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Fun motor skills for tots

5 Fine motor skills activities for tots

Toddlers and preschoolers need time to develop motor skills – whether they are gross motor, walking, climbing, jumping or fine motor that will help with writing in the future. Here’s 5 fun motor skills activities for tots this week featured from last weeks Tuesday Tots link up and our archives.

First off using some water beads (please use these with care and only with children who no longer put everything in their mouth) for colour sorting, the fine motor action of picking up the water beads.

Working on fine motor control of the pencil for writing a good exercise

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Winter Olympics Activities with Tots

Ideas for the Winter Olympics to prepare in advance with your child

This Winter it’s the Winter Olympics, we really enjoyed celebrating the London Olympics in 2012 and are now looking forward to celebrating the Winter Olympics with 5 activities to help your tots get in the mood.

First off from our Archives – it’s time to get making some medals – and we have some easy to make medals.

Over on Play Eat Grow they have some fun ideas to host your own Opening Ceremony Party for the Olympics.

With the Olympics it’s great to get in some learning and for your toddlers it’s a great opportunity to learn some

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Bringing books to life – Gruffalo Hunting

Gruffalo Hunting - bringing books alive

Do you have a favourite book that you read to your kids or maybe more than one. One of our favourite’s is the Gruffalo, turned into a film a couple of years ago it’s been recorded and watched many many times. Along with reading the book and watching the film we like to get out and bring the book to life.

Gruffalo Hunting

We’re very lucky to live near a woods which has been perfect for retelling the Gruffalo story with J and T. Before heading out we often read the book and then talk about the things that

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A very busy spider web

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

This week we are Bug crazy as part of Week 1 of the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp – if you are Instgram you can check out some of the other fun activities that we are doing as we share throughout the day. I’m very excited to share this fun activity with you to go with the book The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

Don’t worry if you haven’t signed up for the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp you still can it’s fine to work at your own pace over the summer but we will be sharing the

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Kids Winter Holiday Hop – Teaching Children About Giving

We’re really gearing up for the Winter Holiday Season – for us that means Advent, Christmas and New Year and one of the things we start off with is thinking about others and those less fortunate than ourselves. So we set about teaching children about giving to others especially at this time of year.

As a family it seems that Winter brings us a similar sense of clearing out that Spring does for other families we declutter and make space, possibly because we move inside and realise how we haven’t used the space for such a long time to

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Mirrors, Making Faces and Mr Men

We were lucky to recieve a box set of Mr Men Books to review recently and as a blast from my childhood I couldn’t wait to get them out and look at them with J (T is still a bit too young and I really want to get the Little Miss set for her). If you haven’t met Mr Men they are by Roger Hargreaves and are a fun set of characters with names like Mr Bump who is always having accidents, Mr Messy – who is a funny scribble and Mr Happy.

I really love the simplicity of

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Back to Basics – K is for Kicking

Back to Basics and this week is K is for Kicking

Such a simple activity – kicking a ball around. We have soft balls that we use inside and then various size of balls for the garden. J loves kicking and has turned our swing into his goal posts – we’re still working on the not picking up the ball and running around the garden with it part way through a game but it’s a lot of fun.

It’s great to work on gross movement and eye cordination as well. With J walking late (18 months) this is something that

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Science of Music

Today is the first of a series of Guest Post on Rainy Day Mum from some of my favourite Bloggers from around the world. Today I’m handing over to Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing a regular contributor to Tuesday Tots linky and some Science of Music.

Hello, Rainy Day Mum readers! I’m excited to share with you a fun music activity my boys (4 1/2 and 1) and I did recently. Little kids love creating music. Anytime I bring out our instruments, the kids dive right in, surrounding us with bangs and quavers and ringing. During our last

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Stones and bottles

Sometimes you just have to leave children to discover their own play – J sat in our garden this week with one of the many bottles that we use in our water table and paddling pool with some stones and started posting them into the opening.

As he sat he picked up the stones and sorted them declaring them to be “TOO BIG”, or “WRONG SHAPE” to fit in the whole – the pile at the side with a few stones grew as he played. Guessing whether a stone would fit and then trying it out to see whether

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