Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
An interesting way to keep record of what we do, or have done during the day, is writing journals. I strongly recommend this to everyone, especially kids.
The idea of keeping their own journal, has to do specifically with putting the pen down to paper and start writing what comes to their mind. And what about grammar and spelling? You may wonder, well... that is important too. But in 1rst place children should be encouraged to write everything that they can think of or just remember. This activity will help them to enhance the following:
1) to develop the ability of remembering what they've done, and in case a funny anecode is worth telling , they will have it there, written down, to re-read it in the future.
2) it helps to develop fluency. Sometimes, kids know how to write accurately but they run out of words easily. Writing journals gives them the freedom of putting their own ideas onto paper, wihout stopping. Moreover, the flow of thoughts will come out rapidly in the form of natural sentences.
3) to encourage them to have their own diary, but in a book format. The purpose is not writing short sentences, but whole stories, with their own words, and full of their own feelings. That means, to write events as they see, or feel them.
Once they've finished their journals, they can re-read them after some hours or even the following day. It's precisely then when they should correct their grammar mistakes, spelling and punctuation. But the story is already there, composed and ready to be read!
Where to write?
It can be a cheap notebook, or a couple of pages you may then join all together. The idea is that the kids have their own record of stories and anecdotes.
An important tip!
Children may write whenever they want, but finding a certian moment, such as before going to bed, or after lunch, This, can give them the opportunity of finding their own time for doing things. And of course, they can add drawings if they desire!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Making experiments with kids is fascinating. And the'd love to make quick sand. Let's see how it works.
You will need...
Half a cup of water
1 cup of maize cornflour
A plastic container
a) First, mix the cornflour and water in the container to make your own instant quick sand. Remember not too solid ok?. Then, stir slowly and drip the quick sand to show it is a liquid. Stirring it quickly will make it hard, so you'd better do it fast. Remember that quick sand is messy, try to play with it outside and don’t forget to stir just before you use it. You just need t stir instant quicksand just before you use it. It's always like that!
The phenomena explanation
If you add just the right amount of water to cornflour it becomes very thick when you stir it quickly. So, Stirring slowly allows more water between the cornflour grains, letting them slide over each other much easier. Moreover, if you poke it slowly it doesn’t mix up the mixture in the same way, leaving it runny. It works in much the same way as real quick sand.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
If you happen to have old socks, don't throw them away! Pick them up and make a sock puppet for your kids.
- an old sock. : It can be of any colour. be sure it's long enough to slip your hand and elbow inside
- google eyes: These would make your puppet look more real!
- fabric paint/ fabric markers
- cloth of assorted patterns
- needle, thread and scissors
1) Flatten the heel of the sock and cut out a V shape in the center of the flattened heel. Stitch the cut edges closed; this will form two pointy ears. Then, turn the sock inside out.
2) At the toe end of the sock, push in to form an indented mouth all the way around the toe end. Using double thread, sew running stitch around the folded edge; once you reach the end, pull the thread to gather it. This creates the mouth shape
3) Glue or sew on the eyes at the appropriate spot above the mouth.
4) If you'd like this sock puppet to have whiskers, cut whisker length pieces of string or cord. Sew into place at the top center of the mouth.
5) Cut out a tongue from felt or fabric. Make it tongue-shaped and try to use fabric in a suitable tongue color. Sew or glue the tongue inside the mouth of the sock puppet, so that most of it hangs out.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Mundo Inflable has been the first company in Argentina, which since the year 1990, has been into designing, manufacturing and selling bounce houses and inflatable games. This company has a wide variety of inflatable games for all needs.
Their products are exported to more than 20 countries around the world. On top of that, they show their own products in international exhibitions.
If I were you, I would visit their site. There you'll see what I briefly explained here. For pictures and further information go to:
Mundo inflable : http://www.mundoinflable.com/
And have fun! =)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Making torches is an activity which can both done by children themselves or parents and children together. Placing torches around the house, will make your home look warm and lovely. So, let's get down to brast tasks!
You will need:
Empty and clean marmalade jars
colourful papers of different kinds
1) Cover the jar with a great amount of glue.
2) Then, cut out stripes of paper and cover all the jar. You can make funny and original designs if you want.
3) Once you've finished covering the jar, paint it with glue again.
4) Finally, place a candle inside the jar, and there you've got your torch!!
It's a good activity to make with your 5-year-old kid or even with pre-teens.
Send us pictures of your torches!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Winter is usually a season when most of outdoor activies cannot be done because of weather conditions. However, kids are fascinated by the idea of going out to the yard and making huge snowballs as well as going sledding.
Of course, there are even more activities to do in winter. Let's find out which they are:
- Making hot chocolate together and baking some cookies can be a perfect activity for a freezing afternoon at home.
- Visiting the local library and checking all the books with Winter themes, can encourage them to learn more about this incredible season.
- Going ise-skating or sledding together can be perfect for a snowy day.
- Building a fort inside the house, using chairs, tables and even blankets! Tey may feel thrilled doing this!
- Making a snowman using grandpa's clothes and glasses can be total fun.
What about making a monkey cardboard plate mask? You'll need the following:
- plastic plate
- non-toxic paint
1) Paint the plate the colour you want your animal to be. It could be brown.
2) Use a marker to draw some hair all over the plate to make it look even more real.
3) Cut out the ears and different parts of the face and colour them as you wish.
4) Glue the mouth, ears and eyes to the plastic plate.
5) Instead of drawing eyes, you can cut out them so that the child can peer through the holes.
6) Use a rope or ribbon attached to either side to hold the child's head.
And... start jumping like a monkey!!!