🕰Clock Making🕰

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) 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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 😎

Materials Required:

  • A4 sheet paper / Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Compass (optional)
  • Scale
  • Felt sheet (optional)
  • Pipe cleaner(optional)
  • Pushpin 📌
  • 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 👇🏻

(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 👇🏻

  • Write and Cut the numbers on each cardboard squares such that all the squares fits inside the clock circle ⭕️
  • 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) 

(I made use of the number Squares from 🔢I Can Count Puzzle🔢 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 below👇🏻

  • Or you can also cut two arms from the cardboard and place it in the middle with a push pin as shown below 👇🏻

  • 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 😍

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

The following pics shows how he enjoyed with the pipe cleaners as the clock arms 👇🏻

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 😎

[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 😉

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🎲Roll➕Make👉🏻Love Bug♥️

As we have stepped into the month of February we made some valentine special activities at home.. one of which was to make a DIY card for our love Bug (Dada). So to make the love bug and also to learn some basic math concepts of numbers we included dice 🎲 to help 😎

Materials Required:

  • Cardstock paper/ any paper which is thick (any Color of your little ones choice)
  • Pipe Cleaners (Color of your choice)
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Googley eyes 👀
  • Strong Glue

The Making:

  • At first draw the love bug sample on a sheet of paper for a model to guide your little ones while making their own love bug

  • Draw and cut the shape of the heart (2) on a cardstock paper (can even use white thick paper and let your little ones to Color it) and keep it aside

  • Write your message(of your choice) on one heart as shown below

(Hole punch tool is used when making the legs and arms and also cut the pipe cleaners for mouth, nose, hands, legs and antennas)

  • Place the other heart shape from the cardstock paper along with the materials required and Invite your little ones to roll the dice + count the dots + see the model paper 👉🏻 make their love bug 😎

[It was so fun for him as he kept on rolling the dice since the number kept repeating for a very long time… 😁

Finally he made his love bug!! Then… ]

  • Glue one side of the made love bug on the (message written) heart as shown below 👇🏻

Thus our very own Love Bug card was ready to be given.. and also which was super special as it helped in Number Recognition by practising his Counting skills, Build his Fine Motor Coordination and Thinking Skill when he matched and determined which parts of the body to be made.

Make this super easy Love card with your Love bugs and have a Lovely Love day my Lovelies 😍

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👉🏻DIY Parking Game🏎

💁🏻‍♀️ At our home We have a car fiend who loves to play with the cars all the time.. hence to make the play into a fun learning via playing.. mommy made this fun game of matching the cars in their numbered parking area by counting the dots on the cars.. 😉

Materials Required:

  • Cardboard box (shallow)
  • Paper
  • Cellophane tape (clear)
  • Pencil
  • Cars (any.. here we have used Hot Wheels)
  • Scissor

The Making:

  • Take a shallow cardboard of your choice and make an opening by cutting off one edge for the cars to drive in on the ramp made (you can even use A4 sheet paper if cardboard box is not available means) and draw grid of parking areas as shown below and write the numbers of your choice on each grid 👇🏻

  • Take piece of white paper draw dots of the corresponding numbers written on the grid and tape it onto the hot wheels (or cars of your choice) as shown below 👇🏻

  • Place the dotted hot wheels and parking lot cardboard (or paper) on a flat surface and invite your little car lover to count the dots on the car and park the car on their corresponding numbered parking grid as shown below 👇🏻

Baby Moo loved the game of lining up his cars in order in their parking lot 😎 (He even made mommy to make it extra special by naming his parking lot 😁)

It was indeed a fun playing cum learning hands on activity for the little one to enhance their number recognition skills.. 😉

Extended Activity:

We also made Name and Alphabets recognition activity using the above said game 😎

Make this super easy to set up activity with your little ones and help them to learn through play with this simple hands on homemade activity my lovelies 😍

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↪️Before & After Number Finding↩️

A simple hands on activity to teach your little ones the concept of “what comes before and after?” An easy way to engage the little ones in number learning in a fun-to-do activity 😎

Materials Required:

  • Cardboard or thick paper
  • Pencil
  • Scale
  • Scissor
  • Marker

Procedure:

  • Cut rectangular strips of cardboard and divide it into three columns and write the numbers (of your choice) in the middle [so that the little ones can find the numbers which comes before and after the middle one and also mommy wrote numbers (11-20) on both sides of the rectangular cardboard strips]

  • Write the numbers (of your choice) on the Cardboard circles as shown below using the marker (I made use of the cardboard circles from the 🌳Apple Tree Counting🌳 activity)

  • Place the numbered cardboard circles and the numbered rectangular cardboard on a flat surface and encourage your toddler to find the missing numbers before and after of that particular middle number from each cardboard

This fun activity which develops the hand eye coordination helps the little ones to use their creative intellectual ability to find the numbers 😎

Make this simple, easy-to-do math activity at home and develop their numbering cognitive skills my lovelies 😍

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🍪Monster cookie counting🍪

Halloween is the ‘Celtic festival of Samhain’ and in Chennai it’s being celebrated bigger and better every year… but we celebrated it in our own way by making an activity combining monster + counting 😎

Items Wanted:

  • Color papers
  • Chart paper
  • Color Pencils (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissor
  • Sketches

The Making:

  • Make some monster bookmarks from the Color papers

  • Also make cookies (shapes of your choice) using the cardstock or chart paper

[Since we dint get brown chart paper Baby Moo coloured it with brown Color pencils to make it to look like 🍪]

  • Write the numbers (1-10) inside all the monsters mouth and also draw the corresponding dots (chocolate chips) on the cookies 🍪

  • Place all the numbered monsters and the cookies on a flat surface and let your little munchkins do some monster cookie matching my lovelies

My Little Munchkin Moo played with his hungry little monsters for over an hour ➡️ hence it was a great successful game activity of the day 😎😇

This is a fun Halloween math game for the little ones to strengthen their counting and numbers skills… Make this ‘monster matching cookie’ activity at home and have a ‘Deliciously Spooky Counting Night’ my lovelies 😍

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🌳Apple Tree Counting🌳

💁🏻‍♀️Counting using recycled materials are always perfect, to reinforce the number skills among the little ones. This mommy made activity is super cheap to make, learn, and play with 😎

Materials Required:

  • Cardboard
  • Bottle caps
  • Paints
  • Scissor
  • Cutter
  • Felt sheets (scrap)
  • Pencil

The Making:

  • Take cardboard (size is of your choice) draw a pair of apple trees as shown below 👇🏻

  • Using a cutter cut the outline of the apple trees as shown below 👇🏻

  • Draw ten circles on the crown and one circle on the trunk, keeping the bottle caps as the model 👇🏻

  • Glue both the tree together and let your little one paint them firsthand 👇🏻

  • Take the scrap (red) felt sheet cut small circles that fits onto the bottle caps with green felt leaf and brown stalk such that it looks like an apple 🍎
  • Also cut rough part of the Velcro and glue it onto the bottle caps (such that the apples made can be sticked by the little ones and taken off easily for other activities)

  • And for the numbers cut circles from the brown felt sheet, either write the numbers using paint (Color of your choice) or stitch the numbers onto the brown circle and glue them onto the bottle caps👇🏻

  • Finally, place the tree along with the bottle caps, felt apples, numbers and encourage your little one, to do some math counting play 😎

[👉🏻Either you can place the number on the trunk and let them place the corresponding apples on the crown or place the apples and they can count it and match the corresponding number or both👈🏻]

💁🏻‍♀️(We even made a flower) Make this super easy recycled activity at home and have a exquisite counting evening my lovelies 😍

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☕️Counting with Coffee Beans☕

💁‍♀️We get freshly grounded coffee powder from Nilgiris shop in Chennai and mommy got an idea on seeing those coffee beans to match it up with basic mathematics and improve Baby Moos counting skills and thus the following activity😎

Materials Required:

  • Coffee Beans
  • Cardboard/foam sheets
  • Coffee/tea cups
  • Glue
  • Sketches

Procedure 1:-

  • Take the cardboard draw the shape of the cup that your toddler is using (number of cups to be drawn is totally of your choice) I drew ten cups since we are gonna practice the counting of numbers from 1-10
  • Once drawn place the coffee beans and cardboard on a flat surface and let your little ones have some counting fun my lovelies 😍

Procedure 2:-

  • Take paper tea/coffee cups (no. Of cups is of your choice)
  • Cut a small handles from a cardboard and glue/insert it on/into the paper cups as shown below

**[Note: If the handles are glued, storage of the cups for later play would be a bit difficult… But if the handles are inserted into the cups, the storage is super easy ➡️ as the cups can be stacked up + handles are removable = takes less space]**

  • Write the numbers (of your choice) on the handles (First we counted from 1-10 then from 11-20)
  • Place the cups along with some coffee beans near your toddler and encourage them to read the number aloud and drop in the required amount of coffee beans inside the coffee cups and let them make some tasty fun coffee counting 😉

He spent a whole hour playing with the coffee beans after learning some counting.., he even brought his construction vehicles along to play with while mommy prepared dinner for him…😊 This was a super simple to make and highly effective activity that was totally approved by Baby Moo😎

Make these cute counting cups and ‘brew’ some ‘counting skills’ into your little ones my lovelies?😍

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🐾Fingerprints Counting🐾

Another counting activity for Baby Moo to reinforce his counting skills with his most favorite painting technique… These can be made easily at home and have lots of fun learning 😎

Materials Required:

  • A4 sheets (or any plain paper or a note book)
  • Paints
  • Sketch pens

The Making of the Sheets:

🌸Draw some flowers with stem (no leaves) and let you little one Color them and then write the number in the middle of the flower as shown below and let your little one read the number aloud and keep the required number of leaves on the stem using their tiny little fingers🌸

🐞Draw some lady bugs (without their black dots) on the A4 sheets and let them Color it then write the numbers on their head/ or at their side as shown below and let your little ones put some dots🐞

🌳Draw some apple trees (without the apples on them) and let your little one Color the trees then write the numbers on the trunk as shown below and let your little ones put some apples on their crowns🌳

🌧Draw some grey clouds (without rain) and let your little one Color the clouds grey then write the numbers on the clouds and let your little ones make them rain🌧

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Likewise,… Do make your very own counting sheets (rather than buying and printing the worksheets from the internet 😉) with the materials that you have at home and have lots of fun counting, printing and learning my lovelies😍

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❤️Heart Cookies Matching & Sequencing🔢

Another counting activity to strengthen the little ones number recognition skill and extends further by improving their fine motor skill by gluing the hearts on the squares for ordering them in sequence 😎

Materials Required:

  • Foam sheets
  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Sketch pen

The Making:

  • Cut out little hearts from the foam sheets (no. Of hearts is of your choice) and write the numbers with their corresponding dots on each sides of the hearts as shown below👇

  • Cut them into two halves and place them all mixed up on the plate and let your little one do the matching of the broken hearts by counting their dots

  • For the extended activity:- cut out small squares from the foam sheets such that the little hearts fits in them;

  • Place those squares along with the glue sticks, the matched hearts on a plate and teach your toddler to stick those matched broken hearts onto the squares 

  • Finally, teach them to place it in a sequence of ten frames as shown in below pics 👇

This would be a great introduction of “Ten Frame – number sense” for the little ones along with some learning and developing fine motor skills 

Make this easy to make Heart Cookies [name solely given by Baby Moo 😎] with your little ones and enjoy the evening with some ‘love cookie’ learning my lovelies 😍

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🐰Bunny Shape Matching & Counting Activity🐰

A simple but effective way to teach your little ones about the basic shape and numbers in a fun filled activity

Materials Required:

  • Thick paper / Cardboard
  • A4 sheet
  • Pencil
  • Colour pencils
  • Strong Glue
  • Green Felt (scrapes)
  • Black sketch
  • Scissor

The Making:

  • Draw bunnies in various shapes (of your choice) on a paper and keeping it as a model cut out the outline of the bunnies from the cardboard; similarly cut out the carrots, for the shape bunnies in their corresponding shapes

(I have used the cardboard from inside of the newly, store bought shirts😉)

  • Let your little ones colour the bunnies and their carrots (with colours of their choice) and once coloured highlight the bunnies and the carrots using black sketch

  • Now to make the greens of the carrots🥕, take scrap green felt sheet and cut them in the shape of a bush and glue it behind each carrots as shown below

  • Finally place the coloured shape bunnies with their carrots on a flat surface and let your little ones match, count and play

Mommy taught Baby Moo to play with it and we also arranged them in number sequence to match and Baby Moo came with different possible ways to play with it while gaining some knowledge along the way 😎

Make this activity at home and enjoy the evening with some good learning with fun play my lovelies 😍

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