Sometimes it can be difficult to find educational activities for children that are both fun and engaging. Sometimes your child will just want to play, not learn and play at the same time.
However an online website called Education.com offers a wide range of learning resources for children from preschool to primary school age. They offer fun and educational games, worksheets, stories, songs and activities like the one they’ve given me below.
I am more than happy to present to you “Clothespin Drop” – an educational game that will help preschool-aged children to learn about colours, sorting, pattern matching and counting. I have also added a couple of alternative suggestions, just look for the pink text below to see what they are. I haven’t changed much because it’s pretty good the way it is; a why-fix-it-if-it’s-not-broken kind of thing.
I’ve been wanting to give this game a try as it looks so cool but I haven’t gotten round to doing so with LO as work’s been busy (will be more so in the lead-up to summer!). I hope you like the activity below – if you decide to give it a try, let me know! Education.com may be providing me with more games and activities to offer you guys so keep an eye out for them as they’ll be exclusive to this blog. 🙂
5 Sheets of construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green and blue)
25 Wooden clothespins
Tempera paint* (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) *you can also DIY with some egg yolk and food colouring – cheap & cheerful
Stopwatch, or digital clock
What You Do:
Help your child cut down each piece of construction paper to the size.
Roll one color of paper around each can and tape it in place.
Have your child tell you which color is on each can, while you write the name of the corresponding color onto the paper.
Ask her to separate the clothespins into groups of 5.
Have her paint each group of clothespins a different color. Let dry.
Line up the cans on the floor in a row, in the center of a room.
Scatter the clothespins, mixing the colors around in the cans.
Encourage her to see how quickly she can separate the colors and put them in the corresponding can. Time her to see how quick she is!
Dump them out again and mix them up. Tell her what her last time was and shave off a few seconds. Yell, “Go!” and have her re-sort them. Yell, “Stop!” at the end of the time allotted. Did her speed increase? The more she practices, the faster she’ll get!
Practice creating patterns by timing her as she places clothespins in the colored tins in a specific order. As she continues, try to introduce more complex patterns.
I came across a post on Sunday which resonated deeply within me.
A post that could’ve been written more or less by myself. So much so that my original post (which I’d deleted) has now been re-written with a dedication to Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum for encouraging me to publish this. Thank you!
For me, if it’s not admitting it then it’s accepting it that’s the problem…
Telling myself that sometimes I’m not OK is a struggle. Like a never-ending battle.
The words I never, ever wanted to hear myself say but alas, it has become the inevitable. I call it ‘mothermorphosis’.
mother = a woman in relation to her child or children morphosis = the manner in which an organism or any of its parts changes form or undergoes development
There comes a time in our lives as mothers that we start to follow a path that is all too similar… The path of our own mothers. This may or may not be a route we wish to follow but sometimes it happens. Sometimes it’s a good thing, other times not so good.
Do you find it hard to get all those healthy nutrients into your children? Or perhaps you have a fussy eater on your hands that prefers to snack more than eat proper meals? If the answer was yes to either of these questions then we’re in the same boat! *phew!*
LO is a super fussy eater and I have found it incredibly as he got older to make him eat well and healthily. The boy loves to snack and barely eats decent-sized meals. The only meal that he actually eats really well is breakfast (he has oats porridge with whole milk and no sugar) … but even then I have to feed him… at 3 years old! Don’t get me wrong, he can feed himself but it takes him forever to finish a bowl that I can give him in under 10 mins. I really need to stop. I’m just making a rod for my own back by doing it but I blame Daddy P for reverting my baby-led weaning to spoon-feeding when he turned 18 months… this is something we are NOT going to go through with Baby Girl I can assure you!
As I said, LO loves snacks but the majority of his snacks involves processed foods such as crisps, jaffa cakes and sweets. Occasionally he will ask for the odd fruit (usually banana or apple) or some fromage frais or cheese on toast aka “cheesy bread”. I really want to offer him something more healthy and nutritious for his snack options. When MyProtein got in touch with me I was absolutely thrilled! I really like the company as they are one of my favourite sports nutrition brands and one of the best rated and reputable brands in Europe so I knew that their new children’s range, Little Beasts, had to be of the same high quality standards and I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂
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I love swimming even though I can’t really swim, it’s never stopped me from going in the water and trying to. I have always told myself that when I have children, they will learn to swim. This was an essential goal for me. For the fear of them drowning and just wanting to equip them with the best skills in life, I feel like swimming is one of those things everyone should know how to do.
I took LO to many months of swimming classes with Water Babies from when he was 6 months old until he was about over a year old. They taught him survival skills like holding his breath underwater which was great. Children under three actually don’t have the physical strength yet to physically swim but they can be taught how to get themselves out of trouble should they fall in water. It’s also said the sooner to start the better when it comes to water survival skills as it’s easier to teach when their gag reflex is still strong (from birth to approx. 6 months). However, I couldn’t afford to keep us going there and stopped our swimming altogether. Sad to say, I think he’s probably forgotten all of his swimming survival skills now but I know for sure he hasn’t lost his confidence in the water, regardless of whether he can swim or not.
Experts and medical professionals will tell you that the safest place for a baby to sleep in the first six months are in a moses basket or a cot. While this is good advice, sometimes you need something more convenient – this is where co-sleeping can become a new mum’s favourite way of sleeping.
As soon as my little princess was born the midwives encouraged skin-to-skin contact which I gave without hesitation. Babies love being close to their mothers so why should this have to change at night? I remember Baby Girl’s first home visit with the health visitor. She went through all these leaflets about how to care for baby, feed baby, sleep with baby and touched on co-sleeping. Here are some of the co-sleeping safety rules which can also be found on the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) website.
Make sure your baby can’t fall out of the bed or become trapped between the mattress and the wall
Keep your baby cool by using sheets and blankets rather than a duvet.
Ensure bedding does not cover your baby’s face or head
Always put your baby to sleep on their back rather than their front or side
Babies don’t need a pillow until they are at least a year old. They should also be kept away from parents’ pillows
Never risk falling asleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair
Never co-sleep with your baby if you (or your partner) smoke/drink/take drugs that affect awareness
I DON’T co-sleep with Baby Girl when I am overly tired because it’s really dangerous to do so (suffocation, rolling on baby, etc). Who knows what could happen when I am in deep sleep that’s been spurred on from being exhausted and sleep deprived.
If you’re not confident about sharing your bed with your baby there’s really good cots and bassinets you can now buy which you put next to the side of your bed like an extension. I have a standard cot and have one side of the rail really low and next to the bed for easy access.
When co-sleeping is carried out safely, it can be a fantastic way for mother and baby to bond and you get to catch up on your sleep and get decent rest. If you breastfeed then you can do so easily and conveniently. If you think that co-sleeping is right for you and your baby, definitely give it a try if you haven’t done so already..