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Story Book Summer – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough Play - part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Our third week of Story Book Summer comes to a close with one of my all time favourite books The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I am delighted to welcome Jenny from Mummy Mishaps to Rainy Day Mum to share a fun play dough activity for the book as part of the Story Book Summer Series – check out our other posts from this week and watch out for next weeks Fairy Tales week.

Hello! I am Jenny a SAHM who can normally be found over at Mummy Mishaps , where I blog about my

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Messy and Sensory Play

Summer Sensory Play for Tots

Summer Sensory Play Ideas for Tots

Playing with the senses is one of the ways that children learn about the world around them – they can also help them learn concepts like maths as well as bring literacy alive through sensory play. This week we’re featuring some ideas for Summer Sensory Play for Tots linked up to last weeks Tuesday Tots.

First off a fun water based sensory play from Fantastic Fun for Learning with a Duck Race.

Another fun water based sensory play was a little creative play we had with some ice paints the other week.

Bring literacy alive with a book based

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Imaginative

Minibeast Play dough – Giles Andreae Mad about Minibeasts

Mad about minibeasts - minibeast play dough crafting and connecting with books for Virtual Book Club for Kids - Giles Andreae Month

One of our favourite books by Giles Andrea is Mad about Minibeasts illustrated by David Wojtowycz it’s full of fantastic poems about minibeasts ranging from a spider to a dragon fly and including ladybirds and caterpillars.

For this months Virtual Book Club for Kids we wanted to bring the book alive so using some play dough that we had I set up an invitation to create with some buttons, eyes, pipe cleaners, the book and some pots of bright coloured play dough.

Setting this up the kids then descended on the table – breaking off some of the

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Books

Story book Summer – Edward in the Jungle

Edward in the Jungle - Small World Play bringing story books alive through play and craft with guest bloggers on Story Book Summer via Rainy Day Mum

Today is our last of this week Story Book Summer with the Jungle theme – all summer long we are sharing posts bringing books alive for children with our Story book summer this weeks theme all about the Jungle. Today Kate from Kitchen Floor Crafts shares some fantastic small world play bringing alive Edward in the Jungle for her kids and us.

I’m really excited to be participating in the Story Book Summer Series from Rainy Day Mum. This is my first time collaborating on a series like this! You can typically find me over at Kitchen Floor Crafts.

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Books

Story Book Summer – A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea - bringing the book alive for young children through play part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Our 3rd Story Book shared this summer is brought to you by Hayley from Minne-Mamma bringing you an activity bringing alive A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. The Story Book Summer will run through the summer and guest bloggers will be sharing activities or crafts based around a favourite story book of their choice on one of the weekly themes. This week’s theme is Under the Sea. So over to Hayley.

Hello Rainy Day Mum readers! My name is Hayley and I write at Minne-Mama. I am a stay-at-home mom living in Minnesota with my husband and

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Parenting

Preparing for School – Inside Out, Back to Front, Wrong Foot

Preparing for school - inside out, back to front, wrong foot game to play with kids to help them develop skills necessary for school

This week we are talking about preparing for school and independence skills – things like getting dressed, having ownership of their possesions and manners for the table. One of the areas that my son has struggled with over this first year at school is getting dressed – no so much the how to get dressed more the how to put everything on the right way around when getting dressed. I can’t even imagine the chaos the ensues when a class of little ones either reception or kindergarten get ready for PE, or go out in the rain and then get

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Play

Sensory play with dough

Sensory Play with Dough

Sensory Play helps children learn about their environment and also as a child becomes older can help them learn other subjects by catering for their different learning styles. This weeks features from last weeks Tuesday Tots are all about sensory play with dough – with a mix of play dough, cloud dough and other types these are easy to get hold of of create at home and perfect for play and fun.

Starting for with some Fairy Garden small world play with homemade gold play dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Edible dough is great with young children –

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Create

Rainbow – Create and Play

Create and Play with Rainbows and rainbow colours

Spring brings rain and sun and that means rainbows as well as St Patrick’s day so last week lost of Rainbow crafts and play activities appearing on pinterest and linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. We even created our own Confetti Rainbow Picture inspired by the rainbows we keep seeing around.

 

Start off by producing your own Rainbow – take this Fruit Loop Rainbow picture from Sorting Sprinkles or an Unique Rainbow Art from Buggy and Buddy. Also check out our paper rainbow collage.

Combining music and movement this rainbow musical shaker from My Little 3 and

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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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