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Messy Fun Art Tuesday

Messy play can be fancy and you can prep all sorts of stuff if you have time.But on those days … like most! … when I’m back footed and winging it simple no prep painting sesh is my best friend. Just grab a paint, brush and newspapers and let the kids do the work.      

    
   
  

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Posted in Fine Motor skills, Homeschooling, Learning through play, Preschool Activity, Sensory skills, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Learning about Emotions

On this activity we used corkboard and playdough and started to create different emotions – happy, sad, mad.

  

As he worked at the playdough by putting the features of the face into IKEA corkboard, we also had a great time talking about the different emotions and even acting about the facial expressions.

  
Inigo had a fun time making faces – a great introduction for toddler learning about emotions.

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STEM Activity – Rainbow Skittles Candy Experiment

This is a classic skittles science experiment that everyone has to try once!

 All you need are three things: Skittles, water, and a shallow bowl! That’s easy enough right?    

Setting up skittles science is so easy.

    First, I let them add the skittles around the edges of the bowl. We used at least four of each color. You can chose whatever combination you like or experiment with patterns.

    Then we fill a white shallow bowl with about a 1/2 inch of hot water. The bowl doesn’t have to be filled completely.

  The skittles start to dissolve pretty quick so keep your eye on them.

  
    
    

The Science behind it…

Skittles are made of ingredients that are prone to dissolve in water easily.   

 

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Learning through play – Simple Counting Activity

Here is a fun and simple counting activity for toddlers especially for those who loves Mickey Mouse. It’s very easy to set up, I got the printable online and it is designed to build their understanding of identifying numbers and how it’s represented using stickers. 

  
 This activity isn’t new, but obviously a really great one for developing Inigo’s familiarity with numbers and what they represent using physical objects. In this case I’ve kept it incredibly simple, which is often the best way to get him to learn, right? 

When the invitation is done, he started to sort the stickers ( actually i print only in A4 and cut it, so it’s not really stickers😂 ). Then we count how many set of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters we have. 

  
    
    
   
When I saw that his done sorting and counting,I tried to offer the counting fun template. The aim of this activity is for him to read the number and use the stickers to accurately represent it. I chose to have Inigo work with numbers up to 4 then eventually I added up to 5 to challege him further.   

    
 Seriously, this is such a great activity. It was so interesting to watch Inigo count out the stickers and add them to the column. I could see if he was able to count correctly, using one to one correspondence. I found that he knew more than I realized.    

    
  This wonderful Maths activity can also double to help his develop fine motor and sensory skills. Having said that, I chose to use glue to challenge him using his thumb and pointer finger when transferring the stickers.  

  
   

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Learning through play – DIY Yoghurt Playdough

 When I saw this recipe in my FB newsfeed, I knew right away that I needed to save it for future use. 

Yoghurt playdough is made with just 2 ingredients (that you probably already have) and turns out so soft and fun to play with.   What’s Yoghurt Dough? A super easy to make sensory dough that your toddlers and kiddos will love to play with.Being a mother of three, I’ve come across lots of sensory activities that I’m finally getting around to making with them.It’s so important to give them new sensory experiences, to help stimulate their brains, creativity and it’s just plain fun!  The texture of our DIY yoghurt playdough is slimy but smells so delightful , which is why they enjoyed playing, squishing, poking, twisting, rolling the playdough. This is also great for fine motor development, perfect for a quiet time activity, plus it’s such an open ended invitation. 

There are endless ways and items to add to it for creative play that’s why we are so excited to try it!

 We added food coloring and used Lego for stamping. We also used plastic knife for cutting and cooking pan for pretend play.   Isabelle didn’t quite understand how to actually mold things with it yet but she had a ton of fun squeezing her hands through it and smashing it. It kept her busy too!          

    
On the other hand, the boys write their names and created some artworks.  

  Now when it comes to clean up…hmmm.. I’d say that if you are not fun of messy play then this post is not for you.

It’s a delicious, sweet smell and finger licking kinda mess! Don’t worry though this is super messy to clean, your house and hands will smell like peach and mixed berries.
So grab some Yoghurt and have some fun!   

 

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Learning through play – Robot Making using Shapes

  
The other night while browsing at Pinterest and looking for a robot craft, I saw a great activity that involves sticky plastic cover we used to cover Kuya Angelo’s books.

   
We still have spare since daddy A bought 1 roll. Then the idea pops out to combine pre-cut shapes and contact paper to make a robot. And thus the Robot Making Shapes born. 


  

  

I was pretty sure chinito Inigo would be into it. He’s into robot  because of the Toy Story movie and he’s fascinated with Buzz Lightyear.   

 

First, I cut a large square of clear contact and tape it to our easel with the sticky side out.

Then, I put tape in each corner and halfway so it wouldn’t move or bunch up when we pulled things off.

Next, I laid the pre-cut shapes and asked him that he can make a robot out of shapes.He was too excited to start.

Finally, he made two robots. One for him and the other one for Kuya A. I also made rocketship to go along with the robots.   

    
 

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Learning through play – Indoor Water Play

I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love water play. Even the smallest bin or bucket of water will keep any toddlers happy for hours. Two very simple things – water and squeezy bottle – have been keeping #chinitoinigo busy and happy again and again.

  

Quick and Easy Toddler Activity

What you need:

  • Small tub with 1/4 to 1/2 full of lukewarm water.
  • A small squeezy bottle
  • A towel to catch spills
  • Washable tempera paint (optional)

    

Directions: I filled the small tub with clear water and gave the squeezy bottle to Inigo. Eventually, I added blue tempera paint to look like an ocean.

        
Inigo likes to squirt the bottle. I am happy to let him since it builds fine motor skills. Squeezing the bottles is also great for fine motor skills, and it’s so much fun!  

We also used this chance of learning new vocabulary words like empty, full, squeeze, dry, wet and squirt.

Sometimes, it is often the simplest things that engage young children the most.