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Posts from the category: Play and Learn

30 of the Most Beautiful Picture Books Ever

30 Picture Books with Stunning Illustrations and Fabulous Storylines Too

One of my first tips for choosing picture books that kids will fall in love with has always been - choose books with captivating illustrations. It is no surprise that the pictures inform your child’s first impression of a book, so choosing books with wonderful illustrations is a perfect place to … [Read more...]

15 Preschool Counting Songs, Fingerplays & Rhymes

15 Counting Songs and Fingerplays for Preschool and Kindergarten. Includes printable song poster.

Fingerplays and nursery rhymes are a staple of the preschool and kindergarten classroom, and have been for generations. This list of counting themed counting rhymes and songs includes many of my personal favourites from my days teaching and being a mum. I have included a printable song list too that … [Read more...]

6 Reasons to Cook with Kids + 12 Recipes to Try

12 Things to Cook With Preschoolers and 6 Reasons Why You Should Make the Time to Cook Together

There’s no doubt about it, kids + cooking = fun! Making cookies, cakes, pinwheels, muffins and ice blocks are firm favourites in our house. But have you ever stopped to consider what you child is learning while they’re helping you in the kitchen? It’s probably more than you think. Many teachers are … [Read more...]

10 Alphabet Stamp Learning Activities for Preschool & Kindergarten

10 Fun Ways to Learn with Alphabet Stamps for preschool and kindergarten

My girls have both loved stamping from a young age and adding alphabet stamps to their creative play has been a natural progression as they have shown interest in learning about letters. Alphabet stamps really are a fabulous resource to use with children in preschool, kindergarten and beyond as … [Read more...]

Tell a Story Family Mealtime Conversation Starters

Tell a Story Conversation Starters/Storytelling Prompts for Families

It's been a crazy, busy day but now, with a hot meal on the table and the family gathered round, it is the perfect time to have enjoy a little silly fun together -  that will also build language skills! Today we are sharing seven storytelling prompts to use at the dinner table. Each of the … [Read more...]

Coping When Kids Are Sick: 12 Quiet Activities for Sick Kids

Coping with Sick Kids: 12 Quiet Activities for School Aged Kids Who Are Recovering From Being Sick

This post is sponsored by Healthdirect Australia. “Mummy, my new year’s resolution is not to vomit this year,” my then six year old declared. I wasn’t surprised, given just how sick she’d recently been with gastro. We’d arrived at the emergency department of our local hospital in the early hours … [Read more...]

12 Magical Book Series for Kids Who Love Rainbow Magic

12-Chapter-Book-Series-for-Kids-Who-Love-Rainbow-Magic-Books

Immy was a big fan or the Rainbow Magic book series for many years but I am secretly relieved to say that she has totally moved on. While their magical stories of friendship are somewhat captivating for 5-8 year olds,  I found them somewhat repetitive and formulaic, more than a little shallow and … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

40+ Mothers Day Gift Ideas to Make with Kids of all ages

I don't know a mum who doesn't love a little thoughtfulness at Mother's Day and what could be more thoughtful than a sleep in, breakfast in bed and a handmade gift. If you are looking for a gift to make for a special mum or grandmum with the children in your life, you need look no further as here … [Read more...]