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Guided Rotation Activity

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

While we are still on the path to acquiring some experience in mental rotation skills, this activity was designed to help visualise the orientation of a 2 dimensional object as it rotates around a fixed axis. The idea of this activity is to for Hari to figure out where the craft foam shapes should be […]

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Learning Rotation with Pizza Making Activity

| August 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

We continue learning the concept of rotation, this time whilst making pizza! The idea was for Hari to place the pizza topping for the rest of the pizza slices by using an example that would be done for her. She is to place the toppings in the other slices in the same positioning as the […]

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Introducing Rotation with Hand and Sponge Painting

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The aim of this activity is to introduce the idea of rotation. That is, how an image would appear to look like if it was to rotate around an axis or centre. I drew 2 circles, one bigger than the other and showed Hari where the centre point is. Hari first sponge painted the car […]

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Shapes in Octopus’s Garden

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hari had a great time painting a large piece of bubble wrap with paints of various paints. She had fun creating different shades of blue, green, white and black and painting the bubble wrap with brush and hands. Once it was dried with the help of a hair dryer, Hari got started on the sea […]

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Learning Directions at Hari’s Teddy Bear Picnic

| July 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

“Just as learning styles differ from child to child, so does a pre-schooler’s ability to process directions. Children need time and positive reinforcement to accomplish individual tasks.” Excerpt from an article appeared in Early Childhood Today, January 2000. Hari had a pretend play activity with her favourite teddies in our garden. It is a simple […]

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Animals with Simple Shapes

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The aim of this activity is to have Hari see shapes and forms from a different perspective, this time with animals. It is about how different animal body-parts can be represented by 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. We first picked a giraffe and because it was a simple and straightforward activity, there was plenty of […]

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Crafts, Robots and Shapes Anyone?

| July 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here is an easy way to get their creativity going by letting them make robots with cut-out shapes, as shown in the figure below. We had some left over textured paper that Hari did some time ago. I cut it up to various shapes namely triangles, squares, rectangles, circles, semi-circles and kites. Many of the […]

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Modelling 2D and 3D Shapes with Toothpicks and Plasticine

| June 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

This is a simple way to model 2D and 3D shapes using toothpicks and Plasticine (or any modelling clay). It is simple but instructive in getting them to focus on specific features such as the edges and corners that define the shapes. Here’s how: For 2D Shapes First make small balls of approximately 1.5 to […]

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3D Shapes

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Here are images of various 3D Shapes for reference.

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‘More than’, ‘Less than’, ‘Same as’ and Much Much More…

| June 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here is an activity I prepared for Hari to learn numbers, shown in Figure 1 below. The ideas behind this activity are based on the themes that were outlined in my previous post, titled ‘Numeracy’. Hari is able to recognise and state written numbers when she sees them. The next stage would be providing variety […]

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For Kids

Some Pinwheel Fun!

Making pinwheels is a simple, colourful, and creative craft that can easily be adapted for use with all age groups. Depending on the age of the child it can be used to demonstrate rotational symmetry and even discuss about how it is used to harness wind energy. To make pinwheels, I looked for ideas and […]

| August 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Guided Rotation Activity

While we are still on the path to acquiring some experience in mental rotation skills, this activity was designed to help visualise the orientation of a 2 dimensional object as it rotates around a fixed axis. The idea of this activity is to for Hari to figure out where the craft foam shapes should be […]

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learning Rotation with Pizza Making Activity

We continue learning the concept of rotation, this time whilst making pizza! The idea was for Hari to place the pizza topping for the rest of the pizza slices by using an example that would be done for her. She is to place the toppings in the other slices in the same positioning as the […]

| August 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

Introducing Rotation with Hand and Sponge Painting

The aim of this activity is to introduce the idea of rotation. That is, how an image would appear to look like if it was to rotate around an axis or centre. I drew 2 circles, one bigger than the other and showed Hari where the centre point is. Hari first sponge painted the car […]

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shapes in Octopus’s Garden

Hari had a great time painting a large piece of bubble wrap with paints of various paints. She had fun creating different shades of blue, green, white and black and painting the bubble wrap with brush and hands. Once it was dried with the help of a hair dryer, Hari got started on the sea […]

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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