When considering the items to place into our Busy Basket, I wanted to have games and activities that did not include lots of small parts that could get lost easily in the car. I also wanted to include items that my children are interested in, including some of their favourite toys and books. Plastic zip lock bags are great for storing and organising different items, games and toys separately and for easy access our Busy Basket sits on the middle seat between two booster seats. What you will find in our Busy Basket:
- Colouring in books.
- Threading cardboard shapes with rope.
- Card Games – Go Fish and Snap.
- Tin of pencils, crayons and textures
- Stickers – Make pictures out of stickers.
- Blank Notebooks – writing, drawing, Noughts and Crosses, and placing stickers on.
- Finger Puppets – make up stories.
- Several favourite children’s books.
- Kaleidoscope (favourite toy).
Threading Felt Squares is a fine motor activity that requires concentration as you thread the button on the end of a ribbon through the centre of a hole on felt squares. Children can explore colours, make patterns and count as they thread the felt squares onto the ribbon. Some More Busy Ideas for Kids
- Etcha-sketch or Magna Doodle for drawing.
- Felt Board activities.
- Magnets on a baking tray.
- Play Simon Says or Eye Spy.
- Play Spot – spotting objects such as cars a certain colour.
- Sing Songs or listen to Adio Books
- Take a map or atlas that your older kids can use and follow along the journey.
- Take photos
All you need is a bit of paint and little hands and fingers! Some Ideas:
- Place small blobs of paint onto a large tray (the lid of a plastic container is great for this).
- Make a rainbow by placing small blobs of paint, each colour of the rainbow in a row onto paper. Then blend and mix the paints together using your fingers and hands.
- Create patterns, drawings, numbers, words and shapes in the paint on a tray and place a piece of white paper over the top to create an imprint of the finger paint drawing.
- Finger Painting is so much fun completed on an easel or a glass window.
Although we would prefer that our kids completed mess free activities to avoid the paint on the walls, furniture and their clothes, the benefits of finger painting are numerous. 1. Finger painting is easier for little fingers that are not yet ready to manipulate a brush. 2. Sensory experience of exploring paint, textures and prints. 3. Fine Motor Development: Finger Painting strengthens the finger and small hand muscles developing pre-writing skills. 4. Colour recognition and children can discover informally about mixing and exploring colours. 5. All the senses are involved: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and (if you use edible paint) tasting! 6. Hand-eye coordination and control. 7. Experimentation and exploration of paint as a new tool for discovery. Once all the paint is mixed together it makes such a delightful colour of brown and purple but the learning benefits and fun outweigh the prettiness of this activity. 8. If you place the paper on the floor, large muscle control and balance could be improved. 9. There is a focus on the process, not on the end result or the finished product. 10. Finger Painting promotes self-expression, creativity and imagination. 11. Language development: talking about the creative process of finger painting, what the child is painting and colours. 12. Kids learn that they can manipulate and be in control of their surroundings. 13. It is MESSY, which also means it is FUN! Radiant Return Video – Finger Painting in a Kindergarten Class This is just 1 of 13 videos from the Radiant Return series and they are so much fun to watch! Be sure to visit the Radiant Return Website to view the rest of the videos. The videos were all done completely for real with a real family (2 best mates and the girl is the girlfriend to one of the guys), real torture tests with the actual clothes bought from the shops, washed in real domestic conditions and returned to the unsuspecting retail assistants. Radiant Return obtained approval from the owners of the shops but, to maximise the reactions of the assistants, the exercise was performed without their knowledge. Radiant is available in 3 great variants, Brilliant Whites Sharper Colours, No-Sort and Sensitive. Each variant contains Colour Guard technology which is how Radiant keeps your colours newer for longer. Giveaway – Giveaway – Giveaway Today I am giving away 1 x one-year supply of Radiant (approx. $100) ‘Radiant Prize Pack’ For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question: “What is the biggest mess your child has ever made?” Click here for Terms & Conditions This giveaway has now closed! Congratulations to Alison Ford on winning 1 year supply of radiant products!
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Essentially we all know that children learn differently, in their own way and at their own pace. Children learn best through following their interests and what has meaning for them and seek out stimulus best suited to their style of learning. As educators and parents we need to find ways that motivate our children to learn and create opportunities that are interesting, motivating and engaging for them. For example all my children learn through play but they all have their own specific interests and ways of learning and acquiring information. My eldest child loves books and learns best through repetition and reading. She is also musical and often uses this artistic streak to help her development an understanding of a challenging concept or skill. My middle child is very sensory orientated and learns best through technology, games and hands-on experiences. She will continue doing something over and over again through trial and error until she finds the solution. My youngest child is also very sensory based and learns best through watching and then exploring and doing. She is very hands-on orientated. Benefits of Technology as a Tool for Learning
Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support these components of learning: active engagement, participation, frequent interaction and feedback. When looking at the benefits of utilising technology within the classroom or home we first must look at purpose, relevance and nature of the device, game or app.
- Technology provides each classroom and home with more interesting, diverse, and current learning materials.
- Technology has provided another means for providing information and another tool for learning. Some technology and educational games and apps are highly interactive and this can keep students actively engage, focused and on task longer.
- Technology can be used as a tool to motivate.
- Technology provides another avenue to explore concepts and skills and may assist children developing an understanding that was previously a challenge.
- It has provided the opportunity for self-correcting, try again and problem solve.
- Prepare children for the future and up to date technological advances and developments.
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- Parental settings to help control app usage and purchases and manage the amount of use per day.
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I’m giving away 1x Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids RRP $299 and 1x $100 Google Play voucher to one lucky reader*. For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question: “How will the Galaxy Tab 3 for Kids fit into your life?” * This is a game of skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. Open to Australian residents only. Entries open 9:01am AEDT, Monday 14 April 2014 and close 5:00pm AEDT, Friday 25 April 2014. Terms and Conditions apply. <Click here for Terms and Conditions> This giveaway is now closed. A big thank you to all our entrants and best of luck!