Love is in the air……

Hi all, just a quick share with you today of a lovely Valentine’s Day activity my mindees and I did together. Firstly we spoke about who is in our hearts and who is special in our lives and then the children chose who they would like to make a Valentine’s Day card for. Here is a picture of one of the cards made today:


First of all we made our lovely little laced heart with our sparkly red wool and then we did a bit of letter recognition to stamp out our message on the card as the little one in question cannot write yet…… what a great card for them to give to their someone special.

If you want to make your own laced card heart to put on the front of your own Valentine’s Day card you simply cut your shape out of card, punch holes around the edge and then thread wool through the holes to form a pattern. I put sticky tape on the end of the wool so that it was stiffer and easier for the children to push through the holes and we finished up by using more sticky tape to stick the loose ends on the back of the heart before gluing it to a piece of folded card.

Gong Hey Fat Choy….. Happy New Year to you all

We have had a lovely week this week learning about Chinese New Year. Did you know that this year is the year of the monkey? We have been learning all about the Chinese zodiac in my childminding service this week and have had great fun making monkey masks, painting dragon pictures and making Chinese lanterns, learning to use chopsticks (with varying degrees of success!), making good fortune cards for our families and even writing our names in Chinese…… what busy bees we have been :0)

Check out these scary dragons:
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We made these very simply and if you want to have a go too you will need the following:

  • Paper
  • Paint – mixed colours
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Red paper

and you do the following:

  • Fold the paper in half
  • Let your little one make marks with the paint on one of the halves (the children in my service loved using their fingers to make their marks)
  • Fold the paper over to make your symmetrical picture
  • Your little one can now choose where they want to place the googly eyes and can stick them on with the glue
  • Make your dragon a beard by curling some of the curling ribbon and sticking it in place with the sticky tape
  • Finally cut a tongue shape out of the red paper and use the glue to stick that in place
  • Why not play some Chinese music and get your little one to do a dragon dance with their special dragon picture

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