Posts from the category: Toddler Play

12 Fun Picture Books About Colour

12 Fab Picture Books About Colour (and Color!)

Learning to identify colours is a classic milestone of early childhood, and parents and teachers will often use picture books to help young children learn to distinguish between and name colours. In my opinion, the best children’s books to teach colours combine a great story and captivating, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Goldilocks & the Three Bears: Retelling Through Imaginary Play

Goldilocks and Three Bears Storytelling and Imaginative Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Isn’t it amazing that the classic fairytales we all grew up with are still much loved by our children? And do you notice how they always come in threes - The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and, of course (one of our personal favourites), Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You’d be … [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...]