Alien Goo

Messy , sensory play features high on my fun to do list and today I whipped up a quick batch of alien goo for bear to play with.

How to make Alien goo

To make the top you will need 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of salt and half a cup of water.

Mix everything into a bowl and mix.

You could also add food colouring to make it different colours. Glitter to make it shine ( please don’t use glitter in the goo for children younger than 6 years old in case they try eat the goo) or spices/food flavours to make it smell nice.

A pre-requisite for writing, to strengthen fingers and dexterity of fingers.
All little people should experience messy fun.

If you try this activity I’d love for you to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

#funmammasa

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Facebook round up of 15 fun things to do this weekend

I recently found these fun things to do with your kids on Facebook.

I’ve tried to give credit where I can.

1. Playdough

2. Easy garage for those cars

www.frugalfun4boys.com

3. Home made finger paints

4. Glow in the dark bubbles

5. Bottle bottom turtles

6. Gummy bear treat

www.snackhacks.org

7. Paint with water

8. Water pinatas

www.dumpAday.com

9. Outdoor bowling

10. Moonsand

11. Create sea glass

In South Africa you can use wood glue instead of Elmer glue

12. Play snow

www.huckleberrylove.com

13. No spill paint cups

14. Homemade paint

15. Colourful drinks

Toilet tube printing

Little bear is at home with me this week as his school is closed. This means that I’ve needed to be very creative and think of some fun activities to keep bear busy.

One of the things we decided to do was print some hearts.

For this I used an old box for him to print on as it would stay stable as he pushed his homemade stamp down.

The stamp was made by bending a toilet tube into a heart shape.

Next I placed some paint in a container , dipped the stamp in and showed bear how to stamp away.

He really enjoyed this activity.

13 Free play ideas for Toddlers

Toddlers learn best through play.

The activities below will keep your toddler busy as well as teach them vital skills.

I’ve personally used each idea either in a class or with my own kids.

  • Ribbons in a bottle

Take an empty bottle with a wide lid . Stuff with ribbon. Help your child to push the ribbon in and pull it out.

  • Pom pom play
  • For this you need a bowl of pom Poms and some tweezers. Use the tweezers to transfer the pom Poms into and out of the bowl.

    • Colander pipe cleaners

    Take several coloured pipe cleaners and a colander. Turn the colander upside down and have your toddler stick the pipe cleaners in using the colander like a peg board.

    • Corn kernel sensory box

    This is great for if you have a child learning about the farm or food theme. Place popcorn into a shallow box. Insert farm animals, farmer and a tractor into the kernels covering them.

    Give your child spoons, a funnel, an empty container and a jug to play with.

    Let them discover the animals and scoop out the kernels. Teach them to pour the kernels into the container and how they pass through the funnel.

    • Cardboard box

    This is self explanatory, give your child a box and let their imaginations go wild.

    • Rip tissue paper

    This is fantastic for fine motor skills. You can start with soft papers like serviettes, tissue paper and work up to white paper, old magazines and wrapping paper.

    • Fabric scraps

    Give your child a box of fabric scraps.

    On a huge piece of paper trace around their body. Let them glue on the fabric scraps to make clothing.

    • Jars and lids

    Take several jars with lids. Unscrew all the lids. Muddle them up and have your child match the right lid to the container and screw it on.

  • Pots and pans orchestra
  • Hold your ears with this one. Give the kids some old pots and wooden spoons let them make music.

    • Transfer water

    This is especially fun in the bathroom but a bowl of water outside will also work.

    Fill a container and have your child transfer water from it to another container.

    You can use a variety of different items like spoons, cups, jugs, buckets, ect.

    • Stack cups

    Let your child stack plastic cups or Tupperware in your kitchen the same way they stack blocks.

    • Toothpicks and meat trays

    Draw a simple picture on a meat tray and let your toddler prick all around it to make the pattern.

    Most importantly have fun and always stop an activity if your toddler has lost interest.

    Why your toddler should be colouring in

    We recently received two large colouring sheets from www.blubirdcreations.co.za

    Beautiful large simple images printed to a large sheet of white paper.

    There were two separate designs. A stunning toddler sheet full of all things kids love and a ocean sheet full of under the sea creatures.

    Bear was delighted the minute we opened the carton tube containing his suprise and dragged us all in to colour with him.

    So many uses for the colouring sheets.

    I love these sheets. They are fantastic to keep the kids busy. Would accomadate several children in a classroom setting and best of all could be used as kiddy table cloths at both birthday parties or restaurants.

    We used one , once it was coloured, to cover a gift to a friend from bear and you could even use them to cover school books or files.

    But why is colouring important?

    Today, especially with the advanced technology our children are exposed to , it’s important to encourage your toddler to colour in.

    Here are six learning benefits of colouring in activities.

    1. Fine Motor Development:

    Colouring in helps your child to develop good finger grip. It provides an opportunity to practice holding a pencil the correct way and aids in developing those fine motor muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrist.

    2. Concentration:

    The length of a child’s concentration develops and improves over time. Colouring in requires a good concentration and by focusing on one task , for example colouring the tree green, can help a child develop his or her overall concentration levels.

    3. Colour Recognition:

    Colouring in activities encourages colour awareness. Using different colours gives a child an opportunity to explore different colour combinations and lets them see how they can change the appearance of the picture by using these colours.

    4. Hand & Eye Coordination:

    Colouring in aids in the development of hand & eye coordination as your child learns to colour within the lines. When children first start colouring they will have a tough time keeping within the lines but as they progress their skill increases.

    5. Sense of Pride and Achievement:

    Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

    Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

    Children should be given every opportunity to gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that they are proud of, this will help in the positive development of their personality.

    6. Creativity:


    Colouring in stimulates creative thinking. Children learn to plan as they decide the colours they need in their picture and in what order they are going to colour things in. As their confidence grows, they are more likely to take risks and experiment with colour, patterns, and special effects with pencil or marker strokes.

    15 fun Toddler Activities to do this weekend

    As an educator I enjoy easy activities that not only keep kids busy but allow them to learn through play.

    Here are 15 fun easy activities to keep your toddler ( and you) busy this weekend.

    1.Cut up pipe cleaners – collect a variety of coloured pipe cleaners and let your child practice their cutting skills by cutting the pipe cleaners into smaller pieces.

    2.Balloon badminton – make 2 bats by taping a carton tube to a paper plate. Alternatively You can cut a pool noodles and each use a piece or use fly swatter. Take turns using a balloon as the ball to hit.

    3.Bubbles wrap runway – this is very cute and perfect for little toddlers. Place a long strip of bubble wrap on the ground. Have your child stand like an aeroplane , arms outstretched and run down the runway to take off and fly.

    4.Golf tees into Styrofoam – for this you need a few golf tees and some Styrofoam. Give your child a wooden hammer and let him hammer each tee into the Styrofoam.

    5.Highways – make roads from tape on the ground and let your toddler ride their cars on the roads.

    6.Treasure hunt – hide a few items in a room or outside. Draw the items into a piece of paper and help your child to find each one. I like a nature hunt where each child has to find a few items to collect outside.

    7.Cereal necklaces – using a cereal that looks like hoops make a necklace by stringing tgem onto a piece of string or ribbon.

    8.Thread cereal onto a spaghetti stick – place a piece of raw spaghetti into a piece of playdough. Thread cereal with hoops onto the spaghetti.

    9.Newspaper balls – roll newspaper up into a ball and throw, kick and roll the balls with your toddler.

    10.Roll down a hill- I’m sure you all remember the fun of rolling downhill and in the grass. Teach your toddler to roll downhill.

    11.Balance beam- a balance beam can be made from a piece of plank or a few bricks placed together . Allow your child to hold your hand until they are confident enough to balance by themselves.

    12.Block stack – use blocks or plastic containers to stack into tall towers and let your toddlers knock it over.

    13.Lacinging cards – cut some easy shapes from card boxes. Old cereal boxes work best. Punch all around and let your child use a shoe lace to thread around.

    14.Cook with mud- who didn’t love cooking with mud as a child? Give them some old kitchen utensils and make a small mud patch outside. This is great for creativity.

    15.Peg play-allow your child to peg the clothing pegs on and off a paper plate, shoebox or string tied between two chair legs.