I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. Managing household, keeping up with two extremely active kids and blogging is very draining. Plus the Big Thing will start her kindergarten from next week, so I have been spending a lot of time with children. I want to make the most of these last few days before she begins her school routine, which is why I decided not to post for a while. And once she’s in school, I will get back in to the flow, and post more often each week. InshaAllah!
Moving on, we did this easy activity with the Little Thing the other day. It’s extremely easy and does not require a ton of material. I like usual, used up the leftover material we had from our old projects.
What you will need:
- piece of cardboard
- colour papers
- glue stick
What I did:
- Cut a circle out of the cardboard piece. I used old carton.
- Cut triangles out of different coloured papers. I cut only four coloured papers. Because I didn’t want to confuse my daughter. If your child is a bit older, try using 5-6 different colours or may be different shades of same colour. Remember you can always vary the activities depending on your child’s ability and age.
- I then cut out thin strips of same coloured papers and glued them on to each clothespin. And that’s about it.
I put the wheel and the clothespins in front of her and asked her to try and match them.
Initially she had a difficulty in putting the clothespin on to the cardboard. But now she’s mastered it. She finishes it in less than 5 minutes. I hope your child will love this colourful activity as much as mine did.
Leave me a comment down below and tell me if you have any easy DIY homeschooling ideas.
Also if you haven’t checked out our previous activities you and so do it now. 🙂 Hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead! And Happy Homeschooling! 🙂
I made this simple and colourful activity yesterday to help my toddler understand the concept of size sorting and matching. Sorting according to the size of the icecream and matching according to the colour. I tried to keep the colour of the cone and icecream same because we were doing both sorting with the help of matching, to make it a little easy for her.
If your child is a little older, you can try it with different colours and concentrate on sorting or matching, individually. But since the Little Thing is only 23 months old, I had to do it relatively.
The supplies I used in this activity are same as the supplies I used in our previous activity, because I already had them available at home.
You will need the following things to do this activity:
- Card board piece ( I upcycled old carton)
- Foam sheets
- 1 colour paper
- Glue stick
First, I wrapped the card board piece with a coloured paper.
My card board sheet was a little bigger than the colour paper, which is why I put up a different coloured paper on the top. Of course I could have cut it small to match the size of the paper, but I wanted to make it a bit more appealing to my child. And the blue coloured paper actually makes a difference.
Moving on, I drew four triangles on the paper and asked the Big Thing if she would fill colours in them. She happily agreed to help me with the colouring part. While I grabbed some coloured foam sheets and cut out the ice-cream shapes according to the size. And that’s it.
We let our almost-2-year-old pick and sort/match them on her own. And by far this has been her favourite activity because it’s got to do everything with ice-creams! Probably her favourite thing in the whole world! 🙂
And if you haven’t already noticed the difference in the titles in each photograph, let me tell me you what happened. I wrote ‘Shape sorting’ instead of ‘Sort and Match’, which is why I went on and edited the picture instead of changing it on the board, photographing and uploading everything once again! Anyway, mistakes happen because I’m not perfect! 🙂
So that’s the activity we did today. Go see what activities we have done so far. And please leave a comment below and tell me which is your child’s favourite activity. I would love to know 🙂
So until next time, Happy Homeschooling to you! 😀
If you have been following my blog for sometime, then you might have already read about the no-cook Play Dough recipe I posted a few months ago. That recipe is still my go-to recipe for homemade play dough for my little girls.
But last night, kids slept a tad bit early, so I had some ‘extra’ time to experiment. And since we ran out of our play dough that I made earlier, I decide to try this recipe that doesn’t require cream of tartar.
And to those of you who don’t know what cream of tartar is, its actually a powder that gives the dough a bit more stability and volume. But I just decide to skip it, because like always I wanted to make something with the ingredients that I already had in our cabinet. And I loved the way it turned.
So here’s what you will need to make your own homemade play dough without cream of tartar:
- 1 cup All purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil (or any other oil)
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 3 teaspoons White Vinegar
- 1 cup Water
- Food Colouring
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan.
Mix everything together and stir constantly over a low-medium flame. Until it clumps up together like this.
Turn off the flame. And knead it for a few minutes so that everything is mixed together nicely.
They enjoyed it thoroughly. I loved watching them play.
And if you want to make play dough in different colours. Just rinse the saucepan and repeat the procedure. Store in air-tight container and it should last for a very long time.
UPDATE: I wrote this last week but published it only today. So this batch of play dough is still great going.
One night, I left a small portion of it, open to air to see how quickly it hardens up. And I’m glad it didn’t dry up a lot. I added a few drops of water in the morning and with little kneading. It was fit for play again 🙂
Let me know if you have tried any other recipe for making play dough and like it. I would love to try it too.
And if you’ve missed our yesterday’s activity, you can go take a look at it. So that’s it for today. 🙂
Yesterday, kids got up a bit early and I haven’t had a single ‘goodnight’ in the past few weeks (that’s a different story though). So since everyone was up, I thought of making something colourful for the Little Thing, who is not yet familiar with colours other than Orange and Green.
This activity will helped my child in ‘matching’ the colours. I didn’t want to rush things up and confuse her. So as of yesterday, it was only matching the colours for her. May be in the coming weeks we can learn their names too. 🙂
So if you want to make this activity for your child, you’ll need the following things:
- Foam sheets in colours of your choice
- Cardboard sheet ( I upcycled an old carton)
- 1 Colour paper.
- Glue stick
All I did was I cut out a large piece of cardboard and wrapped it with a coloured paper, so that it looks neat ( You can totally skip this part, if you have no time).
And then glued, foam pieces on to the card stock. Remember you will need two pieces in the each colour, for your child to match them with one another. And that’s about it.
Initially, I put the pieces beside and asked her what she wanted to do with them. She twisted and turned the pieces and pulled them apart. My fault, I shouldn’t have asked her that in the first place. Hehe.
I then told her to match the colours and she did it in no time. MashaAllah.
Fun Fact: The Little Thing is this type of a child, she knows what a Popsicle stick is and never forgets to asks for it when she wants to play with them. But when I ask her the colour of the sky, she instantly says green! LOL Now you know her personality. Her major source of learning is her big sister.
This is how it looked once she finished it. It’s easy, inexpensive and fun. I hope you’ll give it a try.
Please comment below and let me know how you like it. So that’s all for today. Stay tuned because I have loads of fun activities coming up.
Happy Homeschooling Momma!
If you haven’t already spent a lot of time around newborn babies, their fragility may be intimidating. But the newborn phase is one of the most cherished phases in any parents’ life. So today I’m a few basics to remember when handling a newborn. These tips are more of little lessons, I personally learned in the past years.
1) Keep hands clean:
First things first, always remember to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your newborn baby. We generally don’t bother much about this. But then, newborns don’t have a strong immune system yet, so they are susceptible to infection. Also make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
2) Carrying your baby:
Be careful to support your baby’s head and neck. Cradle the baby’s head when carrying her and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. Try tickling your baby’s feet or blow gently on to the cheek when you need to wake her up.
Always have your baby securely fastened into the stroller or carrier whenever on-the-go. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy. Your newborn is not yet ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air.
3) Feeding your baby:
Breast milk is the best you can give your child. So stick to it unless there’s a reason. Newborns do not need anything expect breast milk or formula. So do not offer water or any juice.
Newborn babies have a very unpredictable feeding schedule. They need to be fed on regular intervals, starting from eight to twelve times a day. So may be every second hour or so. Or when ever the baby demands for it.
When hungry babies will show signs of hunger such as making lip movements, sucking thumb, stirring or stretching. Don’t wait for them to get cranky and fussy, because that’s the next level of hunger.
Stop feeding when your baby stops sucking or turns her face way from the breast, it means that he or she is full. As your baby gets older, he or she will take in more milk in less time at each feeding.
Formulas are not interchangeable. Once you have started on one brand and type, stick with it. Every change in formula sets off a 3-5 day adjustment period for baby’s digestive system that can result in increased gassiness and fussiness. All changes in formula should be approved by the pediatrician.
4) Bathing your baby:
As long as you’re doing a good job of cleaning your baby’s diaper area during changes, two or three baths a week probably are plenty for a newborn.
A sponge bath with water is usually enough, especially until the umbilical cord stump falls off.
In the winter season, when skin is likely to become dry or flaky, you may want to bathe her even less. Whether you’re giving a sponge or tub bath, always test the water temperature using your elbow or the inside of your wrist (the water should be lukewarm). Remember hot wash can cause major burns to your baby’s delicate skin.
Always keep your supplies like towel, washcloth, shampoo and baby soap within reach before you begin bathing a newborn.
Stick with mild, unscented products formulated for babies. Do not use any homemade or over-the-counter products when it comes to a newborn.
5) Diapering your baby:
By the time your baby arrives, you might have already decided whether you want to cloth diaper or use disposables. Either way, check out the best deals around and have loads and loads of them stocked up much before the baby arrives.
Change diapers frequently, every 2 hours whether you are using cloth diapers or disposables or after every bowel movement. Always wipe the area gently with a clean washcloth or a disposable wipe. In case of diaper rash apply coconut oil generously all over the area and let the baby remain diaper-free for at least a few hours a day.
If you are using cloth diapers and having diaper rash, then it could be due to detergent built-up. Trying stripping your cloth diapers and use detergents that do not contain any fragrance or dye. In case of severe rash, always see your pediatrician.
So once you have these basics down, I’m sure you be one happy parent to you little bundle of joy. And of course it does call for some extra patience and time. After all your a parent to a brand new baby. 🙂
** The above post, as stated is purely based on my own experience and isn’t a proven one. Always remember that every child is different. Something that worked for us, may not necessarily work for you.
The moment I went through the mail I knew I wanted to do this. For two reasons, Reason #1, Both of our girls absolutely love being around with books. I say being around because they are too young to read everything on there own. They enjoy flipping the pages over and over again, staring at colourful pictures and may be reading a word or two.
Reason #2, Husband and I have been searching for good and simple Islamic books for our children for a long time now. We did buy a few books in India and carried them all the way to Doha, when we moved here. And this book seemed like a perfect addition for our stash.
About Shade 7:
Shade 7 is a global, multilingual publisher of premium Quranic pop up books and 3D digital interactive apps that help children learn about all religions but primarily Islam in a fun and engrossing way.
The company has partnered with READ, a charitable foundation, with a pledge to donate 25 books for every 1,000 copies sold, in order to make them accessible to children in all circumstances; we believe that education should not be a privilege, it is a necessity.
Currently, Shade 7 have an ambitious publishing schedule of 30 titles including 3D digital app versions of each of our publications coming soon.
About The Story of the Elephant:
The Story of the Elephant, is the first Quranic pop-up book by Shade 7 publications, which tells the much loved story of Surah Al-Feel from chapter 105 of the Holy Quran.
So this book narrates the incident as described in one of the most beautiful verses in the Holy Quran. It’s basically a story that talks about Allah, the Almighty’s immense strength.
It’s undeniable that the pictures that keep popping up from the book make everything so real and simple for little children to understand. We as parents, try to read the story to our girls, one part at a time but may be since they aren’t big enough at the moment, they don’t understand a lot of it but they still enjoy the lively illustrations.
The Big Thing, has memorized the names of the people and places in it. And the Little Thing, who will be 2 next month, very quickly recognizes Kaaba (This is my favourite part).
Apart from many other beautiful illustrations like the huge green bird, hands joined together in dua, the page with a huge elephant in chains is everyone’s favourite. The best part is that children get to pull the long card attached to the elephant and it moves up and down and children thus understand that the elephant is chained and can’t moved beyond that point.
At the end of the book, there is a little quiz for children, followed by all the answers. We haven’t taken up the quiz yet because I thought it’s too early for their age. Plus they haven’t memorized the whole story, to be able to take it up on their own.
Last but definitely not the least this lovely pop-up book comes with a huge envelope attached at the back with an antique letter seal. This envelope contains some cards of elephants and a huge print out of map of the place where this story is based. I have saved this, for both the girls to grow up a little so they can both sit down together and do some fun activity.
What I like about the book, The Story of the Elephant:
- The huge size of the book, that catches your child’s attention instantly.
- Beautiful and lively illustrations that improves child’s imagination and creatively.
- Activities that come along with the book, especially the elephants on the card which are extremely travel-friendly. (You can remove them and pop into your diaper bag, throw in a few crayons and you are sorted for your next flight).
What I don’t like about the book, The Story of the Elephant:
I’m so glad that there isn’t a single thing that I don’t like about the book. (This doesn’t happen too often with me! Anyway :))
Do I recommend this book to other children?
Yes, I strongly recommend this book to all the parents who are keen on instilling Islamic foundations in their young children in a very fun yet interesting way. I’m sure your child will enjoy it as much as my children are.
Also I have to admit that I received this book approximately two months ago and my children still haven’t had enough of it. Every time I bring it out, I see their little faces light up with joy. That excitement to learn something new everyday is remarkable.
And this book is definitely going to stay with us for years to come. And I really hope Shade 7 comes with loads of other such fun, interesting and educational books for young minds.
My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
** We were sent the book in exchange of a fair and honest review. I was not paid to write this post. All the opinions and images are my own.