๐ŸŒEARTH MAKING๐ŸŒŽ

Earth Day is an Global Event celebrated to support environmental protection in order to raise an awareness and to maintain clean habitat throughout our lifetime for our future generations as well.

So we did this amazingly cool activity for the Earth Day on 22 April 2020. This activity so easy to make and have fun with, just need a day prior preparation and voila you have an amazingly cool activity to play and learn with on Earth Day ๐ŸŒ

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • Ice Tray
  • Paints / Food Colouring
  • Ink Filler/ Droppers
  • Picture of our Earth (optional)

THE MAKING:

A day prior to the actual activity take any round plate fill it up (half way) with clean water and freeze it overnight

Next day take either food coloring’s or any paint and dissolve it in three small cups of water as shown below

Place all the required materials, watercolor, ink filler and the frozen ice tray along with the picture of your little ones choice to see and paint the globe

Little boy Moo had a great time sucking up the colored water using Droppers and squeezing it out into the different places in the iced tray. He created his Lands and Oceans to form the Earth. Watching him making his beautiful earth was atmost a wonderful sight for my eyes ๐Ÿ˜Ž

โœจThis activity helps the little ones to learn about the earth and its characteristics and also teaches them how the earth is filled with blues and greens throughout, which makes our living a most wonderful oneโœจ

๐Ÿ‘€ NOTE:

  • We made the earth again and again… since its the summer season for us here, the ice gets melted soon .. so i would recommend (those who live in hot places) to use the thick paint as it is from the bottle, instead of diluting it with water like we did.
  • And also sprinkle some salt onto the iced tray so that the color might hold for little longer
  • If you lovelies make this iced tray activity, I would recommend to freeze few more trays as one is never enough for the little ones to play and paint with ๐Ÿ‘€

Make this super cool activity at home and let your little ones make our beautiful mother Earth with their cute little hands my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ”ข Magical Ice Painting ๐Ÿ” 

This is the continuation of our previous activity, we made use of the DIY Ice Paint to have fun and learning at the same time ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This process art painting is so much fun to make during this hot summer season where we are stuck at home with our curious little ones ๐Ÿ‘€

How to Play and Learn with the DIY Ice paint :

๐Ÿ”… At the first the General Process Art :

This is the usual method of painting… Just place some chart or thick papers and the frozen ice paint and let your little one do some painting of their own

๐Ÿ”… Then comes our Magical Process Art :

Materials Required :

  • DIY Ice Paint
  • Chart / Thick Paper
  • White Crayon
  • Paint Brush (which will be needed once the Ice Paint melts)

At first since we didn’t have a chart at home, we made use of 4 drawing papers, taped it together as shown below to form a one whole chart , since it was taped, it gave four blocks for us to paint on. (note: avoid thin papers since it will tear easily when it gets wet)

so we made use of the first block for Magical Number Finding : i.e With White crayon, write the numbers of your choice all over the given space and let your toddler paint it using the ice paint to find the magically appearing numbers.

We had so much of fun painting and learning with this and my Little Boy Moo was soo happy and over energized to play with all the colorful ice waters.

Its a bit of a messy activity and so i would recommend you to cover the surface, but with the washable paints, the mess wont be a big of a deal. For the little ones this activity is all about the process rather than the product.

Ice painting is such a great summer activity for kids and the kids will love it to the core ๐Ÿ’ฏ and the extra great thing was that, it was super easy to make with the kids themselves, who will have magical learning too my dear lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐ŸŽจ DIY Ice Paint ๐ŸŽจ

This activity makes a wonderful sensory experience for your little ones as it is super easy to make at home and at the same time to have lots of fun, since these Ice Paints will be loved by all kids irrespective of their age ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Materials Required :

  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Chart or any Thick Paper

NOTE: If you dont have food coloring at home you can even use normal acrylic or poster paints you have. This DIY IcePaints which are made by normal paints are also called PAINTCICLES (Paint + Popscicles = Paintcicles)

The Makings:

  • Place all the required items on a flat surface as shown below
  • Break or Cut the popsicle sticks into half.
  • Fill in the ice cube tray with water (don’t overfill) just half way through
  • Add drops of food coloring of your little ones choice to each cube
  • Use the flat edge side of the popsicle sticks to mix the food coloring and leave it inside in each cubes as shown
  • Gently keep in the Freezer overnight

And the next day your very own DIY Ice Paint with a stick to hold will be ready for your little ones to paint and make creative process art my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Make these ice paints at home and have fun trying them out by blending the colors to create patterns by swooshing them around.

We absolutely loved the making of these Ice Paints as it was a great way to cool things off on a hot summer day my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

Stay tuned… for seeing our “magical painting” an extended activity using these IcePaints, from the ChennaiMom โค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปLEARNING WITH PAPER TOWELS๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Hi to all our lovelies out there, first of all we would love to send some ๐Ÿ’• to you all. So now moving into our today’s activity… This was an eye-catcher indeed ๐Ÿ‘€

We came across this activity in the net very frequently and hence we have given it a go.. and i must say it was indeed one of the best and very successful activity to do with your little ones during this time of the year.

This was an “Amazing Activity” (as said by my little boy Moo)๐Ÿ˜Ž

Materials Required:

  • Paper Towels
  • Permanent Marker
  • Sketch Pens
  • Plate
  • Water

Procedure:

  • Arrange all the materials required first as shown below
  • Take the paper towel and fold it into half
  • Trace your kids hand on the paper towel using the permanent marker
  • Unfold the paper towel and make sure the hand print is been well printed on the below second paper too
  • And then draw some circles (indicating the germs) and ask the little ones to color it as per their wish
  • Take the plate, add a little bit of water on it enough to cover the surface of the plate.
  • Fold back the paper towel to hide the germs and slowly drop it on the plate

We even made few Easter egg , A Flower… the list was on and on.

We had so much fun doing this activity and we learnt so many valuable things too… like “How the Germs ๐Ÿฆ  though they cant be seen, yet they are there in our hands”; and so how a proper and regular washing (of our hands) can kill all germs and we can stay healthy during this Corona / COVID-19 period.

Make this magically appearing picture learning activity at home and have fun teaching your little ones with some intellectual learning my dear lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ•ทSpider Stamping – Process Art๐Ÿ•ท

As Halloween was round the corner we decided to make an activity for the upcoming holiday. Hence the first holiday activity was spider stamping a process art which turned into a cite card making activity ๐Ÿ˜

Materials Required:

  • Roll paper
  • Black chart
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint (colorย of your choice, mummy chose black and Moo chose red)
  • Card stock paper ( which is for the extended activity of card making)

The Making:

  • Take the roll paper and cut into smaller portions; along with that take the black chart cut rectangular strips from it and glue it onto the rolls as shown below

  • Place the tube spiders along with the paints (of your choice) on a plate and let your toddler stamp some spiders and draw some eyes of their choices my dears.. ๐Ÿ˜

We extended this activity by making a card for the Halloween for the family as requested by Baby Moo ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜

Card Making Process:

  • Just cut the stamped spiders and glue it onto the front of the folded card stock as shown below

Baby Moo chose three stamped spiders (Dada., Moo, and Mummy) ๐Ÿ˜

  • Finally just open up the card and write the required messages (of your choice) inside

Voila your little handmade card is ready to be delivered for your loved ones of your choice ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Make this never ending imaginative process art and have an endless amount of creativity flowing holiday my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿฅ•Carrot Greens Counting๐Ÿฅ•

Recently we visited Ootacamund a popular hill resort and also an ideal place for growing veggies in Southern India.

The most popular veggie among them and the one (veggie) which got the little one eyes were ‘Carrots‘ and hence the following activity ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Materials Required:

  • Orange and Green coloured chart (I have used handmade paper)
  • Glue
  • Scissor
  • Numbers (1-10)

The Making of the carrots ๐Ÿฅ• :

  • Draw and cut (10)triangular shapes from the orange colored paper as shown below

  • Take and cut the (green) chart (1-10) in equal rectangular shape strips (to form leaves)
  • Place the carrots and the greens on a plate and the numbers (or the number names) in a bowl and let your little ones do the matching by picking a number from the bowl and gluing the required greens onto the carrots in sequence (1-10)

It was a great win-win for both mommy and Baby Moo as he enjoyed this fun activity by improving his number skills ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Make this fun number counting carrot greens activity with your little ones and have a creative day my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ”ขGripping with Numbers๐Ÿ”ข

This fun, easy to set up DIY activity is all that you need for your toddler to improve his/her numbers skill and simultaneously developing his/her fine motor skill by using tongs/tweezers (to learn to grip) to strengthen his/her hand muscles ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Materials Required:

  • Beads / Pom Pom
  • Tea cups / Paper cups
  • Pencil
  • Tweezers/Tongs

How to Set Up and Play(Learn) With:

  • Take the tea cups and write the numbers (Here we have used number names) that your little ones wants to learn as shown below

  • Place the corresponding Pom Pom / Beads to that number names (or the numbers) written on (or in) the tea cups on a plate along with the tweezers/tongs
  • Invite your little ones to read the number names (or the numbers) on the tea cups and count and take the Pom Poms/ Beads from the plate using the tongs/tweezers and drop them in their corresponding teacups as shown below

At first it was difficult for Baby Moo to pick up the Beads using the tong but later once he got the grip of it he enjoyed the activity and played (learnt) ๐Ÿ˜‡

(With the Pom Poms it will be too easy to pick ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป)

If your little ones are struggling to use tongs/tweezers you can ask your little ones to use only their thump and index finger to pick up the pom-poms/Beads (which would act as tongs) ๐Ÿ˜

Make this wonderful hands on learning activity with your little one and have an excellent evening my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ•ฐClock Making๐Ÿ•ฐ

Baby Moo gets fascinated on hearing the grown ups say “What’s the time now?” For which he answers immediately “8:00,6:35,10:35,… clock” (always) or “No” (when he is in a grumpy mood) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

So in order to get him to learn the basic language of clock, Mommy made this super fun-to-make hands-on-activity, “Clock Making” for him, to make his very own clock all by himself while learning some math along ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Materials Required:

  • A4 sheet paper / Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Compass (optional)
  • Scale
  • Felt sheet (optional)
  • Pipe cleaner(optional)
  • Pushpin ๐Ÿ“Œ
  • Glue
  • Scissor
  • Velcro

The Making:

  • Take the A4 sheet/thick cardboard and draw a circle either by free hand or using a compass and also Use a scale to mark the areas on the circle for the numbers on the clock as shown below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

(For the base of our clock I have used the cake base which are super sturdy)

  • Cut the similar size circle from the felt sheet (Color of your choice) and glue it on the cardboard as shown below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

  • Write and Cut the numbers on each cardboard squares such that all the squares fits inside the clock circle โญ•๏ธ
  • Glue the rough part of Velcro on the back of the squares (and the smooth ones on the circle if you are not using the felt circle means)ย 

(I made use of the number Squares from ๐Ÿ”ขI Can Count Puzzle๐Ÿ”ข activity )

  • Either you can.. cut and bend the pipe cleaners (two arms–the hours and minutes for the clock) and make a loop around the push pin and push it in the middle of the clock and bend the pin at the back as shown below๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

  • Or you can also cut two arms from the cardboard and place it in the middle with a push pin as shown below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

  • Finally, place them with their parts on a plate and teach your toddler in detail on how to build the clock and have fun my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

  • And also you can write the timings (of your choice) on the cardboard papers and place it for them to make the given timeย 

The following pics shows how he enjoyed with the pipe cleaners as the clock arms ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

In this digitally inspired clock world it would be a great first choice to teach your kids with the analog clock which helps them to understand the time more precisely ๐Ÿ˜Ž

[Once your little one gets the basic concept you can teach them further on by how to tell the times like 12:35,10:40.. with the minutes...]

This was indeed a fun little project to do with your super energetic little ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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๐Ÿ‘ซHuman Organs Matching๐Ÿ‘ซ

A little awhileย  ago Baby Moo got really sick that I had to discuss about his health and body.., with that note we started to see this wonderful Videos from YouTube (Particularly the channel named ‘kids learning tube’) was his favourite and some books relating to the same.

This led to this activity to learn and know about the, “inside of his body”.

Hence mommy made use of some simple items that is available at home and made this super fun educational activity for Baby Moo ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Materials Required:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissor
  • Felt sheets (scrap)

The Making:

  • Draw the body outline on a A4 sheet paper with the organs that you want your child to know as shown below

  • Keeping it as a model cut the shapes from the felt sheets
  • Place the paper along with the felt organs cutout’s and let your toddler do the placing of the body organs in their respective place on the sheet

Helps to learn about the exact position of where the vital organs are being placed in their body and also you can tell them about the characteristics of those organs in general ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This matching of the organs is super educationally important for the little ones as there is a saying “Human Body is one of the most complex entities in the whole Universe” to learn my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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๐ŸSorting Animal Habitat๐Ÿ

“A Venn diagram is a diagram that shows all possible logical relations between a finite (limited) collection of different sets”.ย 
Hence they are the perfect way to introduce problem solving activities to your little ones.Here we have used the above said concept to understand and differentiate the habitats of the Animal kingdom.
Materials Required:
  • Animal Figure Sets (sea,land)
  • Felt sheets/cardstock paper (blue,green,yellow Color)
  • Pencil
  • A4 sheet/ any normal paper
  • Scissor

The Making:

  • Draw circle using a plate(size of your choice preferably a big one) on the felt sheet(green, blue) such that the circles overlap each other as shown below to form a oval shape in the middle and cut out that oval shape from another felt sheet(yellow color)

  • Glue all the three together to form the shape of the Venn diagram as shown below

  • Place the animal toys next to the Venn diagram and invite your little one to do some sorting by explaining to them that blue indicates water/ocean and green indicates land and the yellow indicates all the things that can live both on land and water ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • It was fun to know about the habitation of the animals with some math skills through the hands on way of learning ๐Ÿ˜Ž

[This can be made in more simpler way by just drawing the Venn diagram on a paper and let your little ones to learn and sort. But we made it using felt sheets just for durability as we can reuse as many times as we wish.. Here, it became like a play-matย for my little one]

Make this sorting activity at home and have fun learning about the animal habitats my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜

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