Posted in Math Activity, Shapes & Colors

DIY Shape Puppets

Shape puppets are very easy to make and are a fun way to review shapes, learn how many sides & corners each shape has.

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 What you need

  • Cardstock
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craftsticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to

  • Draw the shapes outline on a cardstock. I used empty cereal box.
  • Use scissors to cut shapes and write the shapes name on it. I made two of each shape.
  • Glue it to the craftstick.

Miss A(3.5 yrs) will be starting school this September and I want to make sure she learned all the basic shapes. She knows most of the shapes, so i added three new shapes to this activity – semicircle, pentagon & octagon.

Miss D(2.5 yrs) has started to learn shapes and names a few. She totally took me by surprise – she knew more than I thought.

Heres how we played with it

  • I gave them each 12 shape puppets.
  • I name a shape, they pick & show the matching shape puppet. 
  • D would pick a shape, A would match it with hers and vice versa.
  • I hold the puppets, they name the shape. They say it right, they get to have the shape. If they can’t remember, we move on to the next shape and revisit it later.

We did this for all the twelve shapes. Then we moved on to scavenger hunt. 

  • They got to pick a shape and find items in their toy bin which was in the same shape.
  • I arranged a few items in a tray and they placed the matching shape puppets near it.

Other things we did

  • We made up songs for each shape – so its easy to remember. A remembered some of it and kept singing it. 
  • We learnt to depict heart, triangle and diamond shape using hands
  • Match the shapes.
  • Then ended this activity by reading – look & learn shapes book.

This activity was so much fun for my LOs. A whole hour of learning shapes and they didn’t realize how long they stay put. 

They played with these puppets in the evening all by themselves- naming and matching the shapes. By the end of the day, A named all the twelve shapes & D named most of them. For few shapes like square – A says it has 4 equal sides, for rectangle – she says 2 big sides and 2 small sides, for circle – she says round and so on.

    Posted in Science Activity, Sensory Bin

    Pond Sensory Bin – Preschool Science

    Spring is the perfect time to explore pond life. This pond sensory bin is a hands-on sensory science activity for preschoolers to learn about pond and the animals that live in it. This was simple to create and worked well for our pond life unit. Learning while playing is always fun and kids remember it more easily.

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    What we used

    • Water beads – (we used aqua color, looked much like green)
    • Storage bin
    • Pond Animals – swan, duck, goose, frog, snake, fish erasers ( add turtles)
    • Acrylic leaves ( you could add lily pad made with green foam sheet)
    • Plastic plants
    • Plastic flowers
    • Green wooden blocks
    • Green plastic Easter eggs – for moss
    • Cinnamon sticks – for logs

    For Miss A(3.5) this was a learning activity- introduction to what is a pond and pond life. For Miss D(2) this was more of an sensory, imaginary play and learning about different animals.

    I told them the waterbeads represent the water in the pond and we can find different animals and plants in the pond – animals, leaves, flowers, small plants, moss, rocks, log, etc. Kids named the animals and other items in the bin.

    We also spoke about what the animals in the pond eat. A didn’t like the idea of one animal eating the other. When i told her the snakes eat the fish in the pond, she was very upset. She told me, mummy the fish will be very sad now.. ☺️(aww the innocence and sweetness).

    Because we are learning about five senses, I let them smell the cinnamon stick and spoke about how we use our nose to smell – D loved the smell, A didn’t like it much.

    Once done with the learning and watching a short video about pond life in YouTube they took to playing with the bin.

    They sang some songs playing with the pond animals in the bin – five little speckled frogs, five little ducks went swimming one day, 12345 once i caught a fish alive. Then they filled the easter eggs with waterbeads – scoop and pour, fill and shake to hear what sound it made.

    In the evening we drove to the nearby pond – although A was a little upset because there were no waterbeads in the pond 😂

    The kids enjoyed learning about pond life with this sensory bin and i was really proud when A told her dad, once he was back from work about the type of life we can find in the pond. 😀

        Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learning Opposites, Montessori, Sensory Play, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

        DIY Texture Balloons – Montessori Inspired

        Texture Balloons is a fun tactile sensory activity for toddlers & preschoolers. These are very easy to make and a great way to work on their vocabulary – language development. This texture matching activity is perfect to explain the sense of touch.

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        How to

        • Use a funnel to fill the balloon with any random items(pantry items works best) and tie them close. 
        • Fillers we used – Rice, Sugar, Black eyed peas & Water beads.
        • We used orange and gold balloons. Filled each item in one orange and one gold. 
        • Let the kids touch & feel the balloons to match the pairs. 

        Miss A(3.5yrs) squeezed one orange balloon and then squeezed all the gold balloons to find which matches the orange balloon. Once she found the match she put them side by side. She repeated this until she matched all the pairs. We then spoke about how the balloons felt – soft or hard, bumpy, squishy, crunchy, etc. Each time she felt two balloons she would say if they are same or different. She matched all the balloons perfectly.

        Miss D(2yrs) loved to squeeze all the balloons. She just liked to feel the different textures and talk about how they feel. We dint try to match the balloons.We then discussed about the sense of touch – how we use our hands to touch and feel things – one of our five senses.

        The water beads balloons were my LOs favourite pick. They simply loved squeezing it. Everytime they squeezed it, the water beads popped out. It was so irresistible, i had to try. We all loved squeezing & squishing the beads. It felt so therapeutic- much like a stress reliever.

        Note: If you dont use good quality balloons there are chances, the balloons might tear when you do this activity – the party balloons from walmart seemed to work fine. With a lot of squeezing and throwing, our balloons are still in good shape. We will be adding more textures to this activity.

        Posted in Easter Craft & Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Painting & Coloring Activity, Shapes & Colors

        Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs

        This is a very simple and easy to set up activity. It helps develop shape, size & color recognition.

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        What you need

        • Plate
        • Washable paint
        • Plastic eggs

        How to

        • Squirt washable paint onto a plate. Use paper plates for easy clean up.
        • Open the eggs and place the open side of the egg in paint and make stamps on a paper.

        Miss A(3.5 yrs) & Miss D(2 yrs) were very happy with how their collage turned out. We spoke about the different colors and what shape they stamped – circle. A was surprised how the whole eggs were oval in shape and when stamped made circles. It would have been a great way to discuss about different sizes if we would have used different size eggs. 

        Posted in Counting Activities, Easter Craft & Activities, Math Activity, Shapes & Colors, Spring Craft & Activities

        DIY Counting Bunny Puzzle

        Make this simple Bunny Puzzle for your LOs for some counting fun. This activity develops number recognition, color recognition and counting skills.

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        What you need

        • Craft foam
        • Scissors 
        • Markers 

        How to

        • Cut out bunny shapes from the foam sheets – i used precut foam bunnies.
        • Cut each foam bunny into three horizontal parts using different types of lines. Zig-zags, wiggly lines, curved lines – keep it big enough to be able to write on.
        • Use markers to write the numerals, number words and dots on each part of the bunny.
        • Give the puzzle pieces to your LOs to match the bunnies.

        For kids who are not into counting, just cut the foam bunny into parts and give the puzzle pieces to them to make a match.

            Miss A(3.5yrs) did the counting bunny puzzle. Since we used different colors for each number it was a easy for her. We counted the dots on each bunny to verify if it matches with the number and also learned to recognize the number words. After matching the bunnies we arranged them in numerical order.

            Miss D(2yrs) did this activity with utmost sincerity. She matched the puzzles by color and named the colors of the bunnies she matched. She was so happy everytime she fixed the bunny that she clapped for herself.

            Posted in Learning Opposites, Science Activity, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool, Water Table Play / Water Play Activities

            Sink or Float – Preschool Science

            Last weekend we did a fun experiment! We put a bunch of items in a bin filled with water to see if they would sink or float. It’s a great hands-on science activity for preschoolers and really gets them thinking. Ever since we did this activity my LOs keeps asking me to do it again.

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            Whether an object sinks or floats in a liquid depends mainly on two factors: density and buoyancy. Preschoolers should be encouraged to observe whether the same objects will sink or float every time – that there is consistency in the way the objects behave. This activity helps kids categorize a variety of objects according to observable characteristics.

            Here’s how we set up our sink or float science experiment.

            What you need 

            • Container or storage bin
            • Water
            • Objects collected from around the house

            How to

            • Fill a large container with water. We used a toy storage bin.
            • Collect items to test out. 
            • We used stainless spoon, eraser, toy car, acrylic leaf, plastic scissors, plastic easter egg, plastic fruit, small bouncy ball, wooden block, lego, puzzle piece, toy happy man. I made sure to collect two of each, so both kids get to see what it does – float or sink.
            • Suggested materials for this activity – wood, metal, plastic, aluminum foil, apples, oranges, plastic bottles, toy blocks, paper, bathtub toys, plastic forks, rubber balls, soda-bottle caps, pencils, erasers, and sponges.

            Everytime Miss A(3.5yrs) dropped an item inside we tried to take a guess and observe what it did. We thought lego will sink, but it floats! This was really interesting for her. She learnt new words float and sink and knows what it means. 

              For Miss D(2yrs) its was fun dropping items in water. She did observe each item to see if which item went down(sinks) or which item stayed up(floats) But was more interested in dropping them in and picking it up back from water.

              We had a sheet with words sinks & floats written on it. A did this experiment all by herself and sorted the items in the respective columns. D & me sorted items by looking at which goes down & which stays up. Later the paper got wet, so we had to use a large bin. We kept repeating it for a while – rechecking by putting just the items that float and just the items that sink. This little science activity was a big hit with my kids.

              Note: Do this in a place where you don’t mind getting wet and easy to clean up. I used a tray below the water bin to hold spills, but we still got the floor a little wet. If the weather is good you might consider taking it out. We will definitely be doing this again on a warm day outside in our water table. 

              Posted in Fun Activities For Kids

              Homemade Puffy Paint

              Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

              We tried a couple of different puffy paint recipes that used flour but it was really hard to use with squeeze bottles. This was the easiet for my LOs to squeeze from the bottle. I liked to use the squeeze bottles as it develops their fine motor skills and also the texture looks so cool..

              This is a simple 3 ingredient recipe. Its super-easy to make & was such a fun experiment for us to try. The best part is watching your paint puff up as it dries.. It looks Amazing!👌

              What you need

              • 1/4 cup White Glue
              • 1/4 cup Shaving Cream
              • Food Color/Water Color
              • Squeeze bottle (optional)

              How to

              • Mix equal parts of white glue & shaving cream together. You just have to eyeball your shaving cream as its not easy to measure. It doesnt matter if you go wrong on the measurements, you will still end up with…

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