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DIY Busy Book – No Sew

My first no sew busy book for my LOs completed in 2 days. Let me know what you think.

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Front Page

Watermelon Page

Colour Matching – Flowers & Arrows

Puzzle Page

Fractions Page

Shapes Matching Page

Weaving Page – could have been better

Numbers & Counting Page

Traffic Lights Page

Tangram Page

Rainbow Caterpillar Page

Last Page – with storage pouch

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Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Patterning, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity

Velcro Craftsticks

I made these Velcro Craftsticks a year back (realized it when i was looking at the post, to reblog πŸ˜‰). We took it out recently and my 3 &4 year old simply love creating with it. They make shapes, build structures like house, boat, create patterns, form alphabets, numbers, sort by colors and use it for counting. The best part – they don’t need me when they play with it πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š.This has been one of our favourite quiet activity in shelf this month – i had to make more of these. Very easy to make and so much fun to learn with.

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Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

Velcro Craftsticks is a simple & inexpensive Diy I came across on Pinterest. It takes less than 10 mins to set up and keeps your LOs busy for a while.. Also a creative way to learn shapes, numbers, colors, alphabets & patterns..


What you need

  • Jumbo Colored Craftsticks
  • Velcro dot stickers

How to

  • Each velcro pair is made of a fuzzy side and a rough side. For one craftstick you will need two pairs of velcro dots.
  • Take a craftstick and stick the fuzzy side of the velcro dots on the both the ends.
  • Turn the craftstick over and stick the rough side of the velcro dots on both the ends.
  • Repeat this for as many craftsticks you want.
  • Your craftsticks are now ready to play with. Let your kids unleash their creativity.


If you dont have the jumbo craftsticks, you could use regular ones- just cut your velcro dots…

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Number Match Wheel – Preschool Math

Number Match Wheel is a very simple math activity for preschoolers which helps develop number recognition, counting, number order, concentration & fine motor skills.

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What you need

  • Cardstock or cardboard – i used empty cereal box
  • Markers
  • Scissors 
  • Clothespin
  • Permanent Marker

How to

  • Flatten the cereal box and cut out a circle.
  • Divide it into ten sections.
  • Mark dots on each section to represent a number. I did 1 to 10.
  • Write the corresponding numbers on the clothespin.
  • Let your LOs count the dots on each section and match the clothespin to it.

Miss A (3.5 yrs) did it with ease. She counted the first five segments and then understood that it follows numerical order, and then just pinned the numbers without counting the dots. 😜 If you think your kids will do the same, you can jumble the order or use higher sequence. Then, I pointed a segment, she counted the dots on it and matched the clothespin. That way she counted all the segments. Miss D (2.5 yrs) counted the dots upto 3 by herself, but needed help with matching the number on the clothespin.πŸ˜€

Other things we did

  • Jumbled the clothespin & ordered them in numerical sequence.
  • Spoke about which part of the wheel has the most dots and which one has the least.
  • Spoke about how number 1 is smallest and number 10 is biggest in the sequence 1-10.
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Find the Missing Number – Fine Motor Math Activity

Find the Missing Number activity is easy to set up and can be used to practice any number sequence depending on your kids ability. It helps develop number recognition & counting from a random place. You could also use this method to practice skip counting. Came across this activity on facebook (it was a video in fb ads – don’t remember which page) and tried it out.

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What you need 

  • Clothespin
  • Craftstick
  • Marker

How to

  • Write the number sequence on the craftstick – underline or leave blank space to indicate the missing number.
  • Write the missing number on the clothespin.

Miss A(3.5 yrs) first thought she had to match the numbers on the clothespin to craftstick. Then, I showed her how to pick one craftstick at a time, go through the number sequence, check what number is not there and pick the matching clothespin to clip in the blanks. I did one with her, and she finished the rest in a breeze. She did repeat it once upon request (so mummy could take pictures πŸ˜‰). We should start working on higher number sequence.

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Count & Match the Chips – Color Gradient Math Activity

Count & Match the Chips is an easy to set up math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It develops number recognition, one to one correspondence, counting and color matching skills. Perfect for busy bags.

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What you need

  • Paint chips – one large & one multi tone sample for each color you choose
  • Clothespin
  • Glue
  • Marker

How to

  • Trim the large paint chips and write down numbers and mark dots to represent them. 
  • Laminate the paint chips. This is optional. I did it because we used them as flash cards. 
  • Cut & Glue the multi tone colors on the clothespin – for each color to match the number on the large paint chips. Eg – Blue chip with number 4, would need four clothespin with different shades of blue on each.
  • Let your kids count and match or color sort and match the clothespin to the paint chip.

I gave the paint chip cards to my LOs the evening before we did this activity. They used it as flash cards. Miss A(3yrs) would count the dots on the card to identify the number and then she looked at the number itself. Miss D(2yrs) used it to learn colors and also tried to count the dots on it  just like her sis and she did great with 1 & 2.

    The next day when they asked for the cards, i gave them the clothespin along with it. Told them to count the dots and match the clothespin to it. 

    This activity was self correcting. A knows the color gradients i had used here. We did a Color   Gradient Matching activity with the same colors before. Infact, i reused the same clothespin. πŸ˜€ Whenever she made an error with counting she would use the colors on the clothespin to correct it. She did not need my help. Once she was done, we arranged it in numerical order. πŸ‘

    D tried to match the clothespin to the cards looking at the colors. She got most of it right – She needed some help with the pale color tones. By the end of the day, she was able to do it all by herself. πŸ˜€ Those cards were good for her number recognition skills- we looked at each card together & she repeated the numbers after me. She surprised me with the way she handled the clothespin – first activity where she didn’t break any πŸ˜‰

    This activity was a big hit, my LOs kept repeating it throughout the day. This was Miss A’s go to activity for the next couple of days – i think she enjoyed the independence – where she could self correct. It built her confidence in counting exercises.πŸ˜€

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    Ice Cream Math – Toddlers & Preschoolers

    Who doesn’t love ice creams? Well we do. This Ice cream math activity is more like a game so toddlers & preschoolers don’t actually feel like doing a math exercise. It develops color recognition, shape recognition, number recognition & counting skills, through pretend play. Its perfect for busy bags too. πŸ‘

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    What you need

    • Construction paper
    • Markers
    • Felt
    • Scissors
    • Laminator (optional)

    How to

    • Regular Cone – Cut out ice cream cone shapes from brown construction paper. Write down the numbers on them. Laminate and cut.
    • Flavoured Cone – Cut out cones from colored construction paper, write numbers and on it. Laminate & cut. 
    • Ice cream scoops with chocolate chips– Cut out semicircle (ice cream scoops) from different color construction paper. Mark dots on each scoop to represent numbers. Laminate and cut.
    • Flavoured Ice cream – Cut semicircles from different color felt pieces to represent ice cream scoops.

    Play the game

    • Give the cone & ice cream scoops to your LOs. Let them be the vendor.
    • Let them ask you what kind of cone you want, what flavour ice cream, how many scoops or how many chocolate chips you want on your icecream and make a match.
    • Also talk about different shapes they notice as you play.

    Examples

    • If you ask for regular cone icecream with 2 choc chips on it – you kid will pick the cone with number 2 and place the scoop with 2 dots on it. 
    • If you ask for strawberry flavour cone with 2 scoops – your kid would pick red cone and place 2 red scoops on it.
    • If you ask for regular cone with 4 mixed flavours – your kid would pick cone with number 4 and place 4 flavoured scoops on it.

    Miss A (3 yrs) enjoyed playing this game. She wouldn’t let me go. She loved to make ice creams for me and her sister. Color matching and counting  was fine upto 5. Also learnt about the number zero. πŸ˜€ She did want to try more numbers though. Miss D (2 yrs) enjoyed this activity equally. She did the color matching perfectly. As for counting, she lost interest when its more than 2 – this was a good introduction to her. πŸ‘This activity was more of a fun play for us, let go of the math part. My LOs played with it all day. We cut circles from construction paper and laminated it (i think i love my laminator too much 😜) to use it as money for the cash register and they did not want to play with anything else but this. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ They took turns to be the vendor and i was so happy to watch them play.

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        Counting Hearts – Valentines Day MathΒ 

        Counting Hearts is a simple valentine themed math activity for preschoolers to practice counting and number recognition.

        What you need

        • Wooden Numbers
        • Heart Gems
        • Felt Heart Mat

        How to

        • Place the numbers, heart gems and heart mat on a tray. You could find all these in dollar store.
        • Set the activity tray and invite your kids to play.
        • Let them pick a number of their choice and place it on the heart mat.
        • Then, count & place the heart gems on it to match the number.

          Miss A(3yrs) loved to touch and use the heart gems. They were very cute and irresistible. We arranged the numbers in numerical order and then picked one of them to count with. She usually counts only upto 6 in any counting activities so i gave her numbers 1-6, but with this she wanted to try counting with more numbers and so we counted upto 8. She kept repeating it so many times, I couldn’t keep track of it. πŸ˜€ We also traced the heart mat with the heart gems.