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Posts from the category: Play and Learn

An Invitation to Create…Spiders!

An invitation to play: Playdough spiders

When it comes to setting up playful activities for my children, I am all about quick and simple. That is part of the reason I love invitations to play so much - simply presenting a small collection of open ended resources in an inviting manner easily leads to hours of fun! And this invitation to … [Read more...]

BIG Art for Kids on a Dollar Store ‘Canvas’

Big Art for Kids on an Improvised Dollar Store Canvas

Take one sunny day, three children who LOVE painting and one BIG improvised canvas from the dollar store and what do you have? Lots of fun creating BIG art! This project is great for toddlers and preschoolers and works well with small groups of children so it's perfect for playgroups, home … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Store Art Supplies

10 Art and Craft Storage Ideas

How you store your child's art materials will be influenced by many things including the amount of space you have available, whether the space is a dedicated art space where supplies can be left out on display or if they need to be packed away after each use, the quantity and types of art mediums … [Read more...]

Scratch Art Spider Webs

Scratch art spider webs

Scratch art is such a fun and classic art making technique for kids. We decided to experiment with using our own DIY scratch art sheets to create spiders' webs and we love the results! Making your own scratch art sheets is really simple. You just need oil pastels and paper - we used Micador … [Read more...]

5 {MORE} Ways to Play & Learn with LEGO DUPLO

5 Fun Ways to Play with Duplo

This post is sponsored by LEGO DUPLO. I am a big fan of building and construction for kids because of its fun play and learning potential. As children build they are using and developing; Fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination Thinking skills, such as planning and problem … [Read more...]

Childhood 101′s International Kids’ Gift Exchange

International kids gift exchange hosted by Childhood 101

Registrations for the 2014 gift exchange have now closed. Thank you to all those who have joined us. The lovely Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim has hosted an international gift exchange for the past three years and when I saw the announcement for her exchange this year it occurred to me that it would … [Read more...]

Outdoor Activities: 20 Ways to Play with Sticks

Outdoor Activities for Kids - Sticks

Today Debi of Go Explore Nature shares 20 super simple ways to play, create and explore with one of the oldest toys in the world - the humble stick! When it comes to childhood toys, more often than not, simple is best. Take the humble stick, for example. It’s free, can be found just about anywhere, … [Read more...]

Science for Kids: Oil, Water & Detergent Experiment

Science for Kids-:Oil, Water & Detergent Experiment

Check out this super fun and simple science experiment for kids from regular contributor Ali Wright of At Home with Ali. Mixing oil and water with detergent is a fun way to explore basic chemistry with kids. This science experiment is suitable for kids over 4 years of age. You don’t need any … [Read more...]