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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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!

Fun Day Monday

Autumn is well and truly upon us and we have been doing allsorts of fun Autumn themed activities in my childminding service.

We have been collecting leaves, doing leaf rubbing art, painting  trees, making leaf shaped sun catchers to name but a few activities!

Why don’t you have a go at painting your own trees too:

You will simply need the following:

  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Mixed colours of paint (we used red, yellow, green and bronze)
  • Cotton buds
  • Apron

and you do the following:

  • Firstly cut out a trunk with branches from the brown paper and give it to your little one to stick in place on the paper
  • Put the apron on your little one as they’re about to get messy with paint!
  • Let your little one paint different coloured dots all around the trunk and branches using the cotton buds – explain to your little one that they are painting the leaves. You can use this as an opportunity to talk about the colours of leaves at Autumn time and how the trees change

Another activity that we did was put together an Autumn sensory tray for the children to explore. In our tray we put the following:

  • Different shaped and sized leaves
  • Conkers
  • Pine cones
  • Pieces of bark
  • Sycamore leaves
  • Acorns

We had a great time feeling all the different things and trying to find words to describe them. We also did a bit of maths and put the leaves in order of size.

So far, Autumn has been a really fun season!!

Fun Day Monday

Hello… Happy Monday to you! Can you believe that the summer holidays are over for Scottish pupils this week? To all little ones about to start Primary School we wish you all the best… I still look back on my school days with fondness and I hope that you do too.

Back to our Fun Day Monday.. we have another weather activity for you today. As you know we have made a big sun and we have been doing various rain activities so it only seemed right that we should do a rainbow activity too!

If you want to make your own rainbow you will need:

  • cardboard (I used cereal packets)
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • paints (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • a paintbrush
  • an apron
  • glue

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly draw six semi-circles on the card with each one decreasing in size.
  • Cut out the semi-circles.

  • Put the apron on your little one and give them the semi-circles and the paint. You can extend this activity by asking your little one to find the biggest semi-circle to paint first and then ask them to choose the colour red to paint it with. (paint them in the following order from large to small: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • Get your little one to paint each semi-circle
  • Let the semi-circles dry
  • Once dry, assemble your rainbow by sticking each semi-circle in order
  • To extend this activity even further why not teach your little one “I can sing a rainbow”…. be aware that the colours in the song don’t match our rainbow!


Have fun!

Mess Free Painting!

Does your little one ever want to get the paints out when you don’t have the time to allow them to get messy? You can still let them enjoy experiencing paint and mark making with this idea for mess free painting.

Simply put some paint into a zip lock bag, zip it up and let them loose on it! I give my little one a cotton bud to use as a “brush” or just encourage him to use his fingers to make marks. He has great fun exploring mark making whilst I can relax knowing that no mess is being made…. everyone is happy :0)


(excuse the quality of this picture but I wanted to show you one of our paint bags and this is the only picture I could find!)