Fathers Day Craft

Anne Geddes once said, "Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad." Reflecting on this especially with Fathers Day just around the corner, this couldn't be any truer!

So, for any dad, dada, daddy, papa, pa, the old man, pappy, pop, or pops out there, we have curated a wonderful list of some very cool, crafty and creative activities that every infant, toddler or preschooler can create to celebrate a ‘Happy Fathers Day!

Crafty Father's Day Activities for Infants

Handprint Keychain By Holly Mariesosa

For any dad who is constantly losing their keys, this makes for a very special gift idea! Extremely personal Dad can take a little piece of their infant with them everywhere they go!

Handprint Baseball or Cricket Ball or even a Tennis Ball By Sunny Day Family 

For the sporty kind of Dad’s, what better way to say Happy Fathers Day than making it a part of their favourite game. A momento that they will cherish every day and hopefully a motivator to get them out and play!

Infant Hand and Feet printed Aprons By Catch My Party

If dad is a master of the barbie (or so he thinks) then what better way to say Happy Fathers Day than a personalised Apron!

Finger Painting Tie Art By Books and Giggles

A cute little idea for all infants to simply enjoy free play whilst creating a beautifully fashionable tie for dad’s next big meeting!

Growing in Dad’s Shoes By That Runner Mom 

An activity that will melt any dad’s heart; extremely simple yet powerful with emotions and memories! And to make this last a lifetime, why not frame this?

Crafty Father's Day Activities for Toddlers

I Love Dad Heart Card By Non-Toy Gifts 

 

A cute little card for little ones to make with a little assistance and personalise each dad. Go bananas with options like displaying tools, or a fishing rod or golf clubs or even barbecue tongs!

A Cool Bow Tie By Its Always Autumn

Every dad must have a suit and what better gift to compliment his look than with a very fashionable bow tie sure to impress!

My Dad Rocks By Non-Toy Gifts

How about creating your very own dad figurine on cardboard and framing this to grow with your dad!

Painted Paperweights By Happy Hooligans

To make sure Dad doesn't lose any of his important papers, how about creating him his very own personalised paperweights! 

A Painted Hammer By Crafts By Amanda 

Now, this may sound a bit too heavy and too dangerous as DIY for a TODDLER but how about creating for dad his very own hammer using cardboard or styrofoam and then unleashing your inner artist with colours!

Crafty Father's Day Activities for Preschoolers

LEGO Memory Jar By The Seasoned Mom

Drawing inspiration from this very cute art idea, why not create jar filled with all the reasons why your Dad is the best in the world!

Only The Most Delicious Cupcakes for Dad By Seeing Dandy

If your dad has a sweet tooth, why not let him indulge with the best cupcake or even a cookie created by your preschooler and decorated with their favourite sport!

Best Dad Ribbon By Easy Peasy and Fun 

For the old man, why not make it official with these very easy to do and versatile ribbons sure to impress every dad!

Tick Tock - A Potato Clock

Why not engage in a little science experiment and actually get a gift out of it too! A nifty little clock powered by a humble potato should keep dad punctual! These digital watches can be purchased on eBay easily, refer to this link.

Phone Holder Using Toilet Rolls By The Seaman Mom

This is a functional gift that every dad will love. All it takes is recycled toilet paper rolls, some glue and decorative paper to make the phone holder. Dad can use this in the office or at home when the TV is taken by the little ones.

 


Technology Usage Survey for the Australian Early Education Sector - Towards a (un)sustainable future

Being a new childcare software provider in Australia we embarked on a journey to find out how was technology being utilised in the early education space to manage the operations of centres and what were the attitudes of those working within the sector.

But before we jump into the statistics, here is a brief background about the Industry and the compliance requirements as prescribed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

In 2012, ACECQA introduced a new framework known as the National Quality Framework (NQF) which aims to provide a national approach towards regulation, assessment and quality improvement within the early education sector.

A move that was not quite welcome by the early education sector as it increased the burden of completing compliance-related paperwork on them.

A news article published by news.com.au in 2013 right after the National Quality Framework was introduced cites that educators spent 4 hours a week on compliance related documentation, this costed centres and ultimately parents up to $2000 per child per year.

To put things into perspective here is a list of compliance paperwork that needs to be completed within a childcare setting on a daily basis; Centre Opening and Closing Checklist, Sign In and Sign Out Times, Food, Nappies, Sleep, Toilet, Educator Room Log, Observations, Critical Reflection, Incident Reports, Medication Requests, Head Counts, Meal Plans, Room Ratios, Child Record Management including Immunisation Records and the list goes on and on.

This lead to another problem, the dependency of the childcare sector on paper. Starting 2015 technology companies started to notice the problem and rolled out customised software to meet the business needs of childcare and Outside Of School Hours (OOSH) centres.

Cubsta is one such software, we started developing Cubsta after experiencing the Industry in late 2016 as a parent of a 1-yr-old. There is way too much paper being used in the Industry and it is simply not sustainable in the long run.

Being a new childcare software provider we wanted to understand the attitudes of the early education sector towards going digital and developed a series of surveys that were posted out on various childcare Industry groups on Facebook with a total audience size of more than 120,000 members. And also asked some of our early adopters to complete these surveys.

Survey Results

  • Enrolment: From a total of 196 respondents, approximately 82% of the respondents said that they undertake Enrolment using paper-based applications.
  • Daily Sheets: When asked about reporting a child’s daily routine including meals, nappies, sleep, bottle feeds and toilet runs, 65% of the respondents said that they undertook this type of reporting on paper and 26% respondents said that they had adopted a digital medium to report daily routines.
  • Checklists: 85% of respondents said that they are using paper-based checklists.
  • Incident Reports: A staggering 90% of respondents said that they use paper at their centre to report incidents to parents.    
  • Curriculum Planning: Curriculum planning and programming is an area that leads when it comes to digital adoption by centres with close to  49% of the respondents said to be using software to undertake this function.
  • Quality Improvement Plan: Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) comes second in terms of digital adoption with approximately 44% of the respondents claiming to undertake this reporting requirement using a digital medium.
  • Cost of Paper V/s Software: It cost a centre with a strength of 75 children $9.33 per month per child to lease a printer complete with Ink and paper. The cost of a software (Cubsta) is $2.20 inclusive of GST.
  • The top 3 reasons given by early education workers for not going digital were as follows; Technology can crash, Technology can be overwhelming and it is impersonal to use digital devices on the floor while working with children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there have been software solutions available in the market for close to 4 years now but as the results of the survey indicate, the Industry has been slow to adopt a newer way of managing their operations. This can be attributed to a number of reasons including, lack of information/education on how the technology operates, lack of time and confidence to actually make the change and most importantly the change of mindset.

As we see it change will come slowly but surely however it is important that the Industry is educated on the benefits of the using technology over using paper because the current levels of dependency on paper by the Industry is simply not sustainable in the long run. As we at Cubsta like to call it “Educate to Eradicate”.  

 


Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week Activities for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

(This blog was originally published for National Reconciliation Week but has since been edited to include some more activities that can be undertaken during the upcoming NAIDOC Week, 2019)

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) focuses on the relationship between the broader Australian community and the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander peoples. From the past when Australia was first colonised to now, the present day, it is an opportunity for everyone to learn, unlearn or relearn the truth about the history of the first people of this nation. 

NRW is celebrated between the 27th of May to 3rd of June each year as these dates mark two important milestones for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. 

NAIDOC week (7th to 14th July), on the other hand, focuses on celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. 

Each year a new city and a theme are chosen and the theme for 2019 is Voice, Treaty, Truth. Focusing on a better position or role for decision making within the Australian constitution.  

And what better way, than to embrace the purest and most powerful form of human expression; ART in its many shapes and forms!

At Cubsta, we put together a number of activities that you could undertake with toddlers or pre-schoolers within the daycare setting or at home as well. The purpose of these activities is to introduce children to the rich cultural heritage of the traditional owners of this land we call home. 

Make an Aboriginal Flag

Things you will need

  • Printable Aboriginal flag template or you can create one on your own.
  • Black Felt or Marker pen
  • Red, Yellow and Black paints or crayons.

What better place to start off than telling the children about the Aboriginal flag. All you will need for this activity is a few colours (Red, Yellow and Black) and a template of the Aboriginal flag. You can either download the template online and take a print out or if you have enough time in hand you could simply make it by hand using a pencil or a Felt Pen.

While the children have fun painting their own flags, the educators or parents can take this opportunity to explain to them the significance of each of these colours and the shapes within the flag.

Here is a breakdown of the colours with their significance;  

Black: Represents the Aboriginal people of Australia.

Yellow: Represents the Sun, the one responsible for life on earth and the protector.

Red: Represents the land that we live on (red centre of Australia), the red colour that Aboriginal people use in ceremonies and to create art and most importantly, their spiritual relationship with the land.    

At this point, you can also talk about the red centre of Australia including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa and its importance to the Aboriginal people.

Make a Boomerang

Things you will need

  • Printable Boomerang Template
  • Cardboard
  • Colours
  • Craft glue

You can start this activity by telling the children some fun facts about the Boomerang and how it was used by the Aboriginal people in the olden days.  

According to the National Museum of Australia, the Boomerang is considered to be one of the ten symbols that Australians have chosen to represent themselves with.

A Boomerang is a traditional hunting tool used by the Aboriginal people of Australia and they can be credited with the invention of it. The Boomerang was first discovered by Australian settlers in the 1800s as they came in contact with the traditional owners of this land.

Getting back into the activity, you will need a template of a Boomerang that can easily be printed online.

Now cut the template along the lines and stick the Boomerang to a piece of cardboard.

Here you go, the boomerang is now ready and you can ask the little ones to get creative and paint their own boomerangs.

A good idea here will be to show them some Aboriginal patterns on the screen to kickstart their imaginative thought process for painting their very own Boomerangs.

Once the boomerangs are ready, you can also tell them about its unique shape, that has been carefully designed by the traditional owners of the land such that it returns back to them upon throwing in the air.

Maybe a boomerang throwing competition to get them all excited?

Aboriginal Art Inspired Colouring Pages

Image Source - Brisbane Kids

Aboriginal or Indigenous art is a unique art form that has been used by ancestors of this land for story-telling. It has been used by them for centuries to share their stories about the land we call home, their way of life, beliefs and events.

Things you will need

Simply download some of the pages provided on the above link and give it to the children to bring life to using colours.

Aboriginal Symbols

 

Here is a fun fact for you to share with the children while going through this activity, Aboriginal people do not have a written form of communication. So to communicate their stories they rely on symbols or icons and symbols hold a very important place within their culture.

So for this activity, you will need to download an information sheet containing Aboriginal symbols and their meanings like this one.

Dot Painting Activity using Stickers

Image Source: Brisbane Kids

Dot paintings are now internationally recognised as the work of the Aboriginal people. Thousands of years ago, dots were made using soil for signifying different scared designs for ceremonies that they undertook.

Things you will need

  • Dot-shaped stickers preferably in colours that signify Aboriginal culture
  • A template of your choice, some examples of what you can use include, the Aboriginal flag, a snake, a tortoise or any other patterns that can be commonly observed within aboriginal art. (See the one we have used above).

Simply take a print the template out and get the kids to place stickers on them based on their imagination.

Leaf Painting

A simple activity that could be used to teach toddlers and pre-schoolers about aboriginal colours and their importance to the first people of this nation.

Things you will need

  • Leaves (Preferably not brown and of different shapes and sizes)
  • Paints
  • A4 Sheets

Simply dip the leaves in paint or using a brush put some colour on the leaf and then place these leaves on a piece of an A4 sheet. 

Paper Plate Snake

Image Source 

We discovered on the activity this blog. You could encourage the children to use dot painting techniques to colour their snakes instead.

A story to share with the little ones to fuel their imagination - Snakes hold an important part in the Aboriginal culture and are known as rainbow serpents, meaning, a creature that is immortal and is seen as a snake and a rainbow, signifying the importance of the 4 seasons and the rain for the continuation of life. It is said that when a rainbow is seen in the sky, the serpent is travelling from one water hole to another.

Things you will need

  • Paper Plats
  • Child-Friendly Scissors
  • Paint
  • Black Stickers to make eyes of the snake 

Simply cut the plate to form the shape of a snake. You can encourage the children to either use dot stickers or paint to add colour to their rainbow serpents.

Aboriginal Good Luck Message Stones

Image Source

According to the aboriginal people, these stones are said to bring good luck, strength and health to people. 

Things you will need

  • Medium sized pebble stones
  • Pebble Stones
  • Marker
  • Paint

Use these signs or symbols as a reference and draw them for the kids on the stones using marker pens. Then pass it on to the children to add their own touch using paints.

About us: Cubsta is a childcare software provider working towards making the early education sector a paper-free environment so that our future generations can equally enjoy this blue and green planet that we thrive on.

We currently offer 5 functions that help childcare centres with record-keeping for compliance purposes and to facilitate better communication between educators and parents.

Want to know more? Get in touch with us.

 


Free Childcare (Daycare) Software

Can you help us make the early education sector paper-free? We are currently offering a free subscription of our Childcare (Daycare) software, Cubsta, for a period of 6 months as a part of our pilot project.

 

Cubsta is a new childcare software that has been rolled out in early 2019 in the Australian market. We are currently operating under a pilot phase and as such are looking for up to 20 childcare and daycare providers to use our software for 6 months and provide us valuable feedback to further improve the usability of our current features and closely work with us to develop new functionality.

At the end of the pilot phase, it is completely your choice if you would like to continue using Cubsta or walk away.

If you decide to continue using Cubsta for your daycare operations then we can work out a monthly subscription price for you.

Or if you decide to walk away then you can download all your data and take it with you.

If you are interested to be a part of our pilot project, please get in touch with us on care@cubsta.com and we can provide you with further details and steps to register your daycare centre on Cubsta.

The story of Cubsta

In late 2016 our son, Zyan started the difficult journey of leaving the comfort of his home and going into childcare. A few months down the track, his father, Divij noticed a few problems within the centre that could easily be addressed with the use of technology.

Problem 1: There was way too much paper being used within the childcare centre and most of it was for compliance purposes.

Problem 2: There was a communication gap between the educators and the parents.

Problem 3: While there were other software solutions available in the marketplace, they were limited in terms of functions, therefore, they addressed only part of the problem and this lead to inefficiencies within the centre.

After undertaking market research for up to 6 months, Divij realised that this was an Industry-wide problem and as such decided to embark on the journey of creating Cubsta.

The features of the software

Cubsta is a cloud-based, feature-rich childcare (daycare) software that allows daycare workers to manage daily administrative tasks and communicate with parents in a more efficient manner.

The vision is to make Cubsta a complete solution that will allow daycare operators and staff to manage their entire operations using one simple software.

After close to 2 years in development, we have launched our software in early 2019 with 5 features completed and another 10 in the making.   

Current features

  • Daily Sheets: Record Meals, Naps, Nappies and Drinks digitally using a simple interface.
  • In-class Activities: Record learning outcomes/activities as they happen in a room and share it with parents using images and narratives.
  • Notes: A function that enables educators to communicate with parents using text-based messages.
  • Newsletters: Allows you to send centre-wide notifications to parents through email.
  • Child Records Management: Manage child records including, parents details immunisation, medication, emergency contacts.

Future features

The other features we are currently working on include: Checklist Creator, Billing, Enrolments, Meal Plans, Waitlist Management, Tour Bookings Management, Incident Reports, Programming and Educator Profiles.

Interested to know more or to sign-up?

If you are interested to be a part of our pilot project, please get in touch with us via email on care@cubsta.com or call us on (02) 8034 4320 and we can provide you with further details and steps to register your daycare centre on Cubsta.


4 Simple Easter Craft Activity Ideas using Recycled Items

With Easter just upon us, big and little kids alike, who isn't looking forward to four days of guilt-free chocolate indulgence! with s0 much sugar comes the mammoth task of keeping the kids occupied and letting them use their sugar high in a rather constructive way.

So, from decorating Easter eggs to making Easter Hats to getting competitive in Easter Egg hunts to even making baskets; there is a whole heap of family fun that Easter brings!

At Cubsta, we put together some simple Easter activities that you could undertake with your little ones at home or at daycare. And the best part is these activities have been undertaken using items already sitting at home (Except the easter eggs, which cost us $2 at the dollar store).

Colourful Easter Eggs

Colourful Easter Eggs

Things you will need:

  • White plastic or foam Easter eggs (We got ours from a dollar store)
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper (To avoid any paint spills)
  • Egg Crate
  • A bowl for mixing colours and some water

Step 1

Layout a table with all the above material and make sure you put a piece of old newspaper on it just in case your little one gets too creative :).

Step 2

Now ask your little one to choose some of his or her favourite colour and start painting the eggs one by one. At this point, you can mix two different colours to explain to your little one the concept of basic colour theory.

Step 3

As the eggs get painted place them in an old egg crate and let them dry for at least 30 mins.

Step 4

Now you can use different colours or other small decorative items to do up your egg crate. In our case, we have used paints and a piece of carrot (plastic-one) to decorate the egg crate.

Easter Egg Bunnies

Easter Egg Bunny Craft

Things you will need:

  • White plastic or foam Easter eggs (We got ours from a dollar store)
  • Marker pen
  • Pink colour pen
  • Scissors and child-safe scissors as well
  • White A 4 sheet
  • Bunny ear and feet stencil (You could also draw the ears prior using a pen and then cut them out)
  • Glue
  • Toilet roll (Empty one)

Step 1

Take an A4 sized sheet and draw out bunny ears and feet using freehand or you could easily download a template online and take a printout.

Step 2

Now using a pink colour pen or pencil shade a part of the ear and feet to make them look more realistic. You can also make the toes in pink like we have (see image above).

Step 3

Now you can draw the eyes, mouth and nose of the bunny using a marker pen. This is where you let your child's creative imagination come into play and let them decorate their Easter bunny as they like. You could use colours or glitter or anything else you have at your disposal.

Step 4

For the body of your Easter bunny, take an empty toilet roll and cover it with a white A4 paper using craft glue. Now place the egg on top of the toilet roll and stick it using some sticky tape and glue so that it holds in place.

Step 5

Finally, stick the ears to the egg and the feet at the end of the toilet roll. And your easter bunny is complete.

Easter Parade Hat

Things you will need:

  • A Party hat
  • Some old gift wrapping paper or an A4 sheet
  • Bunny ears template
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors including a childsafe scissor

Step 1

Simply take an A4 sheet or a coloured gift wrapping paper (we used red) and cut it out in the shape of bunny ears. If you take an A4 sheet, you can pretty much let your child use his or her imagination to paint the ears.

Step 2

Now simply using some craft glue, stick the ears on to the party hat. Again you can decorate the hat in as many ways as you like.

Easter Mug or Cup

Things you will need:

  • An old mug lying around the house or a disposable cup
  • Craft glue or sticky tape
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Scissors including a child-safe one

Step 1

Take a coloured gift wrapping paper (we used red) and cut it out in the shape of bunny ears.

Step 2

Simply stick the bunny ears on an old mug or a disposable cup. And that’s all, your Easter mug is ready! You can use this Easter cup to drink some hot chocolate or maybe as a planter.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter!


Harmony Day Activity

Harmony (Day) Week Activity Idea for Childcare Educators

Harmony Day Activity
 
The ongoing theme of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’. Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for all. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Australia is truly a melting pot of cultures and Harmony Day on March 21st or rather Harmony Week (17th to 23rd March 2019) is a true reflection of how 'everyone belongs' to this nation and enriches it.

And, this is a fantastic opportunity for schools, clubs, workplaces and other organisations to celebrate and embrace Australia's cultural diversity through meaningful activities and events that pay respect to our cultural difference and encourage diversity and inclusion.

There are plenty of inspirational ideas available online to plan activities or events for the week including the official website of Harmony Week.

So we at Cubsta put our thinking cap on and put together this activity that educators can undertake in their toddler and pre-school rooms. And if you want you can also get parents to get involved in this all-inclusive activity.

So we at Cubsta put our thinking cap on and put together this activity that educators can undertake in their toddler and pre-school rooms. And if you want you can also get parents to get involved in this all-inclusive activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introducing the Idea of Countries, Cultures and the concept of Diversity
  • A sense of Identity - Being, Belonging and Becoming
  • Understanding the different Languages, cultures and traditions that exist
  • Introducing the concept of Harmony Week and why it is celebrated

Material Needed

  • A Poster-sized World Map. We have used a world map printed out on an A4 sheet for illustrative purposes.
  • A bunch of Push Pins
  • Thumbnail-sized pictures of children in the room (We are not using any images but simply putting the push pins in place against the country for illustrative purposes)
  • A Poster Board (We have used recycled cardboard for illustrative purposes)
  • Coloured String or a ball of wool (preferably Orange in the spirit of this colour representing freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect*)

Let's get started!

Step 1

Take a poster-sized world map and pin it up on the poster board in your room. You can either buy these posters online or find some educational resource website that allows you to print out an A3 version.

Step 2

Engage the children in a conversation about the world map and introduce them to the concept of countries.

Now call each child in the room and ask them about where their family origin and start pinning the thumbnail images of the child against the country that they name.

It might also be a good idea for educators to have some prior knowledge about the child’s origin by talking to their parents.

Hints: It is a good idea to print 2 images for each child as their parents might have a different origin, given the cultural diversity of Australia

Once all the children have been pinned against their respective countries, it is now up to the educator to initiate different conversations with the children about countries, languages and cultural diversity.

Step 3

Once you have finished pinning up each of the children in the room, take a coloured string and connect the push pins with the string starting from left to right.

*Why Orange you may wonder? well because the bright colour signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect*

And we are done!

So, this harmony day lets celebrate the differences that come to unite us as Australians!


DIY - Create a Name Rocket For Toddlers And Pre-schoolers

So here a riddle for all grown-ups; What is the one thing that belongs to just you, but hardly ever used by you?

And the answer is…….

Your Name!

So whilst you may not converse in first person language more than others who might address you by your name, teaching toddlers and preschoolers their own name is an important milestone in harnessing a sense of self-identity. From birth, a child would hear their name often however come the age of 3 onwards, the idea of recognising what their name looks like is an exciting experience for parents and toddlers alike.

What better way to enjoy and share this experience together than creating your very own name rocket!

Learning Outcomes

Teaching toddlers and preschoolers their own name to promote self-identity
Learning shapes
Learning colours
Learning Alphabet recognition and spelling
Encourage writing
Recycling
Engineering and cognitive skills
Elongated attention span and concentration
Introducing the concept of space and science!

The Material

A piece of cardboard - used is better! Remember, we are also learning how to recycle and reuse!
Childproof scissors for your little one and grown-up ones for yourself
Permanent Marker
Craft Glue
A pencil or colour pencil
Old wrapping paper (Optional)

Let's get started!

Step 1

Find your toddler's favourite rocket image on the internet and print this out. The larger the image, the easier it would be for little hands to manoeuvre around the curves of the shapes to cut.

Step 2

Once printed, get your toddler to cut around the shape of the rocket. Hint - At this point, you could have two printouts of the rocket image; one for your toddler to practise cutting along the shape with their childproof scissors, and the other for yourself to have fun with!

Step 3

Take any old piece of cardboard and outline the shape of the paper rocket onto this and then cut the cardboard to shape too.

Step 4

Using your craft glue, stick together the paper image of the rocket, onto the cardboard cut out in the shape of the rocket.

Step 5

At this point, we went the extra step to do the same thing with an old piece of golden coloured wrapping paper hanging around from Christmas so we just cut this to shape too and stuck onto our cardboard. Or, you could simply just get your toddler to colour in!

Step 6

Now, it’s time to colour the rocket flames. Guide your little one as they colour. Tell them that flames are hot, therefore signified by red. Here’s a handy tip, put a piece of paper under the rocket prior to colouring as this will avoid the surface from getting coloured.

Step 7


Using the permanent marker and guiding the hands of your littlies, encourage them to slowly write their name on the rocket!

And that's it! Your little astronaut is ready for space!

About Us

Cubsta is a childcare software built with a vision to make the early-education sector paper-free.  If you are a childcare operator or an educator, please feel free to get in touch with us for a one on one demo.


Tick Tock….A Colourful (DIY) clock for ages 3.5 years and up!

Learning objectives

  • Telling time
  • Colour theory
  • Learning Numbers
  • Learning Shapes
  • Recycling
  • Engineering skills
  • Elongated attention span and concentration

Learning to tell time is one of those milestones in a child (and parent’s life) that tends to be fondly remembered! It can be an exhausting process for both, but one that definitely requires patience and tact on the part of the grown-up, not only to get the little one to read the numbers and make sense of it all but firstly to engage them for more than 10 minutes, depending on the age.

Generally speaking, a child would learn to read time by the age of 6, however that's not to say now is not a good time (no pun intended!) The concept of reading time can be introduced to a child as young as 4, with the objective of not just learning time, but to achieve a few other important learning outcomes along the way; Learning colours and colour theory, counting from 1 to 12, learning some shapes and even recycling!

What better way to amalgamate all of the above with a classic arts and crafts activity - a Colorful DIY clock complete with moving hands…...suitable for ages 3.5 years onwards.

So here's how your little one and you can bond together over a crafty analogue DIY clock:

The Material


 

  • A piece of cardboard - used is better! Remember, we are also learning how to recycle and reuse!
  • Childproof scissors for your little one and grown-up ones for yourself
  • An assortment of paints and a paintbrush or even a small toothbrush
  • A paper plate as a mixing palette
  • Any old plastic container
  • Permanent Marker
  • A piece of foam or styrofoam or thermocol
  • A toothpick or an ice cream stick
  • Craft Glue
  • Pencil or colour pencil
  • Measuring Ruler

Let's Get started:

STEP 1


 
Place your cardboard down on a clean surface and using a paper plate or any round object that you can get your hands on, outline the shape of the paper plate onto the cardboard to achieve that perfect clock shape. Cut along the lines and you have your clock body!

To allow your little one to develop motor skills, get them to replicate your actions. Using the pencil and guiding along the way, make a circle on a thin piece of paper, and using their very own baby scissors, ask them to cut along to get their own circle shape too.

STEP 2


 
Next, using the measuring ruler, and guiding your little one, divide the circle into twelve equal parts as much as possible. Look at the 12 triangles in one big circle!

STEP 3


 
Here comes the fun bit; lay out an array of paints, a mixing palette and a small plastic container for your child to start painting in the different triangles; each representing a number. Where you run out of colours; get creative and start mixing a few together to make your own new colours!

STEP 4


 
Once dried, using your toothpick, make a small hole in the middle of the circle.

STEP 5


 
Using your permanent marker and guiding your child, teach them how to write numbers from 1 to 12 in each of the colourful triangles.

STEP 6


 
From your leftover cardboard, cut two thin strips, one longer than the other to represent the two clock hands. Colour in with a permanent marker.

STEP 7


 
On one end of both these clock hands, make holes similar to the one in the middle of the clock. Run a toothpick through the back of the clock to insert the two hands and position.

STEP 8


 
Now, cut a small square piece of foam and insert the other end of the toothpick into this and glue the foam to the back of your clock.

And, you are ready to play (and learn) ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’!

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