Category Archives: Literacy

Autumn leaves – cutting

:Autumn, Leaves, Trees, Hands

I saw this idea on Pinterest and adapted it to use with my autumn theme.

I recently purchased some yellow contact sticky paper on sale. Clear contact paper will be effective too.
I drew an outline of a leaf using a black koki pen. I folded the edge over so it would be quick and easy to pull off the paper for the children when I set out the activity.

Since the toddlers are limited with their cutting skills I cut red and yellow paper into strips and they enjoyed cutting it up and watching the pieces fall onto the sticky paper. Once the leaf was well covered I pasted a clear sheet over and cut out the leaf shape.

I painted a tree on the window and attached the leaves. With the light shining behind the leaves it was very effective.

• Make sure you can pull off the sticky paper easily when you present it to the children – its tricky to get the two layers to separate
• Be well prepared
• Some children just could not resist putting their hands on the leaves so some leaves never made it to the tree
• This activity is best suited to the 4-6 year olds
• If you don’t have contact paper, it is still effective on paper using glue • Instead of cutting the strips of paper, the children could tear the strips into pieces

CAPS outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of paint and other tools and equipment.
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing

Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to snip paper strips
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. cutting
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. cutting

I applied the same concept to an activity I set out for the babies. I attached a sheet of clear contact paper to a low table. The babies enjoyed attaching and moving collage items on the contact paper. Some babies were more interested in sliding collage items under the paper, pulling off the masking tape and feeling the sticky surface with their hands.


Winter theme table display – winter clothes

Here is a simple but effective display to use on your winter theme table.
The clothes were photocopied but it would be just as effective to use real clothes.
Label the clothes to encourage emergent reading and literacy.

Add snowflakes and other art activities around the clothes.
Themes: Winter, Clothes, Myself

Easter bunny ears – head bands

Easter bunny ears

These bunny ears were made by the children to wear on our Easter dress up day.

The full instructions for making these Easter bunny ears can be found in the Easter theme manual. The picture is self explanatory.

Rhymes and songs to use with the bunny ears

Let the learners all make some bunny ear head bands and wear them when saying and dramatising some of these Easter rhymes and songs:

Rhyme/ song: See the little bunnies sleeping (click on this link to hear the tune and song)
See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune
Oh how still, are they ill, wake up soon
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop

Shorter, Easier To Learn Version
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till its nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them  with a merry tune
They’re so still, are they ill?
Wake up soon.
Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.

Baby bounces high
Baby bunny bounces high (Jump high)
Baby bunny bounces low (Jump low)
Baby bunny blinks his eyes (Blink eyes)
Baby Bunny waves good-bye (Waves)

Mrs Bunny twitches her nose
Mrs Bunny looks funny when she twitches her nose, (Twitch nose)
Mrs Bunny looks funny when she wriggles her toes, (Wriggle toes)
She’s got two floppy ears and two big feet, (Use hands for ears and show feet)
I love Mrs Bunny ‘cos she’s so neat. (Arms around and hug body)
Mrs Bunny stretches. (Stretch)
Mrs Bunny flops. (Flop)
Mrs Bunny hops and hops and hops and
Mrs Bunny hops and stops. (Hop and then hold up hands to show stop and stop hopping!)

Hop little rabbit
Hop, little rabbit, hop, hop, hop,
Hop, little rabbit, don’t you stop.
Hop, little rabbit, one, two, three.
Hop, little rabbit, hop to me.