Preschooler Maths at Home

I thought I would share some of the girl’s maths homework now – she is in Reception (4-5yrs olds), which age wise, is similar to preschool age for kids in pretty much the rest of the world. This week, we share a simply activity of weighing and working out what is “heavier” and “lighter”.

maths at home

This is such a super simple activity but has so many maths and learning benefits on all sorts of levels –

* language – looking at light, lighter, lightest and heavy, heavier, heaviest

* estimating skills (get the child to guess FIRST what will be heavier and lighter)

* writing skills  – numeric and alphabetic (get the child to help chart what is heavier and lighter.. )

* analytically skills – get them comparing the ACTUAL result with the predicted results

* working with “bigger” numbers. Most kids at this age are comfortable with the 10s, though they can talk about 100s, they actually, always understand them. Do they know the difference between 187 and 191 and 190? etc

You will find that most children will enjoy, rushing around the home, looking for different things to weigh. We kept it simple and compared two items at a time. You can add a challenge, by getting them to order more than 2 items by weight at a time.

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How to Catch a Hamster

Have you got a Hamster? Does it like to play Houdini and regularly escape? When your Hamster escapes, do you turn the house upside down and STILL don’t find it? Well… we have a new Hamster.. and he LOVES TO ESCAPE. We try very hard to keep the cage as secure as possible, but hey.. the minute he sniffs and opportunity he is off and then we simply cannot find our hamster! As we have two cats in the house too, this poses rather a problem!

Luckily we keep our Hamster in the living room with the door shut tightly at night (well, we hope he can’t get out of the living room too). So hopefully that means our escaped hamster is nice and safe from the cats in there.

The kids set to work to build a HAMSTER TRAP. This is how to catch a Hamster when he has escaped!!

How to Catch a Hamster (it really works)

We filled a bucket with some of our hamster’s bedding. Added a bowl of his normal food and a small dish or treats (cheese, dog biscuit, an apple slice). We also added a TP Roll, so he could hide away should we finally catch him.

Then the kids set to work with their DUPLO LEGO… and converted a Duplo LEGO house that they had already made, into a staircase…

The idea being – the escaped hamster climbs the stairs, slides into the bucket to get the food and then can’t get out.

What happened next with our Hamster Trap

Our hamster trap was humoured by daddy, inspected by the neighbours and poo-pooed on social media.. “it well never work”. “you must start looking for him” “that’s the last you will have seen of him” “I warned you” and so on…. But I had faith.

And we also had patience. Our hamster, like all hamsters, is most active at night time, so I didn’t expect anything to happen during the day. Or early evening… and then… at 2am…. Hubby heard something… went to check and THERE HE WAS! A bit distressed at being caught, but safe! Food in a muddle and upturned and scrabbling away, but well! He gently tipped the bucket to let him rush into his cage and the job was done.

Here the children, tell you about what happened and share their hamster trap – demo-ing the nightly wanderings with the help of our stuff toy Sniffles.

Good luck with your pet!! Let us know how you got on!!

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Easy Fondant Sheep

Oh my, we are sooooo looking forward to Spring! Yes, I know, Spring and Easter and everything that goes with it are still ages away. But that doesn’t stop us looking, right? We can still get excited about all the fluffy cuteness coming our way? Such as Bunny Crafts and Sheep Crafts? Right? AND it is The Year of the Sheep after all, which means as of 19th Feb, all Sheep Crafts are a free for all.

So. Here are some cute ideas for you – first up is this super easy Fondant Sheep – this cute little sheep is easy to make and would look great on Easter Cake or made from Marzipan “just because”! These in fact went on a Skylanders cake!!

Follow this great YouTube Channel whilst there!

Easy Shaun the Sheep TP Roll CraftTP Roll Sheep (Shaun the Sheep)

Rocking Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Paper Plate Rocking Sheep

sheep-craft

Cotton Wool Lamb

TP Roll Sheep

TP Roll Sheep Craft

Brilliant! Who would have thought you could have so much fun with sheep!!! Woohoo!

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Rainy Day Family Fun Guide

Sooo… are you stuck in doors? Is it cold and wet outside? Or are you having a “Snow Day”.. or maybe it is just too HOT to go outside.. or you have a little one that has chicken pox and you are quarantined.. are the kids driving you stir crazy and you ALL need something to do? Don’t have time to go to shops for “special” ingredients???? Well.. here is a fab Family Fun guide (free too), that should keep you all busy and make you all a little happier!

stuck indoors activities

Now.. the SINGLE BEST THING about this Family Fun guide, is that you will be able to do and make MANY of the things in this guide, without setting a foot outdoors. There is nothing more frustrating or disappointing, than browsing Pinterest, finding lots of GREAT ideas, but not having all the supplies to hand that you NEED to do them.

This guide is designed to make the most of common every day household items and ingredients. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will have EVERYTHING IN, but the chances are pretty high and that is what it is all about!

There are lots of child friendly recipes to pick from – from super simple cupcakes (see below) to tasty pancakes, as well as some great crafty ideas, based around your RECYCLING BIN.. from Egg Carton Crocs to Sock Puppets and Lava Lamps (where crafts meets science). Explore the wonders of Baking Soda and build your own rocket or have fun building dens. These are all wonderful “childhood classics”, that EVERYONE NEEDS to do at least once in their life – wonderfully illustrated with easy step by step instructions.

rainy day activities

What a fantastic (free!) resource!

We had a go at their easy peasy cupcakes! Oh and easy peasy they were.. love how easy it is indeed to remember the ingredients – and they are things that we ALWAYS have in!

Check this out (full instructions here):easy cupcake recipe

Easy peasy lemon squeasy! The kids loved it!

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Maths Help for Parents

I don’t know about you, but I always thought I would be one of those parents that helps their kids with their work – not too much of course, as they do need to learn themselves, but enough to support what they are doing at school, also at home. I was full of good intentions.

And then reality hit me – the reality of kids being in school from 9am until 3:30am. Meaning that realistically “nothing” extra can happen between 8:30am and 4pm. And in the time before and after that, you kind of want to just enjoy your children and also, well, LET THEM be children, right? After all, they need to play and have fun too, right?

So, I came across this fab little video from Ali at Kids Chaos. And it is right up my street – playful maths at home –  little things we can do in every day scenarios, making things like maths “real”. Genius.

 

I look forward to seeing more!

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