Mark Maker Monday’s with Swirlo!

This week’s Mark maker is Swirlo our Magic Mark!

Swirlo loves circles and swirls, found in letters like O, C, G, S and numbers like 6, 9 and 0.

So here are some of the fun activities we did today which you can try at home!

Potion making

Swirlo is a magic caldron, so I thought it would be fun to make something in our own pretend caldron! This is great for babies and young children as it’s just water, colouring and bubbles!

What you need

  • Tin foil
  • Large tray
  • 3 small bowls or jugs
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Paint OR food colouring – just a few drops
  • Water
  • Bubbles or washing up liquid

What you need to do

  • Line your tray with tin foil with the shiny side against the tray.
  • In your small bowls, mix together very carefully the paint/food colouring, a desert spoon of washing up liquid or bubbles and some water. Mix it together but try not to create the bubbles just yet!
  • Lay out the coloured water and tray on the floor and invite your child to add one colour at a time, whisking or stirring to create bubbles!
  • Add each colour next and enjoy how the bubbles and potion change colour!

Bubble painting

I love this activity! Blowing bubbles is such a great way to develop fine motor skills, when they hold onto the stick, and also develop face muscles for talking! Want an example? Say the words Blue, New, Two and You out loud; focus very carefully on how your lips move to make the sound, you’ll notice that at the end of the sound you purse your lips, just like you do when you blow bubbles!

What you need (this is for three colours)

  • 9 tablespoons of bubble solution (3 for each colour)
  • 6 tablespoons of paint (2 for each colour)
  • 3 tablespoons of water (1 for each colour)
  • 3 bowls
  • Bubble wands
  • Paper/ card

What you need to do

  • In each of your three bowls, add 3 tablespoons of bubble solution, 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of paint, mix together till combined
  • Lay your paper out on a flat, but covered surface
  • Dip the bubble wand in the bubble mixture and carefully blow a bubble onto the paper

Play dough snail

Play dough is always one of my most favourite things for my girls to play with, they use their imagination so much!

This week because we are practicing circles and swirls, I thought we would try and make our own snails!

The action of rolling out play dough is great for whole hand movements to build their muscles and then rolling up the snail is great for pincer grip!

If you have a little one that’s not quite ready for rolling their own play dough yet just let them practice squashing it with their hands, fingers and feet!

What you need

Play dough!

  • 2 cups of flour (plain or self raising)
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar (not essential but it makes a nicer dough)
  • ½ cup salt
  • Food colouring
  • 4 desert spoons of oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water

What you need to do

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Mix the oil, water and food colouring together then add it to the flour mix
  • Stir well then turn out onto a board and knead until smooth
  • Allow to cool completely before playing
  • Using a piece of play dough, roll it into a sausage shape and then curl it into a swirl like a snails shell!

Pre-writing skills practice for ages 2 years +

These two activities are great for slightly older children!

Draw some spots on the giraffe

Using the template, show your child how to make a spot on the giraffe and then let them have a go. Cover the giraffe with spots!

Help the snail find the leaves!

Help the hungry snail get to his leafy lunch!

Using the template, encourage your child to follow the dots to make the swirls, first with their finger and then with a pencil or crayon.

If you have stickers you could also use those to follow the swirl!

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