Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers #4 | Match The Colour | DIY Colour Wheel

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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
  • clothespins
  • glue stick
  • scissors

What I did: 

  1. Cut a circle out of the cardboard piece. I used old carton.
  2. 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.
  3. I then cut out thin strips of same coloured papers and glued them on to each clothespin. And that’s about it.

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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.

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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! 🙂

Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers #3 | Size Sorting & Colour Matching

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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:

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  1.  Card board piece ( I upcycled old carton)
  2. Foam sheets
  3. 1 colour paper
  4. Scissors
  5. Markers
  6. Glue stick

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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.

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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! 🙂

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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! 😀

Montessori Inspired Activities For Toddlers #2 | Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe {No Cream of Tartar}

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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:

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  1. 1 cup All purpose Flour
  2. 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil (or any other oil)
  3. 1/4 cup Salt
  4. 3 teaspoons White Vinegar
  5. 1 cup Water
  6. Food Colouring

Method:

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Put all the ingredients in a saucepan.

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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.

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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. 🙂

Happy Homeschooling!

Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers #1 | Introducing Colours

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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:

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  1. Foam sheets in colours of your choice
  2. Cardboard sheet ( I upcycled an old carton)
  3. 1 Colour paper.
  4. Scissors
  5. Markers
  6. Glue stick

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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.

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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.

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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!