Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ladybird Letters

A trip to Wilkinsons for cleaning products often turns into a craft finding hunt.  Although the cleaning product aisle is a few rows down, the magnetic force of the arts, crafts and stationery section is often too strong and overwhelming.  On this trip I found these adorable ladybird board pins and was thinking of reasons [...]

Soft Playdough

There are loads of blogs around that have been posting recipes for playdough.  This two ingredient playdough found on the Kids Activities Blog  website seemed like a good one to try. The recipe requires one part hair conditioner to two parts cornflour. Two ingredients that certainly conjures up visions and feel of soft.  I added a few [...]

By |May 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Helpful Hands|0 Comments

Peg Rescue

We have had some lovely weather this past week in London and we usually take advantage of the sunshine by spending time out in the garden. We took out the little splash pool and added colourful plastic clothes pegs on one of those sunny days. To encourage Little M to squeeze open the clothes peg [...]

By |May 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Helpful Hands|0 Comments

Mrs Gobble: In-hand manipulation

Mrs Gobble was created to improve finger dexterity.  She will make a regular appearance in future blogs where I am using materials such as beads, coins and pom pom's.  Good pencil control requires the fingers to move in a coordinated up and down movement.   To train these muscles of the hand the child needs to be able to [...]

By |May 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Helpful Hands|0 Comments

Wet Chalk Drawing

The contrast of chalk on black paper is a great medium for artwork. However it can look a bit messy and with kids can become frustrating if the chalk smudges as in the picture. A good solution to this is to soak the chalk in sugar water for a couple of hours. For this you [...]

By |May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Helpful Hands|0 Comments

Bilateral Bus

Bilateral Coordination is when both sides of the body work together in a smooth and coordinated way. In this activity I am encouraging Little M to use both her hands to do the same thing together (symmetrical movement) as well as coordinating two different movements at the same time such as cutting with scissors (assymetrical [...]

Alphabet Matching 3D – 2D

Magnetic letters are very versatile and a great way for your child to touch and feel a 3D letter. This helps your child imprint the letter into their memory as it gives them a multi-dimensional feel of the letter. This is great for visual memory and to develop letter recognition. [...]

By |May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, I See You|1 Comment

Bubble Letters

I am a recovering hoarder and to this day still pause for a moment before I throw away my recycling. But I draw the line at cereal boxes. I use each and every one of them as a canvas to the kids painting and drawing. In this activity Little M was keen to do some [...]

By |May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, I See You|0 Comments