Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sorting Coins


Our coin sorting box was inspired by a colour sorting post I found over at  Living at the Whitehead's Zoo. The sorting box is super simple to make and could be used for lots of different learning outcomes.

You will need
A Box
A Craft Knife or similar
Marker Pens
Coins

To Make
1. Cut small openings into one side of the box - make sure they are big enough for your coins to fit through
2. Label each opening with a coin denomination - I also added colour as it makes it look a bit more fun
3. Time to play

Ready to go

Pick a coin

Drop it in the right hole

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Paper Towers - which shape is the strongest?


 Inspiration for this idea came from Play School, I thought it was a great idea and it would be a lot of fun but Liam didn't overly enjoy it as he didn't want the towers to collapse. If you have a child that likes a little bit of destruction (which Liam normally does) this could be the activity for you.

You will need
Paper
Sticky Tape
Books

To Play
1. Roll and or fold your paper into different shaped paper towers - we made a circle, square and triangle tower.
2. Name the shapes and then ask your child to predict which shape will hold more books or which tower they think is the strongest.
3. One by one add books on top of the tower counting out loud as you go

Liam thought the square tower would be the strongest

The square tower held 5 books

The triangle tower held 8 books

Our winner was the circle tower holding 12 books!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rainbow Hole Punch Art


 This idea was inspired by a post I found over at Nature Store. My kids love using the hole punches it doesn't matter if we use the office type or decorative scrap booking ones they still have lots of fun and it is a great work out for their little hands. I think these idea would work well with a (small) group of kids as you could give them a colour each to hole punch and then share the coloured dots between everyone. This is how we made them but it may need some slight tweaking for a 2 or more children ...

You will need
Coloured Paper in rainbow colours (we were missing purple)
Clear Contact
Egg Carton
Scissors
Ruler
Pen

To Make
1. Let your child choose a piece of coloured paper
2. Punch holes around the edges. Today we used an office type hole punch but I want to try it again with decorative ones.

3. Place the punched out dots into one section of an egg carton

4. Repeat with different colours - off course if working in a group you may have all the colours already covered
5. Take the piece of paper with holes punched around the edges and cut out the middles to create a frame. I used a pen and a ruler to do this but if you need to do lots of them you may want to make a template to trace around. NOTE - do not dispose of the pieces you cut out as you can punch more holes in them if you run out of dots
6. Cut a piece of clear contact that is slightly larger than the inside of your frame and place on the table sticky side up (if it is too curly you can try taping down the corners)
7. Carefully place your frame onto the contact

8. Place the punched out dots onto the contact paper using some of each colour. Liam went for more of a sprinkle approach

9. Display - we stuck ours to the window but you could also try hanging them like Nuture Store did




Monday, February 18, 2013

Blowing Bubbles with straws


This idea came from Play Create Explore,  I was blown away by how much Liam loved it he played for quite awhile and then revisited it 3 or 4 times during the day. The best part was it is so easy to setup and much to my surprise there was very little mess and no spills. He was so intent on blowing and popping the bubbles that splashing wasn't even on his radar even though water play at our house normally ends up with everything soaked!

You will need
Shallow Container/Bowl
Water
Dish Detergent
Straws
Food Colouring (optional)

Setup 
Put the dish detergent and water into a bowl, I also added a few drops of food colouring to the water just for fun (the food colouring does not colour the bubbles).
I placed a towel on the table under the bowl just in case ..... then it was time to blow lots of bubbles

Starting to blow

Popping the bubbles with the straw

More bubble blowing

Blowing the bubbles away so he could start again

Honestly this was so much fun that the whole family had a go!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

S is for Snake


I know S is for Snake has been done many times before but here is how we made ours .....

You will need
Paper - incl white and red
Scissors
Paint
Glue
Wiggly Eye
Marker Pen (optional)

To Make
1. Draw a big S on white paper
2. Paint the S

3. Let dry
4. While the paint is drying cut out some small triangles for the snakes markings and from the red paper a snake tongue
5. Cut out the S and glue onto a coloured piece of paper
6. Glue on the eye and tongue

7. Glue on the triangles
8. Optional - with a marker pen write S is for Snake

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Heart Finger Puppets


This craft was a hit with Neevah she loves to create items she can play with and she played with them for ages making up stories about a Mummy and Baby Heart. Overall the finger puppets are easy to make but I found making the holes for the fingers a bit fiddly but well worth the end result.
Inspiration for this craft was found at Spoonful

You will need
Card
Red Paint
Wiggly Eyes
Black Marker Pen
Scissors
Glue

To Make
1. Cut a heart shape out of the card - you may want to make a paper template first to trace around
2. Paint the heart red

3. Let dry
4. Cut two holes in the heart. Like I said above this was a bit fiddly you don't want to make the holes too big they should fit somewhat snuggly so the puppet sits nicely
5. Glue on eyes

6. Draw a nose and a smile


Time to play ......
 great day for a walk

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Heart Blottos


Neevah likes making blotto paintings so when I saw this idea over at The Chocolate Muffin Tree I knew we needed to try it.

You will need
Paper cut into heart shapes
Paint
Scissors
Paint Brush

To Make
1. Fold heart in half to create a crease
2. Paint on one half of the heart -you may like to do this a little bit at a time as wet paint prints better than when it has already started drying

3. Fold the heart along the crease
4. Gently rub the outside of the paper so the paint transfers to the other side
5. Gently peal open the heart

6. Add more paint if needed and repeat the folding and rubbing
7. Let Dry


In the original link I love how they stuck the hearts onto coloured paper to create a frame but my kids just wanted to create more and more heart blottos so that is what we did.


 
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