Elfing Around Studios

The Elfing Around Studios is the Creativity Corner I designed around the holidays season.

Elfing Around Studios is a toy workshop where one can deign, build, and fix toys. And of course PLAY with toys as well.

Elfing Around Studios was a bigger hit than I was expecting. My daughter found endless hour of engagement in this Creativity Corner.

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Creative Corners are designed and curated to develop imagination, language, critical thinking, problem solving and more! I select content themes and skills that engage cognitive, social and emotional development. I create engagement opportunities that are designed to meet my daughters changing needs.

Creative Corners are replaced and upgraded every 4-6 weeks. Topics are thematically aligned with topics of the seasons and celebrations of the year.

The Witchy Kitchen was open for 6 weeks around the holiday season.

Content Skills of Elfing Around Studios

Sensory Engagement:  Focused on light.  I placed a small pink christmas tree in the studio.  Among all the hand made wooden ornaments one could discovered Prism Glasses. These create fractal light. See in the picture below. These glasses blew her mind and inspired interest and investigation into lights around our home.

Language Development: Elfing Around Studios inspires and develops language around colors, shapes, and building.  While engaging in Elfing Around Studios we talked about materials. For example: the block is blue, flat, smooth, etc. We also discussed the language of building with blocks. For example: stack, slide, build, fall, ect.

Imaginary Inspirations: Elfing Around Studios has endless imaginary play opportunities.  Pretend props:  computer for toy creation, toy blue print,  wood toy blocks, wood toy tool kit, side kick robot friend, and Elf clothes: hat, shoes and work vest.

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Toy Blue Prints

Wood Block Engagement: Wooden blocks are one of the most creativity enhancing toys around. Wood is a great natural material that has his own smell, texture and color so children can use all their senses. While playing with wooden blocks may not be very sophisticated, they are ideal learning tool because the child has countless possibilities and can use all of his imagination.

Physical benefits: wooden blocks improve eye-hand coordination and build strength in a child’s fingers and hands. They also help educate children to feel and recognize different shapes.

Social benefits: playing with wooden blocks encourages children to make friends and cooperate. It is often the first experience a child has playing with other children. Wooden blocks are a benefit for the children because they encourage creativity, interaction and imagination which is important for social play.

Intellectual benefits: children can potentially develop their vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Math skills are developed through the process of grouping, adding, and subtracting, particularly with standardized wooden blocks, such as unit blocks. Experiences with gravity, balance, and geometry learned from wooden blocks also provide intellectual stimulation.

Creative benefits: children develop their creative stimulation by constructing the wooden blocks in countless ways.

Like what you see?    Want a Creativity Corner in your home?

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The Witchy Kitchen

The Witchy Kitchen is the first Creative Corner I created for my daughter.

It was a hit!  My daughter loved it and many guests of all ages at our home loved it as well!

It’s amazing what you can create with the items around your house.  I created this Creative Corner with all object around the house and didn’t spend any money on new items for  Witchy Kitchen.  My Halloween decorations were so well-loved in the Witchy Kitchen.

Creative Corners are designed and curated to develop imagination, language, critical thinking, problem solving and more! I select content themes and skills that engage cognitive, social and emotional development.  I create engagement opportunities that are designed to meet my daughters changing needs.

Creative Corners are replaced and upgraded every 4-6 weeks.  Topics are thematically aligned with topics of the seasons and celebrations of the year.

The Witchy Kitchen was open for 6 weeks around Halloween and Harvest time.

Content and Skills Focus of the Witchy Kitchen:

Language Development:  The Witch Kitchen natural lends itself to inspire and develop language around food, cooking, and eating.  While engaging in the Witchy Kitchen we discuss ingredients.  For example: the pumpkin is orange, round, smooth, small, etc.  We also discussed the language of cooking.  For example: mix, stir, fill, pour ect.

Imaginary Play: Imaginary play that reflects practical life is essential for toddlerhood.  The Witchy Kitchen was deigned to engage and stimulate the imagination in cooking and eating.

Fine Motor Development: In the Witchy Kitchen there are a variety of props that support fine motor development.  We focused on several fine motor activities that toddler needs to practice and master.  Fine motor activities that promote hand strength, coordination and control: mix, stir, pick up, put down. lift, fill, empty, spill, carry, and pour.

Imagination Inspirations: My daughter would play endlessly in her Withy Kitchen.  The imaginary  play opportunities were endless as she played by herself and with others.  Whenever possible I use real life objects for more hours on engagement.  Props that inspired pretend play: pots & pans, mixing utensils, real pumpkins, real gourds, real stones, pretend felt food: garlic, tomato, lettuce, & mushrooms, plastic bones, Potions Bottles with colored water, sparkles and black quinoa.

Sensory Exploration: The Witchy Kitchen was designed with specific sensory experiences.

  • Potion Bottles: (a.k.a. sensory bottles): different, colors, textures, sounds and viscosity of materials to explore and observe.
  • Fabric Walls:  layered cut and frayed black fabric engaged perspective, dimension and texture
  • Pumpkins and Gourds: real life objects are essential for sensory exploration and give children a greater background knowledge of the world.
  • Music: When playing in the Witchy Kitchen I would play music to enrich my daughter’s experience with auditory stimulation.  Pandora is an excellent resource  for free music.  The Witchy Kitchen Play Lists:  Kids’ Halloween, Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloween Party, and I would also play a CD of spooky sounds deigned for kids.
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Dining Area
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A view of the pumpkin patch.

It was joy creating and experiencing the Witchy Kitchen.  I look forward to the Witchy Kitchen 2.0 next Halloween!

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Dining Area

Like what you see?  Want a Creativity Corner in your home?

Contact me at glowingmamawing@gmail.com  for a consultation of your dream Creativity Corner for your child.

Click here on Creativity Corners for more information.