Colour Matching Using Open-Ended Pieces
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by Jenna Milburn
2w ago
Colour matching is a skill most children enjoy exploring around age 2 (of course every child is different and this age will vary). We've put this colour matching blog together to show you how you can use open-ended toys and pieces you already have to explore this phase of learning and how you can vary and create a multitude of activities for your little one. Before colour matching begins discovery baskets are a great way to introduce the concept of colour to children by doing single colour baskets like below. To find out more about discover baskets check out this blog.   When introducing ..read more
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Early Literacy Part 3 - Writing
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by Alison Barnhill
5M ago
This is part 3 of our Early Literacy ideas. Click here to start from the beginning or here to go to part 2. I have curated some ideas of what you can offer at home if your child asks for literacy-based activities. Below you will find the activities for the element 'writing'. Writing In the early stages of writing, children experiment with using letters and words to convey meaning; they become increasingly proficient in selecting and arranging letters to form accurately spelt words. They will learn to produce correctly formed letters and numerals. It is important to have fun writing, and b ..read more
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Early Literacy Part 2 - Reading and Viewing
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by Alison Barnhill
5M ago
This is part 2 of our Early Literacy ideas. Click here to start from the beginning. I have curated some ideas of what you can offer at home if your child asks for literacy-based activities. Below you will find the activities for the element 'Reading and Viewing'. If you want to read more about Speaking and Listening click here and for writing here. Reading and Viewing Reading starts with phonological awareness and phonics knowledge. Most people who ask me for tips are looking for activities on phonics knowledge. Still, it is so essential to focus on phonological awareness first. Phonologica ..read more
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Early Literacy Part 1 - Speaking & Listening
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by Alison Barnhill
5M ago
As a teacher and the mother of a pre-schooler, I often get asked how I prepare my child for school. The quick answer would be: "I prepare him by letting him play." There is lots of research showing the benefits of play and how important it is for children to have bountiful time to just play… No setups, no hidden agenda, no goals to be ticked off. It is quite a natural development for a 4-ish-year-old child to develop an intrinsic interest in letters and numbers. (and If your child is not – that is fine too. It should really be child-led at this age). I also understand that it is beneficial t ..read more
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Flashcards - Not Just Flashy!
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by Jenna Milburn
6M ago
Flashcards tend to conjure such a boring visual. Sitting there, holding up card after card making your child say what's on them. But trust me when I say I have NEVER used flashcards in this way. It's totally unnecessary when there are so many fun ways to use them. Flashcards make a great resource to have in your home to complement your toy collection.  We are often asked when to introduce flashcards. For a very rough estimate I would say 18-24 months but really I would follow your child and when they show interest in a certain topic or you think they might st ..read more
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New Baby Sanity Savers for Siblings
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by Jenna Milburn
7M ago
Have you got a newborn and a toddler? Or perhaps you are expecting a newborn in the coming months and will be making the transition from 1 to 2, or 2 to 3 or more? I’m Ashleigh, mum to my 3.5 year old daughter and 22 month old son. And just recently, in May, we welcomed our third child – another little boy into the family.  The transition into parenthood, is all about working out how to keep this totally dependent little infant alive. I remember coming home from hospital, with my baby and without a manual, thinking that I didn’t have a clue what to do next. And then there is the transitio ..read more
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Plane Play Ideas
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by Jenna Milburn
7M ago
With the world opening up again so many people are travelling so we thought it was high time to do a plane travel blog! We've divided it into ages but remember most toys are fun outside of the ages we've listed.   6-12 months Whirly Squigz are a winner for a huge variety of ages but are particularly good for babies. They are great stuck to the plane window to spin and distract little ones. Mini silks can be used in so many ways on a plane. You can put it in a box to pull out, play peek-a-boo, hide things under it for bub to find or even put it in a sensory ball or Skwish.  ..read more
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Play Ideas | 6-9 Months Old
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by Alison Barnhill
9M ago
Ahhhh, 6 - 9 months! What a fun, exciting and huge developmental time in a little ones life! My son is almost 8 months old and I just can’t believe where the time has gone! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that he was this tiny little baby! And now he is moving around, babbling and getting his own little personality. Baby play ideas for 6 - 9 month olds can be really fun to set up - but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming looking at toys and trying to work out which ones they will like or get a lot of use out of.  When I first started to build our collection of toys and res ..read more
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Discovery Baskets - What, When, How and Why?
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by Alison Barnhill
9M ago
If you’ve got a little one who is just starting to be more active and taking in more of the world around them - you might be thinking - well now what? What can I give you to play with? You are probably searching instagram hashtags or googling ‘Baby Play Ideas’.  As a first time mum I totally understand. Your baby is starting to notice more and they seem to be growing faster than ever, oh and they may even be rolling, commando crawling or sitting - and they want more to explore. Let me introduce you to a Discovery basket - a fantastic go to activity for little ones between 6 and 18 months ..read more
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Top Tips for Independent Play
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by Alison Barnhill
10M ago
Independent play isn’t something that will happen overnight or when they reach a certain age, it takes a bit of time! Here’s a few of my top tips if you’d like to get your children playing independently.   Let them be bored... sometimes! There is no need to entertain your children all the time with toys, invitations to play or screen time. Once they start to feel bored they will get creative and create their own fun! Over time this will develop their imagination, creativity and problem solving meaning they won't come to you for ideas as often.   Create a YES space for your children t ..read more
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