Bubble Snakes

We have a use for all those odd socks! Bubble Snakes. Cut the bottom off of a small plastic bottle. Pull a sock tight over the bottom. Dip it in dish soap and water…and blow!

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Dip the end in paint to make bubble prints too. Simples!

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Shaving Foam and Coloured Ice

Here is a nice and simple, cold and messy idea for the garden. Food colouring in ice cubes and a tub of shaving foam.

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Super for colour mixing. Great sensory play. Enjoy the sun!

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Alphabet Mud

Alphabet (Clean) Mud for tomorrow’s session. This was hard work to make but it looks, feels and smells great!

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It is grated soap (1 bar) or soap flakes, warm water (couple of cups) to make a soapy slime and 2 toilet rolls. Squish the toilet roll until you get a clay.

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Sticky Wall

This can employ even the youngest adventurer for quite a while. A board or box lid. Double sided tape, on to which you put sticky back plastic (the kind used to cover school books), sticky side up of course!

All you need now is a box of little thingies (anything at all) and an enthusiastic baby! Off they go improving their fine motor skills.

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Picture Frame Painting

Perhaps you have an old frame or a piece of perspex, or maybe some patio doors? Painting on transparent surfaces is lots of fun and creates a lovely stained glass effect! Plastic wrap/cling filmed picture frames work so well because its fun to have children painting on both sides! A bit of finger paint and shaving foam goes a long way and washes off of windows easily!

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Strawberry Whip and Marshmallow Play Dough- Pat-a-cake Play Time

This stuff smells amazing! Three cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup ish of water, 2 tea spoons of oil, 2 table spoons of cornflour and 2 packets of cheep own brand strawberry whip (+glitter and mini marshmallows) Mmmmmmm!

Reenact the Pat-a-cake nursery rhyme!

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Seeing Sound- Snap Painting Toddler STEM Activity

Early Years Science and Art.

What I like about this is you get to hear the note, see the vibration, and paint all at the same time! The paint gets everywhere, which makes it fun, and each elastic band vibrates at a different frequency and so has a different pitch, depending on how tight it is.

You need a tray or box lid, bands, paint and paper. Get plucking!

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Simple Zip Wire Toy- STEM For Toddlers

A bit of Engineering and Science to get them thinking!

We made a very simple zip wire for our toys to travel down. All you need is string and a couple of coat hangers!

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We hashed together this nice wheel to glide down our wire out of bits and bobs!

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Owl Ice Cream Play Dough (from the Gruffalo)

We made this Owl Ice Cream play dough by using a traditional play dough recipe from playdoughrecipe.com and adding glitter, feathers from an old pillow, plastic eyes and foam beaks! We also made cones out of yellow craft foam. Great for a gruffalo themed party!

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See our Gruffalo Crumble Moon Sand recipe!

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Hungry Caterpillar Play Box

Scooping poring and sieving while recalling a great children’s book!

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We made some rainbow rice by mixing dry rice with food colouring in food bags and then pouring them out into dishes to dry. Adding a table spoon of vinegar helps the colour stay on the rice and not your hands.
To add more interest we added pulses and pasta so that particles could be sorted by size using sieves. Pompoms and Hungry Caterpillar toys were added she we could talk about the story.

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