Here are some fun and games for your children to have a go at.
Timeless Teachings in a Changing World
Children are having to learn lost of different methods of development from here they can use technology, on these games children can develop their counting skills, reading and language along with lots more, we have added the games from the CBeebies sight to help children.
We think that learning should be fun, so help your child by playing with them, so that they gain confidence. They may get frustrated at first but encourage them so that they keep trying, it is important that children learn to keep having a go, so that they learn that they can achieve different thing in the end with practice.
How to Make Play Dough
This is possibly the easiest play dough recipe ever. It takes about 5 minutes to make and best of all there is no cooking. Just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Simple as that. It’s great for making with kids and will last for ages. You can add glitter to the mix for added sparkle and even some peppermint oil to make it smell great.
You will need:
1 cups plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (optional)
1 tablespoons of cooking oil
Peppermint oil (optional)
1 cups of boiling water
1 child or more if you have them
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. As soon as it starts to bond together and is hard to mix, take it out of the bowl throw it on a board and knead until it takes on the look and consistency of play dough. It will be hot when you take it out of the bowl so be careful.
This recipe is great if you’re planning on making a couple of batches in different colours but if your just making one batch you can quite happily double the amounts.
Don’t worry if you have no cream of tartar it makes the play dough more elastic but you can still make this play dough recipe without cream of tartar. Also I have found that while liquid food colourings work fine, Gel food colouring produces a brighter more vivid colour.
Next hand it all over to a happy toddler and see what they create.
How to make Grass Heads
Grass Head Materials
You will need:
Old nylon stockings or pantyhose.
Knee highs and pop socks, work great.
You can also use regular old socks, but the grass sometimes has trouble poking through.
Grass seeds. I bought a small "lawn repair kit" which has seeds pre-mixed with slow release fertiliser, but you can use whatever seeds you've got handy.
I hear that chives, rye or alfalfa seeds also work well.
Sawdust or potting mix for stuffing. Or just some soil from your garden.
I got a bag of sawdust for free from a big hardware store - they seemed happy to get rid of it!
Small yoghurt pot.
Decorations. Goggly eyes and fabric scraps for the heads,
coloured paper for the bodies, pipe-cleaners for spectacles... get creative :-)
Water-proof glue. For sticking on the eyes, lips, etc. I used hot glue, but you can use any sort of glue so long as it won't dissolve in water.
Step 1: Cut off an 8" (20cm) section of stocking that includes the toe. (You could also use a "tube section" that doesn't include the toe - you'd just have to tie a knot in one end to close it, then turn it inside-out to hide the knot.)
Step 2: Stretch the stocking over a large cup or mug, and spoon in about 2 teaspoons full of grass seeds.
Step 3: Pack in some sawdust or potting soil. Aim for the head to be roughly tennis ball sized.
Step 4: Tie a knot to close the end. No need to cut off the dangly bit.
Step 5: You can make a bulbous nose or ears by grabbing a bit of stocking and twisting. Fasten base of the nose with some thread or a small rubber band.
Step 6: Decorate! Use fabric scraps or permanent marker to decorate the face, and coloured paper to make the yoghurt container into a dress or a suit or whatever you like - get creative! Just make sure that any glues or markers you use for the head are water-proof.
Growing your Grass Heads
Grass grows a bit unreliably through a sock
When you're ready to grow your head, give it a good dunking in a bowl of water to moisten the sawdust/soil. Half-fill the yoghurt container with water, and put the head on top, with the excess stocking dangling down into the water.
Put your creation on a windowsill or somewhere with plenty of sunlight. Check every day to make sure the head is moist - you might need to dribble a few drops of water onto the head now and then.
"Hair" takes about 1 week to sprout. A full head of hair takes 3-4 weeks to grow, and and "greying and balding" will occur after about 6 weeks. Experiment with different hairstyles :-) You can make mohawks, pony-tails, crew-cuts... have fun with it!