Monthly Archives: May 2016

PlayDough

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DSC00726PlayDough is amazing!! It can be used in so many fun and interesting activities. It also helps a child develop their muscles in their hand ready for when they start to write. It can help develop their imagination skills…as they will nearly always pretend to make cakes or other food type objects with it. It can be used to support maths development, count it, measure it, pattern it, copy it. it will also give you heaps to talk about. Sit at the table with your child playing with play doh together and the conversations you will have will be magical.

But most importantly you can MAKE IT YOURSELF!!!! whooo hoooo… and we all know we love to have educationally friendly activities in the house for the little ones…especially if they are free.

Heres the recipe:

3 cups of plain flour

3 cups of salt

3 table spoons of oil

3 cups of boiling water  (make sure you do this part)

and food colouring of your choice and mix until it make a doh like consistency. Let it cool then enjoy 🙂

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Maths at Home

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Maths can seem like a scary prospect, but trust me it isn’t…it can even be fun. Your child will love playing these simple games with you,  which will make maths fun and easy.

Here have a look…

  • Counting the buses…as you walk down the street, count how many buses drive past you, or mix it up and choose a colour of car, how many can you spot? You can make  it a competition, compete against each other, or do it as a team.
  • What numbers can you see? Read the numbers of the bus, or the house numbers on the street aloud, encourage you child to read them with you, who can say them the loudest!
  • Baking; cooking together is a fantastic way to introduce measuring, plus it is super fun and yummy.
  • Bath time, put empty bottles and containers in the bath with them, allow them to fill them up. Use language such as ‘full’, “empty”, “half full”.
  • Puzzles, puzzles are a brilliant and simple way to engage with maths with your child. This develops the child’s spacial awareness, and understanding of shape and positional language. If you don’t have a puzzle at home, find an old photograph or magazine. Cut the picture up and the try and put it back together again.

I challenge you to try at least one of these and let me know how you get on!