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Make a story book !


Story book making – Helps in the following ways.

1. It helps to improve their ability to read.

2. Learning different stories with morals.

3. Progress to activities on comprehension.

4. Allows them to create their own story book by coloring and pasting.

5. Keeps their tiny hands busy in a creative way.

Things required:

1. Stories. Short stories from the web.

2. Relevant pictures with line drawing.

3. Thick A4 sheets. (200 gsm and above)

4. Glue stick

5. Colour pencils or crayons or pastels or water colours.

6. Scissors

To make the story book:

1. Align the story and the picture in a word document. (page layout – landscape, margins 0.5″, Table with 1 row and 2 column.

2. Make a cover page, just with the heading, author name, and a picture relevant to the story.

3. Print out the story in a A4 white /colour sheet (80gsm) and cut out in the margins.

4. Allow the tiny hands to play over the line drawings, using crayons, pastels or paint.

5. Fold the A4 sheet into half and glue the story page to the inside of the sheet.

6. Glue the cover page on the top.

7. Tada!  Your story book is ready.

Tip:

Make more story books of this kind and keep in the most accessible place of your kid.

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WORD a day !


This interesting craft helps me to build up my kid’s vocabulary.

Things required:

1. A4 sheets – 60 plain white sheets / Rules sheets

2. Construction paper – 6 different colours

3. Needle and a white thread

4. Glue

How to do?

Here we go..

1. Cut the 60  A4 white sheets into half to make 120 sheets.

2. 10 sheets from the 120 sheets for each month.

3. Fold the sheets into half and smooth the foldings.

4. Stitch it in the middle of the fold. ( 1. Pierce the needle exactly in the middle of the notebook from inside and bring it out, leaving about 5 cms of thread. 2. Pierce it again at another end and bring it in. 3. Bring the thread across the middle one and pierce it out at the other end. 4. Again bring the thread back inside through the center one. 5. Tie a knot tightly so that the pages wont move. 6. Cut off excess thread. Your notebook is ready)

5. For the cover: Cut the construction paper into halves. It make 12 pieces for 12 notebooks.

6. Glue one of the sides of the construction paper and place the note book over it and stick the first and last pages to the glued construction paper. Smooth the paper and allow it to dry. Now the cover is ready for your notebook.

7. Name it:  Printout the name of the months and cut it with the craft scissors and glue it to the cover. Done!

8. Draw lines inside (if it is unruled) for the date month and year, and  for the word and the explanation.

9. Tip : It will be more interesting if they try to make a sentence out of it. So, leave space for your sentence.

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Introduction to Odd and Even numbers


Odd and Even numbers are introduced using Cards and counters method.

Age group – ( 3.5 to 5 years) For detailed explanation, check the following link:

Cards and counters – Introduction

Things required: 

1. Marbles – 55 pieces

2. Square cards – 10

How to play?

1. Write a number in each square card. ( 1 to 10)

2. Arrange the cards horizontally on the floor with space in between them.

3. Ask the child to arrange the marble in a way there is two in each row.

4. A marble without a pair sits in between the last two marbles. (as shown in the picture)

5. Now what?  To find odd or even.. ask the child about the arrangement. Explain them that a set of marbles are arranged in pairs and others have one left without pair.

6. The marbles with the one last without pair blocks the pathway in between the rows. They are the odd ones.

7. The rest of the numbers where the marbles are unblocked are the even numbers.

8. Done!  Blocked – Odd, Unblocked – Even.

Continue this with working in paper. Draw circles in the place of marbles.

 

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Sun and the Planets


The Solar System:

This is an interesting craft to make your hands dirty.  But it is fun making Sun and the Planets with your little ones. Learning through craft allows to comprehend more easily in the little brains.

Here we go..

Things required:

1. All purpose flour – 1.5 cups

2. Water – as reqd

3. White glue or Tacky glue or Fevicol – 100 gm container.

4. Poster colours / Acrylic colours – 12 colours

5. Glitter – Yellow.

6. Rubber band  – 2

7. White Styrofoam strips – 2 strips (10cm long – ripped from the Styrofoam packed in fruits)

8. Long Skewers – 10  (1 feet long)

9. Old waterbottle – 1 or (any container with broad base of support and a small mouth. )

10. Fevibond

11. White stickers – as reqd

This is how we make:

1. Add 1/4 cup of water to the flour in a large bottomed vessel and knead it into a smooth dough.

2. Make small balls for each planet of various sizes.

Ex: Sun is the largest, so make a very big ball for sun. Jupiter is the largest planet, so make the next big for Jupiter. Pluto is the smallest, so make a tiny one for Pluto. Rest all into various sizes between the size of Jupiter and Pluto.

3. Pierce each ball with a skewer in the center of the ball, and place it in a microwave bowl with the ends of the skewer rested on the edge of the vessel so as to avoid the balls touching the vessel. This prevents flattening of the balls.

4. Microwave the balls for 1 or 2 minutes, so that the balls will get harder. (never worry about mild cracking)

5. Pierce 4 skewers through the sun ball (large ball) distributing equally so as to get eight edges. For the ninth one, pierce a skewer into the available space and dont allow it to pass through the other end. Cut the skewer equal to the other skewers. (cut the sharp edges of the skewers)

6. Now, apply the fevibond all over the mouth of the waterbottle and pierce the Sun through it. So that the Sun with the skewers settle down on the bottle. Apply a little bit of Fevibond on the areas of the sun where the skewers poked out.

7. Apply a thin coating of glue on the edge of the skewers and pierce the planets in their places so as the skewers balances their weights.

8. Set it aside and allow it to dry for half an hour.

9. Cover the bottle with a tissue paper and tape it. (To avoid the glue or paint to stain the bottle)

10. Apply the white glue all over the balls evenly and allow it to dry for a day. (For strong bondage and to avoid ants )

11. The next day, Start colouring.

12. Start with the Sun with bright yellow and use yellow or golden glitters over it.

13. Use the colours in the following picture or show your own creativity. Make sure to colour blue for Uranus and neptune(they are the blue gas giant planets), Mercury is red, Earth is blue and green,

14. Use a transparent glossy paint for glossy finish or just leave it alone.

15.  Allow the paint to dry for a day.

16. Meanwhile, In a plastic paper, grease it with a drop of oil, and place the rubber band and the Styrofoam strips alternatively and glue it together or tape them together. Stick it around the planet Saturn. And here goes the rings of the Saturn.

17. Write the names of the planets on the white stickers and paste on the edges of the skewers so as the names can be read either way.

18. Its all done.

Note:

Keep it in your child’s most accessible place.

 

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