The Start of Something New

I’ve always had a vision of what Messy Times would be.

It was meant to be a space to learn and be creative.  However, I always had the vision of it becoming a physical space.  I’ve dipped in and out of this blog for a while creating little online printable activities, but I think now is the time to take it that bit further.

Every time I procrastinate, I end up drooling over all the awesome tech and educational stuff that is out there.  I wonder how I and my kids can benefit from some of that stuff, but I know deep down inside it’s not about owning more.  It’s about doing and learning things together. Creating opportunities for others.  Achieving more as a community. And making new friends.

I’d like Messy Times to become a Kids Maker & Creative Space (in Brighton, UK).  I aspire for it to be an environment where I can feel comfortable bringing my kids (currently aged 0 -11) and keep them all actively engaged.

A hard task!  One that needs a lot of thought.

By me writing this, I am taking the first few steps to making this happen.

Symmetry Activity Worksheets

Symmetry Worksheets - Lego, Minecraft, GeometryI hunted down images that could be used for practical symmetry activities and I came up with this.  52 pages of symmetrical worksheet activities to challenge your kids!

From letters, to Lego, to Minecraft to geometry and various random other images…hopefully there is something for everyone here.

Download PDF (52 pages)

Or view the images below.

 

Mr Men & Little Miss Election Voting Slip

I was accompanied by my 3 year old when I went to the recent European elections to place my vote.  We were given our slips to place our x’s.  My son looked sad when he didn’t get one.  I asked the people working there if he could have a piece of paper to use to pretend to vote, but they didn’t have that either.

Now I felt sad for my son!

It made me think that it would be kind of cool if they could include kids in these important tasks.  Get them introduced to the idea of voting and what it is all about.  So I’ve created my own election voting slip that anyone can print out and use.

There is a blank election voting slip, but there is also a very Mr Men & Little Miss voting slip too.  Who would your kids vote for? :)

Download PDFs: Mr Men & Little Miss Election Voting Slip / Template Voting Slip

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Duplo Lego Fractions

We can visually teach our kids alot about concepts of maths.  They won’t know that it’s called fractions.  Nor will they know the rules about adding/subtracting with common denominators.

They can understand that many parts can make one.  This is just one example – a lego duplo train.  Each train is the same size, but made up of different parts.

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Minecraft Sword and Axe Symmetry Activity

My boys are Minecraft mad.  As a result I’ve developed a strong interest in pixel art.  I’m learning and figuring out how to create things related to maths.  These are a Minecraft sword and axe picture along with a symmetrical activity to try.

Free Play with Cuisenaire Rods

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I’m learning about teaching maths through Cuisenaire Rods.  I learn by doing and publishing, I find it helps my thought processes.  Expect a series on this!

It doesn’t get easier than this. Get a set of Cuisenaire rods out and start playing with them.  If the kids don’t play, then start creating something yourself and watch how their eyes look over your shoulders with eagerness to get involved. This activity is about exploring, being creative and becoming familiar with the rods. What kind of things can you do?

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Alphabet Handwriting Worksheet

A simple handwriting worksheet to practice writing all letters of the alphabet.  Printed in light grey to encourage tracing of the letters to then follow with writing on their own.  Created to combat messy handwriting with my boys!

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Lego Face Collection

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A collection of lego faces all in various formats – black/white, colour, dotted. View images below or download the full PDF.

Minecraft Snowflakes

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My boys are Minecraft mad. It’s December. I looked for some Minecraft snowflake templates and couldn’t find any.  So I created some.  This is how they came out.

I quite like the result of the Minecraft sword, at first glance it really isn’t apparent what it is.

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Draw A Mouse

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It’s been a while since I drew something. I’d like to draw a doodle a day, but that’s probably too ambitious.

For those that don’t know, I’ve never really done much drawing in my life. I’ve been one of those ‘I can’t draw people’.

My most common tools for drawing are: iPad, stylus and iDraw.

I like iDraw for the vector-ness of it – it allows me to correct and adjust my mistakes easily!  I’ve somewhat struggled with other drawing iPad apps.

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