Skyscrapers

Cereal box Skyscrapers zillycreate.wordpress.com

Cereal box Skyscrapers zillycreate.wordpress.com

I love how much fun can be had from rubbish… My daughters (4 years 1 month) had fun decorating and playing with cereal box skyscrapers. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun (and when no longer fun they can be thrown out guilt-free).

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Dishwasher Matching – Montessori inspired practical life

With Jasmine

Cutlery Matching
Although I don’t follow all of the Montessori style of child raising there are some things I like in it and that includes some of the practical life skills. Frequently ‘matching socks’ is an activity described for toddlers but I discovered that we were doing something even more practical (at least in my home) – Emptying the dishwasher and more specifically the cutlery rack. I realised that when Lacy & Aniya (2yrs) empties the cutlery rack we were doing matching and discussing concepts such as big and little as well as shapes and the names of various cutlery items.
e.g. Big spoon (dessert/soup)
little spoon (teaspoon)
round spoon (soup)
oval spoon (dessert)
sharp knife (do NOT touch these as they are Mummy’s job)
fork
potato peeler
measuring spoons
When we put plates away we also discuss size and shape as well as what they’re made of e.g. ‘Large”, “small”, “plastic”, “bowl” & “plate”.
Does it take longer to have my children help unload the dishwasher? yes but as it teachers family responsibility as well as matching and I need to do this anyway I may as well make it an activity we all do rather than come up with something else for them to do while I’m doing this.
Do I always get them to help? No sometimes I just want it done quickly but if I have time and am in a patient mood I try to get them involved too.
How do they reach? I have some plastic step stools or they drag a chair over to stand on.

Cost: FREE
Time: 10-30mins
Taught: Family responsibility, basic concepts/opposites, nouns, sorting
Age: 2 years+ (the younger the child the more support they will require to do this)

Easy rip and glue craft

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So my girls love to do craft and I wanted nice easy craft ideas that I had the things for.

I found pictures on the net of a butterfly (I have girls) and other pictures. I searched colouring butterfly. We ripped up coloured construction paper that I bought for cheap from office works. Than glued onto the picture. So easy the kids loved!

Needed: paper, glue

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