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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
I have drawn a lamp on big sheet and allowed Sadhya to colour it. Later we decorated it with paper quilling art.
Summer’s are incomplete without ludo and snakes n ladder….. isn’t it…?
We too have a great family time playing with it.
While playing with it we had revised the concept of big-small, counting, numbers and colours.
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.
LETTER E, F, G & H
Activities with Letter E
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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………
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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,
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
* 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
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.
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
- Bubble wrap
- Mini rolling pins
- 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
- Shaving Foam (buy the cheapest one)
- Dilute colours/ Food colours.
- White Paper.
- Ice-cream stick for mixing.
- 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.
- Sponge brush/ Kitchen sponge, cloth pin.
- White sheet/ craft sheet.
- 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.
- White paper.
- White crayon.
- Watercolor paint.
- Painting brush.
- 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.
- Tray/Baking pan.
- White paper cut to fit inside the pan.
- Marbles/ Balls.
- 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
- Plain paper (Preferable white ).
- Paint in various colors.
- Cups and bottle caps in various sizes.
- 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
- Sand/ Rangoli
- 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.
- Paper (white or black).
- Water mixed with food colour.
- 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
- Bubble wrap
- 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.
- 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
- Decorative materials
- Marker pen
- 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
- Variety of toy cars and trucks
- 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.
- Watered paint, food colouring or liquid water colours.
- Large sheets of paper.
- Straws .
- Permanent markers to draw shapes.
- 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
- Cardboard box
- Rubber bands
- 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
For block painting Please follow this link . There are many interesting block activities which will keep your child engage and learn.
17. Thread Painting
- White sheet
- Cotton thread/string
- Water colours
- 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
- Baking powder
- Food colour/paint
- 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.
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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 !!!!!
Kids of all age groups are attracted towards Dinosaurs Family. After watching a movie bases on them my kiddo got crazy for Dinosaurs. I always prefer to engage my son through craft. And what is better them a DINO CRAFT , exciting!!!!
Actually its quite important to build interest and to create awareness among these lil one’s.
National Fossil Day was established in the United States to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils. It was first held on October 13, 2010, during since it has been celebrated. Main Objective behind was :
- Celebrate the wonderful diversity of fossils as clues for understanding the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes;
- Promote the understanding that fossils are non-renewable resources and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.
- Develop a media strategy for consistent and positive messaging which promotes the objectives of National Fossil Day;
- Promote awareness of the paleontologist resources, programs, services, and expertise of the National Park Service.
There are many ways in which you can create awareness among your kids . I tried some easy but interesting one’s with the stuff that was available at home.
Sharing some CRAFTY FOSSIL DAY (DINO CRAFT) with you all:
1. DINO BRUSHING
Being mom of a toddler I always focus on teaching some practical skills through play. We made a dinosaur with giant teeth, marked some cavities with marker and practice brushing the cavity out. We did number cavity, alphabets and many more for fun learning.
2. PAPER CRUMBLE CRAFT
To start this simple dinosaur craft, I quickly drew it out on my cardboard and cut it out. ( you can print out a picture online and trace it). Once the dinosaur was cut out, my job was done and it was time to put my little guy to work. I handed him tissue paper in the color of his choice and showed him how to tear off small pieces (if your child is super young, you may want to pre-cut small tissue paper squares). Then I spread glue onto the cardboard cutout and allowed him to roll the pieces of tissue paper between his hands, crumpling them up.
3. BUBBLE PAINTING
My son is really found of colors ,we have tried almost every possible type of painting and believe me its really fun playing with colors. This time I have used bubble wrap for Dino painting. Just traced any dino shape on the bubble wrap, cut it. Colour as desired and they are good to go.
4. HAND PAINTED GOOD DINO
Screen time can be made learning time too. While watching the movie we have learnt that their are GOOD and BAD DINOs. Colours are always a great choice while working with kids. I repeated the whole story again with lots of colours and fun. Pouring lots of colour in hand.
Put the hand print upside near the bottom of the sheet. The thumb becomes the tail and you add on the head and neck with a paintbrush.Then add toenails with a pen or marker.Also add on the face .And The Good Dinosaur is ready.
5. DINOSAUR CLOTHESPIN PUPPET
This dinosaur craft is perfect for dramatic play or story time. Trace your favorite dinosaurs on craft paper , add googlies eyes and clothespin at the back ,to make its mouth with huge teeth and have fun.
6. POP STICK DINOSAUR CRAFT
- First grab three pop sticks and glue them together to look like a triangle.
- While those are drying, grab your green craft paper and cut a triangular shape that will be placed within the Pop stick design and be body of the dinosaur.
- Cut out some other dinosaur features like a long neck, short feet and pointy spikes.
- Glue all the paper pieces together in place.
- Once done, set aside to let it dry completely before displaying proudly!
Dinosaurs have a huge family . Here is one more from them. We used newspaper to make triceratops so that we can recycled them easily . We always try to craft with reusable materials that would otherwise be thrown away! After making face from newspaper , we poked three holes for the dinosaurs’ three horns. We had a discussion about the prefix tri- meaning three in words like triangle, tricycle, and Triceratops. My kiddo poked fuzzy sticks into the holes as horns which was great fine motor work. We also glued on the googly eyes. The finishing touch is a colored cupcake liner/ colored paper as a plate behind the Triceratops’ heads to form wings.
8. SKELETON FORMATION
Draw skeleton on a piece of brown paper to make it look like the dinosaur bones are in the dirt. Glue the pasta on top of the lines to make your own dinosaur skeleton in the dirt!
Another option is trace the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus on sensory bin activity.
SAND / SALT PAINTING- Print out or trace any dino and apply glue on your paper and sprinkle sand over top (shake off the excess) to add some real dirt (and texture) to your picture. This will be great fun with your little ones.
MINIATURE PLAY – Market is flooded with lots of toys related to DINO family . Allow your kids to explore . You can plan texture play, dough clay play also .
Use different colored craft papers trace multiple creatures from DINO family , cut them and give you toddlers to play with them. They can trace them, colour them, stick and form their own place and many more. Give wings to their imaginations.
HOPE YOU LIKE MY LITTLE CREATIVE POST. Do try with your kids and comment below.
Happy crafty play!!
Blocks are kind of a staple in most households, am I right?
Here I’ve collected some wonderful ways to play with blocks, so we can maximize our use of these awesomely simple toys. I, as a mother always want my child to make full use of stuff/toys provided and that’s why I bound myself to make tons of easy, fun activities (keeping his interest in mind) from a single toy.
Wooden blocks / Lego blocks are a staple of childhood for decades, maybe even centuries!!
Playing with Lego and Duplo blocks works on fine motor skills, plus they can be adapted for literacy and maths !!
Fun filled and easy way to play with building blocks/lego/wodden blocks-
- Counting with blocks
We always have a lot of fun with counting. And a lot of fun with blocks. This will also help to recognize numbers for younger kids and also will make them understand what each number means. Teaching numbers to kids at an early stage gives a kick start in developing math skills for long run. We’re focusing on counting and understanding that numbers represent a specific number of items.
How to do –
* Prepare a counting graph with a line for every number.
* One-to-one correspondence is practiced by placing the appropriate amount of Legos / blocks on each line.
* I let my son choose what order he wanted to do the numbers in and didn’t pay attention to the sizes at this point.
2. Making blocks patterns
Teaching kids the importance of pattern is very important and difficult sometimes. This will also help in increasing concentration.
How to do-
* Make a easy pattern with blocks and ask your child to copy with some other pieces.
* Use different colors to make this interesting and fun.
* For older kids you can draw any pattern on a sheet and ask them to form that with blocks.
3. Improving literacy skills
Initially we start with letter recognization. Later we will shift towards spelling formation and more. This builds observation & recognization skills
How to do-
* I painted blocks with some alphabets.
* Ask my kiddo to match it with some alphabets flash cards.
If you don’t have alphabets flash cards just draw it on some papers sheets.
* Encourage your child to pronounce the sound of the alphabet.
* To make it playful dance/act like the alphabet/ make different sounds.
4. Sorting activities
This can be done in many ways-
-Pom-pom color sorting with same colored blocks.
-Piling / tower forming / placing into bucket or just spacing different colors / size.
5. Blocks matching.
To build recognisation skills , this is the best practice.
How to do-
* I have traced different blocks pattern in a sheet .
* Then asked my son to match it considering shape, size and colour.
He did this with so much of concentration and I was successful to engage him for hours.
6. Blocks painting
Painting always attract toddlers. They are very curious for different colours and texture. Let them explore their imaginations. This can be a bit messy but at last creates lots of fun. Dip blocks in paint and form several beautiful patterns.
How to do-
* Press the lego/blocks into the paint.
* Then onto the paper , its as simple as that.
* Try out different surface of each block – the top with its raised dots, bottom has lines and open circles.
* Let them explore, as each side makes a different and interesting paint.
7. Blocks maze
Do try this for super active toddlers. Form maze with blocks anywhere in your house, use it in different forms. We did for car racing /
parking/ jumping jacks. Build your own imaginations . While the building part was fun , we enjoyed playing also.
8. Tower building
Building blocks are an excellent way to learn through play. It helps children to develop motor skills, spatial skills, problem-solving skills, creativity and concentration. This is the Basic play with blocks.
9. Shape Activity: Sorting Shapes of Blocks as a Graph
Helps kids to sort the shapes. It is always fun to see what shapes they knew and what ones they needed help with. Builds Basic shape identification also.
How to do-
* Create a ‘graph’ to sort shapes on, you can also tape a large piece of paper on floor with painter’s tape(to make it attractive).
* Draw them at the bottom edge of the paper and then taped a line in between each to create columns. (You could also just draw the lines instead of using tape, but I have some cool decorative tape right now that made it fun!)
* Let your child sort different shapes, help them if needed.
Always motivate them !.
10. Shadow drawing
Kids usually enjoy making different shape and structure with lego. Use it to teach them the concept of light and shadow. This can be a good practice to pre-writting skills too.
How to do-
* Place a random towered shape block over a piece of paper in opposite to sunlight or artificial light.
* Let you kid trace the shadow formed and explore different shapes and shadows.
* For more engagement time ask your child to rebuild the same shape.
* Colors don’t matter with shadows.
* Shadow sizes don’t always match the block sizes, it keep on changing depending on the angle of the light.
* Cylinders and rectangle blocks leave the same shadow.
11. Letters making
Mold your kids hand movements towards pre-writting skills with block letters. Believe me it will be quite easy for them to trace alphabets l latter.
How to do-
* Draw alphabets in blocks form on a paper / sheet.
* Ask your toddler to place the block over the sheet.
* Follow tracing the same holding your childs figure.
12. Lego spelling formation
Easiest way to teach spellings to pre-preschoolers. I gathered some blank papers and wrote out a variety of letters on it, spacing then about 3 inches.
Then i found blocks with letters that matched with them and ask my son to place them in the correct places. Later we formed some spellings too. Through this teaching spellings was quite easy and we has lots of fun as we continued this with some stories too.
13. Mix & Match puzzles
Puzzles have been loved by kids of all age group and they are very helpful for brain simulation also. Here I have hand painted different designs on a white tape(use can paste white paper) and stick them on blocks. Some designs are made on 2 and some on 3 blocks stacked together. U can use any picture sheet also depending upon the interest of ur kid.
14. Dental hygiene
Teaching the importance of oral hygiene is equally important. Take a large block and ask your child to assume it as jaw with teeth .Play dough represents as food/ junk food that gets in between our teeth. Take a soft brush to get the food out. This is too much of fun as mostly kids like cleaning.
15. Structure Stability Test
Build towers and test its sustainblities.
* We made 3 blocks towers of same height together.
* First was a simple tower, Second with 4 legs, Third was solid structure.
* I then asked my son to roll a ball from a particular distance.
What we observed-
* First two toppled easily while third one was still standing.
* Through this we discussed about stability of structure.
16. Impression making
Play-dough Lego, isn’t this sounds great!!
How to do-
* Spread dough in an even surface and press lego blocks hard over it to make impression.
* Use dough tools to make it similar to lego block.
* Use different coloured dough , form lego impression, stacked them and tried to build some towers.
* Let your just explored.
* Teach them to use the fronts and backs of the Legos to see how they get printed.
* Talked about how they made different designs.
Sounds interesting, isn’t it?!!!!
17. Measuring with lego
Kids are always attracted towards shape and size. Just to create some fun and teaching the concept of length, measurement of objects with blocks.
How to do-
* Take any object/ toy which attracts your child much .
* Ask them to stack blocks ,till blocks tower is equal to that object.
* Allow them to count ,explore the number of blocks used to measure.
Lego bricks are very helpful to teach various concepts, symmetry is one of them.
How to do–
* You just need to divide a piece of paper by coloured tape.
* Place lego blocks on one side leaving the other side blank.
* Explain the concept of symmetry to your kid and ask them to fill the other side .
* Make this activity easy at the beginning and increase the level further.
Can also be done with different colour,shape and size.
19. Frozen blocks
Building blocks ice is quite difficult to make as the shape is not attended easily. But can be made by filling them with water and freezing them.
* Add different colours for fun.
* Place them under running water to remove blocks form ice. If required pour some hot water too.
* Spread a big sheet and ask your kiddo to paint/ feel the texture of icey block .
20. Floor Puzzles
This is super fun and easy activity for kids. Also helpful to build there concepts of space and area.
How to do-
* Tape a square or rectangle on floor (different shapes will turn more learning) with colorful tapes.
*Ask your kids to fill this colorful shapes with blocks.
21. Fizzy blocks
When you mix baking soda and vinegar together, it causes a reaction. You’ll hear a “fizzing” sound once the vinegar touches the baking soda and you’ll see bubbles form immediately.
How to do this Stem Experiment-
- * Upside Down Mega Blocks.
* Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
* Flip Mega Blocks over so that you can fill them with baking soda
* Let kids squirt vinegar into the blocks!!
* Also you can build a structure instead of lying the blocks on a flat surface. This will create a waterfall like structure.
22. Lego Cards
I have made several cards in which i have made many possible shapes and ask my son to copy that . This is quite fun as many times my son is clueless and has nothing in his mind these cards help him to make different shapes.
There are nearly endless ways to play with blocks, no matter which specific types you happen to have on hand. These are just my favorite block activities for my son. Do try with your children and share your experience !!