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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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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