Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Air Drying Clay Pictures

In our activities I like using the natural ingredients, something that can easily be found in the kitchen cupboard or in the garden. Low cost activities and lots of fun!

Today we made air drying clay pictures using some clay leftovers and different size seeds, beans and dried pasta I found in my kitchen.

Simple gather your ingredients, roll the piece of clay and create your own pictures and patterns!

Making clay pictures with natural ingredients

I like using well known ingredients in a different way. Crating pictures with all these colourful bits helps child develop imagination and creativity
We talked about different textures and tried to describe them. We also talked about where the beans and seeds come from (great starting point to talk about plants growth). And all these tiny pieces, beans and seeds were great for practicing fine motor skills.

And as it is Easter soon we couldn't resist and we made and decorated clay egg shape. A little Easter detail to decorate our kitchen :) 

clay Easter egg decorating

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easter/ Spring Sorting

Sometimes simple ideas work best. Especially when they help practice some basic skills. Today I set simple Easter Sorting activity for Mr Frog.

A plate filled in with colorful rice and tiny Easter/spring-like shapes bought in a pound shop. Some small cups and tweezers.Very easy and quick to prepare.

It is great for practicing fine motor skills and tripod grip (so important when holding the mark-making tools) and hand-eye coordination. Plus some maths skills - sorting objects according to shape

For Mr Frog it was a good way to practice concentration and patience as the tiny shapes were quite difficult to work with. 

Sorting shapes using tweezers