Fun Day Monday

Morning! We’ve got another Spring activity for you today that we had fun doing last week.

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It’s a very simple lacing activity which is great for your little one’s developing motor skills… it’s also a good activity for concentration!

If you want to have a go you will simply need the following:

  • A sheet of coloured craft foam
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • A shoe lace or ribbon

and you simply:

  • Cut a large flower shape out of the foam using the scissors
  • Punch holes around the petals
  • Give your little one the flower and a lace and show them how to thread the lace around the flower

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  • You don’t have to restrict your shape to a flower, you could do a simple egg shape, chick or a rabbit to make it an activity for Easter instead
  • To develop this activity further you could give your little one some beads to thread onto the lace too doing so in sequences (always supervise your child when sing small objects such as beads)

Fun Day Monday

Hello! How are you? I hope that all you lovely mummies out there had a relaxing day with your little ones yesterday…. I was thoroughly spoilt by my little boy and his daddy and had a great day.

Today I want to share an activity that some of my mindees made for their mummies as it’s a great activity to do for springtime too…. we made flowers out of old CDs.

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If you want to make your own CD flower you will need the following:

  • An old CD
  • Paper straws
  • Child friendly scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Large lolly stick
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush or glue spreader
  • Glitter
  • Apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly give your little one the paper straws and the scissors and get them to cut the petals. I showed them the approximate size of a petal and then let them cut their own.

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  • Now put the apron on your little one as they’re about to get the glue out!!
  • Give your little one the glue, the glue spreader and the old CD and get them to spread the glue all over the CD.

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  • They now have to arrange the cut pieces of straw around the CD to look like petals.

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  • Whilst the glue is wet you also want to give them the glitter to shake onto the CD to make their flower sparkly.
  • To finish off you want to cut a piece of double sided tape and use it to stick the large lolly stick to the back of the CD to make the flower stalk.

I hope you have as much fun making a CD flower as we did….. don’t forget to remind your little one that the CD is an old one and that they are not to do this with your actual CD collection!!

Fun Day Monday

Hiya!

This week’s fun comes from an idea that a friend shared from Netmums with me last week and that my mindees and I did on Friday afternoon.

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For the instructions for this lovely spring flower picture go to the link on the Netmums page here.

We had a great time printing our own fork flowers and have made some lovely pictures together. If you want to give this a go I would suggest that you check that the back of your forks are nice and smooth first… I had a couple of disposable forks that were raised slightly on the back which meant that the paint wouldn’t print!

Have fun and whilst you are on the Netmums website why not check out some other fun ideas for springtime to do.

 

Fun Day Monday

Hi there…. as another week begins lets think about having some fun….

This week we’d like to share another letter identification activity which is very easy to set up and is great fun to do.

For this activity you will need:

  • Magnetic letters – you can use as many or as few as you want depending on your little one’s ability to identify the letters
  • A bowl – a washing up bowl would be ideal
  • Popping corn or rice
  • Cards with letters printed on them – you could trace round the magnetic letters to help your little one match them

and all you need to do is:

  • Fill the bowl with the popping corn or rice and the magnetic letters
  • Hand your little one the cards with the letters on and show them how to search for the letters in the corn to match them up with the letter on the card
  • Get your little one to tell you which letter they have found as they match them up
  • To extend this activity you could get your little one to tell you a word that starts with that letter EG. I found an “M”, “M” is for “mummy”
  • You could also get your little one to identify the letters in their own name and spell their name out

 

Fun Day Monday

Fancy a messy activity today? Here is an idea that you can try with your little one but be prepared for some tidying up afterwards!

For today’s activity you will need:

  • A big bowl – preferably one that isn’t glass
  • Jelly mixture
  • Magnetic numbers, letters or small animals (this depends on your child’s ability in recognising numbers/ letters/ animals)
  • Tongs, a spoon, a scoop
  • A cloth to put down on the floor

And all you need to do is:

  • Make up the jelly mixture according to the packet instructions and pour some into the bowl
  • Place some of the letters/ numbers/ animals into the jelly mixture and allow to set
  • Make up more jelly mixture and pour into the bowl with more letters/ numbers/ animals in it and allow to set
  • Repeat until the bowl is full of jelly and the letters/ numbers/ animals
  • Now place the cloth on the floor and the bowl of jelly in the middle
  • Give your little one the tongs, spoon and scoop and get them to retrieve the different letters/ numbers/ animals.
  • Ask your child to identify what letters/ numbers/ animals they have found in the jelly

 

Fun Day Monday

Hello! Happy Monday to you… I hope that you and your little one haven’t been struck by the bugs that are going about…..there seem to be quite a few!

Today’s activity has come about because my little one spotted some big pieces of bubble wrap in the house and he wanted to pop the bubbles!

All you need for this activity is:

  • Bubble wrap (the kind with the bigger bubbles)
  • A permanent marker

and all you do is:

  • Using the marker, write a letter on each bubble (use the letters of the alphabet that your little one will recognise and maybe one or two new ones that you can introduce them to)
  • Now give your little one the bubble wrap and get them to identify a letter that you call out and pop the bubble with it written on (you could always make some alphabet cards that your little one can use to match the letters if they need a bit of help)
  • If your little one isn’t at the stage of recognising letters you could always use lots of coloured pens and colour the bubbles for your little one to pop instead

Fun Day Monday

Hi there,

A quick and easy activity for you today…. It was something that we did in my childminding service on Friday and it was a great success. It does involve the children using scissors so you will need to assess whether your little one is ready to safely use them themselves.

For this activity you will need the following:

  • Children’s scissors
  • Old cards
  • Paper
  • Glue stick

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly cut the old cards into shapes that your child will like….. as it was Valentine’s Day on Friday we did hearts
  • Give the shapes to your little one to cut up using their scissors and let them cut them up into pieces
  • Once they have finished give them the piece of paper and the glue stick and encourage them to stick the pieces onto the paper to make a new shape and picture

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15.02.14 - Noah's cut up picture

Have a fun day!

Fun Day Monday

As it’s Valentine’s Day this Friday we have been feeling the love here in my childminding service. Last week we made our mums and dads (and grans!) a very sweet little candle holder.

If you want to make one too this is what you will need:

  • A shallow glass jar (we used some from a well known chocolate dessert company that I had saved but a jam jar is just as good)
  • PVA glue
  • A paintbrush
  • Tissue paper (we used pink, purple and red) cut up into small pieces
  • An apron

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and this is what you need to do:

  • Put the apron on your little one
  • Show your little one how to stick a piece of tissue paper onto the glass jar
  • Let them go for it and cover their jar using all the different colours
  • When they tell you that it’s finished give the tissue paper another coat of PVA glue and allow to dry
  • Pop a tealight candle into the holder and enjoy the warmth of the glow (remember never to leave a candle unattended and always keep it out of reach of your little one)

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Fun Day Monday

Hi there! Happy Monday to you. We have gone a bit fire engine mad in my childminding service at the moment so I thought I’d share an activity that we did last week.

This was a great activity for shape and colour recognition and a bit of listening too. If you and your little one want to make a fire engine picture you will need the following:

  • Red paper
  • Blue paper
  • White paper
  • Black paper
  • Yellow paper
  • White card
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

and you will need to do the following:

  • Firstly cut out 1 x large red rectangle, 2 x small black circles, 1 x long black rectangle, 1 x white square, 1 x smaller black square, 1 x small blue rectangle, 6 x small white rectangles, 1 x yellow circle cut into a spiral
  • Now place the pieces out in front of your little one with a glue stick and the white card
  • Get your little one to find each shape at a time and stick them into place….. you can ask them what each shape represents and where on the picture it should go

Fun Day Monday

Hello! Happy New Year to you… I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are ready to have lots of fun with your little one in 2014.

To get you started why not get the paints out and do some printing.

For this simple activity you will need the following:

  • Paper
  • Different coloured pre-mixed paints
  • A cupcake tray
  • A paint brush
  • Cotton buds
  • An apron

and all you do is:

  • Put the apron on your little one… this could get messy!
  • Turn the cupcake tray upside down and put blobs of different coloured paint on the flat surface of each upturned cup
  • Use the paintbrush to evenly cover the whole of each upturned cup
  • Give your little one the cotton buds and get them to draw a pattern on each painted circle
  • Now turn the muffin tray the right way round and push it with even pressure onto the paper
  • Hey presto, you have got your mega print…. have fun!

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