Friday, 18 November 2016

Every Monday Jessica comes home from school with a new homework theme. This week in mathematical understanding her reception class are learning about sequences and patterns. They are being encouraged to create repeating patterns with objects from home. So we have been creating patterns using lego, cotton reels and even using Oliver's cars.

Like most four year old's Jessica is well and truly excited about Christmas. I just love seeing the excitement build so we are slowly getting our Christmas on. To help with repeating patterns I created a really simple but fun after school activity using bits and pieces from our craft drawer.

I decided to make some Christmas baubles as they are fairly fast and easy to make! Firstly I traced some circles onto a piece of coloured paper using a tin can then I added some bead caps. I then cut them out and drew on different lined patterns. I used a hole punch to create a hole so that once finished some ribbon can be added. 

I raided the craft drawer for suitable things to decorate the baubles with. I picked out some buttons, sequins and foil shapes but you can really choose whatever you like. I used our oogaa baby divided plate as a craft holder as it's the perfect size for craft projects. 

On her return from school she then got stuck into creating her own repeating patterns. She chose what items and colours to use on each bauble. I helped her squeeze out the glitter glue along each line and she then stuck down all the items in her chosen order.

This activity is not only great for creating repeating patterns but also great fine motor practice depending on the size of the items you are using. I was surprised at how much concentration she had doing this considering she had just finished a long day at school but she made sure to carefully choose each item ensuring that it matched the rest of the pattern. 

Not only is this a very easy repeating pattern activity but it's also a great Christmas activity for preschoolers to create their own masterpieces.

Monday, 14 November 2016

It's no secret that I like making food fun. I especially like using cookie cutters to help create fun food extra quick. Cookie cutters are great if you don't feel able to create something free hand. I was thrilled when Eatwell UK asked me to review The Lunch Punch. 

If you have not heard about The Lunch Punch they are sandwich cutters designed to create fun designs maximising most of the sandwich minimising waste. 

They come in 5 different designs with 4 punches in each design. There is the a very girly sand wishes pack that contains a fairy, a heart, a frog and flowers. There is a critter set which contains an elephant, butterfly, a dog and a whale. There is a sweet treat set which can create ice creams, a cupcake and a birthday cake. There is a vrrrm set containing a car, train, truck and plane. Finally there is a match and munch set which contains 4 different jigsaw puzzles which is the set we are testing out. 

The Lunch Punch is thicker than a traditional cookie cutter so it allows for the easy cutting of a sandwich. It's made of food certified plastic, contains no nasty chemicals and is dishwasher safe. 

It's really easy to use and works great on sandwiches, eggy bread and toast. When using it in a lunch box with small compartments it really maximises the amount of sandwich you use ensuring you don't waste a lot. 

The Lunch Punch definitely adds more fun to lunch boxes and I can't wait to try out the other designs. You can buy them from EatWell UK by clicking here.