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How to Teach Kids to Jump Rope

mideer jumping rope
Teaching your children to jump rope is a great way to encourage them to exercise each day. Jumping rope not only can keep children busy on a day off from school or when their friends are away, it is a very good activity in keeping you and your kids healthy. An activity strengthens your bone, improves hand eye coordination, stamina, balance and releases strength.

If your child seems confused or unable to jump rope at first, don’t worry. It’s a simple enough skill that takes some getting used to in the beginning. Be patient with your child and demonstrate the technique until he/she gets it.

Step 1

Jump rope a few times in front of your child so that he/she sees how it is done. Don’t try to impress him/ her with your speed. Go slowly so that he/she can observe the motions of your wrists and legs.

Step 2

Practice jumping or hopping with your child. Tell him/her to stand with his/her feet a few inches apart. Have him/her hop up and down in one place several times.

Step 3

Stretch a jump rope straight across the floor. Instruct your child to hop over it, without touching it, a few times.

Step 4

Show your child how to hold her arms while jumping. Place your arms at your sides and bend your elbows. Press your elbows gently into your sides, just under your rib cage. Arrange your child’s arms yourself if he/she is having difficulty.

Step 5

Place the rope’s handles in his/her hands. The jump rope should fall onto the floor just behind his/her heels. Flick his/her wrists so that the jump rope leaps into the air, over the head. Let your child practices flicking the wrists to maneuver the rope without raising the arms into the air a few times before moving on to jumping over the falling rope.

Step 6

Tell your kid to jump as the rope falls toward the feet. Repeat this a few times, until the your little one seems to get the hang of it, then let him/her jump on his/her own as he/she swings the rope.

Check out this pretty wooden jumping rope for your child now: http://jollybforkids.com/product/mideer-jumping-rope/

Sticker Spider Web

A fun kid activity to play at home during Halloween!

toddler activity spider web

It just takes you less than 10 minutes for set up!

Just loving using plastic tapes to create activities for my toddler at home as it is:

– simple and easy to prepare

– too many different games could be developed

– easy to clean up

Plastic tapes – a must have item to be kept at home just in case your toddler tells you he/she is bored and needs some entertainment! :  )

Learned this from www.handsonaswegrow.com, I just cut the tapes into different lengths and make the spider web span the width of the door. I have made it more than half of the doorway so to fit the height of my girl.

toddler activity spider web

We tried to throw different items like ping pongs, paper balls and see if they could get stuck in the spider web. Finally, these stainless steel wire brushes worked the best! : )

A neat way to show kids how things get stuck on webs through this activity!

My toddler also learned:

– Hand eye coordination by aiming the target

– Gross motor exercise

– Visual tracking and focus

– Exploration by trying to get different things stuck in the web

Apart from being a fun Halloween activity, this would pair nicely with talking about spiders, their webs while reading stories too!

Feather Color Matching Game

toddler activity color matching with feathers

Not only feather color matching, but also a fun fine motor activity!
Do your kids like color matching activity? My little one, K, always love color matching!  If you need a fun activity to make it to nap time, you have to try this – my little learner loves it!
It is a simple color matching activity and also allows the little fingers to do some exercise. A game with simple set up and a perfect way to pass the time!
Preparations are easy!
Materials you need:
-An empty box ( I just used a recycled box from storage…  One of my friend from Instagram just used a paper mounted on a plastic box also works!)
-feathers in different colors
-color markers
Try making a feather color match activity today!
1. I made some holes randomly on top of the box with cutter, then invited my girl to color the holes into various color dots with her markers. The 6 bright colors of the markers, just matched well with the feathers that we had at home! It’s so good to have her involved in the activity set up sometimes!

toddler activity color matching feather

Colored feather is also a nice item for sensory play, do you think so? We did a painting with feather on another day too!
2. After she colored the holes, she was so eager to try pushing the feather onto the holes but failed. Nevermind, it was the first time we tried this activity… After I showed her once, she was doing very well!
toddler activity color matching with feather
3. She was so focus on her “work”! She had to looked for holes that are empty and matched with the right colored feather…
toddler activity color matching with feather
 4. It looks cute, right? Finish the game too quickly? We took out the feathers and played again…
After we played a game together, she would always develop her own open end play with the gadgets through which curiosity, exploration, creativity and imagination are stimulated.
toddler activity color matching with feathers
Would you like try this with empty box at home? : )

Color Mixing Experiment for Toddlers

I personally love this activity a lot! As my little K loves playing water, this activity allows her to enjoy playing by herself quietly for long. Also, I can show her how many colors can be made from red, blue and yellow!

The set up of the color mixing activity was so easy!

fun toddler activity color mixing

What we need:
-ice cube tray
-cups of colored water
-pipettes
-food dye
Colored Dot Stickers
1. I put colored sticker on each compartment. For the first round, I put only stickers in red, yellow, blue and green randomly.
2. Then I invited K to use pipette to drop relevant color into each compartment of the ice cube tray. She was so eager to do this color matching.
fun toddler activity color mixing
3. This is not only a color matching game, it is an activity for finger muscle exercise and hand eye coordination!
fun toddler activity color mixing
 4. When she almost finished matching the red, yellow and blue colors, I showed her how to match the green one! She’s a fast learner and managed to do by herself with both hands!
fun toddler activity color mixing
5. After the first round of play, K said she would like to play once more. So, I introduced more colors in round 2. I added orange and purple. (Oh, mommy did not have purple and orange colored stickers. We just had white ones. No problem, we had the chubby markers that have the colors we needed!)
fun toddler activity color mixing
6. Almost come to the end of play, I let her explored and experimented by her own… This made her so busy and quite for almost 20-30 mins.
fun toddler activity color mixing
What have my toddler learnt from this activity 
-fine motor and hand eye coordination
-color matching and color mixing
-sensory simulation
-concentration and exploration is encouraged
Would your toddler like to play this fun color mixing activity?

Wooden Geo board – a perfect educational game for toddlers & preschoolers

geoboard

Are you searching for a great Wooden Geo Board for your child? This is a perfect educational game for toddlers! Our Wooden Geo board is not only an affordable purchase it’s a fun and engaging activities for kids.

Our Geo Board with colorful rubber bands is as an educational game for toddlers, that is also a math manipulative that explores basic concepts in plane geometry such as perimeter, area and the characteristics of triangles and other polygons. It provides fun for kids and is a popular game for toddlers and preschoolers in many early learning programs.

Geo Board is one of the most commonly seen learning tools in the Montessori classroom environment, it delivers perfect fun activities by serving as a game for kids and toddlers. It’s both a practical life and sensorial activity, for building finger muscle strength and developing visual sense of the kids.

Our Geo Board offers your child the experience of building fine motor skills while exploring how shapes form pictures. For the younger crowd, they’ll simply play by stretching rubber bands across the board and making their own abstract pictures.

Older children can work on forming shapes, letters, and numbers and then using those together to make identifiable pictures such as houses, boats, rockets, ships, heart, stars, and more.

montessori materials wooden geo board

This is a wonderful tool to keep little hands busy and focused. Our Geo Board features 5 pegs across each row allowing for many different configurations.

Take your Geo Board to the next level by developing fun and creative games like:

• Color/number matching and even alphabet (capital letter/small letter matching etc.)

wooden geo board play ideas

• Creating a mini marble maze

wooden geo board play ideas

• Matching colors with pom poms (great motor activities for young kids around 18-24 months).  Add a pair of chopsticks and you’ve got a great activity for preschoolers!

wooden geo board play ideas

There are many free printable worksheets online that you can download so kids can learn about shapes, patterns, numbers, alphabets while using their boards.

Montessori Materials wooden geo board

Also, the board size is only 13 x 13 cm (palm size) and is not heavy to carry kids can enjoy playing with it both in and out of home, and also on a trip in a car or plane!

 

Dot Connecting Activity

Connect the dots and make a beautiful piece of picture!

toddler activity dot connecting

Need a fun activity to develop pre-writing skills? You have to try this dot connecting activity – your little learners will love it! It’s a combination of color matching, fine motor, hand eye coordination activity and that’s lots of fun in one simple project.
Set up this dot connecting activity in just seconds!
Things you just need:
-a piece of paper
-colored dotted stickers
-chubby markers
This is an activity builds confidence in writing and drawing, it is suggested to use pens that allow little fingers to hold with ease and draw comfortably. Also pen tip should not be too sharp for safety reasons.  Bright and appealing colors would make the activity more fun and interesting!
Let the dot connecting game begins!
1. I invited K randomly placed some colored dotted stickers on a paper. She’s so excited as she always loves playing with stickers (Playing stickers is great fine motor activity too!) While she was placing the stickers, this offered a chance to learn about the colors and practice counting.
toddler activity dot connect
2. I showed her once how to draw a line to connect two dots in same colors. Then she was so eager to try! It’s fun to see her draw the lines in her own way to create an interesting picture!
Love these chubby markers that is easy to grasp and controlled by little hands that she can draw lines and curves easily!
toddler activity dot connect
3. A cute picture was easily made and K was so happy to share her picture with every one!
toddler activity dot connect
Extensions of this dot connecting activity:
We can make words, shapes, names with dots and let kids do the connecting!
My toddler also learned though this preschool activity:
– Fine motor exercise and hand eye coordination
– Color matching
– Pre writing skills exercise
Would your kids like dot connecting with these dot stickers?

Sensory Play – Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Sensory Play Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Sensory play offers so many wonderful learning opportunities such us imaginative play, language exploration, fine motor development and so much more! Kids would have a great unstructured learning experiences and freedom to explore and discover things. 

 We would like to share this sensory play – ice breaking treasure hunt which is great for summer fun!  Also it is so easy to prepare, we just need:

 -A container (We used an empty wet tissue box)

-some goodies (We have picked our jumping frogs and some plastic gems)

-water

We added the goodies and water into the container then put in the freezer at night. It’s ready and get frozen another day!

Sensory Play Ice Block Treasure Hunt

When I first showed her the ice block, K was so excited. She can experience the ice is freezing cold. Then when I asked her how to break the ice and find out what’s inside… Then she picked a hammer…

toddler activity sensory play ice blocks treasure hunt

Sensory Play Ice Block Treasure Hunt

It took us more than an hour to observe the ice melt…Good to keep her busy and entertained!

This game trains the fine motor and we need to dig out frogs plus the gems.

Look, she’s making the frogs jump…

Sensory Play Ice Block Treasure Hunt

 toddler activity sensory play ice blocks treasure hunt

What a great experience, we definitely will try more ice/water play this summer! : )

To explore more fun games with our jumping frogs, pls visit: www.jollybforkids.com

Beading with Feathers

toddler activity beading with feather

Beading with feathers – fine motor and color matching activity!
You may need a quick little activity for kids while you need a coffee break or making dinner and keep your kids busy! This is a good one which is easy to prepare!
Among all the beading activities,  we love this most so far due to the comfortable touch and the beautiful colors of the feathers!
You just need seconds to set up this feather beading activity!
What you need:
-Colored EVA beads
-Colored feathers
toddler activity beading feather

Pincer grasp activity and hand eye coordination activity for toddlers

I just randomly shared K beads with different colors, shapes and sizes to work with.
So, she has to visually scan for the colors needed and pick out the beads she need with the tips of the index finger and the thumb. Using pincer grasp to manipulate beads then put on the feathers with matched colors is great for hand eye coordination!
toddler activity beading with feather

Bilateral hand coordination exercise for kids!

Holding the feather and the beads requires two hands to work together in a coordinated way -bilateral hand coordination.  This is a great way to practice pre-writing skills and those requirements needed for self-care such as buttoning, zipping, shoe-tying, and scissor skills etc.

toddler activity beading with feathers

What my toddler learn through this feather beading activity?
She practiced:
-Fine motor pincer grasp
-Hand eye coordination
-Visual scanning
-Color and shape learning, sorting and matching
-Bilateral hand coordination
-Counting
One simple activity with so many benefits!! You have to try!

Paper Planes Toss

Paper planes toss – An entertaining hand eye coordination and gross motor toddler activity! 

If you’re stuck inside with children, you’ll love this indoor activity!

kids activity paper plane toss

K is always excited when she sees planes in the sky. So, daddy and I made her some paper planes and a game board so to have a fun activity at home during weekend! Making a paper fly’s so magical to a kid and this kept her entertained a whole morning by throwing the paper plane through the targets and improving the aims!

Setting up this paper plane toss activity is easy! 

Set up’s simple. We just used a big plastic sheet left behind then cut out different sized holes with the help of various circular objects at home.

We need to make some paper planes too!  

Making paper planes is a simple paper craft with great learning benefits for children! It’s a demonstrates hands-on examples of geometry, symmetry and how shapes fit together! It’s great way to engage young ones’ minds in some math and spatial thinking. Also, there’s nothing more confidence-boosting than creating a paper plane that flies! It encourages running and gross motor exercises to fly the planes!

Forget how to make one?

For me, this is the only paper airplane I know how to make. I found a good drawing from creativewithkids.com:

paper airplane instructions printable

• Take your paper and fold it in half long ways.

•Open and fold both corners in to the middle.

•Take those slanted sides and fold them in to the middle.

•Fold in half again.

•Fold down each wing.

There are many types of designs for paper planes.

 Check these out:

Alex’s Paper Airplanes – This site has video instructions for loads of paper flying things, not just planes! One of our favourite plane – Nick’s Paper Airplane.

Enjoy the fun indoor : )

 
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