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...]

DIY Sewing Cards from Recycled Plastic Lids

DIY sewing cards from recycled takeaway lids

I recently had the crazy idea that I could make a set of reusable sewing cards from recycled takeaway lids. My crazy ideas don't always turn out in reality how I think they might but this time it worked! How to Make Your Own Sewing Cards You will need: Plastic takeaway container lids … [Read more...]

Hanging Hearts Creative Threading Activity

Hanging hearts Valentines craft idea for kids

Today I am teaming up with a posse of fabulous play bloggers to bring you a collection Valentine's Day activities for kids of all ages - all great for play and learning they cover everything from science to alphabet awareness, maths and creativity. Be sure to read on to find links to all of the … [Read more...]

Silly Putty Recipe & 10 Putty Play Ideas

Homemade Silly Putty Recipe with Australian ingredients Pin

In response to requests from Australian followers, today Carrie of A Little Learning for Two is sharing her recipe for silly putty using Australian sourced ingredients but even those NOT in Australia should read on as Carrie is also sharing 10 fabulous playful learning ideas for using silly putty … [Read more...]

Using Creative Materials to Develop Hand Strength

developing fine motor skills

During the school holidays Immy had lots of fun with new (and familiar) creative materials. Nothing unusual about that...except I had an ulterior motive. I had noticed that Immy uses quite light pressure when writing and I wanted to provide lots of opportunity for her to develop strength in her … [Read more...]

Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers: Threading Hunt

threading activities

Immy loves threading and when I shared last week on the Childhood 101 Facebook page that Immy was threading, one friend asked where I had sourced the supplies we were using. Often before we begin, Immy and I have a 'threading hunt!' Looking for items from around our home that are suitable for … [Read more...]

Playdough, Plasticine & Clay for Kids: Making Little Hands Stronger

Making Little Hands Stronger

Playing with playdough is fun and most young children love it. But have you ever stopped to thing about how playing around with dough actually helps children to develop control and strength of the muscles in their fingers and hands? Those same little muscles which they need to be good and strong to … [Read more...]

Cutting Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Cutting skills

Do you let your toddler or preschooler use scissors? Do they only do 'cutting' with help or do you let them practise independently? When she turned two*, I bought Immy a pair of children's scissors (they are Crayola First Scissors). At first we only used them sporadically, as I had put them away … [Read more...]