This Saturday, come to The Corner at The State Library for Bridges and Bears. The program is a collaborative effort sponsored by Australian Engineering Week (Engineers Australia), Women in Engineering and Save our Sanity. You can read more about these organisations by clicking through their links. On Saturday, author Andrew King will be… Continue reading Bridges and Bears at the State Library of Queensland.
Yesterday, Luke and I took our three kids into Southbank Parkland's (The Courier Mail Piazza) to visit the SNOW4KIDS PARK. This is an annual event but it was our first visit. Blaire's now heading for two and we thought they are all now at good ages to enjoy some snow play. We can't go on… Continue reading Outing review: Snow 4 Kids Brisbane
Having a little go of the new SPEAK app, it's free from the Queensland Government and focuses on oral language development and skills for kids in early childhood. Aimed at parents, it's broken up into age-appropriate sections for easy navigation and has lots of helpful hints for speaking and listening activities to incorporate into your… Continue reading Speak App!
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 – work together activity for children and parents.
Day two of the 2014 Out of the Box Festival was some kind of glorious. Brisbane's renowned for its mild winters, and today's clear blue sky and warm wintry sun were the perfect setting for Out of the Box's outdoor activities. I almost had to drag my little boys off of that sunshine-drenched, white-tent village… Continue reading Outing Review: Out of the Box
"Out of the Box is a wonderful way for parents to encourage children to love the arts and to grow up to be creative leaders and future problem solvers." - Chief Executive, QPAC, John Kotzas The first time I visited The Out of the Box Festival was back in 2008, with my class of enthusiastic and… Continue reading Outing Preview: Out of the Box Festival, QPAC
This activity was so much fun, and my four year old and two year old loved working together, so it was great multi-age play in the end! Here's what we did: 1. Tip every piece of Duplo they own onto the carpet. (Everyone thinks this part is super fun!) 2. Say "Hey, why don't we put… Continue reading Duplo colour sort and positioning: rainbow
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
Yes, play! We hear regularly that play is important for young children. But why is play so critical in early childhood learning and development? And why should we, as parents, encourage our children to explore their world and develop their skills through meaningful play? You’ve probably noticed your child playing and learning, from a very… Continue reading Keep Calm and Play
From time to time you may see a craft post on my blog and wonder "Why is that there? That doesn't look finished/perfect/blog-worthy." Let me tell you something (that you already know). Children's work isn't always finished. It's not "perfect"(what a dangerous word!) , and it's absolutely never intended by them for my blog! Learning in the early years is… Continue reading Process vs Product – why their work should be theirs.