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Posts from the category: Preschool Play

Brain Breaks! 10 Crossing the Midline Activities for Kids

Brain Break Ideas: 10 Crossing the Midline Brain Break Resources for home or classroom

Crossing the midline refers to one’s ability to reach across (with both arms and legs) the invisible line we could draw down the centre of the body. To be able to co-ordinate both sides of our body, we need to be able to cross that invisible line. Activities that encourage a child to cross the … [Read more...]

5 Funtastic Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

5 Funtastic Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers. SImple to set up and fun to play, the kids will love these!

Fine motor skills are such important skills for our little ones to develop but what exactly are fine motor skills and why do they matter anyway? Simply put gross motor skills involve the development of the large muscles required to perform skills such as jumping, hoping, balancing, throwing, … [Read more...]

5 Great Collections of Free Online Books for Kids

5 Great Collections of Free Online Books for Kids of All Ages. 100s of great titles.

I am a BIG advocate of reading with children and  I really do believe the biggest way you can make an impact to a child's lifelong learning journey is by reading together. I am a bit of a traditionalist and prefer good, old fashioned paper and ink type books for reading with my girls but with a … [Read more...]

Sensory Play: Spiced Citrus Playdough Recipe

Spiced citrus playdough recipe. Fabulous sensory play recipe for Autumn/Fall.

We love to make homemade play dough - it's a whole lot cheaper than its commercially produced counterpart and making your own also means that you can easily enhance the sensory nature of the dough by experimenting with different combinations of scents, textures, colours and other visual elements … [Read more...]

5 Essential Ingredients to Sticky Learning

How Children Learn: 5 Essential Ingredients to Sticky Learning. Make learning stick!

This post is sponsored by Finlee & Me. Imagine your boss enrols you in a work related training course that you have absolutely no interest in. You find the course content dry and boring, and you come away with little in the way of new knowledge or skills. In your opinion, the whole session … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]