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April 2020 Archive

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Date: 30th April 2020
​Name: Toilet Paper Roll Rainbow​
​Objectives:​​ ​Develop Motor Skills, Colour Awareness


Resources Required:

Toilet paper roll, kite paper or coloured paper, paint, scissors​




Date: 28th April 2020
​Name: Peppa Pig Handprint

Date: 27th April 2020
​Name: Mailable Hug
​Objectives:​​ ​Children learn how to follow a basic set of instructions.

It must be hard for all children that they are not seeing their friends/families. This activity can make them feel safe and secure, and if they need to send a hug to their friends or families, they can send them one.



Date: 22nd April 2020
​Name: Send a Hug


What you will need:

  • A long sheet of paper maybe brown paper, baking role paper or you could even stick paper together as we did.
  • Scissors
  • Colours/paint/ Crayons your choice

This craft is so easy and will definitely cheer your loved ones up.

Step one

Place the paper on the floor, have your child’s upper body on it and trace around the child’s head, arms, and upper torso onto the paper

Step two

At this point you can leave the colouring up to your child

When you are ready from the colouring in, you can cut it out.

Fold it up

Now wouldn’t it be nice to send a letter too? I’ve found this lovely letter to send along with the hug.

Take care and stay safe.

“I miss you when you’re far away.
I’d love to see you every day.
But since I can’t come over to play,
I’m mailing you a hug today.
So although it might be quite a sight,
wrap my arms around you tight.
Repeat daily to keep your smile bright,
until we get to reunite!”

Date: 21st April 2020
​Name: Dancing Popcorn Experiment


R
esources needed:

Transparent jar or bottle,
white vinegar, dried corn
kernels, baking soda

Learning Objective

In this activity the children will be encouraged to notice differences created by chemical reactions.

The children will prepare the ingredients needed. They will put the ingredients in white vinegar in a transparent jar and pour in some kernels. The next step is to add some baking soda, and watch the reaction​



Date: 20th April 2020
​Name: Mixing Colours


As an introduction, the children will be explained the primary colours, and how secondary/rest of the colours are created. The children will be shown the experiment how food colouring can blead through the tissue paper and mix with the other primary colours, creating the other colours.

As a conclusion, the children will be asked to try the experiment at home and send in pictures and videos of the process.

Resources:

  • Red/blue/yellow food colouring,
  • tissue paper, water,
  • clear cups


Date: 17th April 2020
​Name: The Fluffy Sheep Craft​
​Objectives:​​ ​To re-inforce attention span and gross and fine motor skills.


The students will be able to create a craft from scratch using various amount of materials.

This craft require parental supervision.

Resources Required:

  • Cereal Box
  • Cotton Wool
  • White A4 paper
  • Red String
  • Small Bell (optional)
  • Pencil or black felt pen
  • Black pencil colour or black marker
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue
  • Bowl
  • Spoon and teaspoon

Below you can find a video of this activity


Date: 15th April 2020
​Name: Physical Activity
​Objectives:​​ ​To develop gross motor skills and lead a healthy lifestyle​


Video for this activity can be found below:






Date: 14th April 2020
​Name: Ladybug ​Art

Find below is a video for this activity:
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Date: 13th April 2020
​Name: Shaving Cream Marbled Paper Easter Eggs
​Objectives:​​ ​Developing and enhancing children’s creative skills


Resources Needed:

1. Shaving Cream
2. Tray
3. Cereal Box/Kartoncina cut in the shape of an egg
4. Paint (Any colour)
5. Paintbrush, Toothpick
6. Paper Towel
7. Plastic Knife
8. News Paper

Method:
  • Spray shaving cream onto a tray or box lid and spread it around evenly.
  • Drop, squiggle, and squirt different colours of paint on top of the shaving cream.
  • Using a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush, start dragging the paint through the shaving cream making straight lines across.
  • Continue to do this but go up and down through the paint and shaving cream this time to get the marbled look.
  • Take a paper egg and press it on top of the paint and shaving cream, applying a bit pressure to push it into the mixture.
  • Pull up the paper and place on newspapers, painted side up.
  • Using a scraper tool, scrape off all of the shaving cream.
  • Allow the paint to dry and then hang the marbled paper Easter Egg creations!

Date: 9th April 2020
​Name: Easter Bunny Toss (Game)
​Objectives:​​ ​physical activity, turn taking, precision and aiming, creativity, recycling​

 
  1. Use a large cardboard box to draw the image of a bunny.
  2. An adult should help to cut out the space of the mouth and of the belly, to create ‘goal holes’.
  3. Use small blocks to toss into the opening of the bunny. Different coloured blocks may carry different points to have a final winner.
  4. If blocks are not available, crunched up paper or other small objects, such as bean bags, may be used.

Bunny toss game.jpg


Date: 8th April 2020
​Name: Batman Easter Hat (Craft) 
​Objectives:​​ ​creativity, fine motor skills​

 
 Batman Easter hat.jpg

  1. Make this top hat by cutting a brim out of a piece of black card - make sure it fits your head.
  2. Then take a piece of yellow card and roll into a long cylinder shape. Secure with Sellotape and then tape onto the brim of your hat. Your basic top hat is now ready.
  3. Next, draw Batman’s head and mask on a piece of black card. Cut this out and glue to the yellow cylinder part of your top hat.
  4. For an Easter look, cut some large bunny ear shapes out of the black card and glue these to the hat. You can add cotton wool to the ears to make them look more bunny-like.​

Date: ​7th April 2020
​Name: How to make fizzy rainbow Easter eggs (Science)
​Objectives:​​ ​Observe and record observations, make predictions, summarise findings


​​STEP 1:  Open up the plastic Easter eggs and rest then in a small tub.

STEP 2: Add several drops of food colouring to each egg (this step is optional but very fun for surprise colour eruptions). You can also colour separate containers of vinegar and let the kids mix and match colours.

STEP 3: Now, go ahead and fill each egg with a spoonful of baking soda! You can add a pinch of glitter on top if desired!

STEP 4: Now it’s time for the excitement! Set out a bowl of vinegar for eyedroppers or a squeeze bottle with vinegar.

STEP 5: Squeeze a few drops of vinegar in each Easter egg and w​atch the eruption of colourful bubbles as they overflow over the rim of the plastic egg.

FIzzy rainbow easter.jpg





 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MIX BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR?

The science behind these fizzy rainbow Easter eggs is all about the baking soda and vinegar and the fizzy bubbles that result!

When the acid (vinegar) and the base (baking soda) mix together, a chemical reaction happens.  The baking soda and vinegar get used up in making a new substance, a gas called carbon dioxide.  It is made up of one atom of carbon and two atoms of oxygen. Its chemical formula is CO2. The fizzing bubbling action you can see and even feel if you put your hand close enough, is the gas!

All three states of matter are present: liquid (vinegar), solid (baking soda), and gas (carbon dioxide).

Do you know what carbon dioxide is used for in our daily lives?

Essential for Life

Carbon dioxide is necessary for life on Earth. When animals breathe out, they release carbon dioxide into the air. Plants use this carbon dioxide to make their own food in a process called photosynthesis. Plants then release oxygen into the air for animals to breathe in.

Carbon dioxide also is an essential part of Earth’s atmosphere. As a greenhouse gas, it traps energy from the Sun, which warms Earth’s surface. This is known as the greenhouse effect. Without the greenhouse effect, Earth would be much too cold for life.

However, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases as people burn fossil fuels. More carbon dioxide in the air traps more heat, which leads to global warming.

Everyday Uses

In solid form, carbon dioxide is a useful substance called dry ice, which does not melt. Instead, it goes straight from a solid to a gas. Dry ice may be used when shipping meat, ice cream, or other products that need to be kept cold.

Carbon dioxide is useful in baking as well. Yeast, baking powder, and baking soda all release carbon dioxide gas when they are mixed into batter or dough. The gas forms bubbles, which cause the batter or dough to rise, or expand.

Carbon dioxide also is added to drinks like soft drinks to make them bubbly. These fizzy drinks are called carbonated beverages.

Finally, carbon dioxide is used in a variety of nonedible products. It is used to make plastic foam. Life rafts and life jackets may be inflated with it. Carbon dioxide also is used in some kinds of fire extinguishers.


Date: ​6th April 2020
​Name: Photo Frame (Craft) 
​Objectives:​​ ​Creativity, scissors skills, recycling


Make an easy picture frame out of craft sticks or popsicle sticks.

If these are not available, any other sturdy material, like thick cardboard, can be used.

Resources

  • Craft sticks / popsicle sticks / strips from sturdy material
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Photo
  • Magnet or string (Optional)
  • Things to decorate your photo frame with such as crayons, sequins, felt, craft foam, etc.
     
    Picture Frame  Early years.jpg 

Method:

1. Arrange the craft sticks together to form the frame. Below are some examples of how you can put the sticks together:
a.)  Basic square frame - arrange four craft sticks to form a square.
b.)  Triangular frame – use three sticks to set up your frame.

2. After you have decided on the shape of your frame, paint the craft sticks. You can use a single colour for the entire frame or colour each craft stick differently for a multi-coloured frame.

If it works better for you, you can paint the frame after you have glued all the craft sticks together

3. Once the paint dries, arrange the painted craft sticks into the shape or design that you chose in Step 1. Glue them together at the ends.

4. Decorate your photo frame as you please. You can paint patterns or little designs on it; glue on some sequins, buttons, paper, fabric or felt cut-outs; or draw some designs with paint or glitter glue.

5. Make a backing board by tracing the outer outline of your craft stick frame onto cardboard.

6. Cut out the cardboard along the inner outline.

7. Glue this board at the back of your craft stick frame.

8. Cut out a photo to a size that fits inside the frame. Glue the photo at the centre of the frame.


Date: ​3rd April 2020
​Name: Over the Deep Blue Sea (Nursery Rhyme) 
​Objectives:​​ ​exposure to literacy through the lyrics, to listen with attention to detail and develop aural memory, to use known songs to develop rhythm


Ships, pirates and the sea; a well-known combination you may say. Invite the children to climb aboard the ship and be a pirate for the day! This is a super fun action song and also features weather and movement vocabulary.

Let the children watch this short video a couple of times. As they are watching it, point out the different weather conditions, and the different movements made by the characters. As the children become familiar with the song and the movements, make the sequence a whole class activity as they copy the movements of ‘going this way, that way, forwards, backwards. up and down’.


Lyrics:
‘Twas a sunny day when I went to play
down by the sea.
I climbed aboard a pirate shi​p
and the Captain said to me,
“We’re going this way, that way.
Forwards, backwards.
Up and down, up and down.
Over the deep blue sea.”

 ‘Twas a windy day when I went to play...........
 ‘Twas a rainy day when I went to play............
‘Twas a snowy day when I went to play............
‘Twas a stormy day when I went to play............

“This way, that way.
Forwards, backwards.
Up and down, up and down.
Over the deep blue sea.”
 

Date: ​2nd April 2020
​Name: The Pirate Boat (Craft) 
​Objectives: ​Creativity, fine motor skills, recycling


Resources:

  • Pirate boat template
  • Paper plate or a circle cut out of an empty cereal box
  • Brown paint or crayons
  • Paintbrush
  • Popsicle stick/straw
  • Glue
  • Scissors
 Pirate Boat 1.jpg
 
  

Method

  1. Start by painting or colouring the outside of the paper plate or the recycled cardboard, brown.
  2. While the paper plate is drying, you will use the pirate boat template. This can be printed or copied from the picture.
  3. Cut out 2 rectangle top parts ( out of yellow paper or can be coloured yellow), 3 boat windows and one flag (cut out the pirate skull shape).
  4. Bend the paper plate/round cardboard shape in half, with the painted side on the outside.
  5. Glue the three windows on one yellow rectangle.
  6. Glue one yellow rectangle at the top of the paper plate and glue the stick at the back of the yellow part. Glue the other yellow rectangle on the other side.
  7. The skull will go on the flag and then the flag on the craft stick.

Pirate Boat 2.jpg

Date: ​1st April 2020
​Name: Hello (In Different Language) (Literacy)
​Objectives: ​Literacy, Self expression, Music


People answer the phone by saying ‘hello’. Children can understand that there are various ways to say hello in different language. This is especiallyimportant as we are living in a global world where intercultural understanding, foreign language competence and proficiency are essential in a globalized society.

During this activity, the children can be learn how to say Hello in different languages by repeating it after each word. This will help them appreciate and nurture a love for languages.



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