Friday, 7 November 2014

DIY maths investigation area

Have you every thought about setting up a maths investigation area? It's really easy to do and can help build early math and numeracy skills. We set up a nature table with autumn (fall) themed loose part- conkers, seed heads and squash. Then we added some measuring instruments some scales and a tape measure along with some containers.

We then measured


weighed

sorted

and compared items. It gave us lots of opportunities to talk about size, shape and weight.

Possible additions
add a clip board, paper and pencil to encourage your child to record numbers
add a simple number line to encourage your child to count objects
include a ruler or some duplo to use as an 'informal measure'

Have you set up a maths area - please let us know . We would love to see what you've included.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

How to make a pretend play superhero cape #IAmSuperCapes

Superhero capes can make a great addition to a dressing up box and can spark imaginations in pretend play.



When I heard about the charity I Am Super Capes I was keen to get involved. The charity aims to give every child a chance to be a super hero - no matter where they live or what is happening in their lives. You can find out more about them but clicking here.

I enlisted some help from a very lovely friend (including the use of her sewing machine as mine wasn't working) and we made two capes following the very easy pattern which you can find on he Super capes website here.

The finished capes look fab - as seen modeled here on Super Ted!

Then all that was left was to post it to Super capes HQ in order that it can be passed on to a small superhero. Can you sew? Could you make a cape to support this charity?

Monday, 3 November 2014

Today its our turn to 'host' the Monday Parenting Pin it party. We get to choose our fav from last weeks entries to share with you.

I love sensory play so it was no surprise when these two sensory play posts caught my eye.



scented foam painting from Mini Monets.


I also love the 'How to make your own scratch art' from Mum in the Mad house. Happy 5th of November!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Pirate Ice Play

Ice excavation is a great example of  a hands on - brains on learning activity; learning new words through experiencing them and participating in an activity.  Finding hidden objects is also a great way to develop collaborative play and science knowledge with young children, Given that pirates are very popular in our house some gold coins were an obvious choice for treasure to hide in ice .

The Fairy helped me prepare some ice blocks with hidden coins after the Frog had gone to bed. In the morning we revealed the ice, talking about how the water had changed and what it felt like.

The children then worked together to excavate the coins from the ice- talking about what was happening. We used spoon to bash the ice and watched it melt in the autumn sun. 

Using open ended questions like 'Look, what happening now?', 'Why do you think that's happening?' and 'What might happen next?' helps children to reflect on the world around them and to make observations and predictions. 

Extension idea: You could provide the children with some salt to see how that changes the melting process.

As a speech and language therapist I often talk about multi-sensory teaching- children are more likely to learn and retain vocabulary if they experience it. If you like this ice play you may also enjoy our posts on pretend polar ice play ice sun catchers and ice valentines play.

Monday, 15 September 2014

For this weeks parenting pin it party featured posts we have a painting theme,

Multicrafting Mummy showed us an old favorite - finger painting 


Mini Monets and Mommies
made some shaving foam Autumn paint


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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Loose parts play, shells and mirror

We've had some fun exploring reflections and making patterns with some loose parts play. Loose parts play is nothing new. Anyone remember playing with Grandma's button tin when you were little? It is a great way to encourage concentration and creativity. You provide your child with loose 'bits' that can be explored, moved around, combined and experimented with.



The beauty of loose parts is they can literally be anything, promoting creative thinking. Because the 'parts' are not prescribed as something the play time can be open ended- there is no right or wrong thing to do with the items (encouraging a child to develop their concentration span).

We have a rather large collection of shells , to which we added some glass beads. I presented them along with a mirror in some glass jars.


The Frog played with them and enjoyed making patterns, empty and filling the pots. Playing with the items on a mirror The Fairy spotted the play set up as soon as she arrived home from school. Her shells were people and the glass beads we the sea. She created a whole narrative with the loose parts as props.

Do you have a favorite loose parts toys?

Monday, 28 July 2014

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As the summer hols have just started in the UK (sorry to all our US readers who are nearly starting to think about back to school stuff already), we are on a summery vibe. I love this post from A Happy Healthy Mummy packed with ideas for crafty summer holiday fun.

This post from Mini Monets and Mommies is perfect for experimenting with science and art at the same time.

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