Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

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

Object to Picture Matching is the next step in Pre-Reading skills. Like object to object matching, it develops vocabulary skills and also abstraction – toddlers make a connection, that the object they have in their hand is what they see in the picture.

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 What you need

  • Picture cards
  • Matching objects

How to

  • We have an animals book which is my LOs favourite. They always match the animals from toob to the pictures in the book. We have also done it with other books- shapes, fruits & vegetables, construction vehicles etc. Every time, they name the object before the match is made.
  • You could pick pictures and objects according to your childs interest – like cars, construction vehicles, birds, fruits & vegetables, animals, little people etc.
  • If you cant find pictures of objects you have, you can always click a picture, print it, laminate and cut.

Miss D(2.5) finds it very interesting to match the objects to the picture. Every time she makes a match, she gets so excited. We name each object as we make the match.Miss A(3.5) is old enough to match perfectly. So we have improvised the activity, by naming the animal sounds, where they live, what is their favourite food etc. Same with fruit & vegetables- whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable. If its a bird – where they live, on a farm or in wild etc.

Posted in Fun Activities For Kids

DIY Light up Firefly & Fun Facts for Preschoolers

Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

Brighten up your backyard on a summer night with this super easy to make firefly. Found this on pinterest & couldn’t resist making it.. My LOs really loved to watch the changing colours and kept running with it in our backyard. πŸ˜€ Also good way to learn about fireflies – we dont get to see the real ones these days..

What you need

  • Plastic Easter egg
  • LED tea light
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Markers
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

How to

  • Cut the pipe cleaners to desired size to make antennas & legs and glue them to the easter egg.
  • If you dont have hot glue gun, you can make holes on the egg using a thumb pin and insert the pipe cleaners.
  • Stick the googly eyes on the egg or you can just draw eyes & smiley using markers.
  • Pop the led tea light into the easter egg (…

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Posted in Awards & Recognitions

Mystery Blogger Award

My very dear blogging friend Carolyn Page of ABC of Spirit Talk with Carolyn Page has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks so much Carolyn!πŸ˜€

Thank you, Okoto Enigma, for creating this award!

The rules of this award are:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 -20 bloggers

Three things about me

  • I love travelling & enjoy long drives.
  • I don’t drink coffee.
  • I love gazing at the sky just for pleasure.

Carolyn’s questions and my answers

  • What is your most favourite hobby?

Talking to people. πŸ˜€ Does that count? πŸ˜‰

  • Do you enjoy cooking, or do you enjoy being cooked for?

I enjoy food when someone cooks for me. That being said, not a day goes by without missing my mothers food. She is the best cook I’ve ever known. 😍 I like to cook for my family & friends –  try different recipes – my favourite cuisine Indian & Italian. 

  • Do you have a pet? Tell us all there is to know… πŸ™‚

I don’t have any pets right now – used to have a fish tank(10 gold, a couple of angel and 1 black moor gold) when i was in college(India) and couldn’t bring it with me when I moved back to the United States. Had one a few years back(4 gold), gave it to a little boy when I moved to Canada. After that I didn’t get any. That being said – I’ve lived in 7 different houses, 5 different cities & 3 different countries in the last 10 years!

  • Your favourite movie is? Why?

I’m not a movie fan. But my husband is a movie buff. I enjoy watching movies with him. My favourite genre- romantic comedy. Action movies – depends on the star. πŸ˜‰

  • Music: Hip Hop, JAZZ, Pop, Rock & Roll, Blues, Country, Classical, Disco, Opera and so much more. Which one/s do you enjoy the most?

I simply love music. It’s my soul. I listen to all kinds – it really depends on my mood. 

My questions to my Nominees

  1. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you recently
  2. What was the last gift you gave someone and the recent one you received
  3. What’s your favourite food and why
  4. What’s the best memory of your life
  5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and what’s your best piece of advice

My Nominees are

Creative Crafts DIY

MOMtessori Life

Joyful Parenting

Inspires N

What’s for dinner moms

Kelleysdiy

Right Brained Mom

Megalas Kitchen

An Indian Homemaker

Chukki’s Kitchen

Bigandpinkytoes

Congratulations!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    Posted in Farm Animals, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Montessori, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

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

    Matching skills are very important. They help develop visual discrimination & concentration skills necessary for reading. Object to Object matching is the first step in Pre-reading skills. It helps in language development & is perfect for young toddlers.

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    What you need

    • A basket of matching objects – i usually use animals toobs or pretend fruit and vegetables for this activity.

    How to

    • Take out the objects one at a time, name them and place on a tray.
    • Let your kids repeat the names of the object.
    • Now take the second set of items and let your kids name each object and match it.
    • If your kids do not remember the name, review again.

    I used to do this activity with Miss A(3.5)& Miss D(2.5) when they were around 2yrs. D still enjoys this activity. Infact, we did this today. You could introduce this as early as 15 months depending in your kids ability.A & D love to pair up their animals when they pretend play. They come up with stories about each animal family. If they have more of the same animals, the biggest of all becomes dad, the next becomes mom, then comes the baby animals. If we have just two of each, the big one becomes mom and the other baby. πŸ™‚

    Posted in Science Activity

    Magic Milk – Science Experiment

    Magic Milk experiment is very popular on Pinterest. I came across this a few months back, but didn’t want to waste milk at home. A couple of weeks back we had some milk past best before date, hence tried this. This is a simple activity to discuss about chemical reactions.

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    What you need

    • 2% or whole milk (i used whole milk)
    • food coloring
    • dishwashing liquid
    • cotton swab (Q-tips)
    • Bowl or plate

    How to

    • Pour enough milk onto a bowl or plate to cover the bottom.
    • Add few drops of food color to it. We used red and yellow.
    • Dip a cotton swab in dishwashing liquid.
    • Dip the coated swab in the milk.
    • The colors will swirl as soon as the dishwahing liquid contacts the milk. 

    This was very interesting to observe. Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5) thoroughly enjoyed watching the colors swirl. They kept doing it until the milk no longer reacted with the dishwashing liquid. At one point A poured in all the dishwashing liquid into the milk to see what happened. They wanted to do this again and again, so we repeated it once more. πŸ˜€  I explained to them, that the swirls created is actually a chemical rection between the dishwashing liquid and the fat in milk, but they didn’t really seem to care. The swirls were too mesmerizing. This experiment is something you have to do to see and enjoy the results.

    The science behind it

    Milk consists of a lot of different types of molecules, including fat, protein, sugars, vitamins, and minerals. If you had just touched a clean cotton swab to the milk (try it!), not much would have happened. The cotton is absorbent, so you would have created a current in the milk, but you wouldn’t have seen anything especially dramatic happen.

    When you introduce detergent to the milk, several things happen at once. The detergent lowers the surface tension of the liquid so that the food coloring is free to flow throughout the milk. The detergent reacts with the protein in the milk, altering the shape of those molecules and setting them in motion.

    The reaction between the detergent and the fat forms micelles, which is how detergent helps to lift grease off of dirty dishes. As the micelles form, the pigments in the food coloring get pushed around. Eventually.​ equilibrium is reached, but the swirling of the colors continues for quite a while before stopping.


    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Outdoor Play, Painting & Coloring Activity

    Slide Painting – Outdoor Activity

    Slide Painting is a fun & messy outdoor painting activity. This year, we set up our slide indoors even before the weather was warm outside. As much as the kids enjoyed sliding and playing on it, they loved to pretend play with their dolls. One day Miss D took her toy cars and started sliding it down to see what happens and got really excited. For a while, the slide was her ramp. That gave me the idea to try slide painting. We tried Painting with Cars a while back and kids seemed to enjoy it. So we used cars along with textured balls for this activity.

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    What you need

    • Slide
    • Washable paint
    • Toy cars & textured balls
    • Paper and painters tape

    How to

    • Water down the paint and pour into deep bowls.
    • Tape the paper on the slide.
    • Let your LOs dip the wheels of the toy cars or textured balls into the paint and slide them down.

    Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5) loved this activity. They enjoyed watching the cars drive down the slide. They dipped the ball in paint & rolled it down the slide. Then they drove the cars up and down the slide. Their hands got all messy with paint.After painting, they helped in cleaning –  washed the cars, washed the slide all clean, mixed all the paint together made a big mess and then cleaned the bowls.πŸ˜€ This activity was a definite hit because they keep asking to do it again!
     

    Posted in Birthday Theme Activities, Moon Sand/ Cloud Dough, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

    Birthday Cake Cloud Dough

    Happy Birthday to Us!! Its been one year since this blog Diyunlimitedfun was created – one year since the first post. We celebrated it by making Birthday Cake Cloud Dough. Its an ultimate sensory play for your LOs. You can make these around your kids birthday or even set it up on a sensory table for their outdoor birthday party or just play with it anytime around the year πŸ˜€


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    What you need

    • 8 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup baby oil or vegetable oil
    • Sprinkles

    How to

      • In a bin add all purpose flour & oil and mix well – the texture will be crumbly but mouldable. 
      • We used baby oil – it smells really good. If your LO still puts things in the mouth, you can use vegetable oil instead.
      • You could also add some vanilla essence for birthday cake smell.
      • Add sprinkles, cupcake molds, candles, spoons, scoops etc. for your kids to play with.

      Miss A(3.5 yrs) & Miss D(2.5 yrs) had a lot of fun playing with this. They loved making cupcakes & cakes, enjoyed baking them in their toy microwave. They decorated their cake with sprinkles and put candles on it. We even sang happy birthday to all their toy friends. πŸ˜€ They liked to feel the cloud dough with their hands, tried to mould it, crumble it, lots of filling and dumping. This kept them busy for more than an hour.

      Tips: 

      • Its a fun but messy play. Use a sheet to contain the mess – it is easy to clean with vaccum cleaner. Or you could take it outside. 
      • Store the cloud dough in an airtight container or ziploc – it stays good for a long time if it doesn’t get wet.