A great way to teach a child fraction and portions – use pool noodles. Cut a small portion of tube then cut it in half. Cut the half in half. Cut one of those halves in half. This will give your child something hands on to learn thee concepts in a fun way. I know I was a visual learner and things like this stuck in my head when things on paper I had a hard time getting. Its such a small investment for a child to learn easier.
It’s so hard to teach a little one with all the distractions they have today. Thats why I always think it is great to have a colorful seeing is teaching type of idea. Here we took an old clock and attached it lower on a wall. Then we cut the stem and leave out of green poster board and attached it to the wall with double sided tape. We then measured the how wide our petals would need to be and cut those and attached them in the same manner, We wrote the 30 second increments and the ‘hour’ and ‘minutes’ before putting them up. Makes a great learning aid for a child and creates an inspiration space at the same time.
Kids got through a lot of craft supplies – and it can really add up. I always look for great ideas to be able to provide my little ones with lots of supplies without taking too much of a hit on my bank account.
So the paint recipe given in the graphic is a good start – I tried it and it works great.
I also like to repurpose, upcycle, recycle – so using old condiment squeeze bottles is a really cool trick. The ones pictured always keeps the paint down at opening so when your little one squeezes there are no ‘blurps’ that are likely to cause a mess. If you can’t wait to gett all of the bottles craft stores sell clear bottles with a nozzle top of many different varieties. Dollar stores usually sell the old fashioned yellow and red squirt bottles that are meant for mustard and ketchup. You would just have to put a label on identifying the color paint inside.
When the reservations come in go get large letters of each child s name. Have lots of stickers, paints, glitter, paper, glue, pipe cleaners, sequins, brushes (for glue and paint) and any other little embellishments kids can decorate with. Don’t forget the plastic tablecloth – when the kids are done grab each of the four corners and bring to the top – discard. Such an easy cleanup.