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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 😉

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

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Stamping, stamping, smouching…..

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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! 😉

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

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 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!

Week 15: salt dough handprint

24 May

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This week’s inspiration comes from:

Praises of a wife and mommy

123 Homeschool for me (wonder how much wilton gel she used?!). This is the recipe we used.

Millyme (not an actual blog, just some inspiration)

My partner in crime and I decided to do a trial run of this so we could re-do the activity with our Mother’s group for Mother’s day.

My partner in crime prepared our activity for this week.

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Some food colouring in.

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SweetPea having an explore of the saltdough.

 

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SweetPea doing her handprint. Woohoo!

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Princess Peanut not as enthusiastic as SweetPea… What is Mumma doing to me!

Before baking…

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SweetPea’s footprint.

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After baking the back side of the prints had a “wetter” look. After all the time in the oven we assume they are baked enough though!

The finished products:

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Look Mumma – this is how we did it! Every time Princess Peanut has seen the canvas she puts her hand on it – so cute!

I mounted Princess Peanut’s handprint on a painted canvas. On the back I have written her name, age and “Mother’s Day”

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A little bit of sparkle in their too.. 😉

Verdict: It worked out really well. I had attempted this last year for Father’s Day and it didn’t work out as well (the prints rose and cracked) and the colour wasn’t very nice (I painted the whole thing over the top).

After seeing MillyMe and another Pin from Pinterest (which I can’t show you as they took it off Pinterest due to copyright) I decided to be adventurous and do both mine and Princess Peanut’s handprint.

I think it looks really good (I would make it a better shape next time, but that is easier said than done). In my oven (which I have discovered in recent weeks is dodgy) it took ALL day to cook, but I am sure if you have a “normal” oven the 6 hours would be plenty. I also turned it over for a bit of cooking on the bottom to see if that got rid of the wet look, it made it a little better, but not that noticeable.

So cheap as well as it is mainly pantry items!!

Adaptions: As I said above I would have made a nicer shape to the saltdough before doing the handprint, but otherwise I am sooooo happy with this. It has pride of place on my new shelves (thanks hubby) in our loungeroom ❤

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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