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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...]

Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

40+ Mothers Day Gift Ideas to Make with Kids of all ages

I don't know a mum who doesn't love a little thoughtfulness at Mother's Day and what could be more thoughtful than a sleep in, breakfast in bed and a handmade gift. If you are looking for a gift to make for a special mum or grandmum with the children in your life, you need look no further as here … [Read more...]

Chocolate No Cook Playdough Recipe

Chocolate (Uncooked) Playdough Recipe

I think chocolate playdough might be my favourite type of playdough. It smells amazing but it tastes like playdough so the kids won't eat it….. mostly!!! Chocolate Playdough Recipe You will need: 1 and 1/2 cups of plain flour 1/2 cup of cocoa 1/2 cup of salt 2 Tablespoons of cream of … [Read more...]

A GIANT Play Activities List for Exploring The Five Senses

A GIANT list of playful activities for exploring each of the five senses & sensory play ideas for kids of all ages

Looking for fresh ideas for exploring The Five Senses with your class? Then this list is the #1 place to start! Over 50 playful ideas for exploring the senses, sorted into categories for each of the senses - smell, touch, sight, sound and taste! These ideas are also perfect as invitations or … [Read more...]