Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY rain stick

One of Ladybugs favourite things to play with in music class are the rain sticks. It's funny cause we have most of the other percussion instruments still from my Kindergym days, but no rain stick!

No worries, these things are easy peasy to make. All you need is a postal tube, some aluminium foil and some rice (and maybe some super glue to secure the ends on if you have a curious little one!)

You can decorate the postal tube however you like - we have a stack of pre-painted blue and pink ones but you could decorate them with paint, stickers, glitter, etc

Roll out a big length of aluminium foil then scrunch it up into a long sausage shape.

Then twirl it around into a spiral as you push it into the inside of the postal tube, insuring that the foil goes from end to end.

Pour in some dry rice (we used about 1/2 cup)

Place both ends back on the postal tube. Use some super glue around the edges if you are worried about escaping rice (or poured out rice ;-)

To create a 'rain sound' just hold the tube vertical and listen as the rice tumbles down through the aluminium foil.

Ladybug loves having her very own rain stick now.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Chalk outlines

Well this post is so self explanatory, it doesn't even need words ;-)

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Smelly match

The girls really enjoyed this game, which stimulated their senses as well as exercised their memory in a different way.

All you need is some cotton balls and essential oils (or you could use any kind of scented liquid if you don't have essential oils available at home already) - for ease of categorisation we also drew up a labelled table on some paper, but this isn't necessary.

Put a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball (scent 2 balls per oil), jumble all the cotton balls up and then take turns sniffing each cotton ball to match the scents.

To help with identification I went through and named each scent to the girls before we started.

As mentioned above, we drew up a table to help us define each scent and pair our matches.

So proud to identify a scent on her own AND to make a match!

Apparently some of them don't smell so good!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spray paint silhouettes

You are almost guaranteed to have all of these items right now: paper, spray bottle, water and food colouring. Yes? Well you can do some spray painting too!

Ladybug has been noticing all the crunchy leaves on the ground lately and especially likes the big maple style leaves. Whenever we pass any she can't help but pick one up, so this time we took some home to make some silhouettes. After showing her what to do Ladybug enjoyed finding items in the kitchen and garden to use (we found different shaped leaves, flowers, stones, scissors, spoons, a hair comb and our hands!) This is a good fine motor activity as well shape recognition and hand and eye coordination. You could even talk about different colours if you use more than one.

Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of food colouring (if you have more than one spray bottle you could do assorted colours - unfortunately we only had one bottle spare!)

Place the items on the paper and spray (make sure the nozzle is on spray and not jet!)


We got the best results by holding the bottle further away from the paper and only lightly spraying the paper, not drenching it! ...but let the kids work this out for themselves ;-)


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