play, sensory play

A Small World Trip to Antarctica with a Toddler

Standing in kitchen this afternoon, I was watching the girls playing nicely but I could see that we were about to hit THAT time of day. Seams were beginning to come undone. The dreaded witching hour... haha... an hour. Oh that's funny... Between approximately 2pm and 6pm each afternoon Miss 4 and Miss 20m are… Continue reading A Small World Trip to Antarctica with a Toddler

Learning Through Play

Getting Ready for Kindy

It’s that nerve wracking time for many parents. Enrolments into Kindy have been completed and now it’s the waiting game until the beginning of the next school year. Such a bittersweet isn't it? Getting their children 'ready' for their first day of formal schooling is a topic that has been coming up in conversation lately.… Continue reading Getting Ready for Kindy

Learning Through Play, Uncategorized

How to Survive a Three Year Old

(Written November 2016) I love my daughter, I really do however the last few months I have wondered if perhaps she has been possessed or had a body swap with a non human being of some type. At first I had put her change of behaviour down to a lot of changes occurring in her… Continue reading How to Survive a Three Year Old

Fine Motor Activity, play, sensory play, Uncategorized

How to Make Moon Dust and Luna Craters

Our Space themed play for the week has been a hit and we are only at day 1. Miss 4 was so proud to share her newly learnt knowledge with her Dad when he got home from work. One activity that stood out for her was making Moon Dust. We had already explored the planets,… Continue reading How to Make Moon Dust and Luna Craters

Learning Through Play, play, Uncategorized

Turning Screens Off and Active Play On

Having a late night scroll through social media and it is apparent that there are many parents out there desperate to reduce their child's access to screens. I see parents asking how to get their children away from screens and seeking advice around what activities to distract their children with. Now I will admit that… Continue reading Turning Screens Off and Active Play On

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Story Tray – Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

We read a LOT of books. Reading is one of the first things we do in the morning and one of the last things we do each evening before bed. We met young Harry only recently. His love for his dinosaur friends was contagious from the very first reading! We have revisited and joined him… Continue reading Story Tray – Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Fine Motor Activity, play, sensory play, Uncategorized

Oobleck- A Sensory Marvel

If there is ever a time when I need to choose a sensory medium that will be the last we will ever have in the world, it would be Oobleck. It is such a captivating medium! I often find myself still running my fingers through it long after the kids have finished. Now Oobleck isn't… Continue reading Oobleck- A Sensory Marvel

craft, play, sensory play, Uncategorized

How to Colour Pasta

Pasta is a staple pantry item in most kitchens. It can also be a useful resource in the playroom too! Use pasta in sensory play, small world play, craft activities and to create masterpieces! Chunky varieties are perfect for developing hands to practise threading, smaller types make for the perfect substrate for sensory bottles and… Continue reading How to Colour Pasta

play, sensory play

Edible Sand Making Sensory Play Safe for Toddlers too!

We love getting messy with sensory play at our house. Pouring, poking, moulding, flexing, pressing, pinching, grabbing, stirring while exploring different textures makes learning fun and engaging! Miss 4 can typically refrain from putting the matter at hand into her mouth when asked however Miss 15m often submits to the temptation. While she loves getting… Continue reading Edible Sand Making Sensory Play Safe for Toddlers too!