🌈 Bubble printing and drawing

Children always love doing bubble prints at school. Partly because they love blowing bubbles, and popping them. Here they will be able to examine the bubbles closely and see their circular shapes. I was hoping that when they are dry the children might be able to draw bubble shapes around the circle prints, but mine were a bit too wet.

You need a bit of washing up liquid, a straw and some paint.

Put a little bit of paint, water and washing up liquid in a cup and then blow down the straw so that the bubbles overflow onto some paper.

Repeat with different colours until you have created a pattern.

Afterwards, you could have a go at making your own bubble drawing.

Drawing anti clockwise circles is a great start to letter writing as this movement forms the basis of many letters.

🌈 Natural artwork

I used some natural objects that I found outside to make some shape pictures. You will need some cardboard, lots of different coloured petals and leaves and a shape template to draw around.

First draw around the shape and cover the shape in glue

Start by using one colour and sticking them onto the shape. I used some petals to fill in the shape

Then choose another colour to fill in another shape

Keep going

Tessellating the shapes is really effective

🌈 developing scissor skills by cutting around pictures.

Lots of children can use scissors to cut in a straight line, but will need support to cut around objects. They might be inspired to make their own play people.

You’ll need a clothes catalogue, some small wooden spoons scissors and tape or glue.

Tear out the pages that have as complete pictures of children as you can get.

Carefully Cut around the people and then stick them onto the spoons.

You could even cut out some other clothes for your people.

Afterwards you could use them as characters in a story. If your child need support to cut, we sometimes move the paper for them while they operate the scissors.

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🌈 Kite making πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ

The real motive behind this activity is to encourage reluctant writers to draw and cut but it’s also lots of fun. When we make kites at nursery we always do it outside so it’s quite hard for children to spend lots of time decorating and designing as they are always desperate to try them out. This is an ideal opportunity for children to really focus on the design and the skills.

You will need:

  • Two pieces of card
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or string
  • Straws
  • Sellotape
  • Wider ribbon

Children will be able to do all of this with some support.

Start by joining the two pieces of card together using the sellotape

Fold the joined pieces of card in half with a sharp crease

Fold in the corners to make a diamond shape

Cut along your folded corners

Strengthen your kite by making a straw frame

Attach a length of ribbon or string

Now tie some colourful ribbons on

Have fun flying your kite or just stand back and admire it against the blue sky

🌈 Mud kitchen play

The children at nursery love playing in the mud kitchen and mud play has so many benefits. Mixing soil, water and other natural materials provides children with endless possibilities for learning and fun.

At nursery we use washed top soil but at home you can use good old mud. Just make sure children wash their hands carefully afterwards.

Did you know that Scientists have confirmed that mud makes us healthy! Mud contains microscopic bacteria which stimulate our immune system and increase levels of serotonin in the brain. Playing in the mud allows children to feel a connection to nature.

Playing in a mud kitchen is a manageable form of mud play for children and adults. To make a mud kitchen at home you’ll need some old pots or saucepans and a few utensils, some mud and some water.

You could also encourage scissor skills by cutting some grass or leaves with scissors to use as a garnish or a decoration.

Cake cases are an excellent resource. Plus they lend themselves to maths activities too.

You could also help children develop their sensory faculties by using herbs and petals.

Children might wish you to scribe a recipe for them or they could have a go themselves.

Here’s a recipe that the children created in nursery back in February
As you can see I’ve always enjoyed playing in the mud!

I hope you have lots of muddy fun.