I love hands on activities with my toddler – creating something together that I can help her with and then put up for others to see and use. We created this simple wind chime for the garden that can be outside during the summer months and produces a lovely fairy sound. These are perfect for some fine motor skills development and will look gorgeous all summer long.
Materials to make a simple wind chime
Plastic Cup Thread/String Beads of different shapes and sizes Small Jingle Bells Scissors Small clump of play dough
How to make a simple wind chime
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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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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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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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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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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, a
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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 problem
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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 Valentines
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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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