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Symmetrical Leaf Drawings

Symmetrical Leaf Drawings

Nature is amazing and it gives us so many learning opportunities. What resources do I need for this activity? Pick some leaves of different shapes and sizes. Paper. PVA Glue. A Pen.A pair of scissors. How do I do this activity? Pick a collection of leaves - different shapes and sizes. Cut the leaves in half. Stick the leaves onto a pice of paper. Make sure they are well spaced out. Draw the missing half of the leaf (see picture). Look at the detail on the leaf and try to copy it on the other half of the leaf. Remember…
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Play Dough Towers

Play Dough Towers

Play Dough Towers are great fun to build. They are great for experimenting and discovering how high and wide you can build a tower. What do I need to make a Play Dough Towers Play Dough - a couple of different colours.Tower Supports - squares of corrugated card or large buttons. How do I make Play Dough Towers? Make the Play Dough into balls. Then layer the Play Dough and Tower Supports to build towers. See how high you can build a tower. Can you make it in different colour combinations? Extension Activity Can your child build towers using a…
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Watercolour Challenge

Watercolour Challenge

Painting is a great form of expression and can be calming and relaxing. Why not set up a watercolour challenge? This can be for just one child or everyone in the household. What do I need for a watercolour challenge? Some watercolour paints.A paint brush.A pot of water. Extension Activity Can your child use their water colour skills to paint some cards for their friends and family? How do I run a watercolour challenge? Set the watercolour challenge up on a table or where there is something flat to paint against. You could do a watercolour challenge in the house,…
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Brick Symmetry

Brick Symmetry

Symmetry is all around us in nature, on buildings and in art. This brick symmetry activity not only exercises the brain but it also uses fine motor skills. What do I need for this activity? You will need some bricks of any size - Lego, Duplo or Mega Blocks or something similar would be great. Make sure you have two identical bricks available of each sort on offer for the activity to work. If you have a board you can use that otherwise a flat surface will work just as well. What do we need to do for this activity?…
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Fruit Salad Pizza

Fruit Salad Pizza

Fruit Salad Pizza's are simple and super fun to make. They let your child / children get creative and they can enjoy a snack or a pudding too. What do I need to make a Fruit Salad Pizza? Round slices of watermelon. Fruit of your choice e.g. grapes, orange segments, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi (chop fruit so it is not a choke hazard and only use and serve fruit that is appropriate and not an allergen). A knife and chopping board (adult only). How do I make a Fruit Salad Pizza? Cut a watermelon in the centre so you get some…
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Play Dough Mark Making

Play Dough Mark Making

Play Dough provides endless opportunities for play and discovery. What do I need for this activity? Some coloured play dough.Some objects to make marks with - buttons, dried pasta, a fork, pinecone for example.Rolling pin. How do I do this activity? Roll out your play dough. Use your mark making 'tools' and objects to create patterns. As you can see from the photo we use buttons to create repeating patterns which look really effective. If you run out of play dough just roll up the play dough, re-roll and get making some more patterns. Extension Activity Could you make a…
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Brick bridges and water

Brick bridges and water

Why not build some brick bridges and sail some boats under them? What do I need? Building bricks. Tin foil. Toy Boat. How do I set up the activity? If you can it is recommended that you do this activity outdoors. Otherwise have some towels handy for any spills. Also, if you have a tuff spot tray this activity could also be done in this. Then use tin foil to create a 'river'. Fold the sides up on the tin foil to make a 'container'.Stack the bricks together to make a bridge (see picture) over the 'river'. If you have…
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Homemade Sundial

Homemade Sundial

Here is a fantastic activity to do on a sunny day, an opportunity to show your child / children how the earth rotates and the sun moves in relation to the earth. This activity will require some interaction throughout the day so make sure you don't set it up and then go out all day! What will I need to make a Sundial? A dowel or stick. A piece of card.Some blue tac or play dough (if you don't mind it going hard). A pen. How do I make a Sundial and do this activity? Pick a sunny day with…
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