Optional: crayons or markers
You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors
Optional: crayons or markers
The concept behind this activity is to find two matching socks. But there’s really lots of ways to use it depending on the age of your child and to make it different every time you play. It’s also easy to cut out that even the older kids can help with that.
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. If you choose to colour with younger kids it might be easier when you actually play the game if we help in the colouring to make sure that there is a pair of each socks. Cut out the colourful socks and start playing!
The point is to find two matching socks while all of the socks are spread on a table or floor face down or face up. Use as many pairs of socks as you like and with small children start even with as little as four or five pairs and remember to practice the names of colours. You can spread them in an unorganized or organized way (i.e. in rows). Try not to make the task too difficult at firs so that the kids understand what they need to do and then gradually make the game more and more difficult every time you play.
Another way to play would be to put 5-10 socks in a row in a certain order and ask the child to make a row which would be the same. If you have more kids and they are old enough you could add measuring time.
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You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, glue, a small box, string
Optional: crayons or markers, play doh, small baskets
We have a small garden and every now and again we try to put out something for the birds to eat. We even planted a bush with berries that birds apparently really like. The success so far is moderate and a bird is a rare sight in our garden. But we’re not giving up! And in the mean time I made up this activity for my boys. We make a cardboard birdhouse for beautiful paper birds. Most of all we love colouring them and making up new species:)
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. Make as many birds as you like, we like to mix the pre-coloured ones with our own creations to make a really colourful, exotic looking bunch. Just in case you’d like to see how the real birds look the names of the birds I’ve chosen are: blue tit, cardinal, golden oriole, song thrush and green woodpecker.
Make a birdfeeder for your paper birds from a small cardboard box using scissors and tape and paint if you’d like it to be colorful. The shape is really up to you and how complicated you want to make it. It can be just a flat surface with small sides (like a big, square plate – and you could really just use a paper plate if you like). Add sides and a roof and put it on a stick if you’d like to be able to make it stand in the ground or hang it on a piece of string.
If you have some small baskets you could make bird nests out of them for the birds to live in around the room or garden. You could even cut out bird eggs and gently place them in the nests for them to look after.
Colour the pieces of paper left from cutting out the birds brown, yellow, orange and grey and cut them into small pieces to make the grains for the birds to eat. Distribute them in the birdhouse. You could add a small bowl for water for the birds to drink and bathe in which some birds really love to do.
You could put pieces of play doh on the sides of the birdfeeder so that when the birds fly over to eat they can be attached.
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You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, paper clips a piece of string, glue or tape
Optional: crayons or markers
With the cold weather outside and the next summer holidays still very far away it’s time to visit the seaside right in our home! We all love the beach and the sea and the kids especially. Let’s look for seashells and check which of them have a pearl inside. And when we have enough of them, why not make a necklace or bracelet or even earrings for mummy
Print the files attached. You can start with one sheet, or if you don’t mind the cutting out – two sheets. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the shells before cutting them. Cut out the pearls too. Decide which shells will be holding the pearl and attach them using a paper clip. But put a paper clip on all of the shells so that the kids can’t tell which shells have a pearl hidden and which not:) Alternatively you could use tape to attach the pearl.
Decide where is your beach and sea going to be and hide the seashells all over. Remember not to make the task too difficult at first so that it’s rewarding for the kids. But do put some under cushions on the floor imitating rocks or chairs imitating sea caves. Put swim shorts on your clothes if you like:)
If you’re playing with older kids you may add the diving element. Say that they need to pretend to hold their breath and can go into the water for 10-20 seconds at a time and then need to get more air.
Collect the pearls from the shells and together stick them onto the string using glue or tape to make jewelry.
You’ll need: a printer, paper, a pen
Optional: crayons and markers, tape or glue
Numbers are part of our life all the time whether we realize it or not. I believe it’s nice if our kids can begin to learn about numbers from an early age through play without even realizing that they’re learning something that important. Grasping the concept that 1 and 2 are very little and 10 is a lot. Understanding that 1 and two makes 3 or that if you take 1 away from 5 you’ll end up with 4. All this is useful. And it can be so much fun too
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. I definitely recommend colouring the tree shape with your kids:) You can use one tree print out for the whole game or if you like you can print six of them so that you can stick the fruit on You do not need to cut out the tree and I strongly suggest that you cut out the fruit in square shapes with a white frame because it is a lot easier and quicker but also I think it feels more like a game. If you like, take a pen and write the numbers 1-10 on the lemons and apricots (I suggest these because of their light colour).
Mix the cards on the table and ask your child to pick one fruit. Together find all of the 10 cards with that fruit on them. When you find them, you can either put the cards on the tree or stick them on. Remember to use numbers as you go and count the fruit. When you see your child is confident and there if less and less fruit in the mix let them find the fruit by themselves.
If your child knows numbers already you can ask them things like: put 2 apples and 3 pears on a tree. Or you could put 6 plums on and as them: How many plums are on this tree? The cherries come in two on each card to give you a total of 20 so a lot more opportunity to do math:). With that you can also practice counting : 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.
If you have a smaller child use colours of the fruit as your guide and, e.g. ask your child for the purple fruit, or ask for one orange, two yellow and three green fruit. Or if you decide to colour the fruit sheets yourselves you can make the pears and apples mixed colours of green and red and yellow to make the game even more complicated and fun!
If you have any ideas on how you liked to play the game then please share in a comment! All suggestions welcome:)
Mum of two boys. Lives in London.