Tuesday, 22 March 2022

How to Teach Colours to Your Little One

First of all, you might be asking yourself when to introduce colours to your littles. Well, it depends on your kid, of course. If he clearly understands what you are saying most of the time, at least when you talk about basic things (toys, daily routines, surroundings), then it might be the right time – usually this happens around the age of 1-1 1/2.

You might think that knowing colours is a basic concept, but it might take a while for a child to grasp the notion of colour.

Here are some tips that might help to avoid overwhelming your child:

  • Start with two colours at a time. Once your child shows that he has learnt these two, you can introduce others. Choose colours that are very different from one another. For example, blue and yellow, not blue and green.  
  • Sing songs about colours: one of my favourite is “I See Something Blue” from Super Simple Learning (you couldstart with just two colours here, too) 
  • Use manipulatives to sort – place some construction paper (2 colours at first) on the floor and give your little one small objects of those colours to sort out.
  • Isolate the concept of colour – try to use the same types of objects that they can sort (bear counters, buttons, rocks, blocks, etc.) 
  • Use markers, crayons, watercolours if your child is interested in these – name the colours when he uses them. 
    This is a freebie that I made for my daughter, to work on colour matching. You can download it here.

Monday, 21 February 2022

Fur or Feathers

This is by no means an original idea, just something that E. enjoyed doing: classifying animals. I only gave her flashcards of mammals and birds for now, because it's easier to spot the differences. I will later add fish, then reptiles.

Depending on your child's vocabulary, you can practice names of animals, the words "fur" and "feathers", or "mammal" and "bird". It's good to explain in the beginning the main differences between the two groups: mammals have babies that they feed with milk and their bodies are covered in fur, birds have babies that come out of eggs and their bodies are covered in feathers. 

We used the montessori cards from @edituragama and the book is 100 de activități montessori pentru descoperirea lumii înconjurătoare by Éve Herrmann (the original title is 100 activités Montessori pour découvrir le monde).


Friday, 24 December 2021

Winter Oobleck + an 🐙 (because E wanted it to join the other animals)

We checked the pantry to see if we had corn starch, something that smells like winter, and green and red food colouring. And we did!

We used:
- 2 cups of corn starch
- 1 cup of water (the more corn starch you add, the better it is!)
- red and green food colouring
- orange essence
- some #schleich animals

It was fun and MESSY - but when we were done, we took the animals to the bathroom for a bath. 


Thursday, 23 December 2021

Initial Sound Recognition Freebie (in Romanian)

This is a printable that I made to go with our resin letters from @joc_senin (on Instagram).

E. loves them and uses them for sensory play (with #kineticsand, #homemadeplaydough, water play), for pretend play (they are buttons, she makes musical instruments from them, etc.).

So, I made these simple cards to match the initial letters on the cards to the #resinletters. Because the printer is still not working 🙄, she tested the printable straight from my laptop. It was her idea and I was so excited to see her find the letters.

I chose CVC words for emergent readers and I kept the matching colours (blue for consonants and pink for vowels) to make it easier. Also, the font is pretty similar to the resin letters.

You can download the product here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Ah_2EeUHXUDegYwwW5xs2L2sVIkdXA or by clicking on the pictures below.

If you decide to use it, I'd be happy to hear your feedback.


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

FLASH FREEBIE Thanksgiving Hunt with Clues (English and Romanian)

It's been a while since the last post and freebie, so here it is! It's a printable that I've made for my group, to work on their listening skills and to have some starting points for a conversation about Thanksgiving. 

I printed all of the flashcards and I will hide them in the classroom. The clues will make it easier for them to find the flashcards, but if they still can't, I will tell them warm-hot-cold. 

You can download this FLASH FREEBIE here or from my TeachersPayTeachers Store, Grumpy Dumpling.

I hope you'll enjoy this game!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, 22 October 2021

Autumn Homemade Playdough with a Wintery Smell + Clay and Playdough Pretend Play

We made this orange and yellow playdough, and added gingerbread spices - it's divine and I am really surprised that E. hasn't tried to taste it ...yet 😅

We used the usual playdough recipe
2 ½ cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp of cream of tartar
2 tbsp of oil
Food colouring
2 cups of boiling water
And added gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves.

We made more hedgehogs using clay from @happy.by.nature_farm and playdough to make birds, snakes, hedgehogs. E. helped make the bird nest (from tree bark and playdough) and eggs, she stuck eyes on all and made beds and blankets for the hedgehog 🦔 family.

She played with these for an hour (!)



Thursday, 30 September 2021

Fine Motor Tray with Acorns

A simple autumn activity for fine motor skills: some acorns that we gathered together on our walk, homemade playdough, a tiny jar (with a small opening for some extra challenge), and large scissors. The acorns are slightly pushed inside, so they stand and they're easier to take out. The scissors are very good, because although the acorns are a bit slippery, they work well.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Autumn Leaf Necklace

We gathered autumn leaves last year and I laminated them and made some holes. Today we dug them out of our storage and used them for a cool necklace.

I would like to try it with fresh leaves again.

What do you think? 


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Looking for Autumn Printables? Look no more :)

This product contains lots of games that kindergarteners can play, with an adult or independently. These make great centre activities during autumn.

Included are:

Cutting/Tracing Strips

Shadow Matching Game

Montessori Three Part Cards


Game ideas for the flashcards (or any flashcards)

Rhyming Game (used with the three-part cards)

Initial Letter/Sound Recognition Game

Number puzzles

Mazes and tangles

Counting cards and printable counters

A printable board game

You can find the product here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autumn-Fall-Activity-Pack-for-Kindergarten-6134006.

I hope you’ll like it!



Nature Shapes

We took a nature walk with the kids and talked about autumn signs, while gathering leaves, apples, acorns, and twigs. Then we reviewed shapes and made large ones on the floor, with washy tape and the things collected.