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With a snip over here and a snip over there…

I am officially on two weeks holiday, two weeks at home with my kids and my man 🙂 I’ve slept for massive portions of the day, played lego, painted ponies, helped come up with story ideas and been able to hang out on the couch with my family.

However, before I left for my holidays, I assembled a heap of activities so that my kids at school could still have the input from teh Maths program that I’d originally set. I’m a bit of a control freak, I know!

Here is my reinterpretation of an activity I’d seen on another blog. They had hung reams of wool hung off of a hoop, placed over a large tray. The children were encouraged to cut  it randomly into the tray. Seeing as I don’t have much in the way of table frames or ceiling beams to hang things down to kids level safely, I worked withwhat I have.

And what I have are paper plate and streamers 🙂 (I did try the wool, tied through holes, but it really didn’t have the volume I wanted the kids to see)


Just a few strip held together with a staple, positioned around half the paper plate (which had it’s inner circle cut out for another activity ages ago) and we have hair! How better to experience long to short concepts than with a pretend hair cut!

This photo was taken as part of a practice run and I immediately saw that it wasn’t going to work for everyone. Scissors can be scary and it’s important to remember that when we give kids the power to use things safely the weight of acting responsibly can scare them too!

Instead I’ve planned for the children to draw faces that can be stuck to the plate, hidden by the hair. These will then be stuck to easel boards and the children can merrily chop away until their person appears 🙂 I wish I could be there when they do this! It just looks like it’ll be a lot of fun!