Friday, September 26, 2014

Loose parts play with ice cream sticks

Loose parts gives kids an opportunity to use their imagination and break set rules. At our home, I try to incorporate loose parts in everyday play.
Here are some fun ideas of playing with icecream sticks.
1) Stacking or laying- Your kids can follow a path or stack them for fun.
2) Counting- Your kids can do a fun math practice with them.
3) Making letters- Your kids can form letters or form words with them.
4) make fun hairstyle- just balance them under your ears or inside your bun.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

hickory dickory dock costume

I have been taking a blogging break and I plan to be back in action. My new phone has enabled me some access to net without been disturbed by my 18months old. More updates on that soon. Here's sharing a quick DIY hickory dickory dock costume.
The costume has a clock with a mouse who can go up and down and mouse ears. The child can wear a grey T-shirt along it.

The clock: I painted a cardboard box with acrylic paint and used some crayon to add texture on the surface. The top crown and the bottom pegs are pasted on the main cardboard body. They are made up of paper plates. The clock dial is a inverted paper plate. The numbers are some shiny stickers. I taped a ribbon at the back so that M can wear it. Now For the functional mouse which can go up and down. Notice M is holding a mouse with her left hand. She can make it go around the top and bring it down. I had a plastic tie holding the rectangular cardboard piece at the center of the circular dial. It is hidden behind the dial. I pasted the mouse on the top of rectangular piece. I wish I had photograph es the steps and could demonstrate in details.
Mouse ears are simple enough to understand. So that's it. Our costume is ready. I took me one hour and few minutes to complete this. I am highly productive after my kids are put to bed. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Experimenting with various creative medium

I have been missing in action for few months now. After my second child, the things have slow down at the blogging front. Meanwhile there are other fronts to conquer. Literally...
I decided to write some new posts about things we have been up to recently. Since my blog theme is about experimenting, why not write about different medium we are trying. M is quite an scientist when it comes to experimenting. Here are few things she came up with during our play sessions.

DIY popup cards ( posted to cousins)


DIY painted pegdolls ( chotta bheem characters)


Water filled in regular balloons ( the giant water balloons)


I particularly liked the big water balloons idea as the baby could also enjoy it with her. She can't tie the balloon on her own so she invented a new technique of twisting the end. The balloon would sit for some time and then leak water making it even more fun to watch.
You should come and see our pegdolls collections. We are painting more and more everyday.
I will keep you posted on some more experimentations. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Playdough Monsters

Make these super easy playdough monsters with your kids. Perfect summer vacation activity.
What you need-
Clay
Googly eyes
Button or other embellishments.

This activity comes with added learning. Here are some fun learning ideas for younger kids along with this activity.
1. Monster names- Give your monsters some fun three letter names like zip, wig, fit etc. Nice phonic practice.
2) Counting practice- kids can count and put the number of eyes, mouths, ears, noses that their monsters have.
3) Learning body parts- Kids also learn to name and label different body parts.
4) Fine motor skills- Shaping, rolling and breaking small pieces and putting them together contributes in developing fine motor skills.

Hope you enjoy reading this post.
Mansi

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Used Scratch Cards and Puffy Stickers Art


My 5 year old is a big fan of both Stickers and scratch cards. This activity combines both her loves and was bound to be a hit!
 

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