Category Archives: Kids activities( Ages 4 and up)

Happy Earth Day : Pledge to Go Green !

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We celebrate Earth Day today 22nd April ,Monday.
“The world grows smaller and smaller, more and more inter-dependent. Today more than ever before life must be characterised by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” H.H. the Dalai Lama
We and our children can act thoughtfully and become aware of the many opportunities we each have every day to “help our earth.”
The 3 R’s are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: When we “RRR,” we save the earth’s precious natural resources.

Every Family can do something to “Go Green”.
Small Steps as to make our world a better place to live now and for our future generations.
In my opinion there is no theory required to teach Kids about Earth Day and going Green. Kids learn watching us and if we follow few small steps such as
#Separating Plastics and Paper from our Trash
#Using your own bags when shopping
#Washing laundry in cold water
#Turn off the water while brushing and doing dishes.
#Turn out the lights when u leave a room.
#Buy Organic produce from local Farmers Market.
#Get out of the house or gym and enjoy a walk in the park.
Ashrith my 4 year old has been following and learning about Recycling from me. Before going to the recycle bin, I show him all the milk bottles and other and allow him trash them in the recycle bin.
My favorite spot for him to learn about various things to recycle is the Target Store. As the picture suggests these bins have logos on it and Ashrith enjoys to tell me what goes into each bin .
These are a few steps, I take to go green,What are your green plans? Any tips and suggestions are welcome.
Please feel free to leave your comments.

Spring Season Activity :Simple Painting

My four year old son came back from Preschool ,so excited , shared everything he learnt about Spring.After a while,he asked me for a paper and some paints.I did’nt know what he was upto but after twenty mins he came back and suprised me with this lovely seasonal picture.When I asked him what his painting is all about ,he described the trees, flowers and birds chirping……….It’s Spring Mom….It’s Spring!
Through the painting , one thing is for sure ,he is listening to his teachers!!Yipee
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Spring Season Activity :Simple Painting
Materials Required:
Sheet of Paper
Any Art Materials (crayons,paints,color pencils)
Instructions:
Talk to your child about a season and ask him/her to draw something seen in that season.
Like shown in the pic …SPRING is all about flowers, trees,birds etc.
Using any art materials ,kids can make a lovely seasonal picture.

I am posting this picture with a thought that it might help other parents to teach thier kids about seasons and encourage them to paint as well.Do you plan to do this seasonal painting with your child ,if you do so ,Pls comeback and share your experience .

Easter Activity : Family Easter Garden

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                                                                     Photo Credit: Church

Ashrith’s  Preschool Church had a Easter event with egg hunt ,songs and crafts. The most exciting moment was Family Easter Garden which we as a family enjoyed making .I wanted my readers to enjoy this experience too , so full details of the project with pics.

Materials Required:
Plastic Tray ( oval shape)
Potting soil
Small Flower Pot
Small Pebbles
Mister
Grass Seeds
Sticks
Raffia strings
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Instructions:
Write your family name on the label, decorate it and stick it to the outside edge of the tray.
Fill the tray halfway with potting soil.
Bury the small flower pot in the dirt with the opening showing.
Add some small pebbles for a path to the “tomb” and add a larger stone to put next to the tomb.
Throughly moisten the soil using the mister.
Sprinkle grass seed generously on the potting soil to cover the spots that do not have rocks.Water with the mister.
Put a very light layer of soil on top of the grass seeds and spray with the mister.
Create 3 crosses using sticks and raffia strings.
Place crosses in the dirt.
Keep moist and in a sunny place . Seeds should sprout within 7 days.

Thanks to Ashrith’s Preschool church for sharing such a wonderful family activity.

Spring season activity : Foam Flowers

Today is the first day of spring ,this season always remind us of flowers. I have a easy art and craft activity for your child.If you have a toddler who is not allowed to use scissors or glue ,then this is a activity you will love.
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Spring season activity : Foam Flowers

We are using my favorite self-adhesive Geometric foam stickers from Michaels store .The tub has wide variety of shape stickers and the colors are so eye catching , you’ll fall in love.

Spring season activity : Foam  Flowers

Materials Required:
Creatology Foam Stickers , Geometric Shapes (Michaels store)
White poster paper
Green marker

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Instructions:
Draw several stems and leaves on a white paper using green marker.
Ask your child to peel the backing from the shapes and press them above the stems to make flowers. My four year old was just fine with it as Foam stickers are easy to peel and stick .
I made one on the yellow paper and then Ashrith made his own flowers on a white sheet of paper .
If you notice , I used triangles to make a bud and he used squares for flowers which is quite interesting way of using geometric shape foam stickers to make flowers .

Lessons Learnt:

Recogination and learning about shapes and colors.

Kids use Imagination and creativity to transform basic shapes into flowers.

Peeling stickers helps in improving  fine motor skills

Quick Tip : Older Kids : If your child is old enough to draw  ,he /she can draw the stems or use green foam stickers to make a stem pattern .   
Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers : If you are working with toddlers , you can draw the outline of flower shapes too . The little ones pick the right sticker to match the shape outline . Thus,making it great activity to learn matching shapes.

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Kids will be happy to call it their own art piece to display.

Preschool Project: Family Shamrock

Ashrith’s Preschool teacher send us a green 3 leaf clover in preparation of St.Patrick’s Day . She wanted us as a family to help our child to think of 3 reasons as to why they are ‘Lucky ” or “Blessed”. She asked us  to decorate the clover as we like.

Preschool Project: Family Shamrock
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After talking to Ashrith we came up with these
3 blessings ….Family ,Food and Toys .

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Materials Required:
Green paper 3 leaf clover
Stickers
Scissors
Foam frame
Photos
Magazine cutouts
Glue
Marker

Instructions:
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Draw a family picture and if your child is not interested in drawing you can always use a family photo. We Used a foam frame to the picture.

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Decorate the clover with child’s favorite toy pics .

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Find various food pictures from magazines. Cut and Glue Magazine pictures when required.
We used few stickers too.

Lessons Learnt :
Counting blessings : I think doing this project as a family will help kids understand they’re luckier than most .
Improves Thinking skills : Make a list of pictures needed for this project. Kids carefully look through the magazine and find the perfect pictures . This activity makes them wear their thinking hats thus improving their thinking skills.
Develops Fine Motor skills : Little hands can develop fine motor skills by learning the proper way to use scissors and cut pictures from magazines.

I divided the project into portions , so my little one is not too tired . We managed to find the best pictures on day1 , on day 2 he drew the family picture and on  day 3 we  assembled everything .
Preschool Shamrock Craft project
How do u like our Preschool Project: Family Shamrock ? A project to create is an oppurtunity to spend quality time with your child.
As the teacher said …There is no wrong way to do this .The only requirement is lots of fun !

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Easter crafts : Bunny Egg stand

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Bunny Egg stands are easy to make and can be displayed anywhere to add that extra Easter effect.Make different animal stands like a lamb, duck and arrange them as a centerpiece on a table .
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Materials Required:
Toilet paper rolls
Construction paper in easter colors
Googly eyes
Foam Stickers
Pom poms
Marker
Craft Knife
Glue

Instuctions:
Cut the toilet paper roll into two halves.
Wrap each half roll with color paper.
Glue two googly eyes and then pom pom in the center like nose .
Use two different color drop shape foam stickers to make ears.
Using marker draw whiskers.

Jelly beans Color Matching Game

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Jelly beans color matching game for toddlers/preschoolers.This game helps youngsters in identifying colors while having lots of fun.
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If your kid is like mine who doesn’t know that jelly beans are candy and are meant to eat then it probably easy for you to organize this game.I said my toddler they are colored rocks and he believed it and did sorting but this year he is 4 and its not easy to fool a preschooler .

Materials required:
Jelly beans (various colors)
Color sheets of paper
Bowl
Instructions:
Place different color sheets of card stock or paper in a row
Ask ur child to pick each jelly bean and place them on the right matching color sheet paper
Cautious note : Parent involvement always important especially if ur child is mouthing things or eating lot of candy.
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After finishing sorting jelly beans this is how it looks , isn’t it  a wonderful display of colors.One of the best way to use all jelly beans from your  Easter baskets .

Preschool activity: Learning to write

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Looking for a fun way to develop interest in writing for the preschoolers ? Just with a few household materials you can turn it into a  fun experience.

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Last year ,  during my vacation in India, this idea was given by  my mom.In the Kitchen, while learning cooking tips from my mom, Ashrith like any normal 3 year old wanted my attention and was disturbing me .My mom gave him a winnowing fan with some sooji/semolina  and showed him to write , he was so excited and played for long time.

Materials Required:

Winnowing Fan or any large Tray /Plate

Uncooked Rice/ Oatmeal pwd/Semolina

Instructions:

Show preschoolers to write using their finger tips

Note: Winnowing Fan is a basket ,an instrument used in Indian household to separate seeds/grains  from husk and straw.

Ashrith is 4 now & is so crazy about writing letters that he can write anywhere with any given materials. He stills loves to trace letters , here in states I don’t have a winnowing fan so I give him rice /semolina or oatmeal pwd in a plate and he traces letters ,numbers and shapes.

Would you try this fun method of writing with your child ? Do leave your comments .

Winter activity : Snow fun indoors

Do you want to know how we are having  Snow fun indoors . Hmm.. Snow fun indoors ..doesn’t sound like true but is  absolutely indoors.

My son wanted to play in snow yesterday,  as he is falling sick  frequently playing outside in freezing temperatures was not good for him . I got a solution from my friend H who is also a regular visitor to my website . She send me this wonderful idea of bringing snow play inside.
Her two little girls had fun playing with snow and this is what they made as you see in the pic  below . They had fresh lumps of snow nicely in a huge bowl , their princess play toys and cute  a Christmas tree. The girls spent all morning scooping , shaping and playing with snow.

Princess Indoor Snow Play
Ashrith and me were  excited , we went out to get some snow but unfortunately it already freezed into hard ice crystals.
I said Ashrith, this is too hard ..it is ice and not snow anymore ,He replied …”It’s OK Mom”…”I can play Ice Breaking.
Kids are smarter then we know ,Snow or Ice …they find their way to play.
Ashrith inspired by one of the board game he loves to play with his dad , it is called Don’t break the Ice.He brought ice in a little beach bucket and started to play in his baby tub .He loved breaking the ice with shovel and transferring it back in the bucket .
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Winter activity : Snow fun indoors

Supplies Needed :
Little or more Snow ( Depending on the size of the container )
Bowl, Tray or we used a old baby bath tub ( you can see in the pic below)
Little play toys
Spoons or measuring cups for scooping
Quick Tips : Every household has  kitchen tools  and they  work  perfect  for playing with snow.We also use our Sand and beach toys. They come very handy , especially the shovel and beach bucket .
Always have a pair of mittens or gloves handy if your kid feels cold .Mine was not but you never know 🙂
The first time  we played with snow was a disaster , as I forgot to  place any table cloth underneath .I recommend  party table covers i.e plastic sheets or Table cloth and no worries  if you have tiles or vinyl flooring. It is easy to clean up.

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Yahoo ..after few days we got to play with fresh snow couple of times but Mom forgot to take a pic . I did forget guys but here is our latest picture enjoying the snow indoors.

Hope all that snow is not keeping you indoors . If it is, then do try this activity with your kids and let me know how you enjoyed it.
What are you waiting for ? Set out all the supplies and let the kids Explore this fun Sensory play with Snow.

Christmas Fun with Family : Popcorn Necklaces |Pair Books with Play : Popcorn Popcorn

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Every year, On Christmas Eve my niece and I make popcorn necklaces for our Christmas tree.
We had extra fun this year with my 4 year old son..So involved , a great helper in making the necklaces.

Materials Required:
Popcorn
Needle and thread
It is a pretty simple activity but Parents help required. Make the necklace as long as you want depending on the size of your Tree. Our Tree is just 3 feet ,we used 2 packets of Popcorn but I did a little more since we munch a lot while making necklaces…you can see my little one doing that in the below pic.

I won a set of author Floyd Stokes books at a Mother’s Day Event …yes a set of 8 books and among those books was a funny book named Popcorn Popcorn .After making Popcorn necklaces,decorating them on the tree.. now its time to read the book all about Popcorn.

Story time: PopCorn PopCorn Written by Floyd Stokes
This is a  wonderful book about the joys of popping and eating popcorn. It shows a mother popping popcorn and the Popcorn  landing  in the most unusal places . It turns into some very interesting animals.. It is a fun filled book for children of all ages. We absolutely love the book .
My Son can’t stop laughing reading this book and the words are repetitive , easy for little kids to follow. On the last page of the book ,there is a song version of the story with a tune and my kids enjoy performing the song.

Christmas Fun with Popcorn Necklaces

Eating Popcorn, Making Popcorn Necklaces, Reading book on Popcorn, Performing on Popcorn song …ha.ha sounds like we are going crazy with Popcorn. This is our fun way to celebrate, how about you ?Pls feel free leave your comments.