Sneak Peak – Wedding Card

Wedding bells are in the air… and the kids made their soon to be married teacher the cutest little homemade wedding card.. here is a sneak peak.. be sure to come back next week  and see the whole card over on Red Ted Art!!!DIY Wedding Card - Class Card for a Teacher Getting Married - sneak peakAdorable!

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3D Shape Hunt – Photo Activities for Preschoolers

Pip Squeak aged 5, is now learning about 3D shapes. Well actually, she is learning about 2D shapes AND 3D shapes at school. As part of this maths learning activity, the children were asked to review the different 3D shapes with their parents and then go on a shape hunt around the house.

With the advent of smart phones, taking photos is a really easy activity for kids and a great way to get them “into photography”. Not only, are they learning about recognising and identifying basic shapes, but they also get to use modern equipment and think about their photo compositions (and whether or not their pictures are in focus in the first place!).

3D Shapes for Reception

We looked at these 3D Shapes frm JustTeachIt.co.uk and talked about the properties of each. Pip Squeak then grabbed my smart phone (quite happily) and went off to find some shapes.

3D Shape HuntWe found plenty of circles:

  • Marbles
  • Juggling Ball

Some cuboids

  • lunch box
  • lego brick (we discussed whether or not this was in fact a cube, but decided that not)

And some cylinders

We didn’t get too much further than this on THIS occassion. What I should have done, I should have printed out the above sheet and got Pip Squeak to tick off the shapes as she found them. That would have encouraged her to do more I think.

Regardless, I think she did a great job – discussing and looking for 3D shapes, as well as practicing her photo skills!

 

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40 Wonderful Easter Crafts & Ideas

Sooo who is getting excited about EASTER?! We are.. we simply love this time of year for crafting and making and baking. Also those pretty pastel or bright Easter colours, combined with cute sheep, bunnies or chicks… what more does your crafty heart want.

We spotted this 40+ FANTASTIC EASTER CRAFTS over on Fun Crafts Kids and thought you would love to see them too. To pop over and take a peak!40+ Fantastic Ideas for Easter

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P is for Pirate – Dress Up Pirate Craft

The Girl has been “doing” Pirates at school – they have a big ocean and under the sea theme going over the coming weeks and all the children seem to be really enjoying it! Next week they get to dress up as Pirates, Mermaids or underwater creatures and they are all looking forward to it very much! We have been exploring lovely pirates books and had a fun little pirate craft to do (as part of their homework) – the kids got to dres up their own pirates using a basking “gingerbread man template”. A simple activity, that looks wonderful. You could make a set of these and string them up as pirate bunting, or stick them onto the front of cards a pirate party invites.

Pirate Books and Crafts for Girls and Boys

We also read some lovely pirate books.. here are some of our favourite:

pirate books for girls

US Readers 

UK Readers (affiliate links)

A great book all about a little Pirate girl Molly. The meany pirates capture Molly and try and hold her for ransom.. but little do they know who her mum and her auntie and her cousin and her granny and and and.. are… they are the fiercesome pirate ladies.  A great story for aspiring pirate girls. You see, you don’t have to be a boy to be a pirate.

This book went down VERY well when I read it to The Girls reception class.

pirate books for girls and boys

US Readers

UK Readers

(affiliate links)

A book written in prose, this tells the story of a little girl who is the only one in town to befriend the new temporary neighbours. The rest of the town are filled with prejudices and dislike for the neighbours, only to find that they are hardworking, kind and generous. A great moral to the story.

Both really great stories!

More Pirate books to check out

10 Little Pirates (US Readers, UK Readers)

The Night Pirates (US Readers, UK Readers) – girl pirates steal the front of the house!

Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (US Readers, UK Readers)

And here our Pirate Craft

This is super easy to set up – you will simply need some crafty bits and bobs – fabrics or coloured card, some glue (glue stick should work fine too), some gems if you have them, some foil for sorts… feathers would be great for hats or parrots…. wool for beards… see what you have and let your imagination run wild as you create your very own PIRATE! Harhar.

pirate crafts

pirate crafts for kidsAfter all our pirate girl books, The Girl, still decided on a big bearded boy pirate.. but that is just fine! Have a great piratey day!

LOTS more Pirate Crafts ideas here:

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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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