Thursday, October 28, 2010

Harvest Time! "Dig with Me" Mommy and Me Silverlake, Hay n "Dirt"

10 months to 22 our little ones all found there way through the hay! No one was deterred by the cobwebs, mice, gourds, pumpkins or cotton-ball ghosts! Boo!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Littlest Los Angeles, CA

Hurray for Littlest!

let's get dirty!

the newest installment of our baby/toddler class starts thursday october 28th and is called dig with me! what a perfect time of year to be outside. the first class will be a dress up for halloween so it won't be dirty. mainly digging through different textures. this is a one month class, short and sweet and before the holidays get in full swing. please join in the fun!

Creative Local: Elizabeth Antonia creator and curator of littlest line on

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dig With ME Playgroup Los Angeles begins 10/28


parent-and-me messy playgroup

in Silverlake

45 minute

music-and-movement, developmental play, and hands-on digging!

OCT 28 Dress-up and Dig Halloween

“Hay” and “Soil” (not dirty)

NOV 4 Dig through Straws

NOV 11 Dig through Dry and Wet

NOV 18 Dig through Rice and Beans

Drop In $22

4-Class Package $65

no refunds


Drop In $25

4 class Package $75

To register contact:

Betsy Edelberg (323) 841-0369

for pics of “Paint with Me” and “Waterplay with Me” and for more information about sensory integration

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Waterplay with Me" Mommy-and-Me Class Silverlake, CA

Carwash, Under Umbrellas and Swamp Things oh my!

It rained rice, leaves, beans, pasta, water, you name it, and our toddlers braved the sounds and textures of the storm and wanted more!

Bubble Art & Body Paint "Paint with Me" Mommy-and-Me Class Silverlake, CA

"Children need to touch a variety of textures and play with them to develop normal tactile processing.
If your child will not play with messy items, it is even more important that you continue to find fun and creative ways to introduce these to them."

Waldorf Technique Wet-on-Wet Painting, "Paint with Me" Mommy-and-Me class Silverlake, CA

Wet-on-wet is a wonderful way to introduce painting to our very youngest children. We use Stockmar paints which truly represent color the way it is seen in nature. First we soaked the watercolor paper in water, when we took the soaked paper out of the water, we used medicine droppers and paint brushes and watched the colors dance and chase each other all over the pages.

Toddlers at Play with Fruits and Veggies, "Paint with Me" Mommy-and-Me Class Silverlake, CA

On Sensory Integration

One of the most exciting new developments in my work is the expansion of yoga, movement and music into sensory integration activities. As I began to develop a website, the name of the site perplexed me. The designer and I came up with "Yogarama," because my classes have gone beyond just yoga, and have become a balanced offering of many and multiple platforms. One of my newest and new favorite kinds of classes is the "Dig With Me" class. A couple of creative and educated moms asked me if I could offer them less yoga and more hands on messy fun. We have had the "Paint with Me" session, which included: fruit/veggie painting, waldorf wet-on-wet, bubble painting, and body painting. And next "Waterplay with Me" where we had a carwash, swampy fishing, under umbrellas and tie dye. I so enjoyed the experience, that I no longer wish to call the classes I teach Yogarama but "Dig with Me." "Dig with Me" will be the next session we do, but the idea is endless: unique, hands-on, sensory-integrated Mommy-and-Me classes (or dad, nanny, grandma).

As parents and educators, we are becoming more and more aware of the importance of sensory integration, and luckily most preschools offer a great deal of this kind of fun. For those who have never heard of such a thing and wonder why they would want to introduce it into their young child's life is a little info from the website,

Sensory Integration Activities are the lifeline to providing and achieving the necessary challenges for your child so they maximize:

  • daily functioning

  • intellectual, social, and emotional development

  • the development of a positive self-esteem

  • a mind and body which is ready for learning

  • positive interactions in the world around him

  • the achievement of normal developmental milestones

The great news is... sensory integration activities are unbelievably funand a necessary part of development for any child, whether they have a sensory processing disorder or not. Sensory integration activities are activities that should be used with any child if normal sensory development is one of your goals (hint... it should be).

From the womb into adulthood, our neurological systems are developing
and processing an overwhelming amount of sensory information every day.
Our system must then interpret this information and make it ready to be
tolerated and used for specific purposes.

If this normal developmental process is hindered in any way, it can cause detrimental effects.
Proper intake and use of sensory input is absolutely critical to a child's maturation process and the building of core, foundational skills. I certainly can not stress this enough... it isthat important!

The best part about sensory integration activities is the creative fun
you can have coming up with ideas, playing with your child using sensory
input, or purchasing unique toys and products anyone would love! (I'll be honest, sometimes adults need and love these products as much as, if not more than, the child!)