Play & Learn 2 : Sunny Day Activities
Fun activities to help your kids development.
By: totanaliz on: Sun 29 of Apr, 2007 [19:50 UTC] (1654 reads)
Most kids love to make pictures of the sun. With its simple shape, it is one of the first things that we learn to draw. Here are some variations on sun pictures and activities to amuse your child when the sun shines.
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Activity 1:Sunny Pictures For ages 2+, supervision required, can be messy!
- paper or card
- felt tips or red and yellow paint
- glue for making the collages
- selection of red, orange and yellow items for sticking. Try lentils, fabric scraps, coloured paper, sequins, glitter, beads, wool...
For simple sun pictures, little ones need nothing more than paper and crayons or pens. You can draw big, smiley sunshine shapes for them and ask them to colour them in.
For more elaborate collages, draw the sunshine shapes on a big piece of paper, using a plate as a template. Carefully paint the inside of the shape with glue. Kids can stick any items they like into the sun shape, see the suggestions above.
You could make the suns rays out of painted matchsticks, twigs, pieces of coloured wool... be creative.
Leave the collage to dry and shake off the excess.
Learning points for your kids
- practice pen and brush control
- hand to eye co-ordination
Activity 2:Make your own sundial For ages 4 + , some supervision required, mess factor low
- old plant pot
- bamboo cane or stick
- pebbles or stones
- Find a place in the garden or yard that catches the sun all day. This is where your child can make his sundial.
- Mark the place with an old plant pot, turned upside down.
- In the morning, get your child to carefully place a piece of bamboo cane or straight stick into the hole in the bottom of the plantpot.Look at the shadow of the stick, and mark it with a line of pebbles.
- With chalk, write the time of day, and “breakfast time” by the shadow.
- Repeat twice more through the day, at lunchtime and dinnertime. Each time mark the shadow with a row of pebbles and write the time plus “lunch” and “dinner” by the arms of the sundial.
Next time you need to check if it is time to eat ( as if a rumbling tummy wasn´t enough of an indication!), get your child to check the position of the sun in relation to their “mealtime markers”.
Learning Points for children
A very easy science activity. Talk to your child about the position of the stick´s shadow. Why does it change? Why is in the same place at the same time each day?
A good basis for expanding the discussion with older children, and generating an interest in science.