The 11th Day of December – Our turn at the Bloghop to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. There are ten amazing crafts before us, check them out at the bottom of this post.
In line with the recurring theme on the blog (to make learning fun), we have used this adorable pipers post to teach us some craft, a little maths and some science. Hope you enjoy the post.
Toddlers (1.5 years to 3 years) for the craft, the song and the tradition
Preschoolers (3-5 years) ,Primary age – the craft, Song, Tradition with some maths and science
For the Elves :
- Some Bottles – We bought a dozen from the local kitchen stores, this is the amazon link for something similar ( affiliate)
- Pipe Cleaners ( thick and thin ones)
- Felt ( we used the forest shades – green, olive, brown and leaf green)
- Craft papers ( for the Hat and the legs)
- Baubles (for the head)
- Glue / Gluedots, tape, scissors
For the Music,Maths and Science:
- Syringe ( 5ml)
- Spoon, Fork or a butter knife
Pre preparation / Invitation
Get the Pipers ready.
If you don’t need the 11 pipers, it shouldn’t take you as long. Once you have everything ready, a bottle piper takes about 10-15 minutes to make.
- Cut rectangular strips of the felt, to make a smock for the bottle.
- Fold the strip in half and make slits at the center of the strip (approximately)
- Take a thick pipe cleaner and tie it around mouth of the bottle ( to make dangling arms, cut at a suitable length)
- Push the slit around the mouth of the bottle (above the pipe cleaner)
- Secure the smock with a thin pipe cleaner
- With some glue, stick a cut ( ¼ of) straw to both ends of a pipecleaner to represent a pipe held by both arms
- Use a bauble for the head
- Fold a diagonal piece of craft paper into a cone shape and make an elf hat for the piper
- Fold a strip of craftpaper into a ladder and stick it to the bottom of the bottle to make legs
- Stick pompoms to the other end to make shoes for the piper
- Display the eleven
What we did
The Song : A quick intro to the The Twelve Days of Christmas
Little S and I talked about the song and the tradition ( I have attached links here for reference). We also watched the song on youtube. The tune and the repeating pattern is very catching and we were humming along in no time
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. (Wiki)
The Maths (Measurements, Times table and counting in 5s) :
Making 11 pipers is hard work, so we took a break between step 5 and 6 and did this fun experiment.
We numbered the pipers from 1 to 11 with stickers on back
Using the 5 ml syringe, we filled in the 11 bottles in increasing order (Piper one has 5 ml, piper 2 has 10 ml and son on to piper 11 with 55ml)
S helped write down how many syringes were needed to fill each bottle and how many ml did that make ( A good exercise to count in 5s and run through your 5 times table)
Now to make music like the pipers : (The science)
Place the bottle in a line from 1 – 11 (It’s important to use the same size bottle for this experiment)
We used a spoon to tap/strike on each bottle and observed the sound/music
S could clearly see that the more the water in the bottle, the pitch was lower (and more melodious according to him). Less water would mean that there is less overall weight and hence the pitch is much higher. ( More water would mean more vibrating mass, hence lesser pitch)
We tapped the bottle in random order to make music ( just like our 11 pipers)
Try this with 4-5 bottles (with atleast a 20ml difference in volume of each bottle) and you could easily play a tune
Skills we learn
Song, Tradition and some craft. We used the bottle to make music learing some Maths (Measurements, Times table and counting in 5s) and some science ( sound, the concept of pitches)
As our elves are now ready, we want to use them to talk about emotions ( in a post soon) and also use them as holiday elves
Hope you enjoyed the post, please check back tomorrow for Learning and Exploring Through Play’s 12 Drummers Drumming
This post is part of a festive blog hop series for the ’12 Days of Christmas’ – a lovely collection of craft ideas hosted by Silly Sparkles!
Click on the image above to follow each of the 12 Days of Christmas craft ideas!
Taking part in this blog hop are:
Silly Sparkles – A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Because Babies Grow Up – 2 Turtle Doves
Learning and Exploring Through Play – 3 French Hens
Messy Little Monster – 4 Calling Birds
Multicrafting Mummy – 5 Golden Rings
Swords and Snoodles – 6 Geese a Laying
Craft Ideas for Kids – 7 Swans a Swimming
Three Foot Cooks – 8 Maids a Milking
Making Memories in the Chaos – 9 Ladies Dancing
Adventures of Adam – 10 Lords a Leaping
Play Explore Learn – 11 Pipers Piping
Learning and Exploring Through Play – 12 Drummers Drumming