Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rainbow Numbers

Have you ever happened upon a pin on Pinterest and thought to yourself why didn't I think of that?
Last night I saw a pin for Rainbow Writing and thought exactly that to myself the timing was prefect! This super simple idea was just what I needed to entice Neevah to practice her Number Formation.

What you will need
Crayon or Coloured Pencils in the colours of the rainbow

Using a pencil write the numbers, letters or name you would like your child to practice and then ask them to trace over it using rainbow colours.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Pancake Race

Neevah is finding a lot of her inspiration for play from books she enjoys. A month or two ago a reader came home from school called The Pancake it goes through the simple steps of making a pancake and on the very last page they are having a pancake race. Neevah loved reading this book, she brought it home a few times and every time she would ask can we please have a pancake race. The first time she asked I wasn't so sure the thought of the kids running around outside with pancakes and potentially dropping them seemed like such a waste. After approximately the third request to have a pancake race it dawned on me Playdough Pancakes was the answer.

Playdough Recipe
2 cups of plain flour
2 tbs Cream of Tartar
2 tbs Cooking Oil
1 cup Salt
2 cups of Water
Food Colouring

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan (except food colouring) stir over medium heat for 3 - 5 mins or until the mixture congeals. Once cool add food colouring.

Flatten out your playdough into pancakes and place them on a toy fry pans or even plastic/paper plates. Now it is time to race! We did a relay style race as both of the kids wanted to use the toy frying pan (we only have one) but I think racing against each other would be just as fun

Ready Set


The Pancake Race was lots of fun

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Magic Hat

We love The Magic Hat by Mem Fox! It is such a fun read and the words just roll off your tongue. 'Oh, the magic hat, the magic hat! It moved like this, it moved like that!' not to mention the fun things the hat gets up to turning people into animals. Neevah made her very own magic hat today great to wear while reading the story or for turning her dolls into other creatures.

You will need
Icecream Container or something to make a hat base from
Anything fun to decorate your hat with
Sticky Tape

To Make
1. Set everything up on a table and let your child create a magic hat
 Neevah painting her hat - the paint dsidn't work very well on the ice cream container but she was still happy with it

Using sticky tape to add decorations to her hat

2. Once dry your magic hat is ready to wear and get up to mischief

 Close up of Neevah's magic hat

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Semi Circle Rainbow

Currently Neevah loves rainbows they adorn a lot of her drawings and I must say it is interesting to see her progression with them. They started out as pencil or mono coloured rainbow arches then she introduced more colours, some would contain multiples of the same colour and others would be whichever colours took her fancy. Her newest rainbow pictures however are more true to the real thing and she is much more interested in what colours rainbows should contain and the order they appear in. Inspiration for this craft idea was found on pinterest and can be found here.

You will need
Paper in the colours of the rainbow
Grey Paper (or another colour if you prefer)
White paper

To Make
1. With the compass make graduated circles on the rainbow coloured pieces of paper. The biggest circle should be Red and the smallest should be purple
2. Cut out the circles
3. Cut each circle in half - I did it this way to introduce Neevah to semi circle shapes but it also gave me the bonus of having an extra set of rainbow supplies for Liam to join in if he wanted
4. On white paper draw a few clouds and then cut them out - Neevah wanted tiny clouds not quite the look I was going for but it is her artwork so who am I to argue
5. On to the grey paper glue each semi circle to form a rainbow
6. Glue on the clouds
7. Let dry and then display

 With a little help with the spelling Neevah wrote on her artwork 'Neevah's rainbow' .... looks like we need to work on her r formation a little bit more.
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