Saturday, 26 June 2021

Dandelion Playdough

I made dandelion playdough with the kids in my group and it was a hit! They've played with it every day since then.

This idea was from the nature activitiy pack from @happy.by.nature_farm. I used my old playdough recipe (just because I was too lazy to measure), but the box came with instructions with illustrations and a very similar recipe.

The kids picked dandelions and rose petals that they found on the ground. We blended them and incorporated them in the playdough.

As usual, some didn't want to touch the dough when it was still wet, but they all played with it afterwards. It has s soft texture and it smells a little like freshly cut grass.




Friday, 25 June 2021

A Simple Experiment with Flowers and Food Colouring

We had these beautiful tiny white flowers (I think they're called baby's-breath) and I asked E. if she wants to put them in coloured water. She was excited when I told her that something will happen to the colour of the flowers.

I set up everything (glasses, food colouring, pitcher, scissors, and flowers) and she just followed my simple instructions. She did everything independently, even the clean up after.

The blue food colouring already worked, but the other colours are not yet very visible.

We also talked about how plant get water through the stem and why they change their colours.

Did you try this before? It's an easy experiment with visible results :)

Glasses, a pitcher with water, food colouring, scissors, white flowers

Step 1: cut the flowers

Step 2 and 3: pour water and add food coouring


Put the flowers in the glasses and wait

 

Codeswitching

 


If you have a bilingual child or if you are bilingual, then you are probably using both languages in the same conversation quite often. I do. This is called code switching.

"In linguistics, code-switching or language alternation occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation or situation." Wikipedia

"Code-switching is the use of more than one linguistic variety in a manner consistent with the syntax and phonology of each variety." This means that speakers who use code switching know the grammar of the languages that they use and using both requires linguistic knowledge.

Code switching is not used because a child is confused or doesn't differentiate between the two languages. 

Here are a few reasons why we use codeswitching:
- we simply know some words better, or they are more accessible (easier to pronounce, they come to mind faster)
- we use it because we know that our conversational partner understands. My daughter switches to English when someone speaks English, but might use a few Finnish words, because the people she is talking to know both.

It is a misconception that introducing a second language when a child isn't already proficient in the first language will confuse them or it will slow down their first language acquisition. Research shows that the vocabulary size of a bilingual child compared to that of a monolingual child is the same. Bilingual children say their first words around the same age as monolingual kids. 

Do you have a bilingual child? Does she use codeswitching? 

What languages do you speak at home? I am curious. :)

Monday, 18 January 2021

DIY Counting Board

I found these spools of thread and the wool pompoms at a thrift store the other day and I had this idea. E. is more and more interested in counting + she loved balancing wooden balls on golf tees, so I thought of this.

I first painted the spools to match the colours of the pompoms, then glued them onto the wooden board. I made the numbers and printed them, so we can talk about what they look like (1 is like a candle, 2 like a swan, 3 is like a bird).

She has used this countless times already, to balance wooden blocks, she built towers on each spool, she put pompoms on the spools, then tried to blow them off, etc.

I first made this using thick construction paper instead of the wooden boards, but she kept on pulling the spools off (check the picture of the old one by swiping). 

This board is useful for: learning number names, counting, comparing numbers, understanding 1-1 correspondence (pairing each object with one number name)

Does your child like counting?



Sunday, 27 December 2020

Sale December 28 - December 30

 It's been a while since the last sale. And what a better time for one than winter holidays? 

You can go to my store by clicking here, to see the freebies and the discounted printables.

Happy Holidays!


 


Saturday, 19 December 2020

Free Printables for Cutting Skills

I am writing a blog post about scissors skills, so I thought I would share with you a few free printables that you could just print out and give to your child, no prep needed.

You can find them by clicking on the links below:

Cutting and Tracing Worksheets for St. Patrick's Day

Tracing and Cutting Worksheets (Food Vocabulary) 

The Cutting Song (Scissors Grip) 

Free Tracing and Cutting Activities for Children

Most of them can be used as tracing sheets, too. If you have a laminator and a child who loves tracing, I recommend laminating them and using a dry-erase marker.