NurtureStore http://nurturestore.co.uk kids activities, art and craft, play dough recipes and more Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Night sky sensory tub http://nurturestore.co.uk/night-sky-sensory-tub http://nurturestore.co.uk/night-sky-sensory-tub#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:59 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21599 This night sky sensory tub is great for sensory play and comes with ideas for hands-on math games.

Night sky sensory tub

There are many ways you can make a sensory tub but today’s version is based on rice. Uncooked rice has a nice texture for children to explore and if you store . . . → Read More: Night sky sensory tub

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This night sky sensory tub is great for sensory play and comes with ideas for hands-on math games.

Nigth sky sensory tub for sensory play, space theme and with ideas for hands-on math games.

Night sky sensory tub

There are many ways you can make a sensory tub but today’s version is based on rice. Uncooked rice has a nice texture for children to explore and if you store it away after play it will keep for months – if not years – so one pack of rice can be used again and again for many play times. It’s also very easy to dye rice, so you can add some colour to your sensory play.

how to dye rice

To add colour, place some of your rice in a strong plastic food bag, or a tub with a lid.

Add a few drops of food colouring, or a squirt of paint. Today we’re using black glitter paint.

Fasten up the bag or tub securely and shake, shake, shake until the colour has covered all the rice.

Then place your rice out on a sheet of baking parchment, or in a tray, and leave for a few hours, or overnight, until it is completely dry.

dye rice for sensory play

To our night sky sensory tub I’m adding some stars. I cut up a sheet of stickers, leaving the stars still on the plastic film. They’re nice and sparkly, and hunting for them in the tub and picking them up with your fingers is a really great workout for fine motor skills.

stars for sensory play

How to play with your sensory tub

The simplest idea is to hand over the tub to your child and let them enjoy exploring the textures. You can add scoops and spoons, or enhance the space theme by adding a moon, planets or a toy rocket. Let them lead and see what ideas they have to play with the tub.

night sky rice sensory tub

You might invite them to pick out all the stars and sort them into different colours.

math sensory tub activities

Or count the stars they can find, and line up the different colours to make a graph. Chat about the stars using lots of math vocabulary: have they got more blue stars or pink stars? Which colour do they have the least of? Which line is the biggest?

halloween sensory tub with ghosts

You can also give the sensory tub a Halloween theme. Cut out some little ghosts from white card or craft foam, and add a number on each. Hide the ghosts in the tub and use them for some more math games.

:: how many ghosts are in the sky?

:: can you find ghost number 5?

:: can you line up all the ghosts from smallest number to biggest number?

number sensory tub for halloween

:: can you find the ghost that matches your age?

:: can you pick two ghosts and add up their numbers?

halloween math station ghosts addition

More hands-on learning resources

You can find more creative math activities here. Head here for sensory tub activities. And see our full archive of Halloween crafts and activities here.

 

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Diwali Rangoli Pattern http://nurturestore.co.uk/divali-rangoli-pattern http://nurturestore.co.uk/divali-rangoli-pattern#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:41:18 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21 Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on Thursday 23rd October 2014. Celebrate it with the children by making a traditional Indian rangoli pattern.

 

Divali rangoli patterns

Rangoli are traditional patterns used to decorate homes on special occasions. You can easily make a version with your children.

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Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on Thursday 23rd October 2014. Celebrate it with the children by making a traditional Indian rangoli pattern.Gorgeous diwali rangoli patterns for kids

 

Divali rangoli patterns

Rangoli are traditional patterns used to decorate homes on special occasions. You can easily make a version with your children.

1. Draw an outline motif on a paper plate – perhaps a geometric pattern or a picture inspired by nature such as a leaf or flower.

2. Cover a section of your design with glue and use dried lentils, rice, peas or beans** to fill the area.

3. Cover each area of the motif in turn with glue and use different coloured lentils, peas or beans to make up your decoration.

4. Allow to dry, gently shake off any loose beans/ rice and then display your rangoli around the house.

**Take care with any un-cooked pulses as they can be toxic if eaten**

More ideas for Diwali activities

Diwali is also celebrated with fireworks, so how about trying some firework paintings and firework crafts and cookies too?

Gorgeous, hands-on kids painting: making fireworks in the sky!Or making some salt dough candle holders as divas?

How to make beautiful salt dough candle holders - great for Diwali and Winter Solstice

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Halloween math activities http://nurturestore.co.uk/halloween-math-activities http://nurturestore.co.uk/halloween-math-activities#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:04 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21572 Before you eat, let’s count, measure, estimate and graph using trick-or-teat candy for some fun Halloween math activities.

Halloween math activities

When we add some fun, hands-on play using interesting materials the whole atmosphere of our math learning changes. We have smiles, and giggles, and people jumping to volunteer to answer the next . . . → Read More: Halloween math activities

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Before you eat, let’s count, measure, estimate and graph using trick-or-teat candy for some fun Halloween math activities.

Halloween math activities : fun ideas for Halloween math stations using trick-or-treat candy

Halloween math activities

When we add some fun, hands-on play using interesting materials the whole atmosphere of our math learning changes. We have smiles, and giggles, and people jumping to volunteer to answer the next question. Our pine cone math station was a big hit last month, so today we used some Halloween treats to set up another math activity.

I started by gathering a collection of trick-or-treat goodies in a glass jar, and drawing up a series of question prompts. I set them out as a table, so my daughter could practise reading and recording data.

I included a column for estimates, along with one to record accurate answers. Estimation is an important skill, helping you ‘sense check’ that your calculated answer is about right. It’s also good for children who have a fear of having a go at answering a question, worried they’ll get it wrong. If we encourage everyone to say what the answer might be, they can start to work on their answer without the pressure of thinking they must get it right.

halloween math station

Estimating, counting and addition

We started by working out how many of each type of treat there was in the jar. Then we sorted our brains, eyeballs, bones and pumpkins into bowls to count the correct answer.

halloween treat games

Measuring activities

We guessed how many treats we’d need to make a 1 metre long line, and how long a line we could make if we used all our goodies. Then we used a tape measure to work out the actual answer.

Fun Halloween math activities : great halloween math station using trick-or-treat candy

Graphing activities

We also used our math station to work on some different graphing techniques. We introduced the concept of Venn diagrams and decided to sort our chocolates by colour. There is so much value in using real items and doing hands-on activities to work on math concepts, rather than only working on paper and with abstract ideas. Plus, you might get to eat any treats that don’t fit within the diagram!

Venn diagram activity for Halloween

Then we made a bar chart, using our chocolates to create the bars.

Halloween graph activity math

The children loved the scale of this graph, as it stretched across the floor and under the table. We talked about how graphs are useful for conveying detailed information is a clear, visual way. It was so obvious we had more pumpkin chocolates than any other types when they were  displayed in this way – so much easier to see than when they were in the jar.

We use post-it notes to add the details to the axes on our graph: the type of chocolate along the x axis and numbers up the y axis. I had the children stand along the bottom axis and see if they could tell exactly how many pumpkins we had just by looking. Too many to say without counting! But when I said they didn’t need to count but could just find the matching number on the y axis my younger daughter said ‘Ohhh, that’s a cool way to do it!’ I love it when we see a light-bulb go on in a child’s brain and know they have grasped a new concept.

Halloween math graph activityMore hands-on math ideas

If you like using hands-on, creative techniques in your learning you can find many more ideas in our archive of math activities. And you can find all our Halloween activities here.

100 hands-on, creative math activities for kids. For ages 0 - 10. organised into topics and seasonal themes.

 

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Sneak peek of my next book! :: Play Planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/sneak-peek-fizz-pop-bang-play-planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/sneak-peek-fizz-pop-bang-play-planner#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:30:52 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21556 Fill your learning with Fizz, Pop, Bang!

Something fabulous is on the way! Launching next Sunday 26th October 2014, my new ebook Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities will bring you 40 creative, hands-on projects for ages 3 to 8. It’s perfect for school, homeschool or fun weekend projects, and it comes . . . → Read More: Sneak peek of my next book! :: Play Planner

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Fill your learning with Fizz, Pop, Bang!

Something fabulous is on the way! Launching next Sunday 26th October 2014, my new ebook Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities will bring you 40 creative, hands-on projects for ages 3 to 8. It’s perfect for school, homeschool or fun weekend projects, and it comes with 20 free printables, and it will be on offer at a special launch price of just $7.99 for the first two weeks. Do check in with the Play Planner next weekend so you can see everything that’s included and download your copy. ~ Cathy

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Monday’s child is…

making spiders
So cute and easy to make: Hallween spider craft for kids. Nice textures and a good workout for fine motor skills too.

Tuesday’s child is…

painting fireworks
Gorgeous, hands-on kids painting: making fireworks in the sky!

Wednesday’s child is…

creating rangoli patterns for Diwali
diwali rangoli patterns

Thursday’s child is…

making fab Halloween pencil toppers, puppets and trick-or-treat goodies (see all at Tots100)
easy halloween crafts for kids pencil toppers

Friday’s child is…

painting with pumpkin spice scented paint
Pumpkin spice scented paint recipe - great for fall crafts for kids

Saturday’s child is…

decorating pumpkins (see all the ideas at BabyCentre)
fun pumpkin dcorating for kids

Sunday’s child is…

writing sticker stories
how to write a story stickers

creative homeschool resources

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Firework paintings http://nurturestore.co.uk/firework-paintings http://nurturestore.co.uk/firework-paintings#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:30:55 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=17362 My daughter had so much fun making these firework paintings! Perfect for Bonfire Night and Diwali, here are two ways to enjoy some hands-on, colourful firework art.

Firework paintings

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My daughter had so much fun making these firework paintings! Perfect for Bonfire Night and Diwali, here are two ways to enjoy some hands-on, colourful firework art.

Gorgeous, hands-on kids painting: making fireworks in the sky!Firework paintings

It’s a firework time of year around now, with Diwali on 3rd November this year, and Bonfire Night here in the UK on 5th November – and fireworks paintings are super hands-on fun to make.

We used a big piece of black card for our first painting. It’s good sometimes to have a bigger space to paint, and really be able to stretch out and express yourself. Using card rather than paper when you know the children are going to be really hands-on, is a good idea, as it can withstand a lot more paint!

firework paintingWe covered the floor with some wipeable tablecloths, and laid out some plates of paint. {That cat nearly walked through the paint several times!}

firework paintingThen it was time for action! Handprint art is such a fun and active way for children to explore painting. My daughter absolutely loves it, and it works really well as a firework-inspired technique, as those colourful fingers look like explosions in the sky.

firework paintingBut why stop there? My daughter loved swirling and swooshing the paint all over the paper…

firework paintingand patting and banging her hands.

firework paintingOh, and did someone mention glitter? Both glitter glue and loose glitter sprinkles were applied liberally. I could see how much my daughter loved the abundance of colour and paint and sparkles.

firework paintingSome handprints remained around the edges of the painting…

firework paintingand the finished art work was a glorious explosion of colour and shimmer – her perfect version of fireworks in the sky.

firework painting bonfire nightWe also tried a different firework technique, this time on a smaller piece of paper. My daughter wanted to explore some more with the glitter glue and sprinkles, and we talked about the best way to prepare the paper, so the glitter would stick to it. She decided to spread glue all over the paper…

bonfire night craftand then she used the little tubes of glitter glue to draw out an exploding firework. We really like these glitter tubes,as they’re easy for the children to use themselves – easy to squeeze out the glue and still control where it goes.

bonfire night craft

firework artThen she set about adding the loose glitter sprinkles. Oh my!

firework craftHere’s the finished firework. How’s that for an explosion of colour and sparkle?

firework craft diwali bonfire night

More Bonfire Night and Diwali ideas

For more explosive fun, try these firework crafts and cookies

summer bucket list firework-crafts

And for Diwali crafts, try these lovely salt dough candle holders or these rangoli patterns

How to make beautiful salt dough candle holders - great for Diwali and Winter Solstice

 

Complete art lesson plans, exploring great artists

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