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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Posted in Fall Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learning Alphabets, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

Alphabet Sensory Bin

Alphabet Sensory Bin combines literacy & sensory in one. It helps kids learn to identify letters of the alphabet. Before preschoolers learn to recognize and name the letters, they have to learn how to visually discriminate the similarities and differences of each letter.

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What you need

How to

  • Fill the bin with colored rice. We mixed red and yellow to make orange color rice, perfect for fall theme.
  • Add in the letter pieces.
  • Let your LOs find the letters and match it to the puzzle board.

This activity was perfect for Miss A(4) & Miss D(soon to be 3).. A is all about learning alphabets now. She shows more interest in finding letters that make her name, starting letters for all of our names and so on. She tries to identify letters on the t-shirt & is showing more interest in sight words ever since we started our word wall. This activity was perfect for her on all levels. She enjoyed finding and matching the letters to the puzzle board, naming them and also naming few words which started with it. 

D enjoyed scooping, pouring and digging in the rice. She matched the letters to the puzzle and everytime she made a match i asked her what letter it was. She got few right, rest i told her what it was and a simple word that starts with it – ‘O is for octopus’ and she would repeat after me.

A & D sorted the letters by colors. Named the color, counted how many letters where there in each color, which color had more and so on. Then they made an alphabet train and D counted all the letters – she found out there were 26 of them!! Yay! So much learning in such a simple activity and the best part is kids dont even realise they are learning. πŸ˜€ 

Once they were done with the learning fun, they took out the measuring spoons and cups for playing with the colored rice.

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.
    Posted in Easter Craft & Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets

    Easter Egg Alphabet Match – Name Recognition Activity

    This Alphabet Matching Activity is a great way to repurpose the plastic easter eggs lying around in your house. It develops letter recognition, name recognition, color recognition and fine motor skills.

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    What you need

    • Plastic easter eggs
    • Permanent Marker

    How to

    • Write the uppercase alphabets on the top part of the egg and corresponding lowercase alphabets on the bottom part using permanent marker.
    • You can do this for all the 26 letters, although I chose to do just the ones which form their name.
    • Write your LOs name on a paper for them. For older kids who know how to spell their name, you might not need this.
    • Take all the eggs, separate the top from the bottom and mix them up.
    • Let your kids match the uppercase alphabets to lowercase alphabets to make the eggs whole again and arrange them to form their name. 

    This activity was a part of our Easter Sensory Bin. This was Miss A’s(3yrs) first ever lowercase learning activity. So we tried to keep it simple. I wrote the uppercase & lowercase alphabets on the top half egg to make it easy for her to match. That means, one side of the top part had uppercase and other side had lowercase indicating they are the same letter and the bottom half egg had the just the lowercase alphabet. 

    She was able to match the top half (uppercase) of the egg to form her name calling out each letter. Then she turned the eggs to see the corresponding lowercase. She matched the egg halves by lowercase to make a whole egg and then twisted the egg to match uppercase to lowercase. This was a great way for her to learn some lowercase alphabets. Once she masters the ones in her name, we will add more to this. After getting familiar with the letters, she matched them to form her name. 

      Miss D(2yrs) matched top half(uppercase alphabets) of the eggs to her name with no help. Then i turned each egg the other side to show her the matching lowercase. But its too early for her now. So we chose to stick with forming name using uppercase and matching eggs by color. She named the colors of the eggs used.

      Posted in Easter Craft & Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets, Sensory Bin

      Easter Sensory Bin

      Sensory bins are always a hit with my kids. I love them because they are great for developing fine motor skills, imagination and creativity. Even the simplest fillers keeps my kids engaged for hours. This Easter Sensory Bin is easy to set up and fun to play with.

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      Here’s what I did – Pour green colored rice (how to color rice) into a storage bin, add plastic easter eggs(different sizes) and plastic rainbow colored bunnies (i also added a bunny figurine) to it. Add measuring  spoons and styrofoam egg carton (the ones in which we get chocolate marshmallow eggs) and the sensory bin is all set to play with.

        Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed playing with this bin. I set this up during their nap time. They went straight to it after they woke up and was playing with it until dinner – took a short break for evening snack.

        Here’s how they played with it

        D was so excited to see the bunny figurine in the bin. The first thing she did was to pick it up and sing the hop little bunny song and made the bunnies hop on the rice.

        A & D scooped the rice using spoons and hands and transferred it to the eggs, closed the eggs and shaked it to hear the rattle sound. Then poured the rice back to the bin or hands. They liked to touch and feel the rice.

        D filled the egg carton with rice, tried to poke it to make holes, closed the carton and shaked it to hear the noise it made. She then dumped it to the bin.

        A filled the eggs with rice, and closed it to store in the egg carton.

        Then we took out the big eggs, D put the matching bunnies inside the egg and closed it. A added some rice to the egg and made the bunnies stand on it (thats what she said) and then closed the eggs. They both shaked their eggs and compared the sounds. We discussed the different colors and sounds they observed.

        The plastic eggs had uppercase and lowercase alphabets written on it. Once they were done playing with the rice, they tried to match the alphabets and we did a name recognition activity later. More about that on a different post.

        What would you add to your Easter Sensory Bin?

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        Posted in Caterpillar Crafts & Activities, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Patterning, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity, Spring Craft & Activities

        Caterpillar Theme Math & Literacy Activities – Toddlers & Preschoolers

        With just one week for spring, here are few caterpillar themed learning activities which we’ve been doing. Try it with your LOs. 

        Name Caterpillar – name recognition

        Cut out circles from construction paper and write your kids name on it. Use a white circle to make smiley face. Let your LOs glue them on to form their name to make a name caterpillar. For kids who dont know their name order yet, write it down on a piece if paper to help them pick the correct alphabet order. We laminated our work, and extended the activity – Write the name on round labels and let your kids match it to the caterpillar. Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) loved this activity. I left it on their shelf and every now and then they would ask me for more labels to match up.

        Number Caterpillar – number recognition, number order

        I printed out this template, wrote numbers on round labels and gave it to my LOs. They matched the numbers and put the labels on it. Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) did this activity when mommy was getting the lunch ready πŸ˜€

        Counting Caterpillar –number recognition, counting, one to one correspondence

        Print the above template, let your LOs use any math manipulatives and count with it. We used cubes. You could also do this with Pompoms, playdough, dot markers, stickers, finger paint, or color with crayons. This activity was a great exercise for Miss A(3yrs) to practice counting and develop number recognition. Whereas for Miss D(2yrs) it was about one to one correspondence – she was trying to place one block per circle.

        Shapes Caterpillar –shapes & color recognition 

        Cut out shapes from felt. On a cardstock, trace the shapes to make a shapes caterpillar. Stick the velcro dot stickers on the cardstock and on the felt pieces. Let your LOs match the shapes.Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. This was their most favourite of all. A would name the color and shape before placing it. D is learning the names of shapes, but she would match them perfectly. I put it up on our wall (using painters tape) – they do it every now and then.

        Color Sorting Caterpillar – color recognition 

        Cut circles from construction paper. Let your LOs glue them onto a paper to make a colorful caterpillar. Once done, draw legs, face and antennae. Give some pompoms to them to color match on the caterpillar. Thanks to our blogger friend joyful parenting for this cute idea πŸ˜€. Miss A (3yrs) enjoyed the gluing part, and was excited when i drew legs, face, antennae and laminated it for her. She was not very keen on the color sorting part mainly because she knows basic colors by now. Although she did it once – picking up the pompoms using tongs and placing them on the corresponding colors. Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. She had fun gluing and more fun color sorting. She kept repeating it for a while picking the pompoms using spatula and matching it to the caterpillar.

        Patterns Caterpillar – patterning skills

        Print out a plain caterpillar template. Or draw a caterpillar. Laminate for reuse. I used round color coding labels to make patterns (AB & ABC patterns) before laminating. Leave some empty spaces to let your LOs find out what comes next. Miss A(3yrs) was able to do these simple patterns with some help. She liked using the acrylic leaves for this activity.

        Posted in Counting Activities, Learn Numbers, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Valentine Day Activities

        Valentines Literacy & Math Activities – Toddlers & Preschoolers

        ❀️ Happy Valentines Day!! ❀️

        Here are some simple literacy and math activities to theme with Valentines month.. 

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        Valentine Name Recognition Activity

        Cut out hearts from construction paper. Write your LOs name on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Fill in the alphabets on the round labels or Heart stickers and let them match it. You can also match uppercase to lowercase.

        Valentine Alphabet Match

        Cut out heart from construction paper. Write the alphabets on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Write the alphabets on the round labels or Heart stickers and let your LOs match it. You can match uppercase to lowercase too.

        Valentine Number Match

        Cut out heart from construction paper. Write the numbers on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Write the numbers on the round labels or Heart stickers and let your LOs match it.

        Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed these activities. They are pro when it comes to their name. A did perfectly fine with numbers & alphabet match. D was not interesting in number match but surprised me with the alphabet match. She did most of it all by herself. I set these out last week for them. We laminated our heart sheets so they repeated it every now and then the whole week. πŸ‘

        Also check out Counting Hearts – Valentine Counting Activity 

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