Category Archives: Kids Activities(Ages 2 to 3)

Rainy day activity : Painting with white bouquet flowers

Rainyday activity for kids  painting with flowers

How to pass time on Rainy day ? I had no activity planned for the day and when I was about to throw all my dried flowers of bouquet , I got the idea of giving them to my son for painting.Sometimes spur of the moment ideas work wonders.We are painting with tiny white flowers. Yes,Flowers we see all the time ..Very popular in bouquets and floral arrangements. Do you know what they are called? I had to google..They belong to carnation family and are called Gysophila.

Painting with Gyposphila Flowers
The tiny white flowers stems are nice and strong for kids to hold just like brushes.

Painting with flowers
A paper plate with few acrylic paints to dip and paint.

Painting with flowers for kids
For my six year old it was easy , he randomly painted with all the colors .

Painting with boquet flowers for kids
A modern painting is here to showcase !

We enjoyed exploring dried flowers and paints. How about you ? Please share your summer plans and fun activities .I would love to hear !

Creative Play : Exploring Ice with Sea Animals

Today I am sharing creative play with Ice. Whenever I open the freezer , Ashrith is curious about the ice cubes. He wants to hold them and play. We usually play with  different shapes ice cubes  made from  Ikea store ice trays but for  today ‘s play we added Plastic  Reusable Sea animals Ice cubes and Plastic ocean animals.

Materials Needed:

Baby bath tub or any big plastic container

Muffin Pan

Ice cubes ( Sea Animals or  tiny plastic toys)

Water

Toy Hammer & Shovel

Instructions:

Ice play :Plastic Sea animals in Muffin tin

Take a Muffin Pan ,add Plastic Ice cubes or toys  of any kind like we added Sea animals.

Ice Play with Plastic Sea animals

Now add water to the muffin tray and freeze it overnite.

Creative Ice play with Plastic cubes

Next day just scoop out the nice round iceblocks from Muffin tray. They came out very easily …no efforts.That’s a relief!

Place a baby bath tub with the ice rounds blocks and now its ready to play.
Creative play: Exploring Ice

First Ashrith digged ,explored for a while and later enjoyed banging the ice with Hammer.He had fun breaking the ice with his toy hammer and finding the hidden sea animals. He felt like a Hero saving Sea animals.

Plastic Reusable Ice cubes Play

Note: Reusable Plastic  Ice cubes come in many varieties ,I bought Sea animal Ice cubes at Target store , you can find similar ones on Amazon here. If you are looking for them in stores they are usually found in summer collection aisle where you have pitchers, caddy and picnic stuff.

Ocean animals

If you are looking for more Ice  Play activities for kids  , do try this  too .In the collage below you can see ice play with tiny plastic animals. The Ocean animals were bought at a Dollar store .These little things are not pricey and we can reuse them for countless activities.

Ice Play with Sea Animals
Lessons Learnt: He researched about Ice…telling why he can’t hold the ice in hand for long .. about its coolness . Recognising all Sea/Ocean Animals hidden in the ice.

It was indeed learning through play … a totally fun experience. We’ll be doing a lot of Ice play this summer holidays when the days are hot and BTW ..I am also thinking of ways to reuse these animals. So, look out for my coming posts ! What do you think about our Ice play ? Do send me your ideas and suggestions through comments …I will be happy to hear them .

Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners

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Color sorting sensory bin
Rainy days with low temperatures, what to do? It is difficult to keep kids occupied and as a Mom I always find new ways to entertain my five year old indoors. One such attempt is this Phonics Sensory play .We initially collected all colorful stuff from our play room and planned for colorful Sensory Bin. If you have no clue what a Sensory Bin is then let me explain. It is nothing but a container filled  with simple ingredients like rice, beans, little toys etc. Basically helping kids explore different textures. It’s easy ..just dump in whatever  little  fun things you have but keep a close watch on little ones who are still mouthing .

Sensory bin with Magnetic letters

To  make a Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners , first thing we need is a large container for kids to dig in and explore. I used a Sterilite Plastic Container( 20 gallon) but its height is a little more so I would prefer a flatter box for younger kids.

Materials for Sensory bin
Like I said, we started with a color sorting Sensory bin, So added few colorful Animal Counters, Wooden Triangles,Magnetic Letters and Numbers.The colorful objects  are mixed in rice.One ingredient that is easily available in an Indian household. Beside the box ,we spread different color foam sheets for color sorting .If you don’t have foam sheets, no problem, use color paper sheets or color bowls, anything readily available at home.

Color Sorting Sensory Bin

Color Sorting Sensory Bin with Foam Sheets
After digging and exploring for some time, Ashrith sorted the tiny objects on the color sheets. He did a marvelous job !

Along the process, we came up with idea of playing with letters. He started making words with magnetic letters in the rice and trying to spell them with sounds. It was so much fun and he sure is learning his phonics. Way to go Kindergartener!

If you have Kindergartener at home , you can try this fun method… learning phonics and sight words or make a Colorful Sensory Bin for younger kids. What do you think ? Mail me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or just  click the like button below .See ya!

This post is  linked to show and share Saturday  ,Kid’s Co-op @readingconfetti.com , for the kids Friday @ Sunscholars , Get school Saturday @too-much-time.com.

Christmas Tree Art projects for Kids

I am thrilled to share few Christmas Tree Art projects . Ashrith did  Christmas sketch, finger painting & dot to dot Christmas tree . Normally, I assist him in doing art projects but this time I was busy with something and he worked alone… more of his creativity.All these projects were done with the materials available in the home.
Christmas tree with dots art
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Diwali Fun Activity : Poping Bubble wrap (Pollution free fun )

If you are wondering what this activity is and how its related to Diwali .
Fireworks and DIWALI are closely connected . Without fireworks we miss the joy of the festival but since too much of pollution , finding simple ways to enjoy the pop pop sound but with a activity that is safe ,as well as no pollution. If you think …I am talking about the same old bubble wrap activity but with a different approach , you won’t be wrong but I wanted to write about it coz it’s not only my son’s favorite activity but also some pollution free fun.Many Schools are now celebrating Green Diwali and emphasizing on “No crackers” and “Clean Diwali”. This activity is my share of contribution for that noble cause.
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Diwali Art : Teaching Kids to Draw Diya

Life can be a tough sometimes…..I had a runny nose , sore throat,sinus pain etc since last ten days but the worst is the ear infection. First time, I am experiencing this kind of pain in ear and thank God(..and Antibiotics), I’m starting to feel better but …not able to hear that well yet.
All this illness, I couldn’t make time for 5 year old son but Today, after a long time we spend time sketching and coloring. He loves art and teaching him is so much fun. I am sharing what I taught him today i.e.. How to draw a Diya ? Diwali festival is ..coming soon and I have few easy ways to celebrate the festival with more creativity and quality family time.When I taught art in India ,I used to follow a book by Navneet Publications, don’t remember the name but this diya drawing was inspired from their book with a little personal added steps.
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Reuse baby bath tub: Mini SailBoats out of BottleCaps

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Today we are making mini sailboats using milk jug lids ,if you follow my website ,few months back I had collected plenty of  lids for a number activity here. So ,did you collect any lids ? If ,yes then what are you waiting ,  make the sailboats right away  or start collecting the lids now….never too late. Kids can play and enjoy this activity indoors in winter and outdoors in summer.

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Color sorting &Pattern making with Animal Counters

I bought these animal counters as a summer activity for my son . There are several counters to choose from on Amazon, but I went with this one because it has different animals (rather than a tub of bears only) and it has 20 of each color to total 100. It is a great teaching tool to help 2 year old and up with learning colors, learning to count and recognizing different shapes. Ashrith spends hours playing with these animal counters…making patterns,sorting animals with colors .

colorsortingwithanimalcounters
Eureka Tub Of Animal Counters, 100 Counters
•1 tub containing 100 counters
•Counters approximately 1″
•5 Critters: bears, dogs, cats, alligators and turtles
•Reusable plastic storage tub with screw-top lid
•Teach counting, sorting, hand-eye coordination
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