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.

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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.

Posted in Learning Alphabets, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

Word Wall – Preschool

Recently I created a word wall in my kids playroom. Word wall helps kids learn the Names of letters – letter recognition, ABC Order and Letter Sound.

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What we used:

  • Alphabet borders
  • Alphabet flash cards
  • Painters tape
  • Sticky Velcro dots

How to:

  • Stick the alphabet borders on the wall at the eye level of kids.
  • Stick the velcro dots on the alphabet border under each letter.
  • Stick the other side of the velcro dots on the flash cards.
  • Let the kids match the flash cards to the corresponding letters. We will be adding more words to our word wall.
  • You can also write the new words on cardstock or construction paper and use double sided tape to stick it. 

    How to use word wall:

    • As kids use the word wall, they are building their vocabulary. Its a great way to learn sight words.
    • Every time a new word is introduced, find opportunities to use it throughout the day. 
    • Encourage kids to use the new word in a sentence.
    • Let the kids say the new word and put it under the corresponding letter that it starts with. Eg – Egg under the letter E.
    • I found that, if you add your kids name to the word wall, it makes it more fun & interesting for them everytime they see it.
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    Foam Dough

    Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

    Foam Dough is an awesome sensory dough – super easy to make and super fun to play with. Its somewhere between PlayDough & Cloud Dough/Moon Sand. It feels soft, fluffy and light. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. If you have older kids, let them mix the dough.. They will love it – really fun & messy 😀

    What you need

    • 1 cup Corn starch/Corn Flour
    • 1.5 cup Shaving cream
    • 6 drops of Food color (optional)

    How to

    • Mix corn flour, shaving cream & few drops of food color in a bowl. Squish the mixture & knead well until it forms a moldable dough.Theres no right way to measure shaving cream. You might just have to eyeball it.
    • If the dough is too dry – Add more shaving cream.
    • If the dough is too sticky – Add more corn starch.
    • It gets your hands messy when kneading. But…

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