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 Math Activity, Shapes & Colors

DIY Shape Puppets

Shape puppets are very easy to make and are a fun way to review shapes, learn how many sides & corners each shape has.

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 What you need

  • Cardstock
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craftsticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to

  • Draw the shapes outline on a cardstock. I used empty cereal box.
  • Use scissors to cut shapes and write the shapes name on it. I made two of each shape.
  • Glue it to the craftstick.

Miss A(3.5 yrs) will be starting school this September and I want to make sure she learned all the basic shapes. She knows most of the shapes, so i added three new shapes to this activity – semicircle, pentagon & octagon.

Miss D(2.5 yrs) has started to learn shapes and names a few. She totally took me by surprise – she knew more than I thought.

Heres how we played with it

  • I gave them each 12 shape puppets.
  • I name a shape, they pick & show the matching shape puppet. 
  • D would pick a shape, A would match it with hers and vice versa.
  • I hold the puppets, they name the shape. They say it right, they get to have the shape. If they can’t remember, we move on to the next shape and revisit it later.

We did this for all the twelve shapes. Then we moved on to scavenger hunt. 

  • They got to pick a shape and find items in their toy bin which was in the same shape.
  • I arranged a few items in a tray and they placed the matching shape puppets near it.

Other things we did

  • We made up songs for each shape – so its easy to remember. A remembered some of it and kept singing it. 
  • We learnt to depict heart, triangle and diamond shape using hands
  • Match the shapes.
  • Then ended this activity by reading – look & learn shapes book.

This activity was so much fun for my LOs. A whole hour of learning shapes and they didn’t realize how long they stay put. 

They played with these puppets in the evening all by themselves- naming and matching the shapes. By the end of the day, A named all the twelve shapes & D named most of them. For few shapes like square – A says it has 4 equal sides, for rectangle – she says 2 big sides and 2 small sides, for circle – she says round and so on.

    Posted in Easter Craft & Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Painting & Coloring Activity, Shapes & Colors

    Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs

    This is a very simple and easy to set up activity. It helps develop shape, size & color recognition.

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    What you need

    • Plate
    • Washable paint
    • Plastic eggs

    How to

    • Squirt washable paint onto a plate. Use paper plates for easy clean up.
    • Open the eggs and place the open side of the egg in paint and make stamps on a paper.

    Miss A(3.5 yrs) & Miss D(2 yrs) were very happy with how their collage turned out. We spoke about the different colors and what shape they stamped – circle. A was surprised how the whole eggs were oval in shape and when stamped made circles. It would have been a great way to discuss about different sizes if we would have used different size eggs. 

    Posted in Counting Activities, Easter Craft & Activities, Math Activity, Shapes & Colors, Spring Craft & Activities

    DIY Counting Bunny Puzzle

    Make this simple Bunny Puzzle for your LOs for some counting fun. This activity develops number recognition, color recognition and counting skills.

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    What you need

    • Craft foam
    • Scissors 
    • Markers 

    How to

    • Cut out bunny shapes from the foam sheets – i used precut foam bunnies.
    • Cut each foam bunny into three horizontal parts using different types of lines. Zig-zags, wiggly lines, curved lines – keep it big enough to be able to write on.
    • Use markers to write the numerals, number words and dots on each part of the bunny.
    • Give the puzzle pieces to your LOs to match the bunnies.

    For kids who are not into counting, just cut the foam bunny into parts and give the puzzle pieces to them to make a match.

        Miss A(3.5yrs) did the counting bunny puzzle. Since we used different colors for each number it was a easy for her. We counted the dots on each bunny to verify if it matches with the number and also learned to recognize the number words. After matching the bunnies we arranged them in numerical order.

        Miss D(2yrs) did this activity with utmost sincerity. She matched the puzzles by color and named the colors of the bunnies she matched. She was so happy everytime she fixed the bunny that she clapped for herself.

        Posted in Math Activity, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity

        Bottle cap Match – Size Comparison Activity

        Bottle cap match is a simple sorting activity for toddlers & preschoolers which helps develop shape & size recognition. It is a great activity to practice ordering by size.👍

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        What you need

        • Bottle caps – different sizes
        • Cardstock 
        • Marker

        How to

        • Trace the caps on the cardstock using markers.
        • Give the cardstock and caps to your LOs. Let them match the caps to the outline.

        Miss A(3yrs) did great with this activity. She was able to match the caps to the outline with no help. She would correct herself if she mismatched any. She was able to point out which is the biggest of all and the smallest of all. We picked three caps of different sizes at a time, and ordered them big, medium and small. She wasnt interested to arrange all the caps from biggest to smallest. I left it on the shelf for a week and she did it atleast once everyday. 😀

        Miss D(2yrs) surprised me. She was able to do most of it. She did need some help when it came to caps very close in size. A was happy to help lil sis. We spoke about how the caps were different in sizes and she was able to differentiate between big and small given any two caps of different sizes.😀

          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 😀

          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 😀. 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 Busy Bag Activity, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity, Montessori, Shapes & Colors

          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. 😀 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. 👍

            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. 😀 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 😉

            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.😀