Saturday, July 14, 2012

DIY toys - Dora the Explorer Reusable Counting Cards

My 3 year old girl loves watching Dora the Explorer! She watches it in English, Spanish and her native Croatian! Speaking about multilanguage education! :)

As a result, mama has come up with couple games that will prolong her enjoyment with Dora, without watching TV! ;) All of the ideas I'll be sharing in next couple days are pretty cheap and simple to create by yourself.

And here we go! Starting with:

Dora the Explorer Reusable Counting Cards!

What you'll need:

- piece of sturdy cardboard (I've used those shirt inserts that comes with shirt package when you purchase a shirt)
- marker, any kind
- ruler
- Dora the Explorer stickers - those from the picture came with Dora the Explorer magazine but you can use some similar to these

First, you cut from cardboard 10 cards for each number 1-10. Our cards are app. 10 cm x 12 cm (4 in x 5 in). Than you use marker to write on each card a number (both digital and written name for number). I have written them in left top corner of the cards. After that, you stick as many sticky velcro piecese as card should hold. I know it's best to have visual image of what you should get so here is the picture of counting cards:
Next, making counters.... You stick your Dora the Explorer stickers on cardboard and cut them in little squares. Size will be dictated by size of the stickers. After that you stick pieces of sticky velcro tape on each of the counters. This is what we got:

And, you have created your reusable counting cards! :) Now, place them on the table, put stickers in some kind of bowl so they are not all over the room and let your child play and count!

Here is the final result:

Of course, you can pick some other cartoon character or theme for your child's reusable counting cards! Which ever theme you want to work on! Beauty of all of this is: for your next game with counting cards, you'll only need to make counters! You already have cards you can reuse over and over again! :)))

Now, as I mentioned, this is 1st of the number of ideas I have for our Dora the Explorer learning time. To make sure that you've got all the ideas, subscribe on this blog by mail, follow blog using Google Friend Connect or follow us on Facebook (all the links on right sidebar). See you back here tomorrow!

Have fun crafting and counting! :)

Note: This post is re-published from 2nd blog which I'm closing down as soon as all interesting bits and pieces are moved here since I don't have time to keep 2 similar blogs updated.

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1 comment:

  1. That's a really good idea! The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing :)


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