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Activity 25: Water jug

28 Sep

The original Pinterest inspiration has come from here: a journey to dream

I decided to try doing this with my small handheld drill, instead of using a heated needle (thought it might be safer to do as Princess Peanut was up and about when I was making this). It turned out a little messier, but was quick and easy.

As I wanted Princess Peanut to use this independently I wanted a jug with a handle that was easy for her to lift and use. One of our friends from our Playgroup had the brilliant suggestion of a Pancake shaker! When I was at Woolies I even found a mini one. I bought both sizes, but for this post I used the mini one.

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I started off with less holes than this, but the water didn’t flow. So I added holes, although it’s still not perfect.

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This is so much fun Teacher Mumma, I want to do this every day (and don’t worry Mumma I will remind you every day!).

 

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I’m pretty sure this big one is the same, maybe I should try filling this one up!

 

Adaptions: I think I will try putting the holes closer together in the next one.

Verdict: It is great! Was quick and easy to make (and we got to have pancakes!). Princess Peanut asks to go out every day to water the herbs and the other plants too! She thinks it is great fun!!

 

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 22: Wet cotton balls

20 Aug

Cotton balls

 

The inspiration for this activity comes from: Fun at home with kids

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All that is needed is cotton balls (I added some make up removers too), a container with water and food colouring. Too easy!

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I added a cotton ball in to the water and straight away Princess Peanut grabbed it up… but once she did she quickly dropped it! Unimpressed Mumma!!IMG_8145

 

But like the determined Princess she is, in went some more cotton balls (Still not overly thrilled with the feel of the cotton balls).IMG_8147

 

What happens if I squish them Mumma?

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I added some food colouring in to the middle of some dry cotton balls and then we added them in to the water. She was mesmerised by the colours bleeding.

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Mumma, that was fun, but let’s pack up now! She grabbed these two bowls herself and started taking out the cotton balls.

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And in her usual style… “Mess mess mess” she grabbed a scarf to clean up the water while I was getting a towel! Funny poppet!

 

Verdict: quick, cheap and easy to prepare and do. We had everything on hand, and while Princess Peanut’s pants got wet (and needed to dry) it wasn’t that messy!

Extension: the colours in the cotton balls worked fairly well, but not quite what I was expecting. I wonder if I dyed the cotton balls first and let them dry, then put them in the water whether they would be a bit more enticing for Princess Peanut…

 

Week 16: Posting lids

25 May

This weeks’ inspiration comes from: the adventures of bear

I’ve been collecting the lids for a couple of months (Jalna yoghurt containers are perfect for this. Princess Peanut had discovered them a couple of weeks ago and has found they were a great toy on their own 😉

Easiest activity by far – I put one empty wipes container and 8 lids in front of Princess Peanut and she was off!

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“No worries Mumma! I know what to do!”

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“Let’s get to it Mumma. In they go”

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Princess Peanut then wanted to closethe lid. So we talked about open and closed and had a bit of a practise.

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Then Princess Peanut wanted to open and close the WHOLE lid….with her TEETH! argh!

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“Lids were fun Mumma…but what else can I fit in here?” Princess Peanut’s Crayole crayons and thick toddler crayons all went in!

IMG_7580007“Here you go Mumma! All finished!”

Verdict: So easy and a great learning opportunity! Princess Peanut was entertained for quite awhile and was able to do most of it independently without too much input from Mumma 😀 I was able to sit back and enjoy watching her explore.

Extensions/ Adaptions: It’s going to be so easy to revisit this activity… quick ideas are for counting, colours, language development, pictures/ symbols/ shapes/ etc can be added to the lids to post. That’s just off the top of my head. I know my little Preppies at school would have loved to have races to see who could post their lids the fastest. Sight words could be added to the lids…Versatile!

2 of 52 Yogurt painting

1 Feb

So the other day I linked you to this activity. It looked straight-forward, it only had 2 ingredients, and while it was messy it didn’t look like it was going to get out of hand. And guess what! It didn’t. Princess Peanut and SweetPea had a wonderful time on Wednesday exploring and “painting”.

So here are those 2 easy ingredients:

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To my surprise – Princess Peanut got stuck straight in! Being a primary school teacher I was cautious of mess, so each of the girls got a couple of spoonfuls on their tray each time #meanmumma

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SweetPea had a taste!

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And Princess Peanut thought she also better find out how it tasted.

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After a taste Princess Peanut got stuck straight in with both hands. She also ran her finger tips through the yogurt. I was pretty impressed with how the girls were exploring as we didn’t model anything for them today!

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SweetPea also got stuck in with both her hands!

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Yum Yum!

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At the end, SweetPea’s mummy suggested we take some prints of the girls work. So easy – we laid the paper over the girls tray to take a print and carefully lifted it back (I’ll have to post a photo of the finished product later!)

Princess Peanut had great fun doing this activity (and had a really good sleep afterwards!).

Summary/ Verdict: This activity was so easy to prepare and complete! A real winner. A little messy, but most of it was contained and the girls just need a quick face and hand wipe and a fresh change of clothes.

Extension/ Adaptions for next time: I’m sure as Princess Peanut gets older we will go back to this activity (or similar). So of course the “paint” can go directly on paper, use with paintbrushes, stamps, other house hold items to make printings. And like Jamie from Hands on: as we grow we could decorate paper bags, wrapping paper, cards (will be great later in the year with Father’s Day, Christmas, family birthdays!).

Yay! 2 activities down, 50 to go! 😉

 

UPDATE:

Here are the “artworks” of Princess Peanut and SweetPea

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