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Posts from the category: Thinking & Reasoning

Making Lego Pictures: 3 Printable Animal Designs

Making Lego Pictures: 3 Printable Animal Designs

We love creating with Lego in our house. Whether it be making their own creation or recreating a Lego set, there is always a Lego project in progress! I have recently been thinking about ways to extend Immy's play with Lego and I had the idea of making up some 2D picture designs for her to have a … [Read more...]

Science for Kids: Make Your Own Mini Microscope

Cool Science for Kids- How to Make a Microscope

Today regular contributor, Ali Wright of At Home With Ali, shares a simple DIY tutorial for making a super cool mini microscope with kids. My kids love the unexpected and this simple microscope made from a plastic cup delivers just that. I actually saw these microscopes being made by Girl … [Read more...]

4 Fun Ways To Encourage Independent Play

4 ways to encourage children to play independently

This post is sponsored by LEGO DUPLO. “MUM! Will you play with me?” is an all too familiar question in our house. Especially when Immy is at school and it is just AJ and I home alone. I love being with my children as they play - watching, encouraging and joining in, but I do admit to getting more … [Read more...]

Printable Easter Egg Cards + 3 Ways to Play

Printable Easter Egg Cards and 4 Card Games to Play

We are right into playing games now - a different board or card game appears on our dining most nights in the hope that there will be time to play after tea! Games are fabulous for helping children to develop a range of cognitive, literacy and social skills. As children play they; Make choices … [Read more...]

7 Busy Bag Ideas for Busy Preschoolers

Busy Bag Ideas for Preschoolers

Looking for ideas for entertaining your preschooler when you're out and about? Check out these 7 great suggestions from regular contributor, Lauren of Teacher Types. “Are we there yet?” “Can we go now?” “How much longer?” “I’m bored!” Sound familiar? Last month I shared ‘7 Busy Bag Ideas … [Read more...]

7 Busy Bags for Busy Toddlers

7 toddler busy bag ideas

Today regular contributor, Lauren of Teacher Types, shares seven fun, simple-to-make busy bag ideas just right for toddlers. Are you forever looking for new ways to keep your little one entertained when you are on the go? Well then this post may be just for you! Busy bags are designed to be low … [Read more...]

15 Awesome Building & Constructing Toy Sets for Kids

15 awesome building and construction toys for kids

When a reader recently asked the Childhood 101 Facebook community for building and construction set suggestions for a child transitioning away from nap time, the responses were too fabulous not to share. So I have combined my top building and construction toy set suggestions with those popular with … [Read more...]

21 Silly Putty & Therapy Putty Activities

21 silly putty activities . Fun fine motor activities for kids

Today Carrie of A Little Learning for Two is sharing 21 activity ideas for playing (and learning) with silly putty or therapy putty. With two children on the Autism spectrum if there is one thing that has been tried and tested thoroughly in our family it would be therapy tools. While there are … [Read more...]