Easy Science for Kids

I really love this magic milk science experiment for kids. It only requires easy to source ingredients, it works every time and it’s always fun! We have put a simple Valentine’s Day spin on it today to make it extra fun and topical!

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This is what you will need:

A shallow bowl or dish

Full cream milk

Cookie cutters (optional)

Food coloring

Dish washing liquid

Q-tips

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Carefully pour a thin layer of milk into your dish. Place the cookie cutters into the milk.

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2. Gently drop colored food dye into the milk. You can use any colors that you like. We added red, pink and purple to fit in with our Valentine’s Day theme. Remember to drop the food dye inside the cookie cutters too.

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3. Next, take a Q-tip and dip it into the dishwashing liquid. You won’t need a big scoop, just dip the Q-tip in the dishwashing liquid, leave it for a second or two and then remove. Once you’ve removed the Q-tip from the dishwashing liquid, place it into the milk. Watch the milk dance!

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Why does the milk dance, what is the Science behind it:

  • Milk is not just white water. It is full of MOLECULES called proteins, minerals and fats.
  • When you add the detergent to the milk, the detergent chases the fats in the milk.
  • Because we added the food colour we can see this game of chase in the dish.
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Thank you for reading! Here is a fun and FREE Valentine’s Day number match game for you! I hope that you enjoy!

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Easy Valentine’s Scissor Skills for Kids

I think that it’s super important for kids to learn how to use scissors confidently, safely and accurately. Here is a fun activity that you can set up for your little ones this Valentine’s Day to get those snipping and cutting skills developing. This activity is quick and inexpensive to set up, and the addition of the hearts to the top of the strips of paper extends the activity by giving it direction.

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Black marker pen

Scissors

Glue stick

Sticky-tac

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by cutting your strips of paper. These strips can be any size that you like. As a guide, the strips that I cut were 5cm wide and 21 cm long. Next, take your marker pen and draw dashed lines along the length of the paper. You can make straight lines if your children are just starting to learn how to cut, or more challenging curved and zig zag lines if your children are more experienced with scissors. I then used a glue stick to paste the heart to the top of the line. The positioning of this heart gives the strip of paper direction. That is, you cut towards the heart and away from your body.

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2. Next, simply use a small amount of sticky-tac to attach your strips of paper to the wall. Ensure that they are attached at a good height for your child. Avoid attaching them too high or too low, as this may make the activity dangerous for your child.

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3. The final step is to simply start cutting. Remember that scissors are sharp and that you should ALWAYS closely supervise your children and students when they are using scissors. By encouraging your children to cut towards the heart, you are teaching them to cut away from their bodies – a really safe scissor practice.

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!WARNING! Please remember that scissors are sharp and that you should ALWAYS closely supervise your children when they are using scissors!

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If you would like more information on teaching your children how to use scissors you may like to have a look at my Scissor Skills Ebook here:

https://payhip.com/b/yBe4
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And please download this FREE printable Valentine’s Day scissor skills worksheet here:

Thank you for reading! Jacinta Xx

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My Top 5 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

I really love Valentine’s Day activities! They’re super easy to put together, often require inexpensive materials and always look lovely when finished! I have published many Valentine’s Day crafts over the years, if you scan through my Instagram you will definitely find some cute and colorful inspiration.

In this blog article, I outline my top 5 most easy Valentine’s Day crafts for kids. You will find all the FREE worksheets required below!

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1. Color Match Hearts

I first published this activity on my Instagram about 5 years ago! I think that it might have been my first post that received a significant number of likes! To put this activity together, simply draw some hearts using different colored markers onto a piece of paper and then ask your child or students to color the hearts with a corresponding colored marker, pencil or crayon. We actually like to paint our hearts with water color paints. You can draw your own hearts or download the FREE workbook below for the worksheet that I have presented here.

The worksheet will look like this when printed.

Simply, color the hearts with crayons, pencils, marker pens or even paints! It’s fun!

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2. Geometric Hearts

I first posted this activity on my Instagram in September last year. For the posted activity, I cut a heart shape from a piece of recycled cardboard. We then added strips of washi tape and painted in between with colorful poster paint.

For this activity, just print the second page of my FREE workbook that you will find below. The worksheet will look like this when printed.

Then take a black marker pen and a ruler, and rule lines between the numbers. Start by ruling a line between the numbers 1 and 2, then 2 and 3, and so on.

Once you have ruled all your lines, grab some colored marker pens and color between the lines. You can make your heart as colorful as you like.

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3. Heart Puzzles

Heart shapes can be cut in half to make great puzzles! In this activity, I have made a simple color match puzzle. Simply print out the worksheet, it will look like this.

When you have your worksheet, carefully cut the hearts out with scissors.

Next, cut along the center line to make two puzzle pieces. Then match the pieces back together to make a full heart shape.

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4. Loose Parts Heart

These loose part hearts are great for developing creativity and fine motor control. Simply print out the 4th page of the FREE workbook and collect all your loose parts. We used pom poms, stickers, small springs, colored match sticks and stickers – but you can use what ever loose parts you have on hand at home. Then simply match these parts to the lines.

The printed heart worksheet looks like this.

Next, match your loose parts to the lines on the heart.

Another fun way to develop fine motor skills is to paint along the lines. Q-tips make perfect little paint brushes to trace the lines.

5. Stacks of Hearts

You would know by now that I really love working on and developing scissor skills with my kids. In this activity, kids can practice cutting around the heart shapes and then order them from smallest to largest in size to make this fun “stacked” rainbow heart. Learning about object size and working out how to put them in order is a great early numeracy skill too!

The printed worksheet looks like this.

Start by carefully cutting the hearts from the worksheet.

!Remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should ALWAYS closely supervise children when the are using scissors!

Then stack the hearts, starting with the largest size heart and finishing with the smallest. You may like to glue the hearts together.

As an optional extension, you might like to glue your stack of hearts onto a card and gift your lovely artwork to a friend or family member.

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Here is the FREE workbook with all the worksheets you will need to complete these activities!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope that you enjoy the worksheets. Jacinta Xx

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The Easiest Valentine’s Collage Craft for Kids

We first put this activity together a couple of years ago using stickers. We had so much fun with it that we decided to recreate it again this year using paper collage. It’s a fun activity that inspires creativity and develops hand eye co-ordination, color recognition and size order. And, if you do not have the collage materials on hand at home, scroll down and download the FREE printable worksheet version.

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This is what you will need:

White sheet of printer paper

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Heart shape hole punch (optional)

Ruler

Black marker pen

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Prepare your worksheet. For this, I simply drew colored hearts down the left hand side of the white piece of printer paper. Then I ruled lines across the page with the black marker pen. Alternatively, you could print out the FREE template file below.

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2. Then using your heart shaped hole punch, make a whole bunch of colored hearts. You can make as many as you like, but try and make at least 5-6 of each color. Any excess hearts that you make can easily be used in another craft project!

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3. Next, simply color match your paper hearts to their correct line. You could paste the hearts down with some glue, or you can simply match the hearts in place along the line, and then once you are finished, move them away so that you can play over and over again.

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Thank you so much for reading. Please find the free printable worksheets below. Enjoy ! Jacinta Xx.

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Easy Weather Crafts for Kids

We have been fascinated with watching, recording and predicting the weather lately. Here in Melbourne, Australia, the weather can be a little erratic. It’s summer at the moment which for us means that it might be a hot 40 degree (Celsius) day, or 14 degrees with wind and rain. And even though the weather is so unpredictable, I do love where we live. How is the weather where you live? Is it more predictable than Melbourne?

Scroll down to see some of our favorite weather activities and to download a free weather chart and some other FREE fun worksheets.

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The first activity I want to share is this fun fine motor lacing board. It is made from a piece of recycled cardboard, so its super inexpensive to make. And once you have made the board, you will be able to use it over and over again.

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What you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Blue paint

Paint brush

White paper

Scissors

Glue stick

Bamboo skewer

White yarn

Plastic needle

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What you will need to do:

1. Cut your piece of cardboard to size. You can cut your piece of card any size that you like. The board that I made is approximately 30 x 30 cm. Next, I painted the board blue using acrylic paint and allowed the paint to dry completely. Once the paint was dry I pasted down a cloud shape onto the cardboard using a glue stick. I then used a bamboo skewer to make holes in the cardboard.

WARNING! bamboo skewers are sharp. It is a good idea for adults to make the holes in the card using the skewer.

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2. Thread some yarn onto a plastic needle and stich some rain falling. You might like to stitch straight lines, or increase the hand eye coordination required and sew some zig zag lines. It is totally up to you how you play.

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The second activity that I want to share with you is this super easy to make weather chart. To make one like ours, I simply painted a piece of recycled cardboard with acrylic paint and then pasted weather icons onto the cardboard. We then used a peg to mark the day that we recorded the weather.

This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Washi tape

Scissors

A printed copy of my free weather printables

Glue stick

Pegs

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a piece of recycled cardboard to size. There is no set size that your card should be. For reference, our piece of cardboard is approximately 30cm long and 20cm wide.

2. I then painted the cardboard with blue acrylic paint and allowed the paint to dry completely.

3. When the paint was dry, I divided the cardboard into six sections using washi tape.

4. Then I simply printed out weather icons and pasted them onto the cardboard. You will find the FREE printables below.

5. Finally, I labelled some small pegs with the words today, yesterday and tomorrow. I printed these labels, but you could very easily write the words on the pegs.

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You will find your FREE weather chart printable here:

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Easy Winter Math for Kids

I love this colorful mitten number match game I posted on my Instagram this morning! The mittens are super simple to cut from colored construction paper and then you can play with them anyway that you like. You could match pom poms, stickers – any loose parts that you might have. Don’t feel restricted to only adding the pegs.

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What you will need:

Construction paper

Pencil

Scissors

Glue

Pegs or clothespins

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What you will need to do:

1. Draw and cut mitten shapes from colored construction paper. I used my Cricut maker to cut mine. Once you have cut your mitten shapes, label them with a number.

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2. Match pegs or loose parts to each mitten. You can match numbers, colors, shapes – anything that you like.

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Here are some fun and FREE mitten match printables for you!

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Thanks so much for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments you might have below and I will get back to you! Jacinta Xx

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Christmas Crafts for Kids

I thought that I would share this fun scissor skill activity with you. It is super simple to set up and only requires really simple materials – things that I am sure that you will already have at home!

PS: It feels like ages since I have had a chance to sit down and write a blog post. Life has been crazy lately – good crazy though!

!WARNING: Scissors are sharp. Adults must ALWAYS closely supervise children when they are using scissors.

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This is what you will need:

White paper or cardstock

Pencil

Ruler

Scissors

Off cuts of red and skin colored paper

Hole punch

Glue stick or white school glue

Black marker pen

Small white pom poms

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Take your piece of white paper or cardstock and rule lines along the length of the paper. Our lines have been rules approximately 5 cm apart – but you can make your lines any width that you would like.

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2. Carefully cut along the lines with scissors to make your strips of paper.

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3. Take your hole punch and make circles in different skin tone colored paper. Glue the circles onto the white paper. I positioned our circles so that they overlapped the cardstock edge. Simply fold over the excess paper and glue down to secure.

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4. Next, cut some little hat shapes from red paper.

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5. Take your glue stick and attach the hats to the very edge of the paper strips.

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6. Glue down some pom poms to the ends of the hat and draw happy faces onto each Santa with black marker pen.

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7. Using your black marker pen, draw a series of lines along each strip of paper. You can be as creative as you like with the lines that you choose to draw. I have mixed up a series of short lines and long lines. Then, carefully cut along the lines with scissors.

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Thank you so much for reading! Jacinta Xx

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Here is the Santa Claus Scissor Skills Worksheet for you!

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Free Christmas Countdown Printable for Kids

I really love the lead up to Christmas and the holidays. It is honestly my most favorite time of the year! I love how excited our kids get, and how they count down the days until the 25th of December.

We always have a couple of Advent calendar countdowns on the go in our house each December. This year, the girls and I decided to make some of our own! And they are so cute, I thought that I would share them with you. They are similar to popular ones circulating Facebook and Pinterest, but we have put our own little spin on each! I really hope that you enjoy them!

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To make the Santa Christmas Countdown you will need:

A copy of the free printable (scroll down to the end of this article)

White school glue (or any other glue that you already have at home)

Cotton balls

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To make the Santa Christmas Countdown you will need to:

1. Print a copy of the free Santa Countdown File.

2. Start your countdown on the 1st of December. Locate the number 24 (Hint: 24 is located on Santa’s hat!). Place some glue on the number 24 and press a cotton ball into the glue to secure.

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3. Continue to glue a single cotton ball down each day to make Santa’s beard.

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To make the Christmas Tree Countdown you will need:

A copy of the free Christmas Tree Countdown printable. (Scroll down to find it).

Pom poms

White school glue

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To make the Christmas Tree Countdown you will need to:

1. Print a copy of the free Christmas Tree Countdown printable worksheet.

2. Start your countdown on the 1st of December. Locate the number 24 and place a drop of on the number. Press a pom pom into the glue to secure. You might like to match the pom pom color to the color of the circle for each day.

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3. Continue to glue a single pom pom down each day to decorate the tree.

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To make the Color In Christmas Tree Countdown you will need:

A copy of the free Color In Christmas Tree printable (scroll down to the end of this article)

Colored crayons, pencils or marker pens

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To make the Color In Christmas Tree Countdown you will need to:

1. Print a copy of the free Color In Christmas Tree Countdown printable worksheet.

2. Start your countdown on the 1st of December. Locate the number 24 and color the circle with a brightly colored crayon, pencil or marker pen.

3. Continue to color a single circle each day to decorate the tree.

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Here are the printables that you need:

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Easy Christmas Activities for Kids

This fun activity is perfect to make in the lead up to these holidays. It’s great for developing color recognition, counting and fine motor skills. And the fact that it is made from recycled and easily accessible materials also means that it is inexpensive to set up!

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Pencil

Ruler

Green paint

Glue – I used white school (PVA) glue

Recycled bottle tops – I used milk bottle tops

Circle stickers

Pom poms

Tweezer or tongs

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a piece of recycled cardboard to size. You can use any size piece of cardboard that you like. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a triangle shape and then paint it green. You might also like to paint a star on the top of your tree. I wish that I had! If you do not have green paint, you can always use crayons, marker pens or even pencils.

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2. Once your green paint is dry, glue down the bottle tops onto the tree. I lined our bottle tops up in rows, but feel free to spread them across your tree in any pattern that you like.

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3. Label the bottle tops with some colored circle stickers. If you do not have circle stickers, you could always cut some small circles from colored paper and glue them down instead.

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4. Match the pom poms to the bottle tops. Repeat and play over and over again. We used tweezers to transfer the pom poms to the bottle tops – this is great for developing fine motor skills – but feel free to use fingers, a peg or any other tongs that you might have at home!

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I hope that you enjoy this activity! Let me know how you find it! Jacinta Xx

If you are unable to make one of these Christmas trees yourself or if you would like a quick alternative, try this fun, FREE printable version of the game.

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And here are a couple more FREE holiday printable worksheets for you! There is a match the upper and lower case letter game, a count and color game and, a find and color the shapes game!

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I would love you to share these fun worksheets to Instagram! If you do, please tag me so that I can see how you used them.

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Easy Shape Activities for Kids

Learning how to recognize shapes and their properties is an essential early numeracy skill. My kids love learning all about shapes, and I love putting activities together that teach about shapes. As you can see in this post, shape activities can be so easy to set up, require few materials and can be played with over and over again.

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This is what you will needyou will only need three things!

A piece of recycled cardboard

Shape stickers – if you do not have stickers, simply use some marker pens to draw them!

Small pegs

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Trim your piece of cardboard to size. For reference, our piece of cardboard is about 30 cm long and 20 cm high. This is just a rough guide though, you can use any size piece of card that you like. Once you are happy with your cardboard, simply paste stickers around the edge of the card. Make sure you leave enough space to place a peg between the sticker and the actual edge of the card.

If you do not have shape stickers, simply draw some shapes with marker pens or colored pencils directly onto the card. You can draw any shape and use any colors that you like!

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2. Next, prepare your matching pegs. I used small shape stickers to label our pegs. As our game is a shape and color matching game, I made sure that the pegs were labelled with the same colored shape as the shapes on the cardboard.

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3. Now play! Simply match the pegs to the board. Attaching the pegs is great for fine motor skill development and for encouraging pincer grip – the finger grip required to hold a pencil.

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And the neat thing about this game is that there are so many ways to play. You could use a timer and see how quickly you can match the pegs or you could call out a shape or color and find the corresponding peg to match! And if you have colored pegs, you could even match colors to shapes. See the pictures below for that to make more sense 😉

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Thank you so much for reading! Jacinta Xx. I hope that you enjoy these fun shape printables!

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