These Little Fingers.

Mum to three little wonders, blogging about things I love to care and share.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sticks and Shapes

 Here's an activity which  can  help kids get excited about shapes!

 You will need  some plastic  straws or, toothpicks, matchsticks/crafts sticks. And then get your child create shapes and pictures out of them. This  activity could be  used with 7-year-olds and upwards.

  Through this activity,  children will learn how two or more geometrical shapes can be used together to form a new geometrical shape or design.

This activity helps children improve hand eye cordination and lays and a great foundation for mastering geometrical shapes.

Older childrenwill be able to create 3D shapes. You could also extend this activity by having your children tesellate the geometrical shapes they create.

Well, this activity kept my children busy for a good hour or so.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Early Learning with Digital Technologies

 Let's go hunting for shapes!

Hi everyone, here's an activity to help your  little ones with shape recognition!

Like most children, my son has mastered names of shapes and numbers through various resources,  but also  not to mention with various digital games and apps. So I went on to  help him recognise shapes in everday objects using the device he likes to use. 

Well, grab a Smart phone or  any other digital device and get your child hunt for various shapes. Once  you and your child start hunting for shapes together , your little one will recognise that shapes and patterns are all around us: on clocks, on his bicycle, his plate and so on . Thus, this activity will help children reinforce names of geometrical shapes and help visualise  existence of them in everyday objects.

You could also have the captured pictures printed out in order to make a "My Shapes Book" for your child to enjoy. You could also get your child trace over the shapes using the pictures.

In addition to many shape  recognition games availble online, this activity was really fun and effective with my son. I belive there are many creative ways of using digital techonolgies to help children learn while having fun.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Lego Fun

Hi all,

Here's how I kept  my kids busy these school holidays. Yep, with lots and  lots of Lego bricks...

Lego Maze

Steve from Minecraft

Great way to engage your kids is to get them spell their name...

Practice spelling

Lego pencil holder
Have fun!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Arty Vege Print

 Vegetable Print Art

My kids had fun creating this  awesome vege printing .

This activity suits all ages.

Here's  we  have created some red rose prints using  bok choy (Chinese cabbage).

Cut out the stem of the bok choy and  dip into paint .
Use some glitter dust here..
and stamp onto paper..

Finally, finish up with some leaf prints.

Number Chart 1-10

Printable Number Chart 1-10

My preschooler is really interested in numbers. He loves counting and   I thought of sharing this printable number  chart  which i put together.

The chart is free and printable in pdf format: download the 1 2 3 4 5 chart here. 

Now you can use this colourful chart to count up to 10.

You can print this chart and have it stuck on the wall ,fridge or desk. 

 Have fun counting numbers with you child; ask what comes next and what comes before.
Count down from ten with your child.

Make it fun  
Use  a torch and flash onto the number and get your child shout out the number.

Laminate  the printed number chart and use it as a place mat,
use a dry erase marker to trace the numbers( when your child is ready to write).

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014



Here 's how we went about doing our school project; the four seasons.


A sturdy board for the base .
Brown paper /bag
Coloured paper
Cotton wool
PVA Glue
Glue gun
Some paint

Begin by fixing the Styrofoam on the sturdy board.
 Use your glue gun to glue it  in place.

Paint the backgrounds; Spring -green, Autumn -yellow brown and orange , Summer- yellow and blue.,winter we left it white/ silver.

We used the brown paper to make the trees. Cut out flowers and leaves out of colored paper.
We glued the trees, leaves flowers and cotton balls-use your glue gun for this.




Cut out few slits to form branches

twist the slits...

Finally,  glue the Arctic Hare in each season and show how they adopt to each season!.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Geolastic- Geoboard

Geo-Lastic Art

Hi everyone. I found this awesome manipulative toy, from my local toy library. The Geoboard . It is a great tool for exploring mathematical concepts.

I let my son (nearly 3) stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and create shapes, alphabet and numbers. My older kids(8,6) joined in the fun too.

The Geolastic Number Board comes  with alphabets and number visual cues, therefore children could copy them on the board.

I helped my son  copy the shape made by his his sister. He really liked it.

Making shapes on Geoboard, could  help improve his fine motor skills .

The virtual version  of Geoboards can be found below in the following links, where older kids/school aged kids could have ample fun:

Math Playground-
Geoboard,  by The Math Learning Center

 Have fun making shapes , alphabets, numbers and geometrical  shaped pictures too.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sensory bin

 I have been setting up sensory bins for my son . I am a bit afraid of mess; but I use it as an opportunity to teach about cleaning up!

We talked about colours, shapes and textures . We tried sorting objects by  colour. We scooped out all the blue objects out of the bin!

When children are playing with sand, rice and so on they are learning to experiment. I use common household objects like spoon,forks,lids ....they are great learning tools.

Messy sensory play with sand ,water,fingerpaint or dirt gives your child the chance to play alone  observe,copy others,initiate new ideas and use words and gestures to express..

We tried playing a game: number of the day...

Add numbers in to your sensory bin (it can be foam numbers or plastic number magnets)

I love those little craft foam numbers!

Get your child pick/scoop or help him use a tong to pick all the "Number of the Day".., Why not, Letter of the day?, Shape of the day?

By getting to scoop out stuff  and use tongs to pick stuff help him develop his fine motor skills!

This is how we went about playing the" shape recognition game...

 That's it for now, thanks for stopping by..

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Fairy Bread

I  made these  cute fairy- breads just to put a smile on my little ones' faces.

 Slice your bread and butter them,  then coat the buttered slice with hundreds an thousands . Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on top of the hundreds an thousands coated slice!

Have fun!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

These  "chocolatey" treat which i baked over the weekend, were super soft and wonderfully moist, Not too fudgy or cakey... they just melt in your mouth, I loved the beautiful dry cracked  crust which formed on to top of these brownies!

Thanks for my sister ,who persuaded me into baking these lovelies ..obviously her pics did...

Here is the recipe:

150g semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped

1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 tablespoons (15 grams) cocoa powder

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 large eggs

3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chopped cashew nuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) .

 2. Butter (or spray with a nonstick cooking spray) an 8 inch (20 cm) square pan, and line the bottom of the pan with baking sheet.

3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar . Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. Finally, stir in the flour, salt and chopped cashew nuts (if using).

5.Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled. 

These freeze really well and tastes great!.

Recipe inspiration from :

Happy Baking!!