Ultimate Collection of Practical Life Activities (Part Two)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I’m sharing another set of practical life activities that we do at home!  If you enjoyed the first part of my post, well, here are more exciting stuff to do with you kids. 

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“Practical life or real work activities, along with the development of language, may well be the most important work in the first six years of life.  By means of these activities the child learns to make intelligent choices, to become physically and mentally independent and responsible.  He learns to concentrate, to control muscles, to act with care, to focus, to analyse logical steps, and complete a cycle of activity.  This lays the groundwork for sound mental and physical work throughout life.” – Susan Mayclin Stephenson, CHILD OF THE WORLD

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Assembling a Torch
Materials:
- torch
- set of batteries


Essential in practicing the small muscles in the hand.  Develop concentration, motor skills, hand-eye coordination.


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Puzzles with small holder

Materials:
- bowls
- rice
- tablespoon

Essential in practicing the small muscles in the hand.   Develop concentration, motor skills, hand-eye coordination.

 


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Pumping soap

Materials:
- liquid soap in pump
- bowl
- hand towel


Essential in practicing the hand  and arm muscles.  Developing motor skills as well.


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Pouring to multiple containers

Materials:
- water in a small pitcher
- multiple cups

For hand - eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.


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Pouring

Materials:
- rice or beans
- containers

Develop hand -eye coordination, dexterity and concentration.

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Pouring Rice using a Funnel


Materials:
- rice or beans
- containers
- funnel

 

Develop hand -eye coordination, dexterity and concentration.


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Pouring Liquid using a Funnel


Material:
- water in a small pitcher
- funnel
- separate container for the funnel

Develop fine motor skills, concentration, eye and hand coordination.


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Pouring Medicine Syrup


Material:
- medicine syrup
- teaspoon


To develop eye-hand coordination, arm muscles, concentration and motor skills.


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Pouring Back and Forth


Materials:
- water
- two containers

Develop hand-eye coordination and concentration when transferring water from one container to another. 

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Sorting Colors


Materials:
- counters or buttons in different colors
- sorting tray

Enhance the skill of color recognition.

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Sorting Shapes

 

Materials:
- counters or buttons in different shapes
- sorting tray

Enhance the skill of shape recognition.

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Hammering

Materials:
- we used Tap Tap Art

Develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, concentration.  Improve hand and arm muscles as well.

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Playdough

Materials:
- playdough
- playdough/cookie cutters, moulders, rollers

Practise of hand muscles.  Develop skill of concentration,motor skills,  artistry and imagination.

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Scooping Pasta using Different Scoop Sizes

Material:
- containers
- pasta
- set of scoops in different sizes

Hand-eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.

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Clamping Objects

Material:
- packing beans (or something similar)
- clamp
- containers or cups

Practise of hand muscles, hand-eye coordination, concentration.

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Use of Knife

Material:
- chopping board
- knife
- vegetables or fruits

 

Practise of hand muscles, concentration, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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Large Puzzles with holders

Materials:
- we are using Melissa & Doug Jumbo Puzzles

Enhance the skill of grasping objects of various sizes and hardness.  To improve thumb stability, which is essential in holding things and drawing.

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Lacing Shoes

Materials:
- shoes or something similar

Develop hand-eye coordination, hand muscles and concentration.

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Pegboards

Materials:
- we are using FantaColor

Enhance the skill of grasping objects of small sizes.  Practise of hand muscle, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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Scooping Floating Objects

Material:
- water in a bowl or container
- floating materials like golf balls or Styrofoam balls
- scoop or small strainer


Hand-eye coordination and concentration.

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Paper Clips

Materials:
- coin slot
- buttons or coins

Develop hand-eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.


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Tying Sticks

Materials :

- sticks
- ribbons

To develop the skills of using both hands in a controlled and organized manner. 


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Dropping sticks in a hole

Material:
- container with a hole
- sticks or something similar

Develop hand-eye coordination, and in hand manipulation.


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Washing Toys

Materials:
- toy figures
- brush, water, towel

Develop skills that are essential for personal care and care for others.  Develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration.

Don’t forget to check the first part of this post for more ideas.

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Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
For this week, I’d like to feature practical life activities.
Practical Life Activities


Simple to Make Toddler Toy by One Creative Mommy

Practical Life Kitchen Activities by Mama’s Happy Hive

Watercolour Painting for Toddlers  by Just Another Mom

Smack the Number:  Preschool Learning Activity by Sunny Day Family

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FREE Baby and Child First Aid App from British Red Cross

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dear parents, I have good news for you! Our friends from the British Red Cross (BRC) have a handy and must have emergency go to app for parents! It’s the British Red Cross (BRC) Baby and Child First Aid App, and you can download this mobile app for FREE. Yes, you heard it right, it’s for FREE, and it perfectly runs in Android or Apple mobiles. Now why am I sharing this? It’s important that we educate ourselves with first aid skills, especially with the knowledge on how to administer it to our children. As a mom, I consider the knowledge of “what to do in an emergency” as a very important life skill that could save my children’s life and that of others. And if you are someone who likes to be prepared and armed with this vital ability, there is no better way to learn this than through the BRC Baby and Child App.

What is the BRC First Baby and Child First Aid App?

This app is packed with useful and reliable information on how to properly and correctly administer first aid to children. Any parent can easily learn and acquire skills from this app as it has been meticulously designed and crafted to help parents learn how to take proper action when an emergency at home arises. In short, they were thinking about us parents when they made this!

Why I consider the Baby and Child First Aid App important

I have two hyperactive boys in the house and we never ran out of injuries due to minor accidents. Not to mention there are occasional attacks of asthma, high fever, allergies, cuts, bumps… you name it! I spend a great deal of time searching all over the web for immediate remedies whenever I have problems with my kids’ health. But with the BRC Baby and Child App, I don’t have to do that! I can educate myself ahead of time and be ready in case of emergency. With the knowledge, I can minimise the consequences of my child’s injury, reduce the pain until professional help arrives. And I feel confident and secured because the ones who provided the solutions are highly trained medical professionals with expertise on children.

A walkthrough of the features

Here are the three most important features of the app:

Learn – select this tab if you want to learn how to administer first aid to children. There are lots of options to choose from and each lesson is accompanied by a video, animation and tips.   Pictures below show how the app looks like in a smartphone and a tablet.

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This is how it looks like when you press any of the tabbed selections. The picture below falls under “Bleeding heavily”. As you can see, there’s a procedural instruction on how to respond when your child is bleeding profusely and it is coupled with an animation to demonstrate the first aid further.  For your convenience, I provided screenshots taken in an iPad and tablet.

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Prepare – this section contains prevention tips and how to prepare in case of accidents

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Emergency – this section provides parents of the basic first aid that should be administered in case of an emergency situation. Buttons for emergency numbers are also provided whenever you need a professional help.

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The picture below shows what to do in case your child is suffering from burns. I am so impressed of the step by step process they provided (even included a timer!) and how amazing that they included a speed dial for professional help.

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I want to learn more, what will I do?

It is a good idea to take a proper First Aid training to cope up with an emergency. British Red Cross is offering a baby and child first aid course to parents, especially those with children from 0 to 12 years old. Your entire family will benefit on this very important life skills!

And to add more colour to BRC’s campaign on First Aid education, they have created this super cool video on simple first aid  techniques for parents about child poisoning. Come take a look! 

It is time that we should invest on preventive and primary healthcare. Knowing that we have British Red Cross, you know where to go when you need help. So don’t forget to download your free baby and child first aid app now.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the British Red Cross

The Tooth Cross Section

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mavi just had his first visit to the dentist (he is cavity free!) and I’m going to have one of my molar tooth extracted.  So there’s been some talks about teeth in the house and how to avoid tooth extraction like mine. 

Fortunately, we have this dental learning set at home which I got from the local store, and we used this to learn more about the tooth anatomy.  This is a closer look of the tooth model and its internal parts.

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We used our Tooth Cross Section nomenclature cards to learn about the essential parts of the tooth.

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The description cards that you see below is actually part of a booklet which I created. 

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The sole purpose of the definition cards for reading practise and vocabulary, the reason why I always integrate it in our activities.

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Mavi is actually exploring this on his own.  What I do is set up the learning table and have him work on the materials.  He examines, compare, read and ask questions.  For the presentation, I would place the nomenclature cards in this wooden box I purchased years ago in the Absorbent Minds UK. 

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Tooth cross section is part of our dental unit, which I will post later on.  I hope this will inspire you for further exploration of dental study.

By the way, I have a free Teeth Developmental Cards which you can download from here.

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If you like this post and wanted to make it as your reference, then  pin it for later!

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Thank you!

The Annelids: Earthworms and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We’ve been seeing worms a lot lately in the yard. And I have to be honest here, I never really liked them!  In fact, I am terrified of worms! But the boys seem to be pretty amused with these creatures.  So while we are seeing them around in the garden, I took out our earthworm life cycle figures for us to explore (which my Aunt brought when they came here to visit).

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Before heading to the life cycle of worms, Mavi and I read about earthworms on the net. Here are some facts that we found fascinating about worms!



  • There 6,000 species of worms worldwide!
  • They breathe through skin as they have no lungs.
  • They are both male and female, which means they produce sperm and eggs.  This is known as hermaphrodites.
  • They need water to survive. When the worm’s skin dried out, they will die.
  • Earthworms are mostly 90% made up of water. Wow! Now, I made this materials, similar to my Animal Life Cycle learning resources.  I love this approach as Mavi can retain so much information on presenting the life cycle this way.

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    And because I can’t take earthworms indoors nor conduct a hands-on learning on earthworms anatomy, we used our worm figure instead to examine the parts of an earthworm.  
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    And because I wanted to integrate Vito into our activities, we made some wormy meal (unhealthy!).  I made Vito hammer a few Oreo cookies… and use it as soil.
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    Then we added some wormy jellies for everyone to feast on!
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    For this week, I’d like to feature amazing printables that I’d like to try for my kids!  These are created by generous mothers who wanted to share with us what they are currently using in their own home school.  Thank you so much for these Moms!
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    Galapagos Animals 3 Part Cards  by In Our Pond
    France 3 Part Cards by Welcome to Mommyhood
    Ocean Animals Clip Card by A Little Pinch of Perfect
    Planets Learning Pack by 3 Dinosaurs
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