Simple Paper Plate Rocking Chicken Easter Craft

Mar 29, 2013

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There have been so many awesome Easter crafts going on all over the net that it's been hard to find something to do that everyone else isn't doing.

We actually did this Paper Plate Easter Chicken last year when I'd just started blogging, so, suffice to say, the photos weren't all that great and this year I thought that we could improve upon it.

I have shared this post on the memetales blog so if you'd like to see even more photos on it and details on working through it with a small child, click on the link below.


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9 Easter Activities for Kids with added Learning

Mar 26, 2013




Welcome to  TUESDAY TOTS for this week.
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This Week:
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9 Easter Activities with added Learning


These great activities all came from last weeks Tuesday Tots linkup
where we featured Easter Activities using Plastic Eggs



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Pipe Cleaner Numbers. Playful Maths

Mar 23, 2013



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Last week I shared Bottle Top Number Game.

This week we bring you another 2 Playful Maths Activities using Pipe Cleaners. 



Today's activity from us focuses on "Number Recognition and Number Formation" 


This activity also includes  counting,  orderingnumber writing and fine motor skills. 



Ages: 4+
(M has just turned 4. See the bottom for handy tips to Extend or Simplify to meet your child's needs)


Materials: Pipe Cleaners, Scissors
(optional fishing line and coat hangers to make a number mobile)

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Cutting Practice for Kids. DIY Contact Paper Bracelets or Cuffs

Mar 21, 2013

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My daughter loves snipping so I thought I'd give her some more cutting practice
with this "Invitation to Create" Contact Paper Cuffs.

This activity is also great for encouraging creativity, problem solving and fine motor skills


Ages: 2+
(See the Handy Hints at the bottom for ideas to Simplify and Extend to suit your child)



Materials: Contact Paper (Sticky back plastic), variety of paper, sequins (optional), scissors
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Teaching Children to be Fire Ready. Making a family Fire Plan

Mar 19, 2013

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang


Living in Victoria means that we are at real risk of fires. Despite the fact that we live in a residential suburban area we are on the urban fringe and therefore, still at risk of fire. 

Did you know?...In strong winds, embers can travel up to 35 kilometres in front of a fire, starting new fires. People who travel or holiday in high risk bushfire areas are also at risk of bushfire. Even people considering a day trip should be prepared. (CFA)

Living in a bush fire prone area or even on the fringe means that you must be Fire Ready.
You need a plan of action and to be prepared long before any fires are actually around. You can read more about how to make a plan with this Fire Ready Kit.

However, even if you don't live in any of those areas at all, there is always a risk that your house may catch fire regardless of where you live. 
It is important that you have a family plan of action if the worst was to happen and that your children are aware of what they should do in case of a fire.


Making a Family Friendly Fire Plan

As a parent it is my duty to look after my children. In the event of a fire a parent's first priority would be to get their children out of the house. This is especially the case with very young children whom would be incapable of leaving on their own.

I know that we would be doing everything in our power to get to our children and get them outside, so thinking about preparing them to be independent in the case of an emergency is something that is easy to let slip. Use this as your reminder to consider what your child knows and is capable of understanding and think about what they could and should know.

The plan that you make with your child has to be age appropriate.
Start by having a think about what they are capable of for their age and make sure any instructions you're giving them are both achievable by them and aren't going to scare them. 


Teaching Children to be Fire Ready

Here are the lessons that we felt were appropriate for our 4 year old (and older kids) to learn in order to be fire ready.

1) Learning about the Smoke Detector


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Easter Activities using Plastic Eggs

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Welcome to  TUESDAY TOTS for this week.
Brought to you by Learn with Play at home (us), Rainy Day Mum
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This Week:
Learn with Play at home is featuring

Fun Activities for Easter using Plastic Eggs


These great activities all came from last weeks Tuesday Tots linkup
where we featured Activities to promote Imaginative Play




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Obviously there are Easter Activities galore at the moment! We happen to have a whole lot of plastic eggs (that I bought very cheaply at the end of Easter last year) so I've been on the hunt for fun and different ways to use them for crafting, playing and learning.

Here are 6 fun posts that were linked up to Tuesday Tots last week that I thought provided some great inspiration and ideas for ways to use them.



1) 10 Ways to recycle Plastic Eggs. Have a look at these 10 fun ideas from KC Edventures.


2) Easter Fun Arts and Crafts. Here's a few lovely ideas for some lazy Sunday crafting time with the kids from Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes. 


3) Easter Egg Hunt Bubble Bath. Momma's Fun World share with us their super sudsy, super fun Easter themed bath.



4) Easter Glitter Eggs. Ok, fine, these ones from At Home with Ali are actually created using foam eggs but they were so lovely that I just had to share them. You'd totally be able to do them with plastic eggs as well. :)


5) Magnetic Easter Sensory Bin. Here they use plastic eggs along with some other fun things to create an educational sensory bin from Suzy Homeschooler


6) 8 Backyard Family Easter GamesIt's time to get moving with this list of fun and creative backyard Easter themed games (some using plastic eggs, some not) from My Little Bookcase.


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Remember to check back on all the great ideas that are linked up each week starting on a Tuesday.

Maybe next week you will be featured.

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Fun Bottle Top Addition Game. Playful Maths

Mar 16, 2013

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Last week I shared Bottle Top Calculator.

This week we bring you another 2 Playful Maths Activities using Bottle Tops. 



Today's activity from us focuses on "Counting, Number Recognition and Basic Addition" 


This activity also includes  subitisingcounting on and creativity and could include ordering and number writing. 



Ages: 3+
(M has just turned 4. See the bottom for handy tips to Extend or Simplify to meet your child's needs)


Materials: Bottle Tops (as many as you can get), Paper, 2 Dice and a marker.



Have your child create a picture out of bottle tops on a piece of paper



After a bit of playing around with designs she settled on this



Trace around the bottle tops to show the picture
(depending on their age/ability, children could do this part themselves)



Write the numbers between 2-12 in the circles and the same inside the bottle tops
(This is what will work using 2 dice- adjust depending on your amount of dice)



Maddie decided she wanted to order the numbers so they were easier to find.



Now you're ready to start your game with the objective being to fill your picture back in with bottle tops.


Note: This was our first real planned addition experience. Before starting the game we talked about a Die and which was the largest number you could roll etc. (we've had plenty of previous experience with dice). We then talked about how, because we couldn't roll any higher than a 6, in order to get a 7 or higher, we were going to have to use both dice and count the two numbers together to make our one number.



After rolling both dice she counted out the number of bottle tops for 1 die and then the number for the 2nd die and then counted them all together to get her final number.

Note: To make it easier I provided her with 6 bottle tops in 2 different colours (12 extra bottle tops) You could use any type of counter/manipulative.



Once your child has figured out their number, find the corresponding bottle top number and put it on top of the circle number on the page.



She got the hang of it very quickly and I encouraged her to subitise/subitize (see the number from the dots without counting each dot) the dice numbers. 

(We took it in turns rolling the dice together. She did most of the counting but it allowed her to see how I "count-on" from the bigger number)



She then wanted to count-on as well and from then on ditched the extra counters and did all her addition that way.


In very simple terms "Counting-on" is when a child starts their counting from the larger number (instead of starting at 1) and continues from there. 
In the above example she rolled a 4 and a 3. She "counted on" by pointing at the 4, saying "4"... and then pointing at the 3 and saying, "5, 6, 7." The counting did not go, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 but instead, 4, 5, 6, 7. This is very helpful for children to know and an important skill that is taught in school.



This is how delighted she was with herself for counting-on and getting the right answer.

This is how children feel when they succeed. Allow them to experience success and feel like this and they will want to continue and learn because it feels great.



The game ended when the picture was back to how it had started. It took us a lot of rolls to get the last couple of numbers which was fine because each time the child counts and adds, they are reinforcing the learning and their understanding of the combinations of numbers that together make another number.




Handy Tips:


- Simplify this activity by using just one Die and the numbers 1-6. Or, greater still by just allowing your child to create a bottle top picture with numbered bottle tops. The numbers don't have to have a use, just the continued exposure to them is great.


- You can Extend this activity in many ways:
  • Have the child do the tracing of the bottle tops to create the picture
  • Have the child fill in the numbers on the paper and/or bottle tops
  • Add an extra dice for larger number
  • Turn it into a subtraction or multiplication activity etc. depending on what your child is capable of.

- Create some pre-drawn pics for a really quick game.


- Make it a multi-player game by having players each take turns rolling the dice to see what numbers they create. If they roll a number that's already been done the next person continues. The winner is the person who fills in the final bottle top space.


- Have you see the rest of the Playful Maths series from us and The Imagination Tree?
Below are our previous posts using various everyday materials. 


Playful Maths Bottle Top Activities
(click the pictures to go to the posts)
   



Playful Maths Plastic Bottle Activities
(click the pictures to go to the posts)

   measuring activity, measuring for kids, rice play, sensory play, maths for kids, fun maths, hands-on maths  
     



Playful Maths Paper Tube Activities
(click on the pictures to go to the posts)

  maths for kids, fun maths, numeracy, maths activity
  



Playful Maths Egg Carton Activities
(click on the pictures to go to the posts)


           





Don't forget to join us next week where we're bringing you more Playful Maths activities.



Bottle Tops have so many uses. How do you use them for play?




Happy playing,
Debs :)

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