Imaginative

Imaginative and Dramatic Play Ideas

Imaginative and Dramatic Play Ideas

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 play.

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Craft

Valentines Craft – Bubble Wrap Printing Card

Valentines Card Craft - Bubble Wrap Printed Hearts

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 one in

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Baby

Zero to Two – Brand New Ebook

Zero to Two - The Book of Play 25 ideas for parents

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 of

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Craft

Valentines Craft – Tissue Paper Heart Card

Tissue Paper Heart Valentines Card for Toddlers Up to make

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 same size

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Pre-school

Prewriting skills – draw and erase

Pre-writing skill development - draw and erase on the chalk board

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.

Equipment needed

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, a

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Baby

Blocks for Learning

Using blocks for learning - from baby to preschoolers

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 problem

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Craft

Sensory Play for Valentines Day

Sensory Play for Valentines Day

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 Valentines

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Books

If you give a mouse a cookie math game

If you give a mouse a cookie - Laura Numeroff inspired Math Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Virtual Book Club for Kids author this month is Laura Numeroff and we have chosen the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This is a new to us author and one that T and I have enjoyed reading.

If you give a mouse a cookie math game

As one of the things that we have been working on at home with T is numbers – she can count by rote to 20 but isn’t counting out things or connecting the numbers with quantity so using the book for inspiration I came up with a cute math

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Age Group

Ideas for Creating Christmas Memories

5 simple ideas for Creating Christmas Memories to last a lifetime with your kids

Making Christmas Memories to last a lifetime with your kids

Christmas is a time to create life long memories for your kids, remember those little things from your own childhood above the gifts that you got or the food that you ate. Here are some ideas for Creating Christmas Memories that will last a lifetime for your kids.

1. Bake together

Each year we make mince pies as a family – all around our kitchen table each helping to make them and then we enjoy eating them together. But my own memories as a child are with cooking with

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