Room on the Broom – Learning Ordinal Numbers

Room on the Broom - learning ordinal numbers and sequencing with finger puppets

Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors consistently producing books that my children love – from board books to early reader books there’s been something that sparks the interest of either J and T. As this months feature author for the virtual book club for kids and 3 fantastic books to focus on by her we have chosen a topical favourite from the choices Room on the Broom.

Room on the Broom is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and is a rhyming book about a witch and the animals that she picks up as

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Shoe Box Constellation Maps

Shoe Box Constellation Maps - create your own star maps to view inside any day of the year

This week #playfulpreschool theme is all about Night Time, as the days are getting shorter and the nights longer we’re finally seeing the night sky again after the summer break and the children are fascinated by it. At the moment we’re only seeing it first thing in the morning as it’s dusk when they head to bed but by the end of the month we will be able to explore it with our telescope and see first hand what we have been learning about this week.

Stars and the moon fascinate T and she likes waking up early and

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Autumn Playdough Recipe – working on sensory vocabulary

Autumn Playdough - working on sensory vocabulary

Playdough is such a simple thing to make I always use the 4 minute playdough recipe from The Imagination Tree and this time was no exception – what I love about this recipe is that it allows you to add so many different things to it to theme it or make it suitable for the season. For our October Playdough I wanted to bring the scents of Autumn to our table and autumn colours so that we could explore and introduce some sensory vocabulary for the season.

To explore the playdough – I set up some nature finds from

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28 day challenge – #Stoptober

28 day challenge for October - Stoptober giving up smoking

Seven or eight years ago a major transformation happened in the UK, smoking was banned in enclosed places I remember it well as all of sudden I would come home from a night out and not have to either hang my clothes out in the garden to remove the smell or put them straight in the washing machine. My bed didn’t need changing the next day because of the smell of stale smoke on the sheets from my hair and skin and I felt clean. This month see Stoptober a national campaign to help you stop smoking lasting 28 days.

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NSPCC Letter from Santa

Letter from Santa - making Christmas Magical for kids and supporting the NSPCC.

Christmas should be a magical time for a child and Santa arriving delivering presents on Christmas is one of the ways. Here we set out Mince Pies, Carrots and a small glass of sherry for Santa to enjoy when he arrives, his elves also bring a special Christmas Eve gift including some new PJ’s especially for the kids to wear for Santa.

What ever you do as parents to add to that magic there is always a possibility that the children’s minds work better and quicker than ours. To help out the NSPCC have teamed up with Santa to

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Cork Printed Autumn Tree

Cork Printed Autumn Tree Art

Looking out of windows we can see the leaves changing colour as summer fades away and Autumn hurries in – this week we’re looking at those colours of autumn and all the signs that the seasons are changing and we decided to get creative with some printing.

Back in the summer after discovering the amazing Cork and Button printed flowers by Happy Hooligans we used the same method with fabric paints and created a tote bag as a gift for mother’s day. Printing with corks was so much fun that I have been collecting as many as possible to

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Autumn Colours Plant Science for Preschoolers – #playfulpreschool

Autumn Colours - colour and plant science hands on learning for preschoolers

This week along with the other bloggers of the #playfulpreschool team we are sharing learning and creative ideas for preschoolers based around the theme Autumn Colours as a change I am welcoming another member of the team Darla from The Preschool Toolbox to share a fun learning activity for preschoolers for Autumn Colours combining colour and plant science.

With this weeks theme of Autumn Colours it’s a great opportunity for some hands on science for preschoolers – finding out about the world around them and how it works is inbuilt; asking questions and discovering the answers themselves helps them

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Apple Tree Maths

Fun autumn math activity for preschoolers - helping with fine motor, number recognition and 1 to 1 counting

Last week we were lucky to go to a Farm and pick some apples as our own apple trees this year have had a very poor harvest it was a great experience for T and I. Inspired by the apple picking I have had an apple tree maths activity set up for her when she wants to sit and do an activity with me especially useful when we’re doing homework with J and she wants some “homework” to do as well.

What you need for Apple Tree Maths

Brown, green and red card or strong paper White paper Glue

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French Family Supper with Lidl – #frenchweek

French Family Super on a Budget with Lidl French Week - taste testing and helping picky eaters at home

With children that are picky eaters we’re always on the look out for fun ways to get the kids trying new food and now that both children are having dinners at school at least part of the week it gives us the opportunity to have a taste testing supper occasionally. Lidl one of the UK supermarkets often has fabulous deals and this week is no exception with a French Week.


With a huge range of traditional French food from Escargot to Cidre with most of the weeks selection sourced in France it’s a budget friendly option for getting

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