Click on the image below to download your free lollipop bat template PDF. Enjoy!
Hi and welcome to day three of Creepy Craft week! Today's craft activity is suitable for babies and children right up to school age (and beyond!), and it's really, really messy! Grab those baby wipes or face washers. Tape out some newspaper and get out the paint! This activity is a wonderful, engaging sensory experience… Continue reading Baby and Toddler Finger Painting Halloween Craft – set your OCD aside.
Materials: Paper plates (small size) Chenille sticks (pipe cleaners if you're old-school) Webs (bought from Riot but available at craft shops) Large pom pom and small pom pom per spider Googly eyes Craft glue Cotton tips Stapler Activity: 1. Adult cuts the inside circle out of the paper plate. discard outer circle. 2. Child spreads… Continue reading Scary Spiders on Sparkly Webs
Your kids will love getting their hands dirty and producing a cool little monster print, which may be used as a card, framed as a hanging picture, or displayed on a window. Materials: Green paint Black marker Medium-size googly eyes Craft glue Paper plate Glue brush or cotton tip White card Lead pencil Bucket of… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Monster Hand Print Art
Today I'm kicking off the week of Halloween-themed craft with this easy and enjoyable activity for kids. Please follow along each day this week for more crafts. This activity uses fine motor skills and mathematical understandings. You can talk to your child about the way in which they use their fingers and hands to carefully… Continue reading Spooky Spiderweb Weaving
I have an idea! This is a phrase I hear often from my preschooler. When he has an idea, he loves to tell me and we then go about some simple planning for how we can turn his idea into some fun games. And then we Play! Child-directed learning is all about taking the lead… Continue reading Our Rainbow Adventure – it all started with an idea.
Master 4 at our place is loving patterns at the moment. Patterns are such a fundamental aspect of early childhood mathematics learning, so I want to harness his interest and combine it with another thing he adores right now - Duplo. I made him up some simple pattern cards using this template. I simply printed… Continue reading Patterns Play with Duplo (plus free printable pattern template!)
One of the themes which is central to the Reggio Emilia approach (my favourite educational philosophy) is the use of natural materials in children's play. At our place, we love to play outdoors; collecting, exploring, imagining, seeing, hearing, touching. We also have a designated space inside which we call the Nature Table. Our home is… Continue reading Bringing the outdoors in: creating a beautiful nature table at home
The dilemma: Eldest son has an Easter basket that he made at kindy (quite elaborate - paint, stickers, crepe paper, handle - the works). Other son has zip. Easter egg hunt at kindergarten begins in two hours. Hiding my panic under a wafer thin veil excitement, I rummage through the craft supplies in an effort to avoid cracking out the store-bought Easter… Continue reading Easy Easter basket – last minute craft alert!
My four year old is Will. He always has been, from the time he was a squishy tiny newborn. We've reserved his full name, William, for formal events like his baptism, his wedding, his masters graduation or his debut into the A-League (ha!). For everything else, it's just Will. If a teacher, carer or anyone… Continue reading Teach your child to write his or her own name using Duplo!