Thursday, February 21, 2013

Soft Motor Skills Activity : Stringing & Threading

Stringing and threading develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination while enhancing language and cognitive development.
Offering progressively difficult lacing/threading activities enables the children to gain mastery as well as develop confidence. An easy to hold wooden sewing block, challenges children to first lace , then figure out how to retrace their steps to unlace the block, enhancing problem solving and fine motor skills. 

I'm good with my hands!

Up and down 

Hurmmm now whats next?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Februarians Treats


The time of the month is here again , yeay it's time for Birthday Party!

We treated our Februarians with  a special outdoor games at both schools . Brain Gym Exercise was done outdoor complete with music and all, followed by the outdoor sports. It was really refreshing to see the children breaking from the usual school routine and just enjoying themselves. Sweats was flying everywhere!

Allahu akbar !

I am so pumped !

Let the games begins! 

I am next to run.

Hop hop hop 

Come on friends, you can do it!

Girls will be girls :)

Meanwhile the boys was spotted goofing around

Its my Birthday and I say 'Cheese' if i want too

We come in peace !

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Multiple Intelligence's Development ,the NK Way!


We had a cupcake baking session today. The children were given all the ingredients , tools and instruction  They were required to read the instruction, plan and delegate the responsibility among themselves, with little assistance from the teacher. They were definitely up for the challenge!

Our goal was to develop the children's multiple intelligence by exposing them to an environment where they are in charge, to plan their action , work in a team, and to come out with a solution to reach ultimate goal.

We tap into 5 intelligence types out of 9 types of the Multiple Intelligence with this simple activity. Reasoning smart, interpersonal smart, bodily kinesthetic smart, intra personal smart and also linguistic smart was clearly displayed among the children. If you observe the pictures below, you can actually tell who is who.  :)

Bring it on!

Easy peazy lemon squeezy 
Easy does it

woooo that is so fascinating 

The batter is now smooth as silk

One spoon at a time

Ngeh ngeh ngeh 

Notice how clean the table top is  :)

Many hands make light work.

The waiting game 

Arghhh some peace and quiet for us to grow.

We are not done yet

I want mine with lots of rainbow sprinkles 

I like mine with just a touch of chocolate chip

Check our our creation !

The critics were about to test the cuppies.

This is how a cupcake should look 

Cute as a button. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Developing Fine Motor Skills, Nur Khalifah Way..


Fine motor skills do not develop instantaneously. They requires patience, understanding, time and practice. Encouraging children to perform activities that help to strengthen the muscles in their fingers and hand will enhance their fine motor development. Fine motor development requires the movement of the small muscles in the fingers (index,middle and thumb) and wrist , usually in coordination with the eyes will help the children to develop hand stability by building muscle strength.Eventually difficult tasks such as buttoning, getting dressed and writing will become easier and less stressful.

Staying true to our believe that children learn best when they are at play, we expose the children to a safe, challenging and fun environment where we involve them into activities that requires them to participate. Today they learn how to make a non toxic and safe to eat  "play dough" . They were in charge of  ingredient portion control, mixing, and kneading the dough. Not only these activities is super fun, it also help to develop the hand/finger muscle in which ultimately help in developing their fine motor skills. 

First we mix 1 cup of flour and half cup of salt

Two hands is better then one.

And then we pose :)

Carefully mix the desired coloring, oil and boiling water 

Eeewww that look disgusting !

Hey you have to mix it well 

And now we knead the dough

And knead some more.. 

Alamak ! mine still sticks to my fingers..

This is how it should look .. 

When it is ready , we play yeayyy

Hey look at mine, its yellow!

(non toxic & safe to eat )

1 cup of Flour
half cup of Salt
2 tbsp Cream of Tartar (optional)
1 cup of Hot Water
2 tbsp Cooking oil
few drops of Food coloring.

How to : 
Mix all dry ingredient in a bowl. Set aside.
Mix all the liquid ingredient in a cup. 
Combine the dry and wet ingredient prepared earlier.
Knead well and taa daaa... your very own Play Dough !