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.

Have a great Easter!
Debs :)

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9 Easter Activities for Kids with added Learning

Mar 26, 2013

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Welcome to  TUESDAY TOTS for this week.
Brought to you by Learn with Play at home (us), Rainy Day Mum
Growing a Jeweled Rose and In Lieu of Preschool

This Week:
Learn with Play at home is featuring

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


These 9 Easter Activities all find fun ways to play and learn. With sensory, fine motor, literacy, numeracy skills and more, you're sure to find a great Easter Activity for the kids.

1) Easter Themed Maths Activities from Stay At Home Educator

2) Easter Learning Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

3) Rhyming Eggs from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.

4) Egg Letter Matching Game from Mess for Less.

5) Montessori Inspired Spring Math Activities from Pre K and K Sharing

6) Learning with Wobbly Easter Eggs from And Next Comes L.

7) Spelling and Sight Word Egg Hunt from Teach Beside Me

8) Easter Egg Math Practice from Raise a Boy

9) 5 Little Easter Eggs activity and song from Dotty Mum of One

Congratulations if you were featured and thanks for linking up!  
If you're featured you're welcome to grab a featured button.


Now it's your turn to link up your posts for children aged 5 & under. 

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.

(please read the guidelines before linking up)

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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Pipe Cleaner Numbers. Playful Maths

Mar 23, 2013

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Welcome back to the "Playful Maths" weekly series brought to you by

Together, let's make MATHS FUN!


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)

I presented this activity as an Invitation to Play. To promote the idea of making numbers I made a couple of numbers myself and provided some number books.

Snipping Pipe Cleaners is tricky. I provided the scissors in case she needed them but she didn't very often. 
(She just wanted to use them here. I showed her how we could twist the ends around to eliminate the need to cut them)

It wasn't long before we discovered that forming the numbers without assistance was going to be too tricky for my 4 year old. The physical manipulation required along with the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination is challenging, so to assist with this we wrote the numbers on paper first so that she could bend the pipe cleaners around the shape while holding them in place.

As we made each number we talked about the shapes and formation. 
I encouraged her to start the pipe cleaners at the same point that you would when writing the numbers.

Some of the language used: Straight lines, down, across, diagonal, curved lines, bumps etc.
So, often when talking about writing a 3, you'd say "bump, bump" or writing a 5 would be "straight line across, straight line down, bump"

Twisting and turning and manipulating the pipe cleaners. All the while concentrating and talking about numbers and their formation.

There was continual counting and ordering to see which numbers had been made and which were missing

When we made the numerals 0-10 and had played with them a bit, I tied fishing line (or jewellery line) on them and attached them to some coat hangers to display on the wall.

Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity by playing a bigger role in assisting your child to form the numbers. This really can be very fiddly for little children so be sure not to insist they complete something that is too difficult. We want children to experience success and feel confident with their learning and that's not going to happen if they are being asked to complete a task that they are incapable of. Try with just a few basic numbers and make the rest yourself or just focus on the numbers 1-3.

- You can Extend this activity in many ways:
  • Make larger numbers
  • Have children thread on corresponding amount of beads to the numbers (eg 4 beads on the number 4)
  • Have children design a cool mobile or other way of displaying their numbers
  • Challenge children to make a number with their eyes closed! 
  • Have the children write the numbers first and then try to form the pipe cleaner numbers

- Mix it Up by creating an artistic canvas using your pipe cleaner numbers and paint. (We're doing this, look out for it on the blog)

- Talk to your child and ask questions as they make their numbers. The discussion and resulting understandings, language development and conclusions that your child can form in this time is very valuable.
For example: (Before starting).."Have a look at all the numbers. Which do you think would be the most difficult to make? Why?"
"You've got the straight line at the top of the 5, where does the next line go? Which direction will you bend your pipecleaner?"
"You've made a 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Which numbers do you still need to make?" 

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

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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Cutting Practice for Kids. Contact Paper 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

Cut your contact paper into strips double the length required to go around your child's wrist 
You can make them as wide as you would like your cuffs (or bracelets) to be.

To Set up the Invitation
 Stick down about 1cm from one end onto your surface to keep the strip in place
and then peel back half of the remaining length of backing paper with the sticky side up.
(Leave the remainder covered so that you can use it to cover your child's collage) 

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I loved how while she cut and stuck down she created small areas that she had to figure out how to fill.

We talked about how the paper should all be on the contact paper and not hanging over the edge so that we can seal the whole thing when we fold the other half of the contact over.

There were many times she estimated the size of the gap and found she had to cut again and again to get the correct size.

Providing paper with pictures or patterns on it can encourage children to try and cut then out requiring extra coordination and concentration.

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When they are done with their design, peel back the remaining paper and fold over to cover the collage.

Peel the remaining 1cm of contact paper off your surface and use it to stick the 2 ends together to make your cuffs (or bracelets)

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These have ended up in our dress ups and whenever they come out, our youngest (16 months) loves looking and playing with them.

Handy Tips

- Simplify this activity for children not at cutting age by providing small pieces of pre-cut paper for them to stick on the contact paper. Talk about the different colours and patterns.

- Extend this activity by providing sight words or numbers etc to cut and use within their design. You can also involve the child in measuring the length that they need to go around their wrist twice and assist them in cutting the contact paper strips themselves.

- Mix it up by providing different themed papers to cut. Children could design their own logos to make Super Hero cuffs.

- If your child is having difficulty keeping the paper from going over the edges of the contact paper, that's fine. You can always trim it off at the end if you like.

- We also made some great Number Cuffs to promote number learning (and for fun!). Watch out for that on the blog.

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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