Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Story Tray – One Ted Falls Out of Bed

One of our favourite authors is Julia Donaldson. Christmas 2016 bought our now long time favourite 'Stickman' into our little library as an introduction to one of our cherished English authors. With a poetic flow, the words almost dance with rhyme and repetition - two very attractive features for young children. When choosing a book… Continue reading Story Tray – One Ted Falls Out of Bed

Exploring Math, play, Uncategorized

Learn about Adding and Subtracting with Frogs in a Pond!

Learning how to count is such an important skill. We use numbers in some way or form every day. Putting our well rehearsed numbers into context will help deepen our children's understanding of their value. To do this, Miss 4 and I created our very own little game. How to Play To play the game,… Continue reading Learn about Adding and Subtracting with Frogs in a Pond!

Fine Motor Activity, play, sensory play

Fine Motor Fun With Play Dough Letter and Numbers

Learning letters and numbers doesn't have to be all text books and flash cards. Your child certainly doesn't need a pencil in hand to begin to build up skills that will assist them in their handwriting journey either! With this in mind, we set up a fun play dough activity that would allow both Miss… Continue reading Fine Motor Fun With Play Dough Letter and Numbers

Fine Motor Activity, play, Uncategorized

Milking Cows with Your Toddler

We are celebrating all things farming in our play this week. What do farmers do first thing in the morning? They milk their cows! Over breakfast and their bowls filled with cereal and milk, we spoke about where milk comes from and how the milk gets from the cow to our fridge. From there the… Continue reading Milking Cows with Your Toddler

Learning Through Play

Getting Ready for Kindy

Itโ€™s that nerve wracking time for many parents. Enrolments into Kindy have been completed and now itโ€™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

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

craft, sensory play, Uncategorized

DIY Safe to Travel Small Worlds

Small world play is always popular at our house. All three children love exploring the sensory medium and the two older ones get lost in a story with influenced by a recent book or their own imaginations. While we LOVE small world play, it can be a bit messy at the best of times. Typically… Continue reading DIY Safe to Travel Small Worlds

craft, play, Uncategorized

Reading Expressions with DIY Emotion Masks

Being able to read others facial expressions is an important life skill. Whether it be at the playground, school yard or workplace, being able to interpret how someone is feeling by their facial expression is a valuable attribute and consequential social skill. We thought we would have a play with some facial expressions using some… Continue reading Reading Expressions with DIY Emotion Masks

craft, play, Uncategorized

Matching Egg-Motions

We found another use for our old egg shells! Introducing Egg-Motions! Another little DIY project that gravitates around our Emotion themed play for the week. After collecting, washing and drying some egg shells, we drew some emotions on the shells and matched them with our emotions flash cards. The shells proved to be a challenged… Continue reading Matching Egg-Motions

Fine Motor Activity, play, Uncategorized

DIY Learning Emotions Puzzle

Learning how to read and interpret facial expressions and body language is a important social skill. From the very get go, babies begin to look at faces. Did you know that a baby can only see about 30cm in front of them? Coincidentally, that is also the distance from a mother's breast (where little bubba… Continue reading DIY Learning Emotions Puzzle