Spring is in the air……

I don’t know about you but I just love this time of year… we’ve been having a great time in my childminding service learning about baby animals and spring flowers.

Here is one activity that we have really enjoyed doing and want to share with you… making our own baby chick spoon puppets.

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If you want to make a puppet too you will need the following:

  • A wooden spoon
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly eyes x 2
  • Glue
  • Orange foam or card
  • Scissors
  • Yellow and orange feathers (we used 2 of each colour)
  • Apron

and you take the following steps:

  • Paint the wooden spoon yellow using the paint
  • Allow the paint to dry
  • Use the glue to stick both googly eyes onto the back of the spoon
  • Cut a small triangle out of the orange foam or card and stick in place as a beak
  • Turn the spoon over and stick on the feathers
  • Allow the glue to dry before letting your little one play with their new chick puppet

The perfect activity for Spring or Easter

 

 

Fun Day Monday

Easter is fast approaching so for today’s Fun Day Monday I thought you might like to see what we’ve been up to in my childminding service to celebrate this time of the year.

I found this lovely idea from a blog called De tout et de rien where they used a potato masher to print some egg shapes so we had a go ourselves and produced some great Easter pictures. It’s such a simple activity and all you need is:

  • A potato masher shaped like an egg
  • Paint – mixed colours
  • A Paintbrush
  • Paper or card to print onto
  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • An apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Put the apron on your little one and then give them the paints and paintbrush and encourage them to paint the masher

  • Now give your little one the paper or card and get them to make a print by placing the masher down on the paper

  • Once the egg prints have dried you can add some grass by cutting out a strip of green paper and snipping along the top edge to form your blades of grass.  Stick your grass along the bottom of their picture to complete it

The children really enjoyed this activity and had great fun using something different and new to make their pictures with. Why not give it a go….. have fun!

Sensory Eggs

Did you do an Easter Egg hunt for your little one? Do you have the plastic eggs left over? Don’t put them away just yet…. here’s a fun sensory activity that you can do with them first.

To create this activity simply fill the eggs with a number of different objects such as the ones pictured below:

When I did this activity with the children that I mind, I used some bubble wrap, a small wooden ball, a picture of a daffodil, a yellow pom pom, a red feather and some green ribbon. (Always supervise the children when handling small objects)

Once the eggs were filled, I placed them in a basket with some shredded paper and then let the children pick the eggs out. They had great fun shaking them and opening them and then playing with the various contents. Each object was different to the others and gave us the opportunity to talk about what colour they were and what they felt like. The feather and the ball were the most popular!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once all the eggs have been found you can always try a quick egg and spoon race too…….

If you think of any other activities to do with your left over eggs I’d love to hear from you at: hello@victoriadalechildminding.co.uk

Hoppy Easter!

Excuse the pun but we have been having a great time doing lots of bunny related activities as part of our Easter and Spring celebrations here in my childminding service.

We have all been hopping about like little bunnies and learning new bunny songs including the ones below:

Ten Little Bunnies (to the tune of Ten Little Indian Boys)

One little, two little, three little bunnies,

Four little, five little, six little bunnies,

Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies,

Ten little bunnies going hop, hop, hop.

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Hop, hop, hop go ten little bunnies,

Ten little bunnies going hop, hop, hop.

 

Five Little Bunnies (to the tune of Five Little Monkeys)

Five little bunnies in a flower bed,

One hopped up high and bumped his head.

Along came mummy bunny and to them said;

“No more hopping in the flower bed.”

Four little bunnies……………………………

Three little bunnies………………………….

Two little bunnies…………………………….

One little bunny……………………………….

 

Little Peter Rabbit

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.

Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
Floppy ears and curly whiskers,
And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.

 

We’ve also been making little Easter Bunnies to stick on our Easter cards to send home too.

If you’d like to make your own, you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Coloured Pens
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Cotton Wool Balls
  • Googly Eyes

Here’s what to do:

  • Draw a simple bunny shape on the piece of card and cut out
  • Cover the bunny shape with the glue
  • Let your little one place the cotton wool balls on the bunny shape after they have had some time feeling the cotton wool whilst you describe it to them
  • Cut out some pink inners of the bunny’s ear, a bunny’s nose and some whiskers for your little one to stick to the front of the bunny’s face
  • Stick the googly eyes, or eyes that you have drawn onto card and cut out, on the bunny’s face
  • Stick the bunny onto the front of a folded piece of card and let your little one write their Easter greeting on the inside

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