By Pilates Coordinator Kim Myers and Pilates Instructor Alexis Theis
The search results for “what activities can I do with my toddler while we are at home’’ (or something along those lines) returns an overwhelming list of search results.
I have gathered a list of some helpful websites for preschoolers. Be sure to check out the Jello-Slime project below! Enjoy!
Fun activities and ideas:
- kids.nationalgeographic.com (Nat Geo for Kids- learn all about
- geography and fascinating animals)
- seussville.com (Seussville- read, play games and hang out with Dr.
- Seuss and his friends)
- pbskids.org (PBS Kids- play games and explore books with your
- favorite characters)
(Free printable worksheets from toddlers+)
- allkidsnetwork.com (crafts, activities, etc.)
- nomsterchef.com (recipes that encourage math, fine motor skills and science)
- preschoolinspirations.com (preschool ideas)
Handwriting Lesson: Teaching Children to Write Their Name
Enjoy this fun and easy craft from Pilates instructors Alexis Theis. Alexis has two little girls and they LOVED this activity.
Fun (but messy) activity to do with little ones.
Recipe yields: 1 Cup of Jell-O Slime
What you’ll need:
- Measuring cups
- A mixing bowl
- Wooden craft sticks or a spoon to stir your Jell-O Slime ingredients
- 3-ounce box of sugar-free Jell-O *they recommend using sugar-free Jell-O only – The dye doesn’t stain hands quite as much when using the sugar-free variety. NOTE: if using flavors that are red in color, it will leave some dye behind on your hands. It comes off after a few hand washes.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup warm water
- A cookie sheet or play/activity tray for playing with your prepared slime to protect the surface that you’re playing on.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cornstarch and contents of Jell-O packet. Mix the cornstarch and Jell-O mixture together well (combining both dry ingredients evenly) using a spoon or a wooden craft stick.
- Slowly mix water into the mixture, stirring the entire time. The mixture may become tough to stir as you’re adding water. Resist adding extra water though, as the consistency will become more like oobleck and less like slime. Continue to stir until the entire 1/2 cup of water has been incorporated evenly. If you need to add more water, add a small drop or two at a time because the consistency will change quickly.
- Play with your prepared Jell-O Slime on a protected surface or tray and have fun!
Store Jell-O slime in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You may need to add a drop or two of water to the mixture after it’s been refrigerated to bring it back to the desired consistency.
Kim comes to us from the Claremont Club in California, where she taught Pilates and group fitness. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State University in San Marcos and has two children with her husband Chris. She loves spending time with her family, knitting and watching a great episode of Dateline.
“Be in control of your body and not at it’s mercy’’ – Joseph Pilates
Alexis completed her comprehensive Pilates certification through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning by Hope Petrine and finds that it is the perfect complement to her love for health and fitness. The Pilates Method provides a mind-body approach to fitness that restores balance to the body for everyday living. She has seen personally and professionally that regular practice increases flexibility, stability and strength. She enjoys working with all body types and finds it exciting to help others discover how amazing the human body is!
Born and raised in Colorado, Alexis graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Graphic Design. She continues doing design work when she is not teaching Pilates. Outside of work you will find Alexis spending time with her husband and two daughters. Her intention has always been to help people lead healthier lives and feels that sharing her passion for Pilates is a great way to start!