Kids Chalk Activities

Jul 30, 2013

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Kids Chalk Activities

These great posts all came from last weeks Tuesday Tots linkup
where we featured "Different Ways for Kids to Paint"




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Other than simply drawing on a chalkboard, there are actually many fun and interesting ways to engage your children in play and learning, involving chalk. Here are some of the different ways that people are using chalk from last week's Tuesday Tots linky.


1.  Ice Chalk from Gift of Curiosity

2.  Cool Chalkboard Ideas for Kids from Mums Make Lists

3. Chalk Bombs!  from  Reading Confetti

4. DIY Chalk Paint from us on Memetales

5. Starting Sound Snapping Game from Life with Moore Babies


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Here are a couple of other ways we've used chalk for learning.
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Now it's time to link up those great ideas for children aged 5 and under. 

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

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Happy playing,
Debs :)


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Baby and Toddler Play: Paper Plate Painting

Jul 29, 2013



Ageapprox. 6 months to 2+ years (see bottom for tips)
(N was approx 13 months here. See bottom for tips to simplify or extend to meet your child's needs)


Materials: Paper Plates, Washable Non-toxic Paint (we used Micador Easy Wash), Paintbrushes, Splash Mat



I set up our Invitation to Play on the floor. On each paper plate I squirted a couple of different colours.


Having it set out on the floor like this made him move around his paintings in a different way and work those gross motor skills.


He swirled and dotted and mixed the colours together



He was intent on painting with the wrong end of the brushes. I showed him the other way but he enjoyed doing it this way which was fine.



Always use an easy wash paint as you will end up with paint around the place. Keep a damp washcloth on hand to easily wipe up mess.



Baby is Learning:

Fine motor skills
Hand and eye coordination
Shapes. The paper plates are round. 
Colours. The paints are different colours. Mixing them creates new colours
Emotions. Excitement, anticipation and enjoyment.
- Gross Motor. Moving around from one plate to another.
Language from the interactions you have together and talking about your experiences.
What to do with the materials. Use the paintbrush to move the paint around the plate.



Handy Tips:

Simplify this activity by putting out just one plate at a time. You might find it easier to control the mess and talk about just one or two colours.

Extend this activity for older children by focusing on various patterns and colour mixing.

Mix it up by letting the child add the paint to the plates themselves.

Repeat this activity as often as you like because babies (& children) need repetition to consolidate their learning and understanding. They will gain new insights each time they repeat the same activity.

Talk to your child about what they are doing. This will help them begin to understand the physical and mental processes they are going through as well as helping develop their vocabulary. "Look at the blue paint!", "You are swirling the paint around," "What colour have you made?" etc. 

Play with baby. Once they have explored on their own and been given an opportunity to discover on their own, you could show them different painting techniques like swirling or dotting on making stripes through the paint.


Supervise. Small children need constant supervision.





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Happy playing,
Debs :)


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5 Tips for Helping Children Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food + Chinese Five Spice & Soy Beef Noodle Stirfry Recipe

Jul 25, 2013

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.


My 5 top tips for helping Children Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food


1. Provide a wide range of foods from birth and continue to try and re-try foods that they have previously dismissed


Like us, there are some tastes and textures that will not appeal to children. Or, they'll love it one minute and hate it the next. This is just a part of life but if you continue to provide and offer a wide range of different tastes, textures and styles of food, it is likely your child will become more accustomed to trying new things and giving foods another go. And, if they don't like it, don't push it. Praise them for giving it a go and then try again another time. We have found over time and depending on how things are prepared (and how they look!), our children start to enjoy ingredients that they previously dismissed. A great dish to experiment with different vegetables, meats and flavours is the stirfry.



2. Make healthy food fun and don't ban "junk foods"


When it comes to children and food and eating, I have always had the attitude with my kids that we eat a wide range of foods and I try to encourage that by making good, healthy food fun. Sometimes how something is presented makes a huge difference! We know ourselves that the more appealing something looks, the more we often want to try it. I also don't believe in making certain foods "off limits" so we just try to approach it simply as "sometimes foods" and "everyday foods."



3. Encourage independence and eating for the right reasons


Young children have small stomachs and need to eat smaller amounts more often to distribute their energy needs over the day. One way that we use to encourage independence in this area, as well as teaching children to listen to their bodies and eat for the right reasons, is with our snack box method.



4. Involve children in the process of food, from the ground to our mouths. Gardening and doing the grocery shopping together is a good place to start.


One of the main ways that I've tried to encourage a healthy relationship with food is by involving my children in all the aspects, from the choosing and buying of the food to the preparation and eating of it. Where we can, we also look further into where it has come from and how it is grown. There is just so much to learn!






5. Cook with your children


I find that giving children some ownership over what they are eating and involving them in the processes is useful in encouraging children to give different foods a try. Being part of the cooking also gives them the knowledge that the same foods can taste completely different depending on how it's prepared. Not to mention all the maths, science, fine motor and language skills they are acquiring along the way




Chinese Five Spice & Soy Beef Noodle Stirfry Recipe


One of our favourite mid-week meals is the good old stir fry. The thing we love about making stirfrys is that they're quick, easy, fresh and healthy, making them an "everyday" type of food. And, without too much effort, you can mix it up and change them by altering a few ingredients here and there to ensure you have new and different tastes and combinations to try all the time.

The new range of Maggi Stirfry Creations makes it even easier to get a quick, delicious stirfry out and on the table in no time at all. With a range of five products, including Chinese Five Spice and Soy; Honey, Soy & Garlic; Teriyaki & Sesame; Garlic & Ginger Chicken and Sweet Chilli, Ginger & Lemongrass Chicken, there is sure to be a flavour combination that the whole family will enjoy.

We tried out some of the range and have shared our popular Chinese Five Spice & Soy Beef and Vegetable Noodles recipe below. I'm not sure about your kids but mine LOVE noodles and they happily woofed this dish down. Take your kids shopping for the ingredients and get them to choose and name the different vegetables that you will use.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

·         500g rump steak
·         1 pk of Maggi Stirfry Creations Chinese Five Spice and Soy Beef
·         1 carrot
·         1 small onion
·         1 small red capsicum
·         Handful of snowpeas
·         1 tbs vegetable oil
·         1 pk of Fresh Chow Mein noodles 350g

Method:

Thinly slice your steak. Tear apart your Stir fry Creations and in a medium bowl, add the Infusion Paste to the meat to marinade. Set aside for 2-5 minutes.

While the meat is infusing, prepare your vegetables by cutting into evenly sized pieces

Heat your wok over high heat and prepare the noodles according to the directions. Add the oil to your hot pan and stir fry your meat until browned. Add all the vegetables and stir fry for a further few minutes.

Add your prepared noodles to the wok and pour over the finishing sauce. Toss to combine and serve.


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4 Maggi Stir Fry Creations
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Good luck and happy cooking,
Debs :)

{Disclosure: this is a paid post sponsored by Nuffnang. We received 4 Maggi Stir Fry Creations to trial and create with. Opinions expressed in this post, as always, are my own}



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6 Different Ways for kids to Paint

Jul 23, 2013

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Welcome to this week's TUESDAY TOTS.
Brought to you by Learn with Play at home (us), Rainy Day Mum,
and One Perfect Day


This Week:
Learn with Play at home is showcasing

6 different ways for kids to Paint

These great posts all came from last weeks Tuesday Tots linkup





FEATURED

It's not like children usually need much of an incentive to encourage them to want to paint, but sometimes, mixing it up with new and different ways to paint, allows them to learn & develop different skills, enhance their creativity and keeps things fun and interesting. Here are a collection of simple, different ways that your child might like to paint today.




1.  Shaker Painting from Picklebums

2.  Foil Painting from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 

3. Painting on Shaving Cream  from  Learn Play Imagine.





4. Painting with DIY Scented Sidewalk Paint from Learn Play Imagine.

5. Magic Painting Pictures from Serenity You.

6.  Cardboard Comb Painting from Learn with Play at Home (that's us).



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Here are some other different ways we've enjoyed painting.
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Now it's time to link up those great ideas for children aged 5 and under. 

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

(please read the guidelines before linking up)




Happy playing,
Debs :)


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Paint What You See Activity

Jul 22, 2013

We're on Holiday! This is a guest post for Learn with Play at home written by the lovely Nae from Adventures At Home with Mum. Enjoy, Debs :)




Paint what you see


Painting is a creatively fun yet educational activity for children and an easy activity for parents to engage in. It can be messy at times but this is half of the experience so don’t let that put you off.  (Here are some more of my Messy Painting Tips)  Apart from being a sensory discovery, creative and fun, painting is very beneficial to a child’s development.

Free painting is great for little hands and we do free paint a lot but this time around we had a different painting Adventure with the aim of painting objects. “Paint what you see” was the only direction.  With this direction the benefits of painting become more apparent and the object the child is painting becomes more visually represented.

This is a great way to help children step up from colour mixed blob paintings to real life object paintings. But remember that the process is more important, not the product; It is what they learn not what it looks like. 

The activity begins with choosing objects to paint, Dimples set up outside with a choice of objects; a water pistol, scooter, his bike and a watering can. Then I asked him to pick his paint, what colours do you see?

This initial set up is great for learning colours, it lets the child differentiate between colours and shades which gives them the opportunity to label them as they go.

As Dimples started to paint I asked him which colour he was going to start with and what shapes does he see in his objects. This lead to a great conversation about the position, quality of the paint, location, details of what comes next and shapes of certain parts of his chosen objects. This activity gave a good opportunity to discuss many things like colours, shapes, size, position, direction, texture and spatial relation.


It’s a good idea to casually ask questions about these things as your child paints to encourage the child to think critically and put into words by labelling what they see and what they are doing. This helps with vocabulary and links the right side of the brain (creativity) to the left (language).

On top of this, by Painting what they see a child is also provided with opportunities for developing physical abilities such as fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and visual perception.  Painting allows children to transform sights and ideas into a visual form.



Benefits:
  • Fine motor skills, gross motor skills
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Learning colours, shades, shapes.
  • Learning size, position, spatial relations.
  • Developing visual perception
  • Creative thinking
  • Improving vocabulary



Extend on this:
  •  Start with object with a few block colours
  • Increase to objects with more colour in more details
  • Paint more than one object, one close/one further away
  • Paint each other (what you are wearing, how you’re positioned, and your expression)
  • Extend to the background




Renee is an Australian stay at home Mum to Dimples & Miss Cherub, and Author of the fun blog ' Adventures at home with Mum.  She is a hands on Mum who loves sharing playful ways for children to learn during the early years and has a little bit of everything on her blog from messy sensory play, extreme paint to active and outdoor fun. Renee has a Psychology degree and various study attainments in childcare, personality development and effective parenting, she wishes to work with children in the future but for now she is enjoying watching her children grow and learn at home. You can find Renee on facebook or Pinterest