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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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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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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Spooky Halloween Number Craft for Kids

I posted this activity over on my Instagram last night and it has been super popular! It’s a quick, low-prep math activity that is perfect for developing early numeracy skills. Simply print the file below and play!

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This is what you will need:

Printed copy of the FREE downloadable file.

Googly eyes or stickers

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Print this file:

2. Grab some stickers or googly eyes and add them to each ghost.

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Such an easy activity to put together and play in the lead up to Halloween!

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You can also watch this quick video for more information.

Thanks so much for reading (and watching)! Jacinta Xx

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Early Math Activities for Kids

I really love activities that develop math skills! Especially activities that encourage number recognition, counting skills, subitising and 1:1 correspondence. The activities that I describe here are perfect for developing all of these early numeracy skills. And best of all, you probably have everything you need to play at home already!

These activities are actually an extension of a recent blog article I posted entitled “Build A City.” You may have read it already? As well as working on the early math skills I listed above, these activities also introduce some simple addition and subtraction principles.

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This is what you will need:

Printed copy of the downloadable files

Lego, duplo bricks or building blocks

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Build a Tower

For this first activity, simply print out the “Build a Tower” file – you will find a link at the end of this paragraph. Then build a tower, stacking the number of bricks or blocks in each square. You will notice that the squares on the page are at different angles. This encourages your child to manipulate the angle of their tower on the page. This manipulation of angle is great for developing fine motor skills.

Here are the files that you will need. There is a black and white one, where you can match any color bricks to the squares, and a colored file. For this one, you can match colored bricks to each square.

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Add a Tower

You will get to practice some easy addition in this activity. Begin by printing out the downloadable file – again, you will find this file at the end of the paragraph. Then simply add the blocks together to build the towers.

Here is the file that you will need:

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Subtract a Tower

You guessed it! This next activity is subtract a tower. Start by printing the downloadable file and then substract the blocks. Place the resulting stack onto the corresponding square.

Here is the file that you will need:

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I really hope that you enjoy building these towers! Enjoy! Jacinta Xx

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Easy Halloween Math for Kids

I always associate googly eyes with Halloween crafts! Googly eyes make the best number counters, and are the perfect tool for helping kids learn some early math skills in a fun and engaging way.

Here are my favorite easy googly eye activities that will have your kids learning their numbers in no time this Halloween.

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This first activity is so super simple to put together. I started by cutting some black construction paper into the spider shapes. I actually used my Cricut Maker to do this! If you don’t have a Cricut, simply cut some circles from paper and then glue down 8 little paper strip legs.

Once your spiders are prepared, label them with numbers. You can do this with marker pen, stickers – anyway that you please! I used a white paint pen. Then ask your child to place the spiders in order on a flat surface. If you have younger children or students, order them yourself.

Then simply match the corresponding number of googly eyes to each spider. You can paste the eyes down with white school glue and make an awesome art piece. Or if you are like me and like to re-use your resources, simply use the eyes as counters. By keeping the eyes unglued, you can simply clear the eyes away and play over and over!

This googly eye activity is perfect for learning about number recognition, 1:1 correspondence, subitising and number order. You will also notice that there is a fair bit of strategy involved as well. As we used different size googly eyes, your child will have to work out which size eyes they must use to make sure that they all fit on the spiders.

!Caution! Remember that googly eyes are a choking hazard. Closely supervise your children when they are using any small craft objects and embellishments, especially googly eyes.

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I love this bright and colorful spider activity! To put this one together, we simply traced and cut out circles from colored construction paper. We then pasted down some googly eyes and attached 8 pegs to each spider. As well as developing fine motor skills, this activity also develops 1:1 correspondence and subitising. It is also fun for learning colors too!

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The above is another super simple and super fun Halloween math activity. To play this one, simply grab some colored origami squares and lay them out on a flat surface. Then, label each square with a number. You can label the squares with any number that you like, depending on your child’s math ability and how many googly eyes you have! Then simply match the corresponding number of googly eyes to each square. Again, you can glue your pieces together, or keep them unglued so that you can use them over and over again!

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My kids love this activity! To play, simply line up some craft sticks on a flat surface. We used the larger size craft sticks for this activity. Then label each stick with a number and match the corresponding number of eyes to each stick. This activity is perfect for developing 1:1 correspondence, number order, counting and fine motor skills – it can be tricky lining all those eyes up on the sticks. Again, there is a decent amount of strategy and creativity required to fit the different size eyes onto the sticks, especially if you label them with numbers greater than 9!

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What are your favorite Halloween math activities? I have so many, it’s difficult to fit them into the one post! Thanks again for reading! Jacinta Xx

Here is a fun Halloween symmetry activity for you to try with your children.

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Halloween Scissor Crafts for Kids

Halloween is the perfect holiday for practicing scissor skills! I have heaps of fun ideas that will have your kids perfecting their scissor skills in no time. Best of all, you will only require a couple of inexpensive and simple materials – and these activities are FUN!

Keep reading, you will find a FREE printable at the end of this article that will make practicing scissor skills with your kids and students a breeze!

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Below is my favorite and most simple scissor skill activity. To play this one, you will only need some strips of paper, a marker pen and of course, some scissors. For this activity, we used specialized children’s scissors.

Children’s scissors are great for learning how to snip and cut. They are the correct size for little hands (so they are not too heavy or too big, which helps with accuracy of cutting), they have a real safety blade that actually cuts (plastic scissors often fold paper rather than cut through it, making them frustrating for little kids to use) and have that little spring lever connecting the two handle pieces together. This spring is fabulous! The reason being, that kids only have to get their hands working in the one direction to close the scissors, then the scissors spring back open on their own. This makes using scissors so much easier for preschoolers.

!CAUTION! Remember to always carefully and closely supervise your children when using scissors!

To put this activity together, all you need to do is cut some strips of paper, label them with a variety of lines using a marker pen, and then if you like, add a little ghost to each end of the strips. I used my Cricut Maker to cut the ghosts out and then pasted them down. You could simply draw them out or use a Halloween themed sticker if you have one. Then ask your children to cut along the lines in the direction towards the ghosts. You can make your lines as easy or tricky as you like – depending on your child’s skill level.

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I posted the below activity on my Instagram earlier this week. I have to be honest and say that I don’t really love the pictures (I have almost deleted them at least 10 times! ha ha!), but I do really LOVE the idea of the activity. It’s a fun variation on the above idea, and is a great and easy way to practice scissor use!

For this next activity, I simply cut out the ghost shapes on white printer paper, drew some lines on the ghost tails with black marker pen, and then we cut along the lines with scissors. Again, this activity allows practice of cutting in a specific direction. You may notice that these scissors are different to the ones pictured above. They are still children’s scissors, but they have a sharper point (compared to the safer, blunt tip scissors above) and are a little heavier. These scissors are good for children who have some experience using scissors.

This final ghost cutting activity is one of my favorites! Again, draw and cut a ghost shape onto white printer paper and make snips along the tail. Then for some extra fine motor practice, take a pen or a pencil and roll the snips of paper towards the body of the ghost. Then once you reach the body, remove the pencil and you will see that the paper has curled. These curly tail ghosts are just the cutest!

If you have younger children, you might want to use cardstock to use in these cutting activities. Cardstock is a little less flimsy than printer paper, making it easier for kids to handle and cut.

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope that you find these activities helpful these Halloween holidays! Jacinta Xx

Here are some fun printables for you to practice those scissors skills:

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