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Play dress. Re-purpose project

I like giving things new lease of life. And that makes me a hoarder. Here’s my new little project.

It pains me to know that kids are going to play with something messy in some nice clothes that most likely will now wash off and will be covered in stains. But if I make something out of something else, especially if I hadn’t spent masses of time on it – I don’t really mind them getting messy in that. Most of the times however it becomes their favourite item and they wear it all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

I saved this baby-grow because no-one really worn it for too long – they were out of nappies by the age shown on it, and I liked the colour. So I just cut the bottom off it, added a couple of bottom layers from my old t-shirts by just cutting bottoms of t-shirts straight and slightly pinching them together to sew up to the top layer. All in all – it took me just a couple of evenings.

 

 

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Body Works

Idea for younger kids who is interested in how our body works. My kids are always interested in that subject and we have numerous books about it including the Usborn one with flaps Look inside your Body. I have seen this one translated into Russian, so would be interesting to get one for cross-reference.

Recently kids got hooked up on CBBC “Operation Ouch”. Here is an accidental study. Neva asked me to make fresh batch of playdough (I think she just wanted to play with it), which I did, and she didn’t want to colour it at the moment it should have been, but asked if she can mix the food colouring at the end. She chose Red. The result looked like human tissue covered in blood – she loved it!

She said she wanted to do a surgery on “Jude”, pointing at playdough. So I asked which part of the body is surgery for, and she decided – lungs, so I opened a page in the book we were reading earlier on the lungs page and we made lungs, then after a while of prodding and doing surgery with kitchen utensils she wanted to do heart, so we opened the heart page and I helped her to make one and also gave her some blue food colouring for the blood in the veins.

She was busy “doing her surgery” for about an hour if not more, until Mya finished her book and started interfering ๐Ÿ˜† She has returned to do “Jude surgery” quite a few times since then. We talked about anaesthesia as well, because our “patient” needed to be put under ๐Ÿ˜†

 

 

 

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Crafts on AGA

We have a lot of candle wax lying around and multi-coloured crayons that we made from broken bits of crayons (which completely ruined my silicon moulds and did not captivate girl’s attention for long).

So, inspired by some Instagram videos, I suggested we make a candle.

First – we needed to pick a wick. We needed a tread that burned well and didn’t melt. I cut few lengths of thread from different materials and let Neva have a go burning each one to see which one suits our need better. We used a metal nut to attach the wick to and oiled the plastic pot we were going to use for the mould.

We chopped some crayons and wax from an old candle and put some in a metal measuring cup to melt and other bits in the candle mould for the colourful bits.

In our new house we have a range cooker which I am still figuring out how to use, but the hot plates on top seemed like an ideal temperature for this. So we poured the melted wax into the candle mould and left it to cool. Small person was very proud of her candle and took it with her to “listen and share” in nursery.

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Neva got experimentation bug going and she wanted to see how things melt, we put baking paper on the hot plate and started dropping bits of crayon and wax on it, then decided to draw on the next bit.

Neva discovered that once cooled – the wax comes off very easily, so she had fun peeling it off the paper.

For the picture to stay intact – try doing it on a plain paper – the wax soaks in and doesn’t fall off, making a nice picture to keep. If you like this craft but don’t have an AGA with big hot plate – I think a big frying pan will do, you’d just have to cut circle to fit to the bottom and check that the temperature is not too high, so that child doesn’t burn her hands accidentally.

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Doubling

Doubling

We like mathematical story books. Pulled out today “Alison Hubble, the girl who doubled”.

Then I asked Mya to write down all the equasions in the book and see if she can solve each one before she turned the page to the next one.

She made a mistake on 4th one, I asked to check if she can spot the mistake and fix it. She couldn’t correct it, but she knew where it was. I really wanted to step in and “explain” but stopped myself. I took the materials out and asked her to lay all the equasions out instead, so she can feel them.

She went up to 32, wanted to keep going. Managed 64, then got stuck again. We need to work on Place value more. Gave her a little hint, not to ruin the feel of achievement. She was very proud of herself when she managed the last one.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Maths, Uncategorized

 

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Waterproofing experiment

I have purchased a pair of warm and beautiful “snow boots” for Neva. First time she wore them outside – she came back home with soggy feet. The boots were useless! Or were they? Before throwing them away I thought I’d try something. And a waterproofing experiment was born.

You will need

– useless shoes (or any other item that might benefit)

– two pieces of fabric (or you can get more pieces and extend experiment with different substances/materials

– a candle

– a hairdryer

Rub your fabric with piece of candle so that it becomes much lighter colour and as much wax as possible rubs off (you can see it much better on darker fabric). Then blow on it with hairdryer on the hottest setting (you can see the colours returning to normal as wax melts into it.

To test – drip some water onto your piece of fabric to see if it it stays on the surface.

We used 2 handkerchiefs – one was rubbed with wax and other wasn’t. We wrapped both of them over a small pot and fixed with rubber band before dripping water on them (to collect the drips).

We waterproofed the boots as well, as you can see from the picture – the water sits on top without soaking in. Next week we’ll test how well that worked, on the slopes of Bulgaria.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Pajamas Science, Uncategorized

 

Number line

Neva become very interested in number line, and she asked if she can make her own by herself, but couldn’t write the numbers no matter how hard she tried. We tried tracing numbers first then writing them, writing them in sand tray etc. but she was still unhappy and kept scrunching up her work. Then she remembered that we had stickers and thus she set to work happily again! She was trying to make it past the 10 into the teens but we run out of 1’s.

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Making number line

Counting on number line

Counting on number line

After sticking a number on she’d carefully count all of them from the start, then stick another one on.

Then we found some more stickers (they were bigger then previous ones, so I explained that we need to put 12 on the top, because 11 is taking 2 spaces) and so she finished the line.

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When she started I had to explain that the numbers go on or under the notch or a mark on the line, as she was putting them in-between the marks. She did the rest by herself.

Few days later after this post I have watched Christina Tondevold’s video and she says the number lines should only be introduced in grade 2 and instead a Number Path should be used and thinking of it now, it makes total sense. In Number Path there’s no line, no marks, no Zero, so child sees what they need to see. Number line creates confusion for small kids (I have seen it on Neva’s face, but didn’t know why before), but these Number lines are everywhere you look!

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Maths

 

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Workout for little fingers. Shredding and threading.

Here is a few things we’ve been enjoying lately that develop hand and wrist muscles and help with grip.

I have cut lots of strips of coloured paper same width as our mini-shredder that I found in a charity shop and they had such fun turning these into lots of colourful shreds.

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Shredding coloured paper in mini-shredder

We didn’t know what to use them for at first, but they looked so bright that I kept them.
She used them for a while for her imagination basket and played unicorns in rainbows I think with some trucks and diggers in the mix.

Today we found them again and Neva cut out some cars out of cereal box and I punched some holes through it and she enjoyed threading brights strips of paper through the holes.

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DIY lacing cards

She was really proud of her work!

 

 

 

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