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Managing Big Emotions: Printable Emotions Cards & Matching Game

Managing Big Emotions: Printable Emotions Cards and Matching Game. Great for use with children of all ages at home or school.

There are so many ways that a set of emotions cards can be used with children at home and school. These types of activities are particularly valuable for helping children to learn to recognise and regulate their own big emotions, as well as learning to recognise and empathise with others struggling … [Read more...]

20 Seasonal Finger Plays & Action Songs: Spring and Autumn

20 Seasonal Action Songs for Fall and Spring

Action songs and finger plays are fabulous for developing skills across a range of learning areas. They are particularly great for getting kids moving and encouraging gross and fine motor physical skill development, including body awareness and co-ordination. This collection of seasonal finger plays … [Read more...]

15 80’s Movies to Watch With Your Tweens & Teens

15 80's movies to watch with tweens and teens

When my eldest was four she fell in love with the original 70's version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and I was excited - it seemed I had birthed a movie lover to follow in my own movie loving footsteps. She loves musicals - just like me, and comedies - just like me, and a good dose of … [Read more...]

Insect Small World: A Preschool Invitation to Play

Insect Small World: A Preschool Invitation to Play

When a collection of carefully chosen loose parts, toys and materials is presented in an inviting way, a young child’s interest will instantly be sparked! This is what we call an invitation to play. My preschooler will often ask me, “Mum what did you put out for me today?” and a play dough based … [Read more...]

Yoga for Kids: Sun Salutation for Kids

Yoga for Kids: Printable Sun Salutation Sequence

Today the very talented author of Kids Yoga Stories, Giselle Shardlow, is back with a fabulous yoga sequence to use with kids, and it's also available as a very handy printable. Enjoy! Sun salutations are the core to any yoga sequence. Practicing sun salutes with your children will: Help calm … [Read more...]

Maths Games for Kids: Times Tables Bingo Free Printable

Multiplication Games for Kids: Printable Times Tables Bingo

Games provide a fun way for children to revise and apply math knowledge and skills. This Times Tables Bingo provides a fun way for kids to test their multiplication knowledge and it is easily adapted for children learning their 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x tables, any combination of the four, or all four at … [Read more...]

5 Ways You’re Unnecessarily Adding Stress to School Day Mornings

5 Ways You're Possible Adding Unnecessary Stress to School Day Mornings - avoid school day stress by avoiding these 5 stressors!

This post is sponsored by ANZ School Ready. It’s been almost three years since I made a personal vow to take the stress out of our school morning routine and banned myself from saying (or more often, growling) the words, “Hurry up!” I cannot tell you what a difference it has made to our … [Read more...]

40 Australian Picture Books by Our Favourite Australian Authors

40 Fabulous Australian Picture Books by our favourite Australian authors

This list has been a long time in the making but it's also been a labour of love! There are so many talented Australian authors and gathering together a list of books that I have seen my girls grow to love (and classes full of children as well!) has made me a little nostalgic, if I am to be … [Read more...]