Circle Painting

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Circle Painting

Circle Painting

After reinforcing ‘circles’ the past few weeks my son has really started noticing them in objects around our apartment and when we are outside. He will point out that the clock, the drinks coasters and the wheels on the car are circles and he has started practising drawing them using felt tip pens.

My son was asking to paint this morning (ridiculously early may I add!) and I was trying to think of something that didn’t need a quick set-up but was also different from just using a paintbrush. I remembered that we had lots of empty toilet roll holders in a drawer and thought we could paint with them since we have been practising the circle shape. Whilst my son tidied up his toys I got the paint ready some paper plates and set out the messy play mat. I then asked him what shape the ends of the toilet roll holders were and he said circles!! We used four different coloured paints and four empty toilet roll holders for each colour. My son really enjoyed stamping his circles onto the paper and was counting how many he was stamping from 1 to 10.

Really quick set-up and a great way to introduce or reinforce shape names.


Empty toilet roll holders/tubes

Paper plates – to put the paint on – you could use a paint palette, bowls, regular plates etc

Paint, from Ikea at the Avenues

Coloured Paper, from the Early Learning Centre at the Avenues

Messy Play Mat, from the Early Learning Centre at the Avenues



Coloured Ice Cube Bath

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Coloured Ice Cubes

Coloured Ice Cubes

I have been teaching my son opposites the past couple of weeks – up and down, open and closed, hot and cold, big and little etc and he is really starting to get the hang of it! When we are playing or even when we are outside I ask him frequently whether something is ‘open or closed’ or ‘hot or cold’. When we go to the supermarket we will go to the fish section and he will feel the ice and say its cold. When he is eating his dinner he will say its hot etc.

I decided to go with our opposites learning as well as the colours that we are continuously practising I would make some coloured ice cubes that my son could chase around the bath. I decided to make my ice cubes the day before but you could do it a few hours before. I ran my son’s bath as normal and put him the bath whilst my husband got the ice cubes. I then added a couple of ice cubes at a time to the bath and was reinforcing the different colours as well as asking my son whether the ice was ‘hot or cold’. My son loved chasing the ice cubes around the bath until they eventually melted. It was a real fun activity and made bath time much more fun! If you don’t fancy using them in the bath, you could use them in a sensory tub/box with some normal water and allow your child to chase them around.

What to do:

The day or night before you are planning on using them fill your ice cube tray up as normal (with water).

Add a drop of food colouring into each section of the tray – you could use all one colour or a mix like me.

Put the ice cube tray into the freezer.

Once frozen they are ready to use!

No Paintbrushes Allowed!

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No Paintbrushes Allowed!

No Paintbrushes Allowed!

Yesterday we got creative thinking of ways we could do some painting but without using the usual paintbrush or sponge! Me and my son looked around the apartment for different objects that would leave different paint marks (thick, thin, patterns etc). We decided on using a plastic spoon and fork, a hair clip, a feather, a bottle lid and some rocks.

I got the paint ready and then showed my son how to dip the different materials into the paint and paint in different ways on the paper – stamping, spreading, brushing etc. It was a real fun activity as you could see the different ways the paint showed up from using different sized and textured items. It was a great way to explore colours, textures, sizes and shapes. We will definitely do this again with different items.

Materials Used:

Paint, from the Early Learning Centre, the Avenues

Paint Palette, from Office Depot, the Avenues (bargain at 250 fils, they also do larger ones for a little more)

Paper, from Office Depot, the Avenues

Materials – rocks, feather, bottle lid, hair clip and plastic spoon and fork

*I plan to do this activity again with larger items and a bigger paint palette or my usual paper plates to store the paint on.

*Other items you could use – coaster, plastic cutlery, kitchen utensils (spatular, sieve, potato masher etc), a straw, flowers, grass, toys (cars, trains, lego etc), string, empty tinned cans, potpourri etc.

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Sensory Bottles

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Sensory Bottles

Sensory Bottles

A few days ago we made a couple more sensory bottles. I think I may enjoy them more than my son actually does! The list of different things you can put in them in endless and I think they are great calmer and good hand-eye coordination practice.

In these couple of sensory bottles I thought we could make a specific coloured one as we have been learning a lot of colours lately and one of my son’s choice.

For our coloured bottle we decided to use green coloured things. I showed my son the different items and materials inside our craft box and he choose what ‘green’ items he wanted inside his bottle. He choose some gift wrap ribbon/string, some plastic cocktail sticks, glitter and some smiley face beads. I cut the ribbon into smaller pieces for him and he then started to add the materials into his empty water bottle. He then helped me to fill the bottle with some water and I glued the lid onto the bottle. For the other sensory bottle, my son was really excited by the bag of cut up and shredded foil that we had bought recently and enjoyed throwing some up into the air whilst putting some into the other empty water bottle. Once he had put as much foil as he wanted into the bottle we then again filled it half-way with water and glued the lid onto the bottle.

The bottles are such a calmer and my son enjoys sitting on the rug especially before bedtime and watching the materials move inside the water. They really are very relaxing to watch.

Materials used:

Empty water bottles


Glitter, from 100 fils shop, Souk Salmiya

Coloured shredded/cut up foil, from 100 fils shop, Souk Salmiya

Small smiley faces, from 100 fils shop, Souk Salmiya

Cocktail sticks, from 100 fils shop, Souk Salmiya

Gift wrap string/ribbon, from Ikea at the Avenues