Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Enjoying Nature

We have just spent some time away as a family at the most beautiful location, four hours out of Perth.


We had to talk, play games, explore our surroundings, read and basically enjoy each other's company in the most beautiful setting. We spent lots of time outside. We climbed, walked, paddled, swam, tried archery, played mini golf, rowed, ran and LOVED it.
I thought I would share a few photos with you.....

I feel inspired to start the term, fresh from a beautiful holiday.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Easy Activities For Busy Parents

We are on holidays here for another week ....ah so lovely!!  We are having a great time staying in our pyjamas, reading, seeing friends and relaxing after a very busy term.

This week, I thought I would show you some great activities that are perfect for littlies in the holidays or to fill a bit of time on a rainy day. The best thing about these activities is that they take a few minutes to set up and they will keep the children busy, while providing many wonderful learning experiences. Just perfect for busy parents!!

1. Pushing matchsticks into styrofoam. As well as being a great fine motor activity, this can help children with counting, colours, patterns and turn taking.

2. Draw a quick road map. Get your child to help draw and design particular features that are relevant to them. A great language activity that allows your child to explore their creativity and role play different scenarios.

3. Sorting According to Colour. These IKEA plates and bowls are not only perfect for eating off but they are perfect for sorting items onto. This is another wonderful fine motor activity that reinforces colours, counting and sorting.

4. Sand Pit Counting
Write numbers on disposable cups and spoons for your child to have fun in the sand pit. This activity can help children recognise numbers while making some marvellous and imaginative mud creations.

5. Threading straws. These bubble tea straws make perfect beads for threading when cut into small pieces. They are just the right size for little fingers. Children can make snakes, necklaces, bracelets or mobiles with these straws. This simple activity enables children to make patterns, recognise colours, practice their counting and is a wonderful fine motor activity. 

Or..... If you are three, you can think of other fun uses for the straws.....

Happy holidays...
Until next week, Niccola

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Messy Play

We are on holidays this week after a long winter term - Yay for holidays!!!

Our last day of school was so warm and beautiful, I decided we could engage in some outdoor messy play and it was a lot of fun.
Firstly, we had finger painting with shaving cream and a few colours to mix up some masterpieces.

Secondly, we had mud cooking with a variety of utensils, containers and natural materials.

Thirdly, we had Lux soap in our water trolley with whisks and containers.

If you are on holidays like me, I hope you have a wonderful time.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Pine Cone Fine Motor Activity

I set up an invitation for the children to explore some beautiful pine cones on the wonder table.

We have painted pine cones in the past and made a beautiful class mobile:

We have also made bird feeders with pine cones, glucose and bird seed which were lovely to hang outside in the yard and the birds loved them!!

The children could use the pine cone trees in the block area or for small world play. The pine cones could be used for sequencing, counting, ordering according to size or as a fine motor activity like we have done.

You'll need some pine cones....

some wool and some bases for the trees....

The beauty of this activity is that the pine cones can be used again and again.

I love a simple activity like this that involves natural materials.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

10 Things I Love!!!

I have been blogging for THREE YEARS this week !!!!! Yay
I haven't missed one Tuesday post ( I even posted on Christmas Day ) and have posted 158 ideas.
Today I thought I would share 10 of my favourite things that have appeared on my blog over the last 3 years.
I LOVE nature....

I LOVE mess....

I LOVE the outdoors...

I LOVE a good story...

I LOVE playing....

I LOVE the simple things....

I LOVE recycling....

I LOVE fun...

I LOVE playdough....

I LOVE beautiful things....

and of course I love teaching!!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sensory Spaghetti

This is a super easy, fun and inexpensive sensory activity that little children will LOVE!!!

To make sensory spaghetti, I bought the cheapest spaghetti from the supermarket. I boiled it for a few minutes less than the recommended time so it was quite firm, drained it and put it in four plastic bags.
I added a few drops of food colouring and a few drops of olive oil into the hot pasta and mixed it by shaking the bag.

I added different containers, scissors, chop sticks, tongs and cooking utensils and put it all in the water trolley.

Some children wanted to keep the spaghetti as it was in neat piles according to the colour but that only lasted a few minutes!!!
Soon the fun began...

Children were busy cutting, picking up, filling containers, talking, sharing, feeling, squashing, role playing, making discoveries and experimenting.....

This activity held the children's attention for a long time. It was a great sensory activity that provided many learning opportunities. When we finish playing with it, we can throw it to the chickens to eat, for more fun and learning.