With our garden in bloom bees are around and both of my kids seem to be terrified of them – so it was time to create some cute creative bumble bees to persuade them otherwise.
We’ve recently been on some nature walks and started to collect pine cones again and these looked perfect for our bumble bees they were easy to hold and would be perfect to add to our nature area in the home.
Materials needed for pine cone bumble bees
Pine Cones Yellow/Orange Yarn Plastic Lid Gold or Silver Pen that will write on Plastic White
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The seasons are about to click over and the summer equinox is around the corner – although every other week for a month and a half it’s felt like summer in the UK. To celebrate summer we’re looking at the sun and decided to decorate our window with a sun-catcher to complement our ladybird that we made the other week.
Materials needed for Sun Sun-catcher
Yellow and Orange Tissue Paper Yellow and orange card stock White Glue
Rule Pencil Two different size bowls to draw around
How to make the Sun Sun-catcher
You could use the same method
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I love having a preschooler at home – T turned 3 in March and she won’t start preschool until September so we are doing some fun preschool play and learning at home with her.
Last week these fantastic ideas were linked up to Tuesday Tots that we’ve been trying this week at home.
Explore emotions with your preschool and help with pre-writing using a chalk board.
Make your own sidewalk chalk paint and get squeezing to create pavement rainbows – see Tiny Tots Adventures for the recipe.
Help your child develop their pre-writing skills with a rainbow salt
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Weaving is a great way to work on fine motor skills and as one of the targets for this school year for both J and T I wanted to set up an activity that could be done time and time again as well as produce some art work for the walls when we wanted so I got creative and made a table top/portable loom for the kids to use and then we got weaving for the first time.
Shoe Box Lid Loom
Shoe Box Lid Masking Tape or Duct Tape Yarn Scissors
How to make a shoe box lid
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One of my aim with my preschooler is to work on colour knowledge, both the recognition of colours as well as colour theory/science. After the success of my egg shell dyeing before Easter I decided to combine some colour science and some dyeing again but this time with some seashells.
Working on naming the primary colours as well as colour mixing we used the dyeing of the sea shells to investigate this at home with some simple science and crafty fun.
Materials needed for How to dye seashells
Food Colouring in Primary colours and black Water Shells Vinegar Tooth
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Spielgaben Wooden Education Toys are brilliant for learning at home through play and we’ve been working on pattern play recently with T.
Sequencing and fine motor skills
Multiset 3 of the complete set conatins a set of rods as well as 3D shapes which have a central hole and are perfect for threading using these 2 parts we set up some pattern play to help with early maths skills.
Using 3 colours from the set I first got T to help me sort out the 3 elements that we would need – a rod, 2 spheres and 3
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Preschoolers learn best with hands on play based activities and we’re bringing you a resource to help you find ideas to do this at home with your preschoolers. Written by the best preschool bloggers from around the world a mix of mums and early years education specialists this is the ultimate resource for you and your children to help them learn at home through playful activities.
Included in the e-book are more than 25 ideas for hands on play based learning for 3 to 5 year olds covering maths, language, literacy, science and art and play with over 50
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In my classroom I loved having a calendar where my class could put the day of the week, date, season and the weather that day and have been looking around for one for home to use with my kids nothing seemed to do what I wanted so I decided to get creative and made our own Calendar for the home.
What you need to make your own calendar
Baking Tray Magnetic Paper Paper Pens Ruler Glue
Optional but makes it looks great – Printer and a copy of 3 – 5 playful preschool which includes 4 pages of
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This months Virtual Book Club for Kids author is Mem Fox – another new to us author and one that we loved flicking through the titles on Amazon to find one that appealed to T. With her nickname T-bug the book Yoo Hoo Ladybug was instantly picked and we brought it and have had so much fun reading it and deciding on what we wanted to do.
Yoo Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox is aimed at preschoolers with great repetition and the fun of finding where the ladybug is hidden in each toy filled pictures T was entranced once
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