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 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 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.😀 This activity was a definite hit because they keep asking to do it again!
 

Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity

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.😀

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.
Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Play

Water Beads & Golf Tees – Fine Motor Activity

Who would think about waterbeads & golf tees combination. Odd right! Well someone did and luckily i came across this activity on Pinterest. This is a great activity to develop fine motor skills, concentration, patience & perseverance.

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What you need

  • Water Beads
  • Golf tees
  • Styrofoam block
  • You could find all the items in dollar store.

We did this activity almost 2 months back. A & D pushed the golf tees into the styrofoam anywhere they wanted – went on for a while – poking it in and taking it out. This was the first time they are handling golf tees & styrofoam and so they were quite excited about it. This was a great fine motor exercise for the little fingers.

Then i helped them put the golf tees in straight lines. Gave them water beads and asked to place it on the golf tees. They both did it with so much concentration. Everytime you touch the already placed water bead, few others fell down along with it – like dominoes. They got a little frustrated but kept doing it all over. They just didn’t give up until A got 90% of the beads to stay & D one straight row.

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

DIY Sound Boxes – Montessori Inspired

Sound Boxes are amazingly fun and very simple to make. It helps your LOs hone their auditory senses, practicing sound discrimination and improving vocabulary skills.

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What you need

  • Empty containers – i used drinkable yogurt bottles.
  • Pantry items
  • Hot glue (optional)

How to

  • I picked five bottles each with different color caps – red & blue.
  • Fill the bottles with pantry items. I used rice, black eyed peas, dry penne pasta, cotton buds and dry sago.
  • Fill each item in one red and one blue bottle almost 3/4th of it.
  • If you don’t want kids to open the bottle, you can choose to hot glue the caps. However i skipped it – read on you’ll see why.
  • Your sound boxes are now ready to use.

This activity was very interesting for Miss A(3.5 yrs). She thoroughly enjoyed it. Heres what we did.

1 – Contrasting Sounds

  • I shook the ‘loudest’ box near each ear – then A repeated the same. The dry pasta was the loudest.
  • I shook the ‘softest’ box near each ear – then A repeated the same. The cotton buds box was the softest.
  • We discussed about loud & soft sounds.

2 – Matching Sounds

I let A do this all by herself.

  • She picked one red box, shook it and observed the sound. 
  • Then shook each blue box, until the pair was found. Every time she said, same or different.
  • Once the pair was found, she put it aside. Repeated until all the boxes are matched.
  • After all the boxes had been matched, A checked them again.
  • Once she confirmed all are matched, i let her open each bottle to see which item made that sound – also checking if the boxes are matched perfectly.
  • She spoke about each item, what it was, how it felt and then closed the box. – this is why i didn’t hot glue the caps.

3 – Grading Sounds

  • I took red boxes, shook them to find the ‘loudest’, put it aside. A shook it to listen.
  • I shook the rest to find ‘next loudest’ and put it next to the ‘loudest’. A shook them & compared the sounds.
  • We continued grading until ‘softest’. 
  • Grading loudest to softest – Pasta, Peas, Sago, Rice, Cotton buds. Although rice & sago, pasta & peas were too close. Just depends how much you fill in the box.
  • Then, A repeated this with the blue boxes, using red as a key.

Miss D(2.5 yrs) loved to shake the box and hear the sound it made. She enjoyed opening the box, pouring the contents out then filling it in the bottle & closing it. That was a great sensory fine motor activity for her.

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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 😉). We should start working on higher number sequence.