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How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones

As the weather gets better , my son loves to play outside .One of his favorite pastime is sidewalk chalk .He enjoys to write , draw and scribble using color chalks. This inspired me to make our Chalkboard stepping stones. They make a great statement in the garden and encourage in writing interesting thoughts.

Chalkboard stepping stones materials

Materials Needed :
Terracotta plant Saucers ( 10 inch )get outside
Chalkboard paint
Outdoor/Patio Paint
Paint Brushes
Chalk
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
Instructions :
First step is to Paint the Saucers using outdoor friendly paints .It is a simple project , kids can work with a little help. My seven year old was able paint the saucers all by himself and he gave 2 layers of paint for each saucer with one hour interval.It kept him occupied for couple of hours.

Do it yourself Chalkboard Stepping stones
Later, We painted the inner circle of the saucer using chalkboard paint leaving nice color border.
Once all the paint is dry , we can add personalized message using chalk .
Tips and Tricks : Before you place the saucers in the garden , pack them nicely with soil underneath , so its heavy and strong.
Terracotta plant saucers are easily available in craft stores or any garden stores. Its surface is smooth and easy to work with chalkboard paint .
Lessons Learnt : Let’s see what Kids learn working on this project .
Choosing colors – My son chose his favorite colors to paint ( red , orange and yellow ).
Personalized message : Thinking of something creative to write and draw on stepping stones
Decorating the garden and spending more time outdoors .
Easy DIY Chalboard stepping stones
Decorate the garden with these easy DIY chalkboard stepping stones.

I’m joining in with my friend, blogger the lovely LarabeeUK‘s fantastic Kids in the Garden Blog Hop with 13 other bloggers. There is also a linky if you would like to share your own Kids in the Garden posts.


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Explore Dirt through Simple play

My little one enjoys outdoor activities but sometimes outside play can be a challenge. So, today we are bringing nature indoors. After reading and discussing few books on dirt, we went outside to collect a bucket full of dirt to explore.

Invitation to Explore Dirt

Explore Dirt Through Simple Play

Materials needed :
Tray
Beach bucket / container
Mud /dirt
Magnifying glass
Pen/ pencils
Paper
Instructions :
Dig into dirt an outdoor activity

Start by collecting dirt from your garden/Backyard using beach toys ,shovel to dig and bucket to collect dirt.
Early Science Explorers
Then spread the dirt on a tray .
Explore Soil through play
Use a magnifying glass to look closely at dirt .
Learning about Mud through Play
Then make a list of things you see on a paper.
Kids draw their Observations about Dirt
As you explore,draw and write Observations.

My son was very comfortable using his hands but if you don’t like your kids to get messy use gloves.This activity is perfect for ages 5-7 years old but If you have a toddler or preschooler, no worries, they can still have fun playing with mud, add few tools like cups, sand sifters or beach toys. It will keep them engaged for a while. However you choose to do it , dirt play is always fun !

Lessons Learnt :
As my son examined,he was finding little things that surprised him. Twigs, rocks, plastic ,seeds and leaves are a few things he discovered . Kids come up with unique observations ,like my son was not happy to see a piece of plastic .He said “Mom ,Plastic is not good for Earth “. He made me think that this could be great Earth day activity too.Above all , I am happy that he began to understand what dirt is made up of.
Simple Garden play at home

Do you have a curious child who loves to explore ? Then experience this Simple,fun activity and let me know what you think about it.
My post Explore Dirt is a part of a 30 Day Simple Play at Home series hosted by Adventures of Adam. Each day of the week a different blogger will be writing about simple play ideas that you can do with your kids in each room of the house for the entire month.

30 Day Simple Play Blog Hop

Spring Activities , Outdoor Activities , Nature Activities , Playing outside , Dandelion blowing , spring fun , go green ,

Spring Activity : Dandelion Fun

What a beautiful weather outside, Ashrith and me were walking in the neighbourhood today ,oh my !he knows so much about spring season. We were looking at the green grass , enjoying the nature especially  flowers….the dandelions .I asked him, if he wants to blow the dandelions ?He said, ” I want to blow and make a wish” .He knows about the dandelions and wishes connection through a recent episode of Ni Hao Kai-Lan .

He took a dandelion in his hand and wished for biggest submarine …….I have no idea where did that come from ……………Little ones are the most innocent -cute people and I love that !

Spring Activity : Dandelion Fun
dandelionfun

Note: Avoid this activity if you have any kind of pollen allergies and watch out for the bees too.

One of my  pledge to go green was get out of the house and enjoy a walk …….and that’s what we exactly  did ,Hooray!

Are you looking for outdoor fun activities ? Do come back and check as I am coming up with many fun activities soon.