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Posts from the category: Play and Learn

Butterfly Symmetry Nature Art

Butterfly Symmetry Art Butterfly

This post is part of the Outdoor Maths series by regular contributor Debi Huang of Go Explore Nature. My 6-year-old son adores butterflies. We recently spent time getting up close and personal with more than 30 different species in a seasonal butterfly enclosure at our local natural history … [Read more...]

Create an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge for Kids

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This is a sponsored post for the littleBIGidea competition. If you are a fan of the hit TV reality competition, Masterchef, then you would be familiar with the concept of the mystery box challenge – it’s actually my favourite part of the show! For those who don’t know, the contestants are each … [Read more...]

21 Fun Ways to Rev Up Interest In Your Writing Table

21 Fun Ways to Increase Interest in Your Writing Table P

Need to revive flagging interest in your writing table? Wanting to make the most of this precious learning space? Here are 21 simple ways to get young children interested in playful learning about letters and writing (click through each link for more details). 1. Add a collection of Alphabet … [Read more...]

8 Reasons to Listen to Your Child

Reasons to Listen to Your Child ft

I admit that I am a pretty bad ordinary listener. You see by nature I am a talker and a fixer. Tell me a problem and I want to talk it through and find the best answer for with you. It's just how I am. Lately however I have had to work on stifling my first reaction - to talk and solve - and learn … [Read more...]

Simple Kids Science: Set Up a Bathtub Science Lab!

Simple Kids Science: Bathtub Science Lab

This post is by regular contributor Ali Wright of At Home with Ali. My kids love science and experimenting with different materials – creating all sorts of various mixtures and potions. Sometimes we try step-by-step experiments such as our bouncy egg experiment and our attempt at making a weir. … [Read more...]

35 Resources To Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking

35 Online Educational Resources to Inspire Inventive Thinking

This fantastic collection of resources is brought to you by littleBIGidea. I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your … [Read more...]

23 Activities for Tweens

Activities for Tweens

This post is the fifth in the Parenting Tweens series by Kate Fairlie. When I wrote my article Top Tips for Parenting Tweens a few months back, the first tip on my list was 'find ways to connect'.  Right now, as I parent to twin ten year old girls, this seems like one of the most important things … [Read more...]

Babies & Board Books: Add Playtime Fun to Reading Time!

Babies and Board Books: Integrating Play and Learning with Reading

This is a guest post by Dusty Shell, a homeschooling mum of four who blogs over at To the Moon and Back. I have a slight obsession with books. Okay, slight is a bit of an understatement. I absolutely love reading and when I had my first child, I desperately wanted to be sure that I did my best to … [Read more...]