NurtureStore http://nurturestore.co.uk kids activities, art and craft, play dough recipes and more Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:17:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Valentine math station http://nurturestore.co.uk/valentine-math-station http://nurturestore.co.uk/valentine-math-station#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:00:21 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=23039 This Valentine math station is packed full of ideas for math discovery and math games. And don’t miss the Valentine-themed literacy, art and science ideas featured at the end.

Valentine math station

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This Valentine math station is packed full of ideas for math discovery and math games. And don’t miss the Valentine-themed literacy, art and science ideas featured at the end.

Valentine math station - lots of Valentine math activities, for a range of ages

Valentine math station

My children love math stations. The novelty of a themed one always grabs their attention, and they love the variety of activities on offer.

You can have a permanent math station set up, for children to use independently or with guided exercises, or bring one out once in a while to fit the season and give an interesting alternative to your usual math work. You can head here to see our pine cone math station, Halloween math activities and our rainbow themed activities unit.

This Valentine math station idea is part of the Playful Hearts series of Valentine-themed play and learning activities. Click through on the links at the end to see all the literacy, science and art ideas, and you’ll have a complete resource of Valentine activities for your children.

valentine theme math activities first grade

The idea behind the math station is to include lots of multi-sensory activities. It includes a variety of math activities which children can play with independently, or use to work on some directed games. There’s much to see, feel, count, explore and discover. Most of the materials are open-ended, and you can set up your math station so it is interesting and relevant to children of a range of ages and abilities. Let’s go on a tour of ours!

valentine math activity

We have a pot of plastic hearts, which make great counters for children who still like to have real objects in their hands to help them calculate answers.

The number hearts are from our bunting number line, which you can see in the top photograph. We have the odd and even numbers in different colours. We peg them up, so we have them as a visual reference to help us write our numbers the right way round – using the coloured rice / salt tray to practise. We also take down our numbers for some of our math games.

heart math game

We have a selection of ‘broken hearts’, waiting to be fixed by clever math-brained children! You can make these hearts to suit the levels your children are working at.

:: Match written numbers with the corresponding number of dots

:: Have addition and subtraction problems to match with answers

:: Include tally marks and the written form of the number (one, two, three…) to match up

:: Use them to work on times tables

valentine math gameWe have a selection of manipulatives that the children can use for counting, making repeating patterns, or for building symmetrical pictures. Lollipop sticks are great for tally marks, and pipe cleaners are great for making digits. And there’s also a collection of heart-shaped cookie cutters and pots, in a variety of sizes.

tally math activity

A math station like this is really hands-on, encouraging children to engage all their senses as they work. Multi-sensory learning is the best kind for all children, but a station like this is especially useful for children who benefit from visual learning, and those who need to have ‘real’ things to count and calculate with and aren’t yet able to work in abstract (working it out in their heads).

valentine counting activity

As a Valentine treat, a plate of heart-shaped marshmallows and toothpicks make a great construction activity. You can invite the children to create some architectural sculptures, or have a set of challenge cards. Can they build a cube? A pyramid? A tower that is 25cm tall? A symmetrical structure?

marshmallow construction

Loveheart-patterned washi tape is great for measuring, and for making shapes. Again, you might have a set of challenge cards available. Can you tape out a 10cm square? A rectangle? A right-angled triangle?

measuring activity preschool Valentine

We also use our number hearts for some non-standard unit measuring. In contrast to using a ruler with our washi tape, here we’re counting how many hearts tall our toys – and our children – are.

non standard measure activity

If you’re working on reading and writing too, head this way and you can print a free set of alphabet cards. They make a great addition to a Valentine writing station.

free printable alphabet cards

More Valentine inspired play and learning

This activity is part of the Playful Hearts play and learning series brought to you by me, Christie, Kate, Ana, Kristina and Meri. We have a whole collection of ideas you can use with your children to enjoy.

Christie at Childhood 101 has hanging hearts threading activity.

Kate at Picklebums has a something lovely!

Ana at Babble Dabble Do has a magnet science.

Meri at Meri Cherry has a pretty paper bag heart purse you can make.

Kristina at Toddler Approved has a textured heart alphabet sensory bin.

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Lots of valentine math activities

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Valentine crafts and activities for kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/valentine-crafts-activities-kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/valentine-crafts-activities-kids#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:58 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=22955 Looking Valentine crafts and activities? We have a complete resource, all in one place.

A complete resource for Valentine crafts and activities

To help you plan your activities, here is our full Valentine archive, organised by topic.

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Looking Valentine crafts and activities? We have a complete resource, all in one place.

A complete resource of Valentine crafts and activities :: math, science, language, art, craft, play, sensory, recipes

A complete resource for Valentine crafts and activities

To help you plan your activities, here is our full Valentine archive, organised by topic.

You can click each link to get to the full details of each activity, and use the photos below to browse the ideas. Show the images to your child and let them pick the ones they like the best!

free printable alphabet cards

A free Valentine alphabet printable

Use this lovely free Valentine alphabet printable for lots of learning games. Click through to print them and see all the ways you can use them with your child.

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diy-clay-recipe200 valentine-cookies-recipe200 easy-valentine-craft-contact-paper-heart200
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For math ::

Valentine themed math activities, Symmetry hearts, Sorting, matching and counting games

For language ::

Valentine alphabet free printable, I love….Hearts

For art ::

Abstract printing, Watercolour hearts, Symmetry hearts, Valentine printing

For crafts :: 

I love….Hearts, Heart-shaped gift bags, DIY clay heart bunting, love heart candle holdersValentine printing

For science ::

Fizzy science experiment

For play ::

Queen of Hearts bakingValentine sensory tub

For sensory ::

Valentine sensory tub, Valentine play dough recipe

For cooking ::

Valentine cookies recipe, Valentine hearts crispy cake recipe

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Free printable alphabet cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/free-printable-alphabet-cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/free-printable-alphabet-cards#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:30:08 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=23063 Here’s lovely set of free printable alphabet cards along with great ideas for how to use them to help teach your child to read.

Free printable alphabet cards

These colourful ABC cards are great for hands-on learning. You can use them:

:: in sensory tubs

:: for treasure hunts

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Here’s lovely set of free printable alphabet cards along with great ideas for how to use them to help teach your child to read.

free printable alphabet cards

Free printable alphabet cards

These colourful ABC cards are great for hands-on learning. You can use them:

:: in sensory tubs

:: for treasure hunts

:: print two sets and use them to play matching games

:: pin them up to make some alphabet bunting

:: trace around the letter shapes with your fingers

:: use them as tiles to spell out your name and words you are learning

The printable ABC cards also include a set of blank hearts, which you can customise to suit your needs: use them to make number cards, or invite your child to write their own letters on them.

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I Can Teach My Child To Read

The cards make an excellent partner to our wonderful and practical resource I Can Teach My Child To Read.

This contains a 10-step program, that will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach your child to read, along with practical tips and fun activities to use together.

:: A balanced approach towards reading, with comprehension and enjoyment as the ultimate goals.

:: Tips for teaching your child to identify the letters of the alphabet within her environment.

:: Activities that promote literacy while incorporating multiple senses and areas of development.

:: A understanding of why and how to teach phonics and sight words.

It’s such a useful resource to help you nurture your child’s skills and enjoyment of reading. You can find it here.

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How to download the free alphabet card

Head through to the NurtureStore shop and you will find the free set of alphabet cards. Print them on to card and use them for play and learning.

The printables are for your own personal use only and may not be copied, distributed or sold in any way or form. Please direct your friends and colleagues here to NurtureStore to print a set for their child.

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7 kids games with chalk :: Simple Play http://nurturestore.co.uk/kids-games-chalk http://nurturestore.co.uk/kids-games-chalk#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:40:23 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=15317 Today’s topic in our Simple Play :: complex learning series focuses on playing with chalk. Read on for my favourite ways to use chalk, with ideas for art, games, math, literacy, action games and puppets. Seven kids games with chalk Chalk is inexpensive and so versatile that you can use it for all sorts of . . . → Read More: 7 kids games with chalk :: Simple Play

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Today’s topic in our Simple Play :: complex learning series focuses on playing with chalk. Read on for my favourite ways to use chalk, with ideas for art, games, math, literacy, action games and puppets.
kids games with chalk

Seven kids games with chalk

Chalk is inexpensive and so versatile that you can use it for all sorts of play. Here’s a week’s worth of ideas to get started. I’d love to hear how you play with chalk in your house ~ leave a comment to share an idea, or share a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #simpleplay.
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chalk idea #1

use them to set up a garden treasure hunt exploring colour, shape, numbers and textures

chalk idea #2

kids games with chalk
how to spell

chalk idea #4

use them for some magic disappearing words when you’re learning how to spell

olympic theme games

chalk idea #5

kids games with chalk

chalk idea #6

add water and create some beautiful textured chalk art or try this clever chalk stencil art over at Buggy and Buddy.
DIY-Mini-Chalkboard-clipboards-for-kids-

chalk idea #7

never leave home with out them! Chalks are so easy to pack for holidays or days out and with these super travel size chalkboards from No Time For Flashcards you can chalk in the car, par, beach…anywhere!

See all the activities in the Simple Play series

Click through to see all the ideas in the Simple Play :: complex learning series
A month of simple play activities
 

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Cool cardboard box crafts for kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/cardboard-box-crafts-for-kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/cardboard-box-crafts-for-kids#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:54:40 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=18455 Yesterday we looked at all the cool things we could do with a big roll of paper, and now for Day Seventeen of our Simple Play :: complex learning series the Star of the Day is the cardboard box!

Cool cardboard box crafts for kids

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Yesterday we looked at all the cool things we could do with a big roll of paper, and now for Day Seventeen of our Simple Play :: complex learning series the Star of the Day is the cardboard box!

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Cool cardboard box crafts for kids

What’s even more prized in our house that yesterday’s big roll of paper? Cardboard boxes! They’re free, they regularly appear in the house from deliveries and donations, and they have endless play possibilities. My girls have been know to run to claim ownership of a cardboard box! Here are some of our favourite cardboard box crafts and play ideas.

cardboard box robot

A cardboard box is a super material for making with. The contraption in the top photo is a camera for observing animals in the wild. Another a favourite that gets revisited again and again is junk model robots.

cardboard box imaginary play

A large flat cardboard box opens out to make a great place to drawn your own imaginary land (and folds again for easy storage)

cardboard box houseWe love art projects that then turn into toys to play with. A cereal box house is good size for play, and you can add in a front and back garden.

cardboard box boat

 A big box, especially one you can sit in, is great to turn onto something to play inside, like this cardboard box boat.

cardboard box oven

 And if you cover a box in chalkboard paint, it can become anything you can draw – take a look!

cardboard box jungle

 If you open out one side of your box, you instantly have a diorama to decorate and play with – like this cardboard box jungle.

cardboard box stables

Small boxes are great for adding three-dimensional buildings to imaginary play scenes – like this cardboard box stables.

math games ideas

 And you can even use them for maths, with this monster math game.

More ideas for Simple Play

Do you love getting back to basics, using simple materials, and offering children lots and lots of possibilities for play, creating and learning? Our Simple Play series is for you!

A month of simple play activities

 

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