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

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

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

Can you believe that Monday is upon us again? I hope that you all had a fun weekend… we had a lovely one with a family day in the garden on Saturday and a day out with friends on Sunday…the perfect weekend!

Well, as promised here is another Spring activity for you to do with your little one this week. Here in my childminding service we have been taking a real interest in all of the flowers that we can see around us when outdoors and we have noticed that some of the trees on my street are starting to blossom. I have to admit I love this time of year when everything starts to come out and all the trees are covered in colour. We decided that it would be fun to make our own blossom trees and this is what we did:

If you want to make a blossom branch of your own you will need the following:

  • Small sticks with branches (we went to the park and collected ours)
  • PVA glue
  • A glue spreader
  • Pink or white tissue paper
  • Apron

and this is what you need to do:

  • Put the apron on your little one first
  • Tear the tissue paper into squares of about 5-6cm
  • Hand your little one the squares and get them to scrunch them up into small balls
  • Now give your little one the glue and glue spreader and get them to place dots of glue onto the branch where they’d like to stick a flower
  • They can now stick the scrunched tissue paper into place (you may have to give the paper an extra squeeze in place to ensure that it will stick)

  • Leave the branch to dry and then display (we have put ours on the wall with our chicks and lambs to make a Spring display)

Have fun making your own blossom branches

Fun Day Monday

Hooray…. Spring is finally here and we are celebrating in my childminding service by doing lots of different spring crafts. We went to see the Easter animals at Queen’s Park last week so they were a good starting point to talk about baby animals like lambs and chicks and we got crafting and made our very own lambs and chicks to put into a little Spring display that we are working on.

The idea we used to make our lambs is a very simple ¬†handprint activity and easy for everyone to do…. it is also a good sensory experience as it involves lots of soft cotton wool!

I got the idea from DIY Home Crafts¬†although I’ve seen several different versions on various other websites and blogs.

If you want to create your very own wooly lamb you will need the following:

  • Black paper or card
  • White chalk
  • Scissors
  • Cotton Wool balls
  • Glue and a spreader (I used PVA glue)
  • Apron

and to make one you will need to do the following:

  • Firstly trace your little one’s hand with the white chalk onto the black paper
  • Cut out the hand shape
  • Put the apron on your little one as the glue is coming out now!
  • Get your little one to cover their hand shape in glue (only cover the hand part, not the fingers or the thumb… you may need to guide your little one to do this)
  • Give your little one the cotton wool balls and get them to stick them onto the hand
  • Allow the cotton wall balls to dry and then draw a face onto the thumb using the chalk (the 4 fingers need to face downwards as they are the legs).

An alternative to cutting out a hand shape is to simply print one onto some card first and then stick the cotton wall balls on.

To make our cheepy chirpy chicks we used this lovely idea I found on Granny Goes To School. I liked it as it could be a simple craft for little ones to do or I could extend it and make it a maths activity for the older ones and talk about the shapes that made up the little chick. To make a chick of your own just follow the clear instructions on the Granny Goes To School website.

This week we are going to be looking at different flowers that come out in spring and doing some flower related crafts…. all being well I’ll post them up for you next week!

PS. If you want to tie this in with seeing some real animals why not take your little one to Hamleys in the St. Enoch centre this Wednesday (10th April) from 12pm – 4pm as they have got a mobile petting farm with baby goats, lambs, pigs, chickens and even a snake and a tortoise! This is a FREE event.

 

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