Playing with colours

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This is a little activity that my keeps my boys busy for up to an hour. Very simple, but fun, and they learn something too!

All you need is glass containers, spoons, water, and food colouring!

Fill a bunch of glasses with water, and put a couple of drops of one colour of food colouring into each glass. When you have a whole rainbow of colours, you can let the kids go crazy.

My boys love having little glass bowls and spoons and experiment mixing the colours. When the water gets too muddied, dump it out in the sink and start fresh.

 

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Liam’s Poem: I Like Spring

This afternoon, Liam and I tried to write a poem about Spring. Liam collected all his various thoughts on Spring, and I tried to put them together. This is what we came up with.😉

This is a good activity for practicing language skills. Kids learn about creative writing, and finding rhymes and adjectives that fit best. Even at a young age, children like to hear the rhythm of a text, especially when they have written it themselves.

I like Spring

Spring is nice and lots of fun.

I like painting in the sun.

Eating ice cream and planting flowers,

Outside we spend lots of hours.

I like playing at the park,

In the sandbox until it is dark.

When I go inside, I have to take off my shoes.

I don’t like that, but still i do.

Daddy says, “Don’t take the stones away”

But I think they are fun today.

Bugs are not very good,

Cause they are pieksy and go in our woods.

Riding bikes on the street

and Dennis I like to meet.

I dont like ants on our Tisch.

They crawl on things and so I squish.

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Craft of the Day: Fingerprint Ladybugs

Fingerprint Ladybugs

Here is another spring-themed craft, easy for little hands.

Materials Needed:

  • White paper
  • red ink or paint
  • black felt tipped pen

Directions:

  1. Dip your child’s finger in either red paint or dab it onto a red ink pad
  2. Let your child make fingerprints all over a white piece of paper.
  3. When the ink or paint is dry, use a black felt-tipped marker to draw on feelers and spots onto the fingerprints to make ladybugs.
  4. Finish up the picture by adding some leaves or grass.





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Craft of the Day: Uncooked playdough

Uncooked Playdough

This is a recipe for making homemade playdough. It has the advantage of being quickly made, and not needing to be cooked. It can be stored covered in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

Playdough is a great way to develop various skills in young children. Forming objects and then using these objects in play develops creativity and imagination. Fine motor skills are also utilized in squishing, pressing, cutting, forming and rolling. Playdough is also a wealth of new sensations for young children. The texture, smell, colour, temperature, and feel of a mass being manipulated are taken in with the child’s eyes, nose, and fingers.


Materials

  • Bowl
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Tempera paint or food coloring
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

1.     In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.

2.     Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.

3.     Store covered in the fridge.

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Fingerplay: Five Plump Peas

Here is another spring-themed fingerplay. I got it from an old “Sharon, Lois, and Bram – The Elephant Show” CD. My boys love the CD, and I have made up some actions to go along with this spoken poem. Fingerplays … Continue reading

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It’s starting…

So the effects of starting a German kindergarten have begun.

Liam spoke to me in German today.😉

He started off with an intro sentence in English, “Mommy, you know what?” – but then proceeded to tell me the rest of his story in German.

I am not surprised. He is finally spending 5-6 hours a day speaking exclusively German.

I just hope his English won’t start suffering. At the moment he is still a lot more sure of himself (less stammering etc.) in English, and his vocabulary is at least twice as large, but that will start changing fast.

I am looking forward to watching his development in the next few months. In the summer, he will have another large Kindergarten  – and German break when we go and visit my parents for almost 2 months, so that might give a couple of steps back, but I think he will do great!

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Craft of the day: Eggcup Daffodils

 Eggcup Daffodils

Levi and I made this craft this morning. He loved painting the eggcups and then decorating the table with his pretty flowers.

Materials needed:

  1. Egg carton
  2. green pipe cleaner
  3. 2 green feathers
  4. Yellow paint

Directions

  1. Cut out two of the egg cups out of the egg carton. Cut 4 peaks into them to make it look like flower petals. Fold the peaks back. Poke a hole into the bottom and set the flower base aside.
  2. Cut out one of the middle “mountains” out of the egg carton. Poke a hole through the bottom. Set the inner part of the flower aside.
  3. Paint the egg carton pieces that have been cut out yellow
  4. Once the pieces have dried, take two green feathers and wind a pipe cleaner around the hard part of the feather, to make the feathers look like leaves on a pipe cleaner stem.
  5. Poke the top of the pipe cleaner through the two yellow egg cups and then through the yellow inner part. Bend the pipe cleaner end into a ball so that the pipe cleaner does not slip out again.


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