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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Book Themed Sensory Tub

Brown Bear Brown Bear Book Inspired Colourful Sensory Tub

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? I see a sensory tub waiting for me!! One of the very best books for young children is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (words by Bill Martin Jr and colourful illustrations by Eric Carle). The predictability, pattern and repetitive text paired with … [Read more...]

9 Fun Alphabet Songs on YouTube

9 Super Cool Alphabet Songs on Youtube

Learning to sing the alphabet is an important step in the process of learning to read and write. These cool versions of the traditional alphabet song will bring the letters of the alphabet to life for preschool, kindergarten and older children. 9 Fun Alphabet Songs to Sing with Kids The … [Read more...]

The Three Little Pigs Printable Story Retell Puppets

The Three Little Pigs Story Retell Puppets Free Printable

Oh we have been having some fun this week with these Three Little Pigs storytelling props! There has been much huffing and puffing! And wonderful story making and sharing. I love puppets and storytelling props for their potential for wonderfully engaged literacy learning, imaginative play and social … [Read more...]

Alphabet Games: ABC Water Play Park

Alphabet Game Ideas: ABC Water Play

Today we welcome our newest contributor, Jodie of Growing Book by Book, with a fabulous idea for combining water play with the alphabet! My 2 and 4 year-old boys love to play in the water.  They are each at different stages of learning the alphabet and sounds so this alphabet water activity was a … [Read more...]

Stamp & Spell Literacy Play

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This post is by regular contributor Kylie Gardner of Octavia & Vicky. While we were on holiday recently my four year old daughter, Pebble, watched her Great Nana, Nana and cousin play Scrabble. It made me think about the neglected Scrabble box sitting in our cupboard at home and how we could … [Read more...]

Fun Literacy Activity: DIY Zoo Hunt for Kids

DIY Zoo Hunt for Kids - Drawing and Labelling

This post is by regular contributor Kylie Gardner of Octavia & Vicky. One sunny and crisp wintery day I took my three year old daughter 'Pebble' on a little day out to the zoo with friends. We had taken her to the zoo once before and it was a little overwhelming - too many things to see and … [Read more...]

Popular Posts of 2011: Top Literacy Spots

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The Literacy Spot series highlighted one simple idea each week for playing around with literacy with young children. And the most popular Literacy Spot posts were... Routines with Printable Picture Cards Nursery Rhymes Felt Board Stories 10 Pre-Writing Activities for Under … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #48: Letter Stamps (and Christmas Decorations!)

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Most children love to stamp and letter stamps are a great addition to your writing area once your children are interested in exploring and playing with letters. Of course, you aren't just limited to stamping on paper. Stamping on playdough, salt dough or air dry clay is lots of fun too. I … [Read more...]