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Activity 27: Bottle Flowers

22 Nov

Princess Peanut and Teacher MummaOriginal pin: Inner child fun

I loved this pin, and it’s been sitting in my Pinterest folder begging to be done for a while now!!!

We started off with our trusty Crayola finger paints and a 600ml bottle. I thought this size would be easier for Princess Peanut to hold.

Princess Peanut was eager to start -although she found the idea of “stamping” tricky. She was happy to use the bottle as a bit of an alternate paint brush 😉

Bottle Top Flowers

Bottle Flowers

But with a bit of practice we got there…well sort of…

Bottle Top Flowers

Bottle Top Flowers

Stamping, stamping, smouching…..

Bottle flowers

Bottle flowers

And the final product!

Verdict: There wasn’t a lot of preparation involved (I really should do more “messy” activities, as the thought of it is worse than the actual activity!). Princess Peanut needs to work on her stamping, but otherwise she had fun. Like any activity with this age group, it was over pretty quickly, but enjoyable while it lasted.

Extension/ Adaption: Apart from doing this activity again at a later stage I think the rest is up to the child’s imagination and interpretation! 😉

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Activity 24: Father’s Day

5 Sep

On Sunday we just celebrated Father’s day in Australia. Last year Princess Peanut and I made a salt dough handprint (not as succesfully as I would have liked but Teacher Dadda was impressed all the same). This year I wasn’t sure what to do, so I went back over my pins and discovered this little gem from Twinkle toes de lux.

So here is my finished product, after a little photoshopping and voila!

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It was much easier than I originally thought! I already had the letter ‘A’ for another project so I headed back to Spotlight to get the ‘D’.

Princess Peanut was a bit ill on this day, but we did our best. I took her on a walk and found a nice little spot with a park bench. Popped her on the bench (as a bit of a novelty factor, so she didn’t run away) and started snapping away.

HINT: Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone….I cheated! I didn’t paint the letters at all! I knew I would do the photos in black and white, so I figured that there really wasn’t much point in painting them 😉

It’s framed on Teacher Dadda’s desk at work and he’s already had a few compliments

Activity 23 Ziplock painting!

28 Aug

intro picture ziplock painting

I’m a little behind in my posting so instead of heading each post with a “week” number, it will just be an activity number now 😉

So I came across this little gem at be a fun mum and LOVED the idea of doing this on a paper plate (I thought this might withstand the paint better than just paper).

My other inspiration came from the Hippie Housewife which originally got me on to the idea of ziplock painting, and also The Misadventures of Kayla Aimee

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So we started off with a few different colours in the bag (the girls are just beginning to name these colours in the past few weeks – exciting times!)IMG_8306

Here’s SweetPea looking serious – painting is a serious task!

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Princess Peanut would have to agree (although I think she was suspicious that this was a messy activity).

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As a bit of a twist we gave the girls some icypole sticks and cotton buds to use.

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Ahh..that’s better SweetPea, such a lovely smile!

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Woohoo! That’s Princess Peanut’s hands getting right in there!

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Yup and don’t we look like we are having fun!

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Such concentration from these girls!

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My partner in crime then decided to draw some pictures in the paint (like a whiteboard) as a language-based activity.

IMG_8332Here they are naming some shapes.

Verdict: Soooooo easy!! And no mess!! Woohoo!! The girls enjoyed this and were kept busy for a good 20 mins or so, before they needed a change of pace. It was a nice activity to do as the girls are beginning to notice and name colours.

Extension/ Adaption: the language based activity from my partner in crime worked really well. It’s a great activity to learn how primary colours make secondary colours for older children.

Week 21: Coloured Rice

6 Aug

Rice Blog

Ok, so I have been wanting to try this for awhile, but most of the instructions that I had pinned said to use rubbing alcohol so I was a bit put off by having to buy something else. But never fear…I found an alternative and it works!

Just for Daisy was my inspiration for this week. So here goes…

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I used just cheapie rice and my Wilton gel colours so they would be nice and vibrant. And then you just need vinegar!
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I started off adding the gel to the bag with a toothpick, and added some vinegar in also.

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It kind of worked, but wasn’t as vibrant as I had hoped. It was also a bit of a pain to shake the ziplock bag, and Princess Peanut didn’t really have any interest in doing so past 5 seconds or so! 😉 So I found a container that made the shaking easier.

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Then I thought, what if I coloured the vingear with the food colouring and THEN added the rice.

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So much better!! I did two colours at a time and while they were baking I mixed the next two colours.

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Ooh soo pretty! Ready to play.

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I gathered up some containers so that Princess Peanut could scoop, fill and pour. It seems they alone were rather enticing and she couldn’t keep her hands off them (mind you they are always in her reach on her shelf to play with).

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We added some spoons for stirring.

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Pretty rice – I LOVE the rainbow colours!!

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Princess Peanut having a quiet moment stirring her rice.

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Oops! There’s a bit of a mess Mumma!

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Hehe – how about I just spread out that mess for you a bit!

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A quick sweep with a brush and dustpan, and a vacuum to get the last bits up and it was all cleaned up.

Verdict: The colours ended up really vibrant! It did take a while to prepare (with the colouring, baking, cooling) so we did it over two days. Princess Peanut spent a good 15 or 20 minutes exploring and playing with the rice. I did notice that some grains of the rice were a bit crumbly, so I’m not sure if I over-cooked it or not. Otherwise it’s all sitting in a container ready for another day of play.

Some other inspiration:

In lieu of preschool

The baker bee

Week 20: Homemade paint!!

4 Aug

The recipe for the paint we used in this activity comes from Easie Peasie. Had to do a bit of a search for the actual website as the “pinned” images were just of the picture. I like to give credit where credit is due!!

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Here’s the paint cooking away, it did take a bit longer than I expected, but was it was close it hit this consistency pretty quickly. Looks pretty doesn’t it!

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After checking out some other blogs I thought it would be a good idea to put the paint in a muffin tin. Good idea in theory! The girls could see the paint, which made it more enticing, but a bit harder for them both to reach, so my partner in crime grabbed another muffin tin. My partner in crime also thought icypole sticks would be fun to use – brilliant!

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Here is SweetPea diving straight in!

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And Princess Peanut…?IMG_8077

Well cautious as always when it comes to mess!!

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SweetPea decided that fingers worked best!! Love the colour of SweetPea’s masterpiece.

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Princess Peanut did manage to get her fingers in there – see I have proof!!

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Hard at work Mumma! Must concentrate..

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Look at this cutie!! SweetPea had fun!

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Sweetpea’s masterpiece!

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SweetPea’s Masterpiece #2

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Princess Peanut’s masterpiece (well a print of it, as she ripped the original). And she did have some help and encouragement from Teacher Mumma.

A few blogs (which I can’t remember right now) said to use the paint and discard what is not used, but my partner in crime worked out that if you zap the left over paint in the microwave for a few seconds it’s totally usable!! So my left over paint is sitting in the fridge, ready to be popped in to the microwave and have some colour added! 😀 She’s one smart cookie!

Verdict: While a little messy, it was easily cleaned up and didn’t stain anything (we were pretty careful though). It does have a different feel, and probably not as vibrant as commercially bought paints.

Adaptions: I will need to try re-heating the left over paint for another use. Princess Peanut also has some sponges and different types of brushes to try out when she’s ready.

Week 19: Sticky Art

22 Jul

My original Pinterest pins come from:

My child centred life

Nurture store

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So I started off with setting out a few items that were easy to pick up and handle herself.

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Contact paper on the sliding door ready to go.

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Here is Princess Peanut – she touched it straight away. It’s sticky!

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With a bit of encouragement Princess Peanut started to put the pompoms on and off.

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Then added some straws – also putting them on and off. In the end she decided she didn’t want anything left on there.

The inspiration for the second part of our activity came from..
The activity mom

Capri +3

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I gave Princess Peanut some stickers and asked her to stick each one on a different part of her body. She is just learning the different parts – exciting times!

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We were a little off with our knee!

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We then switched to sticking stickers on the paper. Which was great fun, until Princess Peanut wanted to take them on and off. BUT – my mother and I came up with ingenious idea…..a laminated sheet! We’ve since tried it out and it works wonders…especially with those thick, puffy stickers.

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Verdict: great, but quick with Princess Peanut’s concentration! She absolutely is obsessed with stickers at the moment – it is one of her favourite words!

Adaptions: as I mentioned above, the laminated sheet works perfectly for Princess Peanut as she likes to take the stickers off. She also likes to stick stickers on Mumma and Dadda too, so I can see an easy progression for her to use the name of the body parts, at the moment I am modelling for her “ooh you stuck the sticker on my arm”.

Until next time!

Week 18: Masking tape

7 Jul

The original pin comes from The Stay-at-home-Mom Survival Guide

This was a quick activity, so here we go….

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We started off with a few short, individual strips of masking tape on Princess Peanut’s table and straight away she started to pull them off and hand each one straight to me!

 

 

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Princess Peanut wasn’t too impressed with it sticking to her fingers though!

 

 

 

 

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After Princess Peanut did the first lot of tape so quickly I put down some different length strips and overlapped them. Again Princess Peanut was straight to work.

 

 

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Oh Mumma this is serious work, my mission is to get every last bit!

IMG_7667Please Mumma I don’t like it on my fingers – quick take it from me!

 

Verdict: a great little activity that got Princess Peanut’s fingers working on her fine motor skills. It was also an opportunity for Princess Peanut to have a go at a different sensory experience, while still not keen she completed the mission activity. I was surprised how quick she was, it only took a few minutes all up! No cost as we had masking tape at home – bonus!!

Extension/ Adaption: I was wondering how curling the tape would go, while it wouldn’t provide any more challenge in picking it up, it would make it sticky on the top side as well as bottom.

 

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