakers were a great way for the children to enjoy some water play but it really let their imagination run wild. They scooped and poured and transferred their snow from one area to the next with their tools, continued to mix and create away. The assorted containers and utensils helped encourage exploration, scooping, pouring, and more. Ample amount of language was discussed when adding ingredients, stirring and then scooping out handfuls of Insta Snow. Water and sensory play fosters creativity and enables children to experiment with science and math concepts. Children begin to understand and investigate with ideas such as more/less, same/different, many/few, empty/full, before/after, greater than/less than. Children also learn physics principles such as the effects of force (increasing the waterflow through increased force); effects of gravity (water runs downhill) etc. The social learnings from water and sensory play include collaboration, concentration, turn taking, problem solving, perseverance, self-regulation, and more. Children also gain physical learning through water and sensory play, such as precision in pouring, eye-hand coordination, and other skills. Exploring with water is captivating, engaging, engrossing and absorbing to almost all children. #preschool #alamedaca #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #discountschoolsupply #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #blockplay #loosepartsplay #blockplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay #preschoolscience #waterplay #welovewinterplay

Back to the #vintageyearinreview #acheivements This was a big year for me professionally and personally 1. I was the #covergirl for the @alamedamagazine #bestofalameda issue, winning best sewing circle in Alameda 2. I really upped my #vintagehair Game 3. Attended #missfishercon With several good friends. This was a vacation with friends which I’ve rarely done. Actually I had 3 Holidays this Summer which was amazing. 4. Made it to Burbank and went to both @besamecosmetics & @whatkatiediduk During my LA trip with @thegoldenbunnyy 5. Recreated my grandmother’s dress for #gatsbysummerafternoon 6. Expanded my adult sewing classes to include an adult #sewingsummercamp 7. Learned how to sew Bras 8. Developed a new #fashionstudies Program for my fashion students. 9. Sewed 90% of my clothing this year, adding to my vintage look.

Happy New Years Eve y’all! I’m glad to announce that My Auntie Myra From Love Crystals Namaste will be doing a Tooth Gem Pop Up Shop at Luck 13 Tattoos, She will be in Tuesday Jan 15th from 4pm-8pm. Yall can DM her for questions or to set appointments. Have safe night y’all! One love! @love.crystals.namaste #familyfirst #tatfam - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

What a year full of wonder✨ it has been! We are so grateful for all the moments we have had with our little ones in 2018! We cant wait for the new memories and experiences to create in 2019! Happy New Year from the Little Seeds and Peter Pan Crew! 🎉 #preschool #alameda #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #alamedaca #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #earlylearning101 #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #playbased #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #discountschoolsupply #guidecraft #colorations

Had brunch with my galpal/bestie @marlene_i_am today at one of our favorite spots in Alameda! Chorizo scramble, cheese grits, and a steak benedict with home fries!! #epiceats #bestofalameda #eastbay #alameda #neptunes #brunch #benedict #breakfastfood #chorizo #steak #grits #favoritethings #foodporn #bffgoals

Invitation to Create Reindeer with Loose Parts & Play-dough// After reading Reindeer Dance we integrated the literacy experience by inviting the children to create reindeer with play-dough and a tinker tray filled with loose parts from @discountschoolsupply. What we love most about play-dough invitations is watching how the different combinations of materials inspire the children to create in different ways. Play-dough has many benefits for children. The most important is the fine motor skill development. It is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling and flattening playdough all develop childrens muscles and encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with a scissors, using a tweezers and holding a pencil. It also engages the children in their senses. Invitations enhance a childs free creative play, exposure to sensory elements, requires concentration, and are truly relaxing and stimulating. Tinker Trays are the perfect for limitless possibilities, foster problem solving skills, creativity, exposure to new materials, and decision making. Through this kind of free play children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. Loose parts and free play in childhood develops the creative genius of the future. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #looseparts #loosepartsplay

Painting with Christmas Bows// We love setting aside our paint brushes from time to time and explore painting with other materials. Children love experimenting with different ways to paint and to use a variety of materials. The bows inspired the children to paint in different ways, they also were talking about the different colors and size, how some made larger and some made smaller prints. This process helped the children become more and more thoughtful about the techniques they were using and how they could experiment with the bows to make different designs, colors, and textures on the paper. We used @colorations.artoflearning Tempera Paint & Butcher Paper from @discountschoolsupply. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthempaint #letthemexplore #letthembelittle

Invitation to Decorate the Christmas Tree// We set up this invitation with a variety of paintings of wintery Christmas trees along with loose parts from @discountschoolsupply to invite the children to decorate. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. There are many reasons why we love our play spaces to include a multitude of loose parts. Loose parts can be used anyway children choose, can be adapted and manipulated in many ways, encourages creativity and imagination. Loose parts can be used in many different ways and can be used in combination with other materials to support imagination. Loose parts encourage open ended learning and have endless possibilities. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #looseparts #loosepartsplay

Winter Forest Small World Play// Small world play is simply when children use miniature items to reenact scenes from their own experiences, books, fairytales, etc. Many small worlds incorporate sensory play materials to enrich the experience and make it more realistic. Today we invited the children to explore farm life. We set up a winter wonder land with @guidecraft_official Branch Blocks, Baking Soda as Snow, bottle brush trees, and animals. Small worlds are great for many areas of development, including language, imaginary play, and sensory play. This type of play can be defined as where children accept and assign roles, and then act them out. To further enhance their play added the tactile elements creates endless possibilities with materials that heightens a new depth of sensory play. When children engage in play they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play. This type of play is an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, and social studies, in a timely natural manner. They are able to play and manipulate a variety of materials and textures with stimulate their mind and body. It encourages language development, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, focus and concentration. #preschool #alamedaca #ilovealameda #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #discountschoolsupply #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #blockplay #smallworldplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #blockplay #tinkertrays #loosepartsplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay

Pig skin practice 🤘😬 - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

STEM Christmas Building with @magnatiles and Bells!// Magnatiles stimulate the left and right parts of the brain to promote the balanced growth of the brain by requiring children to use both hands. It also triggers children’s curiosity and enhances their sense of achievement and satisfaction through playing. When creating innumerable models it fosters children’s ability to create new shapes and ideas. Magnets are one of those magical toys that have endless possibilities and are intriguing to young children. They promote a variety of skills and allow children to be involved in an active, hands-on way. By manipulating magnets, children work on their coordination skills by attaching and removing pieces which promote fine motor skills. They also are fostering their cognitive skills by understanding concepts of cause and effect. They are also promoting math skills because as children play with magnets, they will be adding and subtracting them from a surface. Theyll learn concepts such as more and less, on and off, and size and shapes. We added bells to provide an additional magnetic element to inspire Holliday creations. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotoractivity #stemed #stemeducation #blockplay

Golf Tee Ornament Balance// Once all of the golf tees were arranged in the foam by the children we encouraged the children to balance the ornaments on each of the tees. This requires some skill at in-hand manipulation, which gets the two sides of the hand doing different jobs. The pinky side is holding the ornaments while the thumb side is placing the ornaments. When we write, we close the pinky side of our hand to stabilize it while the thumb side of the hand works the pen. Doing in-hand manipulation activities helps differentiate the function of the two sides of the hand and helps with control and writing ability. Activities like this are used to strengthen the small muscles of the hands, to involve materials and tools that provide resistance and enhance their fine motor skills. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotoractivity #stemed #stemeducation #blockplay

Invitation to Play: Santas Wrapping Station🎁// We set out various sized boxes, wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, tape, & scissors. This instantly set to the children, or shall we say elves to work on wrapping the presents. It was wonderful to see them playing happily, knowing that those finger and hand muscles were getting a good workout while folding, taping, cutting and their right brain was too when they were seeing how tricky it can be to find just the right sized piece of paper to fit around each box. Cutting allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hand with the continuous open and close of the hand. These muscles are also used for writing, painting, and gripping things. It enhances eye-hand coordination by using vision, processing what is seen, and moving the hand simultaneously to accomplish a task. When they are cutting it encourages the child to use bilateral coordination using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task. While this type of play may be viewed as frivolous by some, it remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, and collaboration, in a timely natural manner. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotor #finemotorskills #finemotoractivity #finemotoractivities

Couldn’t fit the whole email in the pic. So honored!!!! Thank you Alameda ❤️❤️ #bestofalameda #bestsalon2018 #girlboss #honored #bayareahairstylist

Invitation to Play with Hot ☕️Chocolate🍫// Tis the season for HOT COCO! We set out all the ingredients to make yummy Hot Coco. When children are given the opportunity to play it is one the best ways to make connections across and amongst many learning opportunities. We are not just playing with hot coco, we are teaching science in action; helping to lay down basic math, and giving them the tools to enhance their cognitive skills. After we made our Hot Coco, the children dove right in with their cups pouring, scooping, measuring the drinks. The social learnings from water play include collaboration, concentration, turn taking, problem solving, perseverance, self-regulation, and more. Children also gain physical learning through water play, such as precision in pouring, eye-hand coordination, and other skills. Exploring with water is captivating, engaging, engrossing and absorbing to almost all children. When a child plays engages in sensory play the variety of materials and textures are stimulating the mind & body. It enhances fine motor skills, language development, improves focus and concentration. It is play based learning, stimulates the 5 main senses, & its child-directed exploration. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay #sensorybin #sensoryactivity #sensorylearning

Invitation to Build a ChristmasTree STEM Challenge// Cups, cups, and lots of cups! STEM Challenges are a great way to get children thinking and doing even with simple supplies like these plastic party cups. Opportunities for hands-on play with different materials will allow children to learn and extend their knowledge and creative thinking skills. STEM preschool activities are designed to engage and stretch their thinking. Introducing the engineering and design process is a natural fit due to the fact that children already like to build. There was no wrong or right way to do this activity and the possibilities were truly endless. By setting out the loose parts materials the children were truly left to explore, build, & decorate the trees! They stretched and grew their problem-solving skills by collaborating with one another on how to build and problem solve. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotoractivity #stemed #stemeducation #blockplay

Now i KNOW y’all been waiting for this shit, so have we hahaha body piercings are officially available tmrw. Hit my line, or the shop if you’re interested 🤘 Happy Thursday Y’all 🙏🤘 - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

Oh Twig Tree, Oh Twig Tree!// There are so many reasons to embrace natural materials while doing art. Children pay more attention to the color, the shape, and the texture of natural materials. We set out a variety of branches to create a Tree. We explained to the children that we need to place the largest pieces on the bottom to create the base and keep making it smaller and smaller as it goes up. Once the branches were in place to create our Twig Tree we set out some loose parts. These materials came with no specific set of directions, and they were used alone or combined with other materials. Our loose parts included: Recycled bottles caps, @colorations.artoflearning ® Sequin, Glue, Pom Poms, wood squares, and foam shapes from @discountschoolsupply. They went up and down the tree gluing whatever they desired as their decorations. These objects invited conversations and interactions, and they encouraged collaboration and cooperation. Loose parts promote social competence because they support creativity and innovation. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthemexplore #letthembelittle

Invitation to Eat Latkes// We read the story Latke, The Lucky Dog which is about a dog rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah. Throughout the story they explore all of the traditions of the holiday, from playing with dreidels, eating gelt, lighting the menorah, and cooking latkes. Latkes are traditionally cooked on Hanukkah, along with other fried foods, to commemorate the miracle of the menorah oil in the Jewish Temple. In order to continue the literacy experience we depend their connection the sensory way. By using their sense of taste the children are able make connections across many learning opportunities. They are exposed to new foods, traditions, and culture. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #childcareadventures #sensoryactivity #sensorylearning #languageandliteracy

Done plenty of mermaid tattoos. But never a Mother mermaid and her baby. Thats a new one for the books. - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop Phone: 510.263.8660 - Follow our shop page!! @l13tat #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #BayAreaTattoo #alameda #eastbay #bayarea #bayareatattoos #californiatattooers #bayareaartist #bestofalameda #tattoos #ink #girlswithtattoos #guyswithtattoos #faithinfreehand #freehandtattoo #sullen #eternalink #normtattoomachine #bestintheeastbay #eastbayexpress #winners

All done with this freehand Phoenix sleeve. Whos next in the chair? I have gift certificates available too. Swing by the shop to pick one up or make an appointment with me for January. Happy Holidays! - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop Phone: 510.263.8660 - Follow our shop page!! @l13tat #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #BayAreaTattoo #alameda #eastbay #bayarea #bayareatattoos #californiatattooers #bayareaartist #bestofalameda #tattoos #ink #girlswithtattoos #guyswithtattoos #faithinfreehand #freehandtattoo #sullen #eternalink #normtattoomachine #bestintheeastbay #eastbayexpress #winners

Invitation to Create a Menorah// We set out this invitation for the children to create a Menorah that was also a STEM activity. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It is an eight-day holiday where after dinner, the family gathers to light the menorah candles -- a new one each night until all 8 are lit. Since our community is diverse, we feel it is important to expose all of our children to traditions from various cultures to build their knowledge. Through an invitation such as this they are able to explore the traditions of Hanukkah. STEM preschool activities are designed to engage and stretch their thinking. Introducing the engineering and design process is a natural fit due to the fact that children already like to build and problem solve. This invitation was a perfect opportunity to change a simple building activity to challenge them to think and create in new ways and enhancing their interpretation and perception of weight, height, and balancing. There was no wrong or right way to do this activity and the possibilities were truly endless. By setting out actual Menorahs as a point of reference, @guidecraft_official wood stackers standing & river stones, loose parts from @discountschoolsupply the children were truly left to explore and build! They stretched and grew their problem-solving skills by collaborating with one another on how to create a menorah. They also enhanced their mathematical awareness when they had to count the number of candles and holders. Through these trials, children are able to analyze the situation more critically and come up with solutions. STEM provides awesome real life lessons that are so valuable. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotorskills #finemotoractivity #finemotoractivities #stemed #stemeducation #blockplay #guidecraft

Spin-Art Dreidel// Playing with the dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah game. A dreidel is a pointed, four-sided top which can be made to spin on its pointed base. We read a story about the dreidel and taught them the song I Have a Little Dreidel. We wanted to take a spin on Art! Action art involves art activities that are hands-on, where the focus is on the process rather than the finished product. “Action Art projects result in products to be enjoyed and admired, but it is the process of exploration and experimenting that stimulates the child’s learning from discovering and creating…” ~ from Action Art. Every time we provide the children with the opportunity to create art all on their own, we are reminded of how engaging and important process art is. With recycled CDs, @colorations.artoflearning markers, and butcher paper from @discountschoolsupply. We let the children practice with a real dreidel first, followed by letting the children explore and create with our spin-art dreidels. All aspects of the spin-art dreidel was a blast, from spinning and twisting, the children were completely immersed in the process of creating! We simply just couldn’t get enough and explore. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #childcareadventures #steameducation

Invitation to Explore Hanukkah// Creating shapes, lines, patterns, swirls, designs and drawings with loose parts from @DiscountSchoolSupply to explore all things Hanukkah. Since our community is diverse, we feel it is important to expose all of our children to traditions from various cultures to build their knowledge. Through an invitation such as this they are able to explore the traditions of Hanukkah and all the while engage in a fine motor activity. Children enjoy hands-on activities and the colours and textures are so engaging and motivating for children. It also promotes fine motor and coordination skills as children are picking up and placing the loose parts onto the paper using the pincer grip action. This activity is also great for sorting, classifying the colours or size of the loose parts, and becoming aware of details. Children can create patterns or only use one color for each line. Through this kind of exploration children are really igniting their curiosity, using what they have and what they already know, becoming aware and accepting of our diverse community’s celebrations, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #looseparts #loosepartsplay

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Invitation to Give a Pig a Party// To begin this sensory exploration we read the story If You Give a Pig a Party by @lauranumeroff. To continue and expand the literacy experience we set the intention with going the multi-sensory route due to the fact that children learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. For this invitation we provided the children with colorful pom-poms and foam shapes from @DiscountSchoolSupply, balloons, cars, confetti, blanket, ice cream, and a pig to represent parts of the story. When children engage in play they are playing with a variety of materials and textures which stimulate the mind and body through the tactile experience. By giving children the opportunity to investigate materials with knowledge from reading the story we are helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skills. Our ultimate goal for the sensory experience is to tie it in with literacy experiences in order to further solidify any new words or language to children that come from reading the book. This helped them in practice listening skills, comprehension skills, and fostered imaginary play. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay #sensorybin #sensoryactivity #sensorylearning #lauranumeroff #languageandliteracy

Invitation to Create Van Goghs Starry Night// Van Gogh’s work has a certain child-like simplicity to it, especially in the use of bold colors. A child is bound to be interested in the details in his pictures and this is a great learning opportunity for him too. Exposing artists of the world helps them develop a sense of culture and become aware of the beauty in the different styles and techniques in art. Loose parts simply means moveable materials that children can use in their play. It provides daily inspiration, endless possibilities, a chance to think, and encouragement to be creative. This is not only talking about creative play from an artistic point of view – although loose parts do provide great materials to sculpt and build – but creative play that encourages brain development, scientific experimenting, mathematical thought, risk taking, and trial and error learning. Through this kind of free play children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. Loose parts and free play in childhood develops the creative genius of the future. Combing loose parts and the light table from @discountschoolsupply by @guidecraft_official it became an even more excellent resource for science and discovery. The light table is an excellent source of visual sensory input. Children are naturally drawn to the glow of the table and are often calmed by the visual stimulation as they explore a the center. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #lighttable #lighttableplay #looseparts #loosepartsplay

Invitation to Create Turkeys🦃 with Loose Parts & Play-dough // We invited the children to create turkeys with @colorations.artoflearning play-dough and a tinker tray filled with loose parts from @discountschoolsupply. What we love most about play-dough invitations is watching how the different combinations of materials inspire the children to create in different ways. Play-dough has many benefits for children. The most important is the fine motor skill development. It is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling and flattening play-dough all develop childrens muscles and encourage pre-writing and other skills such as cutting with a scissors, using a tweezers and holding a pencil. It also engages the children in their senses. Invitations enhance a childs free creative play, exposure to sensory elements, requires concentration, and are truly relaxing and stimulating. Tinker Trays are the perfect for limitless possibilities, foster problem solving skills, creativity, exposure to new materials, and decision making. Through this kind of free play children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. Loose parts and free play in childhood develops the creative genius of the future. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #finemotorskills #childcareadventures #loosepartsplay #discountschoolsupply #earlyeducation #earlyeducationmatters #looseparts

I havent been here, since my bb @mochioni was in town! Mama Papa consistently ranks as one of my fav comfort food spots tho! Also, the beer garden is super nice for a get together with friends. Potato pancakes, fried garlicky rye bread, lager and a slice of their heavenly medutis (honey cake)! I splurged and dont regret a single calorie. #lithuanian #lithuanianfood #medutis #potatopancakes #honeycake #rye #garlic #friedbread #bestofalameda #alameda #eastbay #comfortfood #foodporn #dinner #treatyoself

Invitation to Clean Your Teeth🦷 // We have been discussing how it is important to take care of our bodies and to keep healthy. We set out an invitation with several books about dental hygiene, Duplo Blocks/ice trays as Teeth, @colorations.artoflearning play dough from @discountschoolsupply as plaque, tooth brushes, and string as floss. The Duplo blocks/ice trays teeth brought to life what teeth look like when food is stuck or plaque remain on your teeth. We didnt provide any instruction there after and just let the children figure out how to clean the teeth. Practical life activities are not only enticing they are important activities for young children. Activities for care are both fun and great for developing order, concentration, coordination, and independence. There are a series of steps that children will go through for a this type of activity. It is wonderful for developing concentration, organization, and the ability to follow directions. Both the flossing and brushing of the teeth provided a good opportunity for building fine motor skills. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotor #finemotorskills #finemotoractivity #finemotoractivities

Fuck this holiday 🙃 Ayy @monday_malarkey make me famous bluhhd! - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

Happy make your apprentice cry day 🙃😭 - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

When @luckylos_tattoo stay fuckin with you lolol almost towards my first full year here at @l13tat. So far It’s been one hell of a journey, still learning new shit every single day. Very blessed to be apart of this family 🙏🤘 - Lucky 13 Tattoos 1301 1/2 Park St. Alameda CA 94501 - Email: contact@l13tat.com Shop #: 510.263.8660 - #Ink #Tattoo #TattooLife #TattooArtist #EastBay #NorCal #Alameda #Lucky13 #BestOfAlameda #Lucky13Tattoos #L13TAT @L13TAT #NorCalTattoo #EastBayTattoo #bayareatattoo

Cranberry Sensory Play Exploration// This invitation to play and explore was a great tactile experience stimulates their mind and body because children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses. Many of our favorite memories are associated with one or more of our senses. Sensory play is, quite simply, any activity that stimulates the senses. This includes the five main senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound, as well as the two not-as-frequently-mentioned senses: vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive (sense of where each body part is in relation to the rest). By giving children the opportunity to investigate materials with no preconceived knowledge, we are helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skill sets. Since thanksgiving is coming up we wanted to showcase how and what some of the food they enjoy looks like prior to being cooked. Since cranberry sauce is a staple at the table, we let the children explore the berry in its true form. They mixed, poured, created, counted, cooked away. Connecting what is going on in the world around them through play truly gives moments of clicking for a child in order to have deeper understanding. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #bestofalameda #invitationtoexplore #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning101 #getcreativewith #ctinquiry #powerofplay #childcareadventures #tactileplay #sensoryplay #sensorybin #sensoryactivity #sensorylearning

Coming soon to a Julie’s near you - apple and cranberry tarts!

This is my other new lil tattoo from a couple weeks ago. This and the fox are older flash designs Billy had in his book for a few years. I just loved them both and wanted to adopt them. A pretty lil cardinal for this Virginian! Thanks @billstattoos for the great start on my new leg! Cant wait to work on something new. #billstattoos #cardinal #alamedatattoo #cardinaltattoo #virginia #statebird #virginian #proudtobecountry #tattoo #newink #birdtattoo #alameda #eastbay #bestofalameda #flylikeabird #holly #powderpigments #tradtatt #lilbird #traditionaltattoo

Invitation to Create a Turkey 🦃// Children usually prefer invitations that stimulates their curiosity and gives free reign to their imaginations and creativity. One of the best ways to enhance their natural curiosity is to introduce a wide variety of the materials into their settings through the arts. Today invitation to create a turkey included: Recycled boxes to make the turkeys, @colorations.artoflearning glitter, feathers, wood shapes, foam shapes, googly eyes, pom poms, and glue from @discountschoolsupply. With these materials the children were able to create unique and creative turkeys. Besides learning to create art, the children also had a great time exploring the materials and conversing about what they were creating! They were ecstatic to show each other what materials they were using, comparing the similarities/differences between one another, and how they turned out as a whole. This was great for enhancing their fine motor development when they were experimenting with grasping the different materials. These open-ended process driven art experiences aide children to express their creativity and expand their mind. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthempaint #letthemexplore #letthembelittle

Invitation to Paint on Leaves 🍁// We found some leaves from our playground and used @colorations.artoflearning tempera paint in fall colors from @discountschoolsupply. The children really enjoyed the unusual painting surface and painted one leaf after the other. Painting is much more than a simple activity. It is a way for children to express their own creativity and feelings towards the world. It helps them use their senses, express emotion, explore process and outcomes, explore color, and create aesthetically pleasing works and experiences. As children paint, both sides of the brain are engaged, strengthening the connection between two hemispheres. Some children chose to use all of the colors, some mixed them, and some chose their favorites. Its always amazing to watch them to see who does what, how they create and how they express themselves. We let them freely explore and discover because process art is freeing. It also fosters their cognitive skills when they compare their art to others, make predictions, plan it out and problem solve. Physically painting benefits children, too! It strengthens their fine motor skills, utensil control and helps with pre-writing skills. For children, process art is where we want to begin, introducing them to materials and techniques with an attitude of play and discovery. Art is a language and painting benefits children emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #everychildisanartist #processart #earlylearning101 #preschoolart #bestofalameda #discountschoolsupply #powerofplay #powerofplay52 #getcreativewith #invitationtocreate #colorations #letthempaint #invitationtopaint #childcareadventures #smockson #processartforkids #letthempaint #letthemexplore #letthembelittle

Reposting my new ink from @billstattoos! Definitely hit Billy up, if youre in the Bay Area and want some rad new ink! #fox #foxtattoo #traditionaltattoo #newink #tradtatt #foxy #radtatt #tattoocrush #tattoos #alamedatattoo #legtattoo #bestofalameda #alameda #eastbay #bayarea #billstattoos #powderpigments

Invitation to build with @guidecraft_official Wood Stackers Standing & River Stones// We set out this invitation for the children to explore fall foliage along STEM. STEM preschool activities are designed to engage and stretch their thinking. Introducing the engineering and design process is a natural fit due to the fact that children already like to build and problem solve. This invitation was a perfect opportunity to change a simple building activity to challenge them to think and create in new ways and enhancing their interpretation and perception of weight, height, and balancing. There was no wrong or right way to do this activity and the possibilities were truly endless. By setting out the fall foliage and @guidecraft_official wood stackers standing & river stones the children were truly left to explore and build! They stretched and grew their problem-solving skills by collaborating with one another on how to balance the wood stackers and leaves. Through these trials, children are able to analyze the situation more critically and come up with solutions. STEM provides awesome real life lessons that are so valuable. #preschool #ilovealameda #alamedaca #earlylearning101 #thekidsplay #bestofalameda #sensoryplay #smartlittlestars #tactileplay #ctinquiry #powerofplay52 #powerofplay #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #getcreativewith #childcareadventures #finemotorskills #finemotoractivity #finemotoractivities #stemed #stemeducation #blockplay #guidecraft

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