Small world and role play are fantastic fun for kids to experience whether in a care setting or at home they can be simple to set up and you can focus on your child’s interests and ideas to explore further. Here are some fun ideas for imaginative and dramatic play from last weeks Tuesday Tots Link Up.
Dinosaurs are great for focusing some play with kids and over on Adventures at Home with Mum they have some ideas for outdoor small world play with dinosaurs. Home Ec @ Home combined dinosaurs with playdough for some imaginative small world
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Painting without brushes is always fun and this bubble wrap printing technique makes a beautiful pattern which can be used to make a Valentines Card to give or send.
Materials needed for Bubble Wrap Printed Valentines Card
Bubble Wrap Red and White (or pink) Paint Brush Paper Card Blank Glue
Making a Bubble Wrap Printed Valentines Card
We have found that to mix paints it is easiest for us to use a paper plate and the nice thing is that these mixing palettes often get reused in crafts sometime in the future (watch out for this
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Playing and learning with babies and toddlers has been my most challenging part of being a parent as J and T have become older the crafts, activities and play has become much easier for me to visualise and bring to life for them. There are few resources out there to give you ideas books for activities tend to focus on preschoolers or older toddlers at the youngest age and most focus on those already at school.
Finding a resource that is wrote for parents and carers of this age range is invaluable and for me to be part
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A fun and easy Valentines Card craft using tissue paper and glue. This is a simple activity to do with children from toddlers up and produces a lovely effective Valentines Day card for your child to give or send.
Materials needed for a Tissue Paper Heart Card
Card blank Strong Card for the heart shape Scissors Glue (White school glue works best) Tissue Paper in Pink and Red
Making a Tissue Paper Heart Card
Take the tissue paper sheets and tear into small squares and rectangles – these don’t have to be even shaped or the
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Prewriting skills is an important stage in child development, it’s those squiggles, lines and circles that eventually will form individual letters, numbers and words. Mark Making in which ever medium is a good activity and is is mark making on the vertical which works those muscles that are needed for the control of pens and pencils in the future as well.
Chalk Board on an Easel Chalks Paint Brush Water Cloth for drying Chalk Board Eraser
Prewriting skills – draw and erase
Set up a chalk board easel with a selection of chalks, chalk board erase,
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Playing with blocks is fun for children of all ages from babies to older children with their Lego. Using them for learning at different levels is a slight twist on building with them here’s 4 simple ideas for learning with blocks.
Using blocks for Learning
First off is simple building for babies, this can help work on language development you can talk positional words, colours of the blocks that you use, count as you play with the blocks as well as working on motor skills as you go as well.
Blocks made of unusual shapes are fantastic for
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For Toddlers and Preschoolers Sensory play is a great way to learn and is also lots of fun so I’ve put together some ideas for some very simple Valentines Sensory Play.
Valentines Inspired Sensory Play
With this lovely filling heart Sensory Bin Little Bins for Little Hands has some wonderful objects included.
Combine sensory play with a craft is great and over on Crayon Box Chronicles they have made a Sensory Heart Collage.
Waterbeads are a great sensory play resources for those children who don’t put anything in their mouths and over on B-Inspired Mama they have a
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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
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It’s winter and if you are snowed in or like us waiting for even the tiniest hint of snow then I’ve got a collection of 20 great snow crafts and activities that were linked up last week on Tuesday Tots to share with you this week.
20 Snow and Ice themed Activities and Crafts for Tots
Starting off with a great snack for kids to eat and make with you from Kiddie Foodies these White Cheese Snowflake Sandwiches.
Another snowflake activity – but this time some newspaper snowflakes from Buggy and Buddy such a fun activity and great
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