Category Archives: Practical learning with materials

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.


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


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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Seasons – Lap booking

Lap book on seasons:

Things needed:

1. Chart paper – any colour

2. Printouts of seasons

3. Colours – (markers, pencils, crayons, pastels)

4. Glue

5. Paper fasteners

6. Creative papers

To make lapbook :

1. A – Cut the chart paper the length of 3 A4 papers + 3 cms for foldings. (horizontally)

2. B & C – Cut 2 more A4 size + 4 cms sheets.

3. Fold A accordingly, so as to leave 1 A4 size on the left and one on right and leave 1.5 cms on either side of the middle A4 size for foldings.

4. For B & C measure the A4 length and fold the rest.

5. Paste colourful creative papers on the A4 space.

6. Stick the B & C sheets pasted with creative papers to the upper and lower end of the middle A4 on A using a paper fastner.

7. Fold the left and right A4 part of A into halves.

8. Make pockets inside.

9. Printout pictures related to seasons.

10. Make your children colour them.

11. Stick pictures on the space left for each season.

12. Make something creatively to put on the pocket…like season words, season songs, or anything that attracts the child.

13. Decorate the outer part with different colours.

14. More coloured pictures left out?? not enough space?? Dont worry… Make them small flash cards by pasting them onto a small sheet of thick paper and play games with that.

15. All done. Allow your little one to scramble it.

Here are few of the pictures..


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Introduction on Tens and Units

Things required:

White thick sheet – 1

Markers – any colour

Cut the white sheets with 10 X 6cm rectangles – 9 pieces

Cut 5 X 6 cm rectangles – 9 pieces

Things to do:

1. Write numbers 10 to 90 in each 10X6cm rectangle card with red (any colour)

2. Write numbers 1 to 9 in each 5X 6 cm rectangle card blue (any colour)

This is how it works:

1. Arrange the cards from 10 to 90 vertically on the floor.

2. Scatter the small (5X6) cards facing up on the floor near the vertically arranged cards.







3. Now, start with 10. Ask the child what is 11?  Explain the child, 11 has 1 ten and 1 one(unit). Demonstrate the child by picking up the card one, and place it over the zero of 10. And show, how 11 is formed.







4. Repeat the above by doing 12, 13 …to 19.

5. Progress it with 20, 30, 40….90.

6. You can make more 10 cards and ask your child to find how many tens in a number 25.  The child will arrange it as 20 and 5 makes 25. The progression is, using more 10 cards and the child may arrange it as, 10+10+5 = 25


Make hundreds and thousands as you progress.












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