Fun with Letter of the week!

Letter M-N-O-P

Homeschooling should have the main objective to make our kids learn and recognize all the letters initially and their phonics sound later. By implementing one letter at a time, my objective is to make my kid understand and relate each letter properly by building lots of vocabulary.

Activities with Letter M

We started this week with the word MOTHER. Telling him all the things he should know about his mother and grandmother.

“Five little MONKEYS…….”. By singing and re-telling familiar rhymes and rhyming stories, we develop many skills in our kids like auditory discrimination, a rich range of language, concentration skills, listening skills oral storytelling/poetry skills, phonemic awareness.

Monster Play Playdough is great for little imaginative minds. There is no end to what kids can pretend with playdough. It encourages a multi-sensory experience. This week I took some printed sheets, playdough with lots of props (googly eyes, buttons, ice-cream sticks, toy molds, and more) my son make different funny monster faces.

Moon Stamping Stamp painting has many sensory benefits. It’s super fun and is no preparation activity. I took a sponge , cut it into the shape of a moon and stars, pasted it over a thick cardboard sheet and gave it to my naughty toddler with some paint colors. It was a great hit for my paint lover. Later we have a wonderful storytime discussing the moon and sky.

Mouse Tape Painting
Creating craft with a rhyme “Two little mouse……” Helped my son to relate many new words having lots of fun. Actually, for him it was just a painting , he was not aware that i have created letter M with tape. After painting when i removed the tape, his joyful suprised face was worth to see. Later I made mustache and my son sticked eyes and our mouse is ready.

Mushroom Colouring Scribbling and doodling is an important sign of development in children. Through them kids achieving various fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive milestones. So it’s better to mold them in correct directions. I gave him a mushroom printout , my son scribbled it with colors of his choice. Later he pasted the MUSHROOM cutouts together.

Activities with Letter N

Numbers are considered a basic step of learning. We have done number recognizing activities before,u can read my blog through the link click here. But this time we have done number train to teach him proper sequence. Puzzles always attract him so we have matched the puzzle numbers with the train. This was really fun with lots of learning.

Beads Necklace
Lacing the beads together is a very good activity for improving fine motor skills. There are various ways to play with it. My son gifted me a hand made necklace with lots of LOVE. Matching different patterns, counting, colour sorting are few ways to enhance lacing through beads.

Night Craft
I made some stars and moon and asked him to stick them on a black paper. We had a healthy discussion on the things we see in the night followed up with the rhyme “Twinkle twinkle little star”

Noodles Pretend Play
Playdough play had numerous advantages. And my son shows deep interest in cooking so he made tasty and colorful noodles for us. You can download these play dough free printables from here.

Newspaper Cutting These days Sadhya is much interested in cutting with scissors. I was planning an activity to identify words and circle them but he started cutting it. And didn’t stopped him as he was enjoying it. Later i made some shapes and glued few newspaper stripes to it. My son enjoyed cutting it and forming various shapes.

Nest Painting
We made a nest through hand painting and some birds with finger painting. With which I thought him the importance of keeping bird feeder.

Activities with Letter O

Octopus Craft
Basic colour identification and counting activity. I added few dot numbers on different coloured strips and my son glued it with its matching number and formed a huge octopus with eight legs.

Ocean Flashcards
Ocean animals matching game. Learning about ocean animals is quite fun and with flashcards having attractive prints add more interests. My son matched animated ocean animals flashcards with the real images, very good visual discrimination activity.

Ocean Mask
Ocean world always excites kids . This week we learn lots of new things about ocean animals. Making and colouring ocean underwater mask was so much fun .Then we pretend played about the underwater life .

Onion Painting
Onion stamp painting was another engaging and learning activity for this week. My son gets facinated with vegetables , this week i made him learn about them, how they look from outside and inside, followed by painting.

Activities with Letter P

Pig Craft
I have arranged colouring printables for my son which improves his scribbling skills as well. He has made this PIG by colouring and pasting different parts together. And I have helped him in cutting.
And we enjoyed bookish play too as kids love peppa pig.

Paper crumbling craft
Paper crumpling enhanced fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination of our children. This time I made him learn the difference between fruits and veggies. Identifying the colours of vegetable printout we have and then crumbling paper to glue them together was very enggaging.

To build vocabulary we have played lots of games with different flashcards like- Parts of flower , community helpers, colour sorting , vegetables.

Concept behind was to help him relate objects with day to day lifes.

This is the end of this post. Hope you all find all the activities helpful and enggaging for your child also. Do try them with your kids and share your experiences with me.

Happy learning!

Letters of the Week!

We’re moving through the alphabets and we’ve reached the letter I, J, K & L. I hope these posts have been helpful and relieved some stress while planning these letters to your little ones.

Activities with Letter I

Insects pattern
I have printed some images of insects (if u are good at drawing u can make them with your own) and arranged them to form different patterns. I explained the concept to my son and asked him to rearrange them. It was a level up for him but he leant the concept.

I spy
We played I spy game and had a lot of fun. Whenever I say ‘I spy with my eye something beginning with I’, my son starts guessing the word beginning with the letter I. This is a great game to play with the whole family and can be played anywhere! I have also printed some of the worksheets on “I spy”, and we enjoyed learning numbers with it.

Icecream counting
Counting is great fun if we make it interesting. I made some ice cream cones and labelled them with numbers, initially from 1-5. I formed some coloured circles to look like ice cream scoops. My son has to read the number on the ice cream cone and count that many scoops to glue on the ice cream cone.

Icecream sudoku
Sudoku is actually a game that’s based on logical thinking. Kids learn to think logically as well as develop a mind and thinking process that is highly organized. I already had kids sudoku and my son loves to play with it. So this week we practised that. I have made DIY sudoku as well, will share it soon in my free printables post .

Ice Painting
Paints always play an important role to calm a cranky and angry toddler at my home. It’s the start of summer so this time we had some ice painting. All you have to do is add some water to an ice tray add your child’s favourite colours. Add a stick in between for proper grip freeze and they are ready. Let your child explore their imaginations.

Flashcards
I always prefer flashcards and worksheets, as a great source of learning . We also did some rhyme sessions while Listening, dancing and singing Incy- wincy spider with a rhyme mat.

Activities with Letter J

Jelly Beads Sensory Bin
The easiest way to play with jelly beads is to place them in a large bin and let your little one play with them. I have placed some lower case fridge
magnets along with colourful jelly beads . My little toddler has to place them back over the refrigerator. I have kept some distance between the fridge and the beads bin so that my super active toddler can have his physical workout too.

Jump
J is for JUMP and what’s better than a number jump…? It’s a combo of learning & fun. Jumping involves both sides of our brain and body work together to maintain balance and coordination. We have done a random number jump with a number Sequencing jump. The fun that we had can be seen in my sons face too.


Alphabet Jar
This is a phonics learning and a sensory bin activity where I have filled a jar with sabudana (as it’s my sons favourite) with some miniature alphabets. My Son has to recognise the alphabet and pronounce it beginning sound.

Jack n Jill
I never miss the Rhyme session as it plays an important role for kids development.

Joker Counting
Counting numbers and remembering their sequence is sometimes difficult for toddlers. I Printed some number worksheets, as new worksheets build interest too. Now my child has to find and match numbers, it’s a good one to increase visual discrimination and learning skills.


Joker Tangram
Tangram puzzles have tons of advantages. It helps children to learn problem-solving skills, geometrical concepts, and a lot more. I have used them to educate relationships on basic shapes.

Activities with Letter K

Kitchen Pretend Play
This is the most played pretend play game in my house. He prepares so many recipes and an advantage is he now knows almost all ingredients. Kitchen pretends play has lots of importance-

  • It helps in Visual Recognition Of Shapes, Patterns And Colors.
  • Increases Self-Confidence and builds their imagination.
  • Builds teamwork .
  • Teach preparation and cleanup responsibility.

Key Matching
Match the right key with its lock….Isn’t this sounds interesting…?
Again a very simple, no preparation activity. Good for Visual Recognition, build gripping and help in gross & fine motor skills.

Kinetic sand
Building & create imaginations and that too without creating a mess. Kinetic sand play is loved by every child and mom too. It helps to improve fine motor skills, encourages creative thinking and can be squish and squeeze easily.

Kite Counting
These days I focus on counting activities. So we tried the most famous K for Kite Counting. Different colours seem very attractive to kids. This is a very engaging and full of learning activity. I have taken different coloured papers and cut them in a diamond shape to make them resembles the shape of the kite. Few rectangular strips form the tails. My child has to identify the number written on the kite, count the rectangular strips and stick them to the diamond-shaped kite.

K Worksheet
Find the right path for the Kangaroo by encircling the letter K. We have done a wonderful rhyme session with “Two little kittens, lost their mittens…….” as well.

Activities with Letter L

Lacing Vegetables

  • This is the best activity when it comes to engagement time. Plus there are lots of advantages as well-
  • Improves eye-hand coordination.
  • Builds pincer grip.
  • Improves attention.
  • Develops patience and perseverance.

Lacing is fun but it is not an easy task. Lacing toys are easily available on market but I used a DIY one took a printout of vegetables on thick paper. Punched holes with punching machine and our Lacing activity is ready with some ribbon or lace.

Lollipop Craft
These days Sadhya loves different flavours and colourful Lollipops. But due to lockdown, we are running out of stock. So we did a pretend-play
with paper plate by painting it and decorating with different colours to look like a Lollipop.

Ladybug Pattern Matching
I have made this to test his discrimination skills. Bonus is his joy and learning.

Lamp Colouring
I have drawn a lamp on big sheet and allowed Sadhya to colour it. Later we decorated it with paper quilling art.

Ludo
Summer’s are incomplete without ludo and snakes n ladder….. isn’t it…?
We too have a great family time playing with it.

Ladder
While playing with it we had revised the concept of big-small, counting, numbers and colours.

Lion Craft
Colour, cut and paste sheet.
Another one to beat tantrums. I will add the free printables in my blog, so you guys can download them and use them with your kids as well.

So there were all that we have planned for this week. Hope you all enjoyed reading it and found them useful to make your kids learn and engage. Do try them with your kids.

Happy learning!

How to teach Alphabets!

LETTER E, F, G & H

Activities with Letter E

Egg Stamping
A potato masher helped us a lot. We started by mixing some colours on a plate And then stamped the potato masher filled with colours on the white sheet. Leaving a colourful egg structure.


Elephant craft
The story session becomes, even more, interesting with an elephant prop. Yes, we made an elephant prop with a disposable plate. I gave my son paint and asked him to paint the plate and he hand-painted it creating a lot of mess. But the output created was fabulous.


Eggplant Worksheets
I printed some worksheets on directions. This was the first time we worked on directions. We had a good session, learning was average being a first timer.

Egg Number Counting
Count the number of eggs and place the number corresponding to it. Isn’t this sound interesting.? I made some small eggs from tissue paper(but my son choose chickpeas as smalls eggs). Draw some eggs representing the countable numbers. Ask your kid to count the eggs, identify the correct number, and place them on the nest. I have picture printables, you can draw them as well.

Flash cards for the body parts that starts with the letter E👁️💪👂

Activities with Letter F

Fish craft
F is for Fish we have done easy and interesting fish craft using ice cream sticks and had a gala story session too. Story sessions are very much needed to boost the listening skills of toddlers. They even foster their imagination. Increases their cultural understanding, Enhances their communication skills, and helps sharpen memory.

Farm animal sorting was another activity. The poem 🐔🐓”Old Macdonalds had a farm” 🦆🐝is loved by every kid. We sorted our worksheet reciting the same.

Flower Recognition These days flowers especially “Marigold” attract my son the most. Recognition and matching flowers worked well to improve his virtual discrimination skills.

Fruits play dough was another activity we had done this week. Did you also know that playdough helps kids to develop their cognitive skills, social and emotional skills? There are many other advantages of playdough. My son prepared play dough fruits and had a party with his buddies!

Activities with Letter G

So we took our session outdoors today making the best of the flexibility that homeschooling offers.
Giraffe craft – How could the session be complete with a G for the giraffe. And one looked lonely so extended the family. It was really great while doing this craft and pretending to eat tall trees leaves like giraffes.

Spot the surrounding objects – here are the things he spotted – garbage bin, green grass, green bushes and plant, grey cement, g for ground floor in the lift, and once we reached home he also realized he was wearing g for grey. Some books and worksheets to make him relate to objects better.

Activities with Letter H

H for holes – Sadhya is very much interested in punching holes. It’s a good activity to develop fine motor skills as well. So i made a gaint letter H with hard paper and allowed my son with punching machine.

Hand painting
Paint is always a big hit at my home. It helps to build many skills as well. We painted a beautiful hand-painted multicolored flower.

We learnt many new parts of HUMAN BODY

Gingerbread Alphabet House
I have a printed worksheet, it’s actually an alphabet match house worksheet. Prints are very attractive, so kids enjoy them a lot doing that. I told him the gingerbread man story to build his interest throughout the activity.

Rhyme Session
Nursery rhyme plays an important role in kid’s overall development. For about a week my son is listening to the rhyme, Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. This time I gave my son some colors with an earbud and a rhyme worksheet. Earbud’s painting is mess-free and will teach him to paint with discipline.

Hope you liked our alphabet series . Do try the activities with your kids too.

All the printed worksheets that I have used can also be made at home easily. But if u are not in the mood to draw them they are easily available on the internet. I have attached some links to my free printable blog!

Happy learning!

How to teach Alphabets in a fun way!

Do you have a toddler or a pre-schooler in your home? Do you find them difficult to teach? Do your kid runs away during their study time?
If you find YES to any of the above questions then read this article and try these activities. You kid will definitely find them interesting.

To make my son understand Alphabet and relate them to daily life, I have started an alphabet series. We did activities focusing on a single letter for a week.In this series, you will find playful alphabet activities which will increase your kid’s vocabulary, engagement time, and lots of FUN!

So let’s begin with the letter A. I have started with the letter A as it is the first letter and I wanted my son to remember the proper sequence too.

Activities with Letter A

Sand Painting
Tracing is the initial step for writing skills. I formed a big A and allowed my son to trace it with glue. Later I gave him some sand and thus he formed a giant sand letter A.

Animal Kingdom
With the help of some miniature animals, we have created an animal kingdom. Sorting wild and farm animals discussing their habitat,stories and food they eat.


PlayDough Apple Tree
Playdough has a lot of advantages in the development of kids. I printed a playdough alphabet mat, my son created apples and loaded the tree with lots of fruits. We also did apple counting with the same mats, for numbers 1-10.


Aeroplane Craft
Kids are always attracted to vehicles. To teach A is for AEROPLANE, i created aeroplane cut-outs from coloured papers. My son painted blue sky and clouds and stick the cut-outs in it. Painting with Craft is a big hit at my home it’s too much fun too!


DIY Alligator with Flash Cards
We had a visit to Zoo last weekend. From then my son was fascinated by the sharp and pointed teeth of wild animals. We painted 2 paper plates and glued them together to form the face of an alligator. Triangle cut-outs appear like the teeth.

Activities with Letter B

Bee Craft
This is one of the classic crafts that we had done. Online shopping boxes have given us lots of bubble wraps. I took a large piece of bubble wrap and folded it to form a square or triangle. You can tape it as well to maintain the shape throughout the activity. Give your toddler a few drops of yellow-brown and orange color in a plate and a withe sheet. Let your kids create their own imaginations. Stick some bee stickers at the end. This craft will give them knowledge of bee’s habitat too.

Basket With Buttons
B is for Buttons too. I give him a few of his shirts and asked him to button them up. It was a bit hard for him but practice made him complete his task. I introduced him to the buttoning toy as well. Later we made a basket full of flowers with various buttons talking about the different shape, colours,s and size.

Boat Rhymes
Creating a beautiful riverside set up with some paper boats, trees and stone will attract kids for the rhymes session. He has learnt to make the paper boat as well. Row, Row, Row your boat………

Belongings
We have done some worksheets to teach him the concept of belongings. This is a very important lesson and should be taught at this early stage as well!

Physical Basket Ball play
Physical outdoor play is equally important for the overall development of a child. We had a gala time and have learnt few words as well.

Activities with Letter C

Caterpillar Craft
My three-year-old son isn’t ready for handwriting practice yet, but I like to reinforce the shape of the letters by tracing them. He filled a giant letter C with colorful pom-poms creating a caterpillar.

Cookies Counting
I labeled some circular cardboard pieces with dot numbers and allowed my son to match the numbers with the circular cookies in the JAR drawn on paper. For him, it seems like counting cookie jar.


Cupcakes
Decorate the cupcake with playdough toppings. I took playdough alphabet mat and my son decorated it the way he wanted. Later he pretended to eat a few of them.

Car Tracing
The is one of his favorite activities. He asks to do this at least once a week. I just squirt washable tempera paint on the paper, and he drives his cars around while I get a little work done. This time i asked him to trace gaint alphabets!


Action Words with C
Building some practical words with art and craft is equally important. Reading books increase concentration as well. While learning I formed small storied related to the things he has done throughout the day.

Activities with Letter D

Donut Art
Another masterpiece created by my son. A cardboard shaped donut, few colours, and lots of imagination. If we ignore the mess this was a hit and so engaging!

Dice Counting
I labeled a blank die with the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. Then he rolled the die and colored that number on the DIY number sheet. This activity can be used for color and shape recognization as well. You can ask your toddler to form a circle or a triangle against the number on the DIY number sheet.

Doctor
Pretending is important in child development. Through pretend play/Dramatic play experiences are some of the first ways children learn about their likes and dislikes, their interests, and their abilities.

Dinosaurs Please refer the link for all the activities related to dinosaurs. LINK

And that’s our look at letter A, B , C & D. We hope you found some fun things to try!

I Will come up with more interesting FUN learning activities with other letters too. Till then,

Happy Learning!

HOW TO IMPROVE ARTICULATION IN TODDLERS

Is your toddler finding it difficult to articulate certain words? Are you looking for activities to enhance your little one’s speech proficiency?
If yes, then the article will be very helpful for you.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THIS ARTICLE
* Defining Articulation?
* Misarticulation Therapy
* TIPS & TRICKS to overcome an articulation
* Exercises
* Articulation Activities For Toddlers

What is articulation?

Articulation refers to a speech disorder. This can be of any type – delay in speech, poor sound production, omitting/ adding certain sounds or sentences, slurred speech, and more. Sometimes children find it difficult to utter certain sounds. In most cases, children outgrow these issues with the advancement of time. But if they exist for a longer time, then it can be an articulation problem. And you should contact a doctor or speech therapist. There are many reasons behind articulation problems in children such as weak muscles, less control over the tongue, problems in the respiratory system, or any kind of speech immaturity.

Misarticulation Therapy

This is one of the most-effective treatments for articulation problems.
The speech therapists diagnose the issue and explain the exact place and manners of articulation that are affecting the use of sounds. And then they work on the auditory process of those particular sounds. For instance, most kids face a problem with the words “r”, “ch”, “sh” so they will make your
child learn the right way to produce that particular sound.
Articulation is the process by which sounds are formed when your tongue, jaw, teeth, lips, and palate alter the air stream coming from the vocal folds.
It is not wise to expect a child to speak like an adult. A child will take his time to pronounce sounds. As teeth also play an important role to form
the sound. Kids produce sounds as per their teeth development. As air passes through the teeth gap missing a particular sound. Some sounds, such as “p,” “m,” and “b,” are learned in the initial years of age. Other sounds, like “s,” “r,’ and “l,” often are not completely mastered until the early school years. It is considered that children should make all the sounds of English by 8 years of age. Articulation problems may also be related to a weakness of the oral muscles, if it is so consult your doctor.

My Journey

When my son was about 2 years he started using sign language to explain his feelings. Being parents we often understand what he was trying to say, resulting he stopped saying few words that he used to say earlier. As time passed he sometimes becomes aggressive when we were not paying attention or understand his signs. As new parents, we got worried and consulted a doctor as if he might be having any problem in the vocal system (deep in the heart we were knowing that he is not having any disorder).

By GOD’s grace, everything was normal and thus we visited a speech therapist. Our speech therapist started with Hindi vowels. As most Hindi vowels/consonants are pronounced from the throat, upper pallet,
tough, lips, lower pallet, and teeth, this will help to strengthen vocal muscles. Along with speech therapy sessions I decided to work hard with my kid at home also.

Along with hindi varnmala, we tried some tricks and excercise too which helped us to overcome articulation issues:

Tricks

  • Use clear and easy speech for your child to follow easily.
  • Encourage kids by repeating the word they say correctly. This will boost their confidence too.
  • Never repeat/imitate incorrect words said by your child.
  • Always inspire your child to talk and interact with others.
  • Don’t interrupt in between your child’s conversation.
  • Use the misarticulated word correctly with emphasis. For Example: If the child says, “This is lellow colour,” you can say “Yes, that is a yellow colour. Is yellow is your favourite colour?. Would you like to have a yellow car?” And so on.
  • Remember Encouragement here is like medicine.
  • Use the targeted sound frequently.
  • Encourage talking.
  • Work patiently by focusing on one or two sounds for a week at a time.
  • Playing is a good way to communicate and it also builds motor skills and many other benefits. Let your kid be a BOSS, follow his/her instructions, this will not only encourage them to speak but will build lots of confidence and will develop ruling skills.
  • Hand gestures also play an important role, they will help the child to associate a word with a meaning and build their vocabulary.

Excercise

  • Ask your kid to sweep his tongue as rapidly as they can from side to side across the upper teeth. Repeat at least 10 times.
  • Stick the tongue out, extended as far as you can, and move it rapidly up and down. I made this one competition to give him some motivation.
  • Stick honey or chocolate at the upper pallet of your kid’s mouth and ask them to lick it with their tough, this will strengthen their tongue.
  • Apply their fav chocolate around the lips and let them lick them. I know this sounds messy but believe me it’s like an exercise with fun.
  • Blowing bubbles is good for lip and cheek muscles, also it’s fun and kids will play with bubbles without even knowing it’s therapy.

Activity

  • Make a picture book of interesting pictures containing a misarticulated sound. Have fun reading the book and talking about the pictures.
  • Prepare a chart as listed below. This will build their vocabulary and u will notice the words they are having trouble speaking to.
  • Sing songs and recite poems and nursery rhymes that contain the target sounds. (my sons week area was the sound ‘ya’, ‘r’, ‘la’, ‘va’, ‘sh’)
  • Select four or five common household words containing the target sound and use them frequently during the day.
  • If possible use phonics Flashcards or picture books to create stories.
  • Fishing for Phonics: Draw some fish on different colored papers, cut them out, and write words with your target sounds on them. Attach paperclips to their “noses” and place them in a bucket. Create a fishing rod from a wooden spoon/ ice- cream stick, string, and a magnet for the hook. Ask your child to fish. Then recite the word on the fish that is caught.
  • Play I Spy with your child. Prepare your kid’s room by hiding objects starting with the targeted words. Challenge your child to find and name the object around the room. For example, if he’s working on the “ca” sound, challenge him to find a car or a cake, or a toy cat. You can also take the help of I spy cards which are easily available from the market or you can also create them on your own.
  • Playing with Flashcards: I always consider Flashcards as a major part of learning. This time I have pasted them on the floor creating a road. it was really fun, to see my son driving his toy car over the flashcard road saying the word/ picture printed on it.
  • Narrate daily routines: Before going to bed, narrate the things he has done throughout the day. This allows for a larger variety of words to practice in different settings.
  • Learning with bowling: Bowling is always fun even in kids. Now the trick is, you have to place each plastic bowling pin on the top of a card(any card of your choice). Once your kid throws the plastic bowling ball at the pins and knocks them over, they will find a card for each pin that was knocked over. This game is great for super-active kids because it keeps students moving and learning at the same time.

Misarticulation is not something that cannot be treated. Therefore, parents should not be panic; rather they should stand by the children and treat
them in the best possible way.

My son started his unstoppable talk 15 days after we started our sessions. But we continued to bring more clarity in his speech. This article is equally helpful for kids with lisping (totlana) too.

Hope you find this article helpful!!

Everything About SWADDLING a Baby

What is swaddling?

Swaddling is the ancient practice in which we wrap our baby in a thin blanket or cloth .This helps them to feel safe and secure. Many parents
have found swaddling helpful to keep their babies calm and to reduce excessive crying. Research have found that infants are quieter, sleep more, and have lower and more stable heart rates when swaddled. When done correctly, swaddling is a wonderful and safe way to keep our babies calm and comfortable.

What are the benefits of swaddling?

  1. Swaddling helps to recreate the feeling of security that a baby had in the womb (uterus).
  2. A swaddle helps to mimic the soft pressure of a mother’s touch, and helps baby have longer, more restful sleep with fewer disturbances. Also it is found that babies fall asleep quickly and for a longer time when swaddled.
  3. Swaddling moderates The Moro Reflex : Another benefit of swaddling a baby is that it helps alleviate the effects of the Moro reflex also called startle reflex, is a normal neurological response which causes a newborn to feel as though they are falling. Babies experience this within the first 3 to 4 months of life (which is an indication of a healthy infant) but can disturb your baby’s sleep. Swaddling helps prevent those spontaneous movements, allowing for a peaceful sleep.
  4. Another important benefit of swaddling is that it can have a wonderfully and therapeutic effect for a baby suffering from colic (difficulty to
    digest food which leads to excessive pain, gas and fussiness ). As it applies a light pressure to baby’s belly providing relief for them.
  5. A swaddled baby can’t scratch their face. This is best for the babies who refuse to wear mittens or cover their hands.

Remember one of the secrets to a happy, calm baby: Swaddling

What are the risks of swaddling ?

Swaddling has tons of benefits but if done in a right way. Improper swaddling can increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS: sudden infant death syndrome, when a baby dies for no clear reason).
So its very important to know the right way to swaddle your baby.

  1. Use a thin cotton or muslin cloth.
  2. Swaddling your baby too tightly may affect there mobility and development. Always give them plenty of room to move their legs and feet.
  3. A swaddled baby should always sleep on their back. Stop swaddling your baby as soon as they shows signs of rolling on side or tummy.
  4. Its better to swaddle from birth. Don’t introduce swaddling at two to three months as this will lead to discomfort.
  5. Always follow a pattern/ schedule to swaddle your baby, so that your baby becomes familiar with the feeling of being swaddled.
  6. Swaddle your baby firmly, but not too tightly. Your baby’s legs and feet should be able to move freely, and bend at the hip.
  7. Don’t swaddle for too long or the whole night as this may increase their body temperature and increase the chances of SIDS.

What are the steps for a perfect swaddle?

https://www.chla.org/blog/rn-remedies/swaddling-do-s-and-don-ts
  1. Start by spreading a thin cotton blanket on flat surface, with one corner folded down.
  2. Lay your babies face-up on the blanket with head above the folded corner.
  3. Straighten left arm, and wrap the left corner of the blanket over babies body , then tuck it between right arm and the right side of her body.
  4. Then tuck the right arm down, and fold the right corner of the blanket over their body and under left side.
  5. Fold the bottom of the blanket loosely and tuck it at the upper side.
  6. Make sure that the swaddled cloth is not too tight.

How long should you swaddle your baby?

Keeping your baby swaddled all of the time can restrict their motor development and mobility. This can also limit their opportunity to use and explore their hands. So it is advice to swaddle your baby only for nap/ sleep times.

Do not swaddle your baby while breastfeeding
Babies need their arms and hands free while feeding because research shows that babies actively use their hands to locate the nipple area, which
promote milk letdown and latch properly. Having your baby’s hands free will also allow you to notice their hunger signs.

How to choose a perfect swaddle cloth?

Some people really find this difficult or challenging to find a perfect swaddle blanket for their little ones. This totally depends on personal choice, as some parents prefer a larger, thin, muslin or cotton blanket, while others like a thermal blanket . Some parents prefer pouches, pockets or zippers, to swaddle in which you actually don’t have to learn right wrapping / swaddling techniques.
As long as your baby is swaddled safely and securely, use whichever blanket or product works best for your family.

A premature baby is advised to swaddle as they have less weight and need their body to be kept warm. Also better sleep will help them to develop more and a good swaddle will also make them fell like their mother’s womb.

Also swaddle your baby only for the first 3-4 months of their life or stop immediately when they start rolling.

Happy Swaddling !!

Numbers Recognizing Activities for toddlers

Identifying numbers can be a great learning experience for toddlers. Many a times our kids starts recognizing numbers but skips few in between. And this is absolutely normal as expecting too much at these young age is not right. Give them time and they will learn everything smoothly.
Also sharing some number recognizing activities which i have done with my kiddo to make him learn and engage throughout the day.

CHILDREN LEARN AS THEY PLAY .

MOST IMPORTANTLY IN PLAY , CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO LEARN.

Recognizing Numbers is the first step we should focus on. Later we will work on sequencing them. Sharing some activities which are a great hit at my home.

1. SAND SENSORY ART

Playing with sand is always a hit among kids. Use wet sand to develop pre-writing skills. Its a bit messy but the best way to make kids learn.
My son loves sensory bin activities ,so first preference is that.

  • I took a piece of paper, wrote numbers from 1-10. You can ask your kid to trace them or write too.
  • Then i asked my son to paint the numbers with glue .
  • My son covered the numbers with sand and spread it out.
  • He played with the sand and the pebbles for a long time and then picked up the paper and taped it off.
  • The sand was still there where he painted with glue!
    For younger kids if tracing with glue is not possible them elders can help. Recognition is more important in the first go!!

2. PARKING WITH NUMBERS

This is a fun filled idea to help your little ones practice numbers, especially if they love little cars.
It is really simple idea .

  • Draw numbers on some small pieces of paper and stick it on the toy cars/vehicles.
  • Ask your little one to pick a car and recite the number on it.
  • Or ask them to bring ” Second Number Car” and so on.
  • This activity will develop number recognisation skills, gross motor skills, pincer skills with lots of fun.

3. POP !! THE NUMBERS

This sounds interesting , isn’t it? Bubble wrap has always been a fun material for kids we have done painting with it and my son enjoyed it a lot. So now i have decided to use it for teaching numbers.

  • I have written numbers and alphabets both in each bubble.
  • In order to pop a bubble, my son first has to tell me what’s on the bubble!
  • This is really a great practice for recitation and also check the knowledge of your kids.

4. NUMBER TAM-BOLA

My toddler can recite numbers from 1-20 but sometimes he missed 6 in between or mix the number 6 with 9 and vice-versa. Which brought me the thought of playing number tambola.

  • I took a thick piece of paper ,wrote numbers on it and placed it on the table upside down. So that only plane sheet appears at the top creating mysterious fun.
  • I created a similar ticket as in real tambola and started by picking the cards placed on table one by one.
  • He (my son) picked the card with number “5”.
  • Luckly number 5 was in our ticket too and we cut it too. We played it same as we play tambola .
  • It was really great fun !!

5. PIZZA WITH NUMBER TOPPINGS

My son loves pizza and hence this activity is a hit ! with him. Its very simple and easy.

  • You just need 2 papers/ cardboard.
  • Draw circle on both the cardboards .
  • Write numbers on one and counting dots on the other. That’s all !!
  • Match and count in a fun way.

6. COUNTING WHILE PLACING DOTS

Another super simple activity. This activity involves children counting out the value for each number and placing dot stickers in the image drawn on the paper with that number.

  • All u need a paper, an image (As Christmas is close i have drawn pictures related to it, you can use any of your choice)
  • Number written against each picture.
  • Dot stickers and your are good to go !!

7. NUMBER RECOGNITION WITH PLAYING CARDS

We played a number match game with playing cards.

  • I sorted out all the cards 2-10 .
  • Placed few cards on the table and left the rest for my kiddo .
  • Then i asked him to match the other cards . This was really great fun.
  • Also he refused to match the same numbers with different colour and made another group for them.

8. HIDE AND SEEK WITH NUMBERS

Pee-ka-Boo is the mostly loved by every kid. Now its the time to play it with numbers.

  • I have two sets of number flash cards , so i place one set over the table and hide the other (stick on the wall at several places) somewhere in the room.
  • Pointing towards a number I asked my kiddo to find that number and match it with the card lying on the table, giving a little hint to boost there confidence and built interest throughout the play.
  • This number hunt activity turned great as super active toddlers loved to run and find numbers. (If flash cards are not available create them by writing numbers on a piece of paper).

9. cOUNTING WITH BLOCKS

Blocks are staple in every household and can be used to play in various ways . I have written different numbers on each block and asked my kid to bring a particular block like “Bring the block with number 4” and he brings saying the number loudly. Later it turned into number pyramid.

10. LEARNING WITH PRINTABLES

There are various bright colorful and theme based printable through which number recognisation and counting can be made more easier. Or it can be made at home with some colorfull pens and paper. I have used Christmas tree counting printables from totschooling .

Hope you like the way I make my child learn . Do share your views !! And try these with yours kids too.

BYE !!

Paint Activities for kids

I love sharing kids activities that don’t take a long time to set up and can incorporate items you already have at home. Colours makes kids of all age group crazy. They love the texture and different colours attract them and they love to play with them in their own way. Every kid has its own way to play with colours. Also their are tremendous ways to play with colours, here i am sharing the ways i have done with my kiddo.

1. Bubble Wrap Painting

Requirements:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Mini rolling pins
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Paper
    Method:
  • I taped the bubble wrap to the roller and wrapped it around.
  • Then I squirted a few colors of paint on a tray.
  • Dip the roller wrapped with bubble wrap into the tray filled with colours.
  • Let your child enjoy rolling into plain sheet forming their own patterns.

2. Shaving Foam Painting

Requirements:

  • Shaving Foam (buy the cheapest one)
  • Dilute colours/ Food colours.
  • White Paper.
  • Ice-cream stick for mixing.
  • Tray.
    Method:
  • Set it up by filling the tray with shaving cream.
  • Then add a few drops of paint/food colour.
  • Make some random patterns with figure/ ice-cream stick.
  • Take a piece of card paper/ any white colour paper and place it gently over the shaving cream. Then turn it over and place that piece of paper on your table.
  • Use a card/ ice-cream stick or something similar to scrape off the excess shaving cream. And your beautiful artwork is ready!!

3. Sponge Painting

Painting with random objects is always a hit at our house. This is so easy to prepare and engages our kids for a long time with lots of happiness.
Requirements:

  • Colours.
  • Sponge brush/ Kitchen sponge, cloth pin.
  • White sheet/ craft sheet.
    Method:
  • Cover the table with craft paper to give the kids a full canvas to paint on (and to keep things clean).
  • I have a sponge painting brush . If u don’t have one then cut the sponges (kitchen sponge will also work) into quarters and attached a clothes pin to each. Your can cut kitchen sponge into different shapes to add extra fun and learning.
  • A few squirts of paint into the middle of the table and hello sponge painting!!

A Simple sponge dabbing/painting can lead to following developments in your kid-

  • Fine motor skills.
  • Hand eye coordination.
  • Color mixing.

4. Magic Painting

Need a fun activity to make it to nap time? You have to try this secret painting activity and your little learners will love it! You can combine it with numeracy, literacy and art activity.
This is a crayon resist activity, which means you have to paint on top of the crayon.
Requirements:

  • White paper.
  • White crayon.
  • Watercolor paint.
  • Painting brush.
    Method:
  • I took my white crayon and wrote letters all over the paper. White on white will make your creation almost invisible. Which creates real Fun!!
  • Ask your little one to paint on that piece of paper.
  • Apply thin coat of paint over the letters (NOTE: thin coat should be applied, thicker paint will not do . Either dilute paint or use water colours).
  • Art work will magically appear as the paint doesn’t stay on oil pastels.

5. Mabel/Ball Painting

We call it dancing ball painting.
Requirements:

  • Tray/Baking pan.
  • Paint.
  • White paper cut to fit inside the pan.
  • Tape.
  • Marbles/ Balls.
    Method:
  • Tape a white paper to the bottom of the pan.
  • I squirted different colors of paint onto the paper and dropped in some marbles .
  • Ask your child to roll the tray back and forth to get the marbles to move and paint the paper.

6.PAINTING WITH CIRCLES

Requirements:

  • Plain paper (Preferable white ).
  • Paint in various colors.
  • Cups and bottle caps in various sizes.
    Method:
  • Gather some disposable cups in various sizes. You can use bottle caps as well or kitchen utensiles.
  • Take a large sheet of paper and spread it out on a work surface.
  • Squirt some colors of paint onto the colour mixing tray/plate and spread them around a bit.
  • Grab a cup and dip the end you would drink from in a color of the paint.
  • Start stamping the cup on the paper in random places. Different patterns can be made as per kids interest.

7. Sand/ Rangoli Painting

Requirement:

  • Fevicol.
  • Paper.
  • Sand/ Rangoli
    Method:
  • Let your child squeeze some fevicol all around on a piece of paper at a random pattern or trace some design and let your child spreed . You can also draw some easy drawing to trace.
  • Pour some sand/rangoli over the glue.
  • Shake the excess sand/rangoli off of the paper.
  • Squeeze liquid colours into the salt and watch how it absorbs the paint.

8. Salt Painting

If you are looking for a simple art activity to do with the kids, Salt Painting is perfect. We had some unexpected results with this salt painting which I think turned out pretty cool.
Requirements:

  • Paper (white or black).
  • Salt.
  • Water mixed with food colour.
  • Dropper.
    Method:
  • Let your child squeeze some glue all around on a piece of paper at a random pattern. You can also draw some easy drawing to trace with glue.
  • Pour some salt over the glue.
  • Shake the excess salt off of the paper.
  • Squeeze liquid colours into the salt and watch how it absorbs the paint.
    For older kids you can teach them various science concepts related to this.

9. Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting

Requirements:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Paper
    Method:
  • Loosely wrap the bubble wrap around your child’s bare foot,to make a little boot.
  • Then I squirted a few colors of paint on a tray.
  • Ask your kid to jump into the colour filled tray. You can paint the bubble wrapped feet of your child with painting brush.
  • Now it’s time to paint! Your child can walk across the paper with the painted bubble wrapped feet. My son preferred to jump.Let your child enjoy rolling into plain sheet forming their own patterns.

10. Paper Squishy painting

  • Fold a piece of paper in half.
  • Encourage your child to paint only one half of the picture. Putting big blobs of paint on in random spots works the best.
  • Fold the paper in half again.
  • Ask your child to squish the paper together and spread out the paint .
    You will be left with a wounderful artwork with less efforts. The concept of symettery can also be tought through this.

11. Cotton Swab Painting

Great for developing fine motor skills among kids.
Requirements:
*Cotton Swab
*Paint/Watercolors
*Paper
Method:

  • Take a cotton swab , dip it in paint/ water colour and let you little-ones just create happiness.
  • Your can bundle up cotton swab together to form some wonderful art.

12. Hand & Figure painting

Requirements

  • Colours
  • Paper
  • Decorative materials
  • Marker pen
    Method:
  • Squirt some paint into the painting tray.
  • Ask your little ones to dip their hand/fingure into the paint and then to the plain paper .
  • Add googly eyes to form different objects from the hand impression formed.
    We have made alphabets with hand painting impressions.
  • Use marker pen to make art (we have made different animals shape).

13. Tyre tracing painting

Requirements:

  • Paint
  • Variety of toy cars and trucks
  • Paper
    Method:
  • This task is simple for children, just make the toy cars and trucks drive through the paint and create track markings from their journey across the paper.
  • Kids finds it interesting to see how the colours changed as they drove over the track marks. It was almost like magic!
    and truck wheels was wonderful fun.

14. Monster Blow Painting

Make a cute, funny, or scary monster blow painting! This fun and easy process art activity is great for kids of all ages.
Requirements:

  • Watered paint, food colouring or liquid water colours.
  • Large sheets of paper.
  • Straws .
  • Permanent markers to draw shapes.
    Method:
  • Add few drops of paint in the middle of the page .
  • Now you need to start blowing!
    Don’t be specific , let your kid explore the flowing directions.
  • Let it dry .
  • Use marker, googly eyes to make monster face and your are done!!

15. Rubber band

Requirements:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Cardboard box
  • Rubber bands
    Method:
  • Start with covering each rubber band with paint. We found that a generous amount of paint works best!
  • Try different ways of pulling on the rubber bands to see what effect it would have.
  • We first played with rubber band strings like a guitar, afterwords like a piano.

16. Block painting

https://littlemumkins.com/blocks-activities-for-kids/

For block painting Please follow this link . There are many interesting block activities which will keep your child engage and learn.

17. Thread Painting

Requirements:

  • White sheet
  • Cotton thread/string
  • Water colours
    Method:
  • Take a white sheet, cut/fold it into 2 equal pieces.
  • Dip cotton thread into colours of your choice.
  • On one sheet, spread the strings forming circles and twists.
  • Cover the sheet with the other sheet.
  • Place your hand on the sheet and press hard.
  • While applying the pressure, pull out one string with the other hand.
  • Keep pulling out all the strings while applying pressure and without lifting the paper.
  • Once all the strings are pulled out, lift the sheet.
    Enjoy wonderful patterns formed !!

18. Puffy Painting

Requirements:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Food colour/paint
    Method:
  • Mix it all up and that’s all.
  • Use a spoon or a squeeze Bottle.
    Let your child be a little messy !!
  • It can also be made with adding few drops of colour into shaving foam.

Hope you liked all the above fun loving engaging ideas . Do give them a try.

Leave your comments below.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERS

We all have some sweet and some not so sweet memories attached with our baby.
Being a mom its always delightful to watch her child grow .

It always bring tears in my eyes whenever I remember the moment I hold my son for the first time .
Big googly eyes, tiny soft hands and feet. He, seems like a little angle who filled our life with happiness. Being with him through out the day, watching him grow so fast , listening his gurgling and cooing sounds is the best thing one could experience in your life.

I had a tough time rising my child . His first year was very difficult . Being a new MOM I was always concern about his growth.
My daily check list was what he eats, how he plays and how i manage rest of my household responsibilities. Life seems only a roller coaster ride . Sleepless nights, hectic day , concern about his development milestones and lots more. But believe me every child is different and completes their development milestones in their own way. Delay in development is a huge concern until their are abnormal symptoms. My son is a late walker He spoke words late but once he spoke , he is unstoppable. His first walk, was for demanding MANGOES. and then standing in front of fridge screaming for mangoes.

How often have you heard the proud statement: “My baby did every thing in his early stage”..? and the anticipated reply, ‘Wow, really?… that’s amazing!
Your child must be very clever!” Well, a warning here, all babies develop differently.
If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, ask your doctor or advice.
Rather than asking advice from a random person . Getting disappointed about your’s little one’s growth , comparing with nearby kids , is the most common thing
parents do. Say a BIG NO to all these. Just live every moment with you kid and help him grow slowly. Its a great joy believe me!!

After his first Birthday My son , who had so far been following all the developmental milestones (suggested by the experts), suddenly decided to break the rules and not to walk. It made
me worried. He went straight to become an adorable bundle of energy, who would like to bounce uncontrollably and walk through support. I had to monitor him every minute , any miss leads to huge trouble. I had to make my home child proof in order to protect him from getting hurt from sharp corners or drawers closings on their delicate fingers. From a over protective mom to a cleanliness freak i have passed to all different phases of life with him. For a super active toddler term boundaries has no meaning , he always want to crawl either in the park, restaurant or mall. And possibly taste everything that was at his eye level. Finally i gave up with saying NO ,
considering its an important process of immunity development.

I usually scroll my mobile phone searching for these lovely moments , looking at my son and saying “KITANA BADA HO GAYA HAI MERA SADHU” i usually call him, pet name of (SADHYA). Finally decided to take print of best of this happy moments. (Quite hard to chooses one picture from a complete month or a week). After huge efforts i made a memory wall which describes his milestones too. So that i can enjoy our happy memories without any stoppage. Being in the digital era we have just forgot about the printed pictures. Who has time to open album, sit with their family with a cup of tea/coffee and laugh on all those happy moments that they have captured together?

But the joy of having printed picture and the digital one is different. I made a wall of frame considering some happy moments with my family so that we can re-enjoy them without any miss. Zoomin , i got all my pictures printed with them. Loved the quality they offer, also you can customize pictures as per your need size, can add boundaries, funny stickers print into a photo book calendar and lot more.

Leave comments and share your happy moments !!!!

FREE ACTIVITIES PRINTABLE FOR KIDS

Hello everyone, FREE printables always attract every mom , as kids of all age group demands new toys/worksheets daily. It is quite not possible to buy new stuff on regular basis. But you can get interesting resources for your kids entertainments and learning daily.

Internet is loaded with lots of free resources , but it consumes lots of time of busy moms . Sometimes its not worthy to spend hours over internet searching learning materials for your kids. So I’m here to share various sources from where you can access free learning resources for your kids. There are way too many out there, sharing a few that I have personally tried.

Hope you find this list helpful. I’ve included the link to the websites, also note that I am not affiliated to any of the websites.

Animal action from Your Therapy Source

ANIMAL YOGA FOR KIDS by WY Quality Counts

Play Dough Mats by Coffee cups and crayons

Alphabets Play Dough Mats by This Reading Mama

Community Helpers by Fairypoppins

Alphabet Action Cards by The Measured Mom

Puzzles by Super Colouring

Animal themed Number Puzzles Tot Schooling

I have added all the links to the titles , go and download it .

Have fun keeping your little bee’s bussy .

Do comment if you like my post and for any queries !!!!!