Crafting Month Continues: Fun Things to do with Cherios

We are continuing with ideas made with things easily found around most homes.  The crafting item today is CHERIOS and/or FRUIT LOOPS. 

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  • It’s easy to make a rainbow with Fruit Loops.  Just draw draw six concentric arcs.  The kids can glue the cereal pieces on the arcs.  (Use glue or frosting if you think the cereal will be eaten no matter what) The smallest arc will be for purple loops, the next blue.  The next arcs above will be for green then yellow loops. The last loops should be orange and red.  This color scheme is the closest to a real rainbow, so you can also use it as a mini science class.  (As sunlight passes into a drop of rain, water acts as prism & the ray is bent as it enters the drop and is separated into colors.   We see the colors when the light is bent – the rays are different lengths that create different colors. The visible colors from shortest to longest wavelength are: violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.)                                                                                                                                                                                                    rainbow bowls 
  •  Of course, if your child is very young, or you don’t want to deal with  science on a Saturday, you are still honing small motor skills if your child just picks up and glues the cereal to the paper.  It builda coordination to pick up pieces of cereal one at a time.
  • If your child is just learning colors, set out some bowls and let her sort the cereal by colors                                ramekin
  • If She is learning  her alphabet or to spell her name,  let her use the cereal loops to create letters, or to spell.  Again, you can pencil a large letter shape and your child can follow the lines to create
  • letters or words
  • Letters on chalkboard

 

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Parenting Tips: Making Puffy Paint at Home

Call it Clotted, Doughy, or Puffy; this paint is thick!

Paint doesn’t have to be flat, it can be thick and pop off the paper.  You can paint with it, squeeze it out from a bottle or baggie to the paper, even use a butter knife to create a painting that looks like VanGogh.

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To make Clotted Paint you will need:

¼ C flour

¼ C salt

¼ C water

2 TBS tempera power

a squeeze bottle or zip lock baggie ( put a glob of thick paint in the corner of the                   bag.  Zip it closed.  Make a tine snip in the corner of the bag where the glob is. Use           your fist to squeeze out the paint.  You may have to experiment a little to get  the feel               of how the paint comes out)

Mix all the ingredients together until evenly blended.

Pour into the bottle or bag.  Paint your masterpiece.

(This makes a fun name plated or decorates the top of a treasure box.)

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Learning At Home: Developing Fine Motor Skills

Eye-Hand coordination activites to do at home

  • You will need:
  • tweezers and/or tongs  pom poms or marbles or                                                                     small pebbles
  • Rounded safety scissors, construction paper, glue and                                                             or tape
  •  A skewer with a rubber band around it to make it  easy to hold                                                Or an oversized push-pin
  • A big plastic sewing needle and yarn and cardboard shapes                                                     with holes  punched
  •  A container and small objects to put in it

For the tweezers, put the pom poms, pebbles or marbles in containers and have your child move them to another container.

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Draw shapes  or lines on paper, give your child scissors and ask him to cut out the shape or along the line.  This is a learning activity- so don’t expect perfection!  Then let him loose with glue or paper to make a card or poster.

Make shapes with dots all over a piece of construction paper.  Give your child a something to poke with- a skewer or push pin and let her push the holes to create the shape.

Take a jar with a wide mouth and lid.  Depending on the age of your child you can leave the lid off and simply provide objects  like clothes pins, or pennies or beans to be dropped in the jar.  With an older child you can punch holes in the lid (or use an empty spice jar that has two openings- one to shake with and one for the measuring spoon).  Give your child toothpicks that have to be fitted through the holes to get them in the jar.

Cut shapes out of cardboard.  Use a hole punch and put holes around the edge.  Give your child a large plastic needle threaded with yarn and let her “sew’’ the edges.

All of these activities build eye hand coordination skills that will help when learning to read and write.  HAVE FUN!

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