No sew doll clothes from fabric remnants

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I had a few items of clothing my toddler had outgrown which I decided to turn into refashioned clothes. Among other things, I had this plain white cardigan (forgot to take a picture when it was still only white)  It … Continue reading

Week-CHESS – Chess set Part 1

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Anyone for toddler chess? Yes, I know, my 2 year-old is way too young for the real thing but she definitely enjoys playing with the tiny pieces of Papa’s travel-chess, and being magnetic adds so much to the fun. Anyhow,  I was … Continue reading

Week PUZZLES -A puzzle with a story

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What to do with a torn story book… Have you ever had your toddler tearing a loved book and then thought “It’s such a pretty book and story, I might be able to do something with it”. Yes, that’s what happened … Continue reading

Week- PUZZLES – Colouring and Cutting

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Due to all the celebrations and days off, meaning having dad around, the children haven’t had to much time for other than pure joy around papa’ So I had to leave both yesterday’s and today’s posts comprised in one. So easy because many times there can be … Continue reading

Week-WATER – Water board fun

I got inspired by Kelly’s ball run and came up with this idea of using water for a run. I looked for some ideas in Pinterest and got even more inspired with the beautiful boards, fences and walls I found there.

Whereas you use it for marbles or balls like Kelly, you might want to use it for water considering the wonderful sunny weather. As for what you can use to make it, we used the following :

  • cinta adhesiva = sellotape
  • tabla de acrilico = acrylic board
  • botellas plasticas recicladas = recycled plastic bottles
  • pedazo de manguera = piece of hosepipe
  • AGUA = water

You can use your recycled yogurt pots, juice bottles, water bottles, etc…

A even thought a flower pot would serve as a shower 🙂

 I think something like this  properly attached or nailed to a wall or fence and nicely decorated would work as a permanent entertainment feature for the children in the garden.

And we are thinking in making another one for sand play!

Make the water run down, study how and where it is going, collect it and start it all over again. Such fun with water recycling!!

Happy water playing!

Nancy

Week-SEEDS/ shakers

We all have made shakers at some point in our lives and it is always fun to make music with something we have actually created ourselves.  A few weeks ago, my son figured out how to make music with a few pins and elastic bands on this cork board. He had so much fun! So well, taking in advantage that I had to prepare some instruments for an event we have in a few days, I had a lovely relaxing and why not, fragrant activity for them to do.  Seed shakers! and while you can still use beans or rice or anything you fancy, we will be doing some with seeds as this is our theme of the week.

This is a crafty session that, if you want, can be turned into a multi-sensory fun session.

So your vocabulary for this week will include the following words:

  • semillas = seeds
  • semillas de calabaza = pumpkin seeds
  • semillas de ajonjoli = sesame seeds
  • semillas de mostaza = mustard seeds
  • anis estrella = star anise
  • semillas de hinojo = fennel seeds
  • semillas de girasol = sunflower seeds

You will need:

  1. containers like yogurt pots, tins or bottles
  2. seeds
  3. sello/masking tape
  4. paper or plastic lids

And here it is W filling her tin with linseeds

Remember that you can use any other seeds, but I am preparing some other stuff for this week with the ones mentioned above.

As for containers, be creative, use anything that can be filled and then cover with paper and sellotape or as I did with these tins, I covered them with some recycled nutella lids that happen to be the same size as the tins. Once you finish filling or even after playing some music, you can have some fun trying to listen out for the different sounds different seeds make, you can make them guess what seed is inside and even make tiny holes with a toothpick and let them smell to find out where the star anise is, believe me, if you let them smell before and after, they will certainly know at least where the star anise is, it is soooo fragrant!

And when you are done with the fun, why not feeding the birds. If you want an idea for a crafty bird feeder, wait for tomorrow, that is exactly what we are preparing for a crafty Tuesday.

And A filling a tin and a yogurt bottle with fennel seeds

Filled, decorated and ready to be shaken.

and on a side note, we almost forgot about A’s dandelion seeds. He had counted about 120 seeds in a head that he picked on the way from school and decided to try and plant them. Next step will be to check how many really show up in this  hanging basket…

… he cannot wait to have a bunch of leaves than he can actually cook 🙂

more on this in due course, in the meantime, have a lovely week!

Ten una linda semana!

Happy shaking!

Fruit games

You can use this pictures for warm up games, ending a lesson or simply to make your children stand up and move around.

These are made of flannel, I drew, cut and sewed the fruits onto squares but you could colour straight on the fabric, make round or other shapes instead of squares, maybe use more background colours. You could also make them on foamy or even use flashcards for the game.

The fruits you see above are:

  • manzana = apple
  • pera = pear
  • platano = banana
  • uvas = grapes
  • naranja = orange

How do I use them?

  • as flashcards to introduce vocabulary
  • to hand out to children and call out the fruits asking for an action from them (eg. stand up…banana, run…grapes, walk…apple, etc)
  • to play other games:
  1. Fruit islands: You scatter the fruits on the floor, play music or sing for children to dance take away a fruit and stop the music, everybody runs to an island and then you ask what fruit is missing. Continue until they have to remember all the fruits.
  2. Fruit map: This is done with more fruits, you scatter them on the floor and ask a child to direct another child to go from “x” fruit to “y” fruit following his/her command (jumping, walking, running, marching, etc.)
  3. Fruit song: (best for ending a lesson to recap numbers) Here I use this song tune and a “spider web” traced over a white piece of fabric. Make the children help you hold the fabric and put one by one the fruits on the “web” while swinging the fruit and singing along, remember to count the total number of fruits every time you add another one. When you get to the last fruit you’ve got, make the fruits fall to end the song. The lyrics: Una manzana se balanceaba sobre la tela de una araña, como veia que resistia, fueron a llamar a otra fruta; Una pera se balanceaba sobre la tela de una araña… continue with the rest of the fruit

juego frutas

Use this kind of games to learn or recap vocabulary, to practice: shapes, numbers, colours, action verbs.

How would you use these pictures?

Happy playing!

Nancy

Cork Board Fun

You have a cork board, elastic bands and pins, what do you do with them? Have fun!

Initially I was looking to entertain my kids with a fun idea I got from a game similar to this one.

I gathered some pins and thought fabric would do, but then saw that foamy shapes would work better and they would be easier for my 2 year old daughter to cut. We ended up with a couple of robots made mainly out of squares and rectangles.

It was quite nice as they could even move the legs and arms and with several shapes you can obviously review colours, instructions and names for those shapes.

But then as I was looking for more ideas I had these rubber bands so I thought of making shapes by pulling them around 2 rubber bands, then around 3, 4,etc. to name more shapes, but I let them to it while they figured out how to create something by themselves.

Suddenly, I find my children making “music”

My son had laid 6 pins in a row at the top and bottom of the board and had managed to pull all 6 “strings” by himself realising that they could actually “sound amazing mummy !”  (his own words) 🙂

After that, even myself got stuck to the board trying to figure out which rubberbands were noisier, stronger, longer, etc. We had great fun!

They noticed that the sound of a single rubber-band could change when around 4 or five pins depending on its length and taut/slackness, you can see that some of the bands are shorter/longer or thicker /thinner,  lots to talk about! and they were sooo amused, so much that first thing in the morning they there were again, trying shapes and listening to the beautiful sound strings of plastic can make. Lovely activity that again kept them busy for a good part of the morning.

I guess we will find so many more things to do with our cork board, until then we have stirred some interest in music, not that my son is not interested already in musical intruments but what a fun way to make the little ones understand where vibration/sound is coming from.

For your doses of helpful vocabulary with this activity:

  • Tablero de corcho= cork board
  • tachuelas = pins/tacks
  • ligas = rubber bands
  • cuadrado = square
  • rectangulo = rectangle
  • triangulo = triangle
  • taut = tenso
  • slack = flojo
  • long = largo
  • short = corto
  • thick = grueso
  • thin = delgado

For the colours check this post

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Happy playing! Happy week! = Feliz juego! Feliz semana!

Nancy

How to make GIANT learning dice

This tutorial will show you how to make Giant Dice for learning or playing purposes. For more uses and games with the dice check last week’s post.

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric measuring around 1metre by 80cms.
  • enough transparent pvc material for the pockets depending on the size of your dice (I upcycled a teared wet bag measuring 60cms by 40cms)
  • stuffing of your choice (I recycled the stuffing of old cushions)
  • sewing machine and thread matching the colour of your fabric
  • flashcards of your choice

For a start, cut out 2 open cube shapes out of your fabric depending on the size of your dice

For mine the measure per square was roughly 20cm so I drew 4 x 20cm squares in a row (with an extra cm for the seam allowance) = 80cm x 20cm (ish)

(Make sure you draw the lines of each square as you will need to guide yourself on these lines when sewing the edges so as to put together the cube shape).

An easy way to do this is to draw a 4 squares row and then add one 20cm square on either side on the second square of your row of 4 squares

ending up with something looking like this:

Depending on the size of your dice, you will need to cut out 6 squares of your transparent pvc material slightly smaller than the measurement of your squares (1cm-2cm smaller for best results)

Sew each pvc square onto the centre of each square on your fabric (right side of fabric) remembering to leave one side of your pvc open (for inserting the flashcards) and repeat with second piece of fabric. I used a zig-zag stitch for this.

Proceed to make the cube shapes by sewing together (on the wrong side of the fabric) all the edges of the cube but the last one  leaving only one 20cm edge open (for the stuffing). I guess it doesn’t matter where you start sewing (I’m not  an expert at sewing) but I just started with the top square. I sewed it together with the square next to it and then, following the lines I had first drawn I kept sewing all around until the cube was nearly done. I sewed it in straight stitch as well as zigzag meaning I sewed twice over each line.

Once you’re done and having left one opening. Turn it inside out so you can have something like this:

And stuff both cubes paying special attention to the corners which should be stuffed properly in order to retain shape.

Once stuffed proceed to sew the last open edge. You could also do this by machine but I sewed mine by hand. Insert your flashcards and start having fun!

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Happy sewing!, Happy playing!

Nancy

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