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Bubble Snakes 🐍 🐍

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and keeping busy.

Today, I wanted to share with you how to make bubble snakes.

What you will need is

  • 🐍 a plastic bottle
  • 🐍 a sock
  • 🐍 scissors
  • 🐍 washing up liquid
  • 🐍 a cup of water
  • 🐍 food colouring (optional)
  • 🐍 measuring spoon
  • 🐍 bowl

First get an adult to cut the bottom of the bottle off.

Then put a sock over the bottom.

Measure one cup of water into your bowl. Next measure 2 tablespoons of washing up liquid, pour into the water and mix.

Dip the sock end into the water/washing up liquid mixture.

Blow through the neck of the bottle to make your snake.

Even the big kids had fun blowing bubbles. I hope you have as much fun as we did.

We did try adding food colouring to our sock to make the bubbles colourful but I’m afraid it didn’t work for us. Maybe you could experiment and see if you can make a colourful snake.

Let see how long you can make your bubble snake. 🐍

Love Fiona 😁

 

 

 

Developing fine motor skills at home…

Hi!  It’s Linzi here today, I’m missing you all ❤ but my kids are definitely keeping me on my toes and I’m sure your parents will be feeling the same.

In some of our recent blogs my colleagues have spoken about different activities to promote gross motor skills – which relate to large body movements and are controlled by large muscle groups, e.g. climbing, jumping, running.  Learning to move is important for children, it enables them to become more independent, make their own choices and learn about the world around them.

Today I thought I’d give some information about fine motor skills and show you some activities I’ve been doing at home with my 3 year old to help support his fine motor dexterity.

Fine motor skills begin from early childhood and develop continuously throughout life, it involves the small muscles in the hands and fingers working in synchronisation, this is also essential for hand and eye coordination.  Children begin by grabbing at larger objects and then slowly develop their movements to involve more define hand and eye coordination.  Effective fine motor skills are important in order carry out everyday activities such as eating, writing, buttoning clothes, tying shoelaces, turning pages, using computer keyboards and much more.

Below I’ve shared some play activities I’ve been doing with Keir, he’s had fun doing them and they all promote fine motor skill development.

Using tongs to move cotton wool into a bowl
Small world play with dinosaurs in a homemade habitat
Putting cereal on spaghetti sticks held in place by playdough
Pegs with letters written on them to attach to the corresponding letter on the cardboard
Painting outdoors with water
Threading pipe cleaners through a colander
Using fingers to mark make in rice
Paint sealed inside a zip lock bag to allow mark making using a cotton bud

These are all really simple to set up play activities using items we already have at home, if you have a go don’t forget to tweet or email us a photo. We all love seeing what you are getting up to at home with your families.

Stay safe, love and hugs,

Linzi xxx