Craft

Pine Cone Bumble Bee

Nature crafting with preschoolers - making pine cone bumble bees

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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Craft

Celebrate Summer – Sun Sun-catcher

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

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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Preschool

5 Preschool Activities to do at home

5 Preschool Activities to do at home

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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Kindergarten

Shoe Box Loom and Paper Snake Weaving

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

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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Preschool

How to dye seashells with colour theory science

How to dye sea shells with colour theory

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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Maths

Pattern Play for Preschoolers

Pattern Play for Preschoolers

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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Book Review

3 – 5 Playful Preschool

Playful Preschool E Book

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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Makes by Mum

Preschool calendar for the home

Preschool Calendar for the home

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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Craft

Ladybug Sun Catcher – Virtual Book Club for Kids Mem Fox Month

Ladybug Sun Catcher

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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