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.
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 (suitable for children aged 3-5). Materials: Green paint Black marker Medium-size googly eyes Craft glue Paper plate Glue brush or cotton tip… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Monster Handprint Art for toddlers and preschoolers!
We're going to the circus! So exciting! There's so much play to do first, though. Here are some of the play-based activities we've done at home while we learn all about the circus! My kids don't know we're going to the circus. So to introduce this little theme, I pointed out a leaflet for Webers… Continue reading Circus activities for little kids!
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
Argh! That familiar yet panic-inducing feeling has struck. Maybe the weather's bad. Possibly your partner's taken the car to work. It could be that you're still wearing your pajamas, yesterday's makeup and have Vegemite stains on your singlet, rendering a visit to the park/shopping centre/library quite impossible. If you're stuck for something to do, take a quick glance around your home, because… Continue reading “Muuu-uum! What can we dooo-ooo?”