Posted in Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Lacing Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity

Noodle Threading – Fine Motor Math activity 

Noodle Threading activity provides different ways to keep your little ones busy while allowing them to practice fine motor skills, number recognition, and pattern sequencing.

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What you need

  • Pool Noodle
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Lace

How to

  • Cut the pool noodle into 1 inch pieces using sharp knife.
  • Write the numbers on them using markers.
  • Knot a small noodle slice on one end of the lace so that the numbered slices doesnt slide out when kids thread them in.
  • Give the lace and numbered slices to your LOs. Let them thread the numbered slices in numerical order.

We were working on 1-20 sequence when doing this activity.
Miss A (was 3.5 yrs) arranged the noodle slices in numerical order and then threaded them in. Miss D(was 2.5 yrs) wasn’t really interested in the numbers. She did learn some numbers (1-5) but was more into threading the noodles in and playing around with it. Later, they both kept running around with their noodle train. It was very exciting for D. Some learning and some fun..😀😀You can also prepare sequencing cards for kids to follow the number pattern (odd numbers, even numbers, reverse order and so on). You could also use different color noodles for color recognition & patterning activities.

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    Posted in Back to Blogging

    Hello All!! I’m Back to Blogging!!

    Its almost two months now that I’m logging into my blog! Yes Im alive.. I really dont know what happened. We were sick back to back and then Miss A started school.. I Know! Shes is junior kindergarten now..  Well anyway, we had a lovely summer break with lots of outdoor activities, trips & vacations and now we are in school mode.

    After a long break, its time to be blogging again!! I will be clearing all the backlogs first. There are many posts in my draft section which needs to be updated & posted. Few comments to be replied and then catching up on all my favorite blogs. I really missed reading your posts. Hope you all are doing great!! 

    Wish me luck!! 

    Cheers 😀

    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Science Activity, Shapes & Colors

    Fizzing colors – Preschool Science Experiment 

    Fizzing colors is one of those classic baking soda & vinegar experiments that always fascinates kids. It’s a perfect boredom buster. Its quick, easy & inexpensive to setup. 

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    What you need

    • Baking soda
    • Vinegar
    • Food color
    • Medicine Dropper
    • Muffin pan or small cups
    • Baking sheet or tray

    How to

    • Fill 1/3rd of the tray with baking soda.
    • Pour vinegar into the muffin pan.
    • Add drops of food color to it and mix.
    • Use dropper to press and drop the vinegar in the tray to watch it fizz.

    A(3.5) & D(2.5) thoroughly enjoyed this activity. Using a dropper is great for developing fine-motor skills, pencil grasp, hand eye coordination and concentration.

    They didn’t get a good hold of the dropper and felt it was too slow. A touched the dropper in the baking soda and dipped it in the muffin pan to see the vinegar bubbling. Later D joined her.

    It was mesmerizing to watch. They kept doing it until the vinegar no longer reacted to the baking soda. 

    This was so much fun on a rainy summer afternoon. I loved to watch their face gleam every time they heard the fizz and saw the bubbling reaction.

    Posted in Fun Activities For Kids

    Craftstick Angel Fish

    Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

    We have alot of craftsticks at home and didn’t know what to do with it. Found this on Pinterest and tried it right away. Its simple & super easy to make. Kids will have alot of fun making it.

    What you need

    • 8 Wooden Craftsticks/ Popsicle sticks
    • Glue
    • Googly eyes
    • Glitter/Buttons/Sequins (optional)
    • Paint/Markers/ Crayons (optional)

    How to

    • If you have plain craftsticks – let your kids color them using markers, crayons, paint or use them as is. We used the colored craftsticks.
    • Lay 4 craftsticks parallel to each other.
    • Add a glue drop to the edge of each stick & place 1 stick on top of it.
    • Repeat the above step with 3 more craftsticks.
    • Now you will have four sticks crossing over four other sticks. Let it dry.
    • Glue googly eye on to it.
    • Apply some glue on the wings and add glitter to it. You could also…

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    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Outdoor Play, Sensory Play, Summer Activity, Water Table Play / Water Play Activities

    Pool Noodle Boats – Water Play

    My kids love playing with water. Pool noodle boats are easy to make and can be added to bath tub or water table for fun water play. I came across this activity during winter and was waiting for summer to try it out. Finally made it last Sunday.

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    What you need

    • Pool Noodle
    • Knife
    • Scissors
    • Straw
    • Foam sheets
    • Hole punch
    • Marker

    How to

    • Cut the pool noodle into 1-2 inch slices. These are your boats.
    • Cut the foam sheets into triangles. These are your sails. Older kids can cut & decorate sails by themselves.
    • Fold the sail, use holepunch to make hole for the straw.
    • Cut the plastic straw and insert into the holes then into boats. You might need to make a hole using wooden dowel before you insert the straw in the boat.
    • I wrote numbers on the sails for some learning fun.

    Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5)were very excited to play with the boats. They took the sails apart from the boat and tried to put it in all by themselves. Later, squirt guns were put into action. A tried to squirt pointing at the boats in the water.

    We then took our boats to the slide. Placed one boat at a time and squirted it all the way down using squirt guns. A & D enjoyed this equally.
    Then it was race time. I placed two boats on the slide, D poured a cup of water to see which boat slides down first. A used the boats as scrubs to clean the slide and get it ready for the next race. While having fun they also got to work on their number recognition skills. Everytime a boat won the race, they would say which number boat won – “boat 7 wins mummy”

    This activity was so much fun. An hour of water play after which we were all wet and hungry and had to wrap up. That was one fun Sunday morning!! 😀

    Posted in Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

    Picture to Picture Matching – Montessori Pre-Reading Activity for Toddlers

    Picture to Picture Matching is the last in matching work for toddlers. The first two being,

    This activity is one of the important pre-reading skills. It helps kids develop vocabulary skills and visual discrimination in a completely abstract way. Because like other matching activities, there is no touch and feel here. Its done by sight. 

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    What you need

    • Picture cards or flash cards

    How to

    • I found the above picture grid online and printed 2 copies. Laminate for durability. 
    • Cut out one and use the other as is.
    • Pick one picture at a time, find the match and place it on the grid.
    • You can also cut both the sets and give the set of identical cards in a divided tray or get  two sets of identical flash cards.
    • Lay down one set. Pick one card at a time from the other set, look and make a match.

    Miss D(2.5 yrs) was able to do this activity easily. She named each object as she made a match. We spoke about what it is, where we use it, how it looks and so on.Once kids have mastered this, there are so many ways to extend this activity. Cut up one picture into half and match it with the other, matching object  to silhouette, memory game etc. The Magnifying glass activity we did is also an extension to this.