‘”Hot soup was a jolly good idea, it’s so very cold this morning but then it’s very early, the sun is only just coming up – look!” They finished their breakfast watching the blue water turn to dancing gold, even the rocks gleamed in the sun.’ Enid Blyton – The Adventurous Four.
"Count your steps as you climb the stairs, count the number of dogs you see at the park, the flowers in the garden, the items on conveyor belt at the supermarket, fingers and toes while singing, how many red cars whizz past the window and so on! Children learn best through real life experiences, and when we then build on those to create more learning at home or at school, they can be just as practical, tactile and enjoyable.
Here are 20 of our favourite ways to practise counting skills. Click on the activity title or image to take you to the full post"
Water play is one of the best sensory play experiences we can offer our children. It’s easy to set up, free and so versatile. You can set up some play in the kitchen sink or a plastic tub, bring a paddling pool indoors, or simply turn your evening bathtime into playtime.
Here’s a fantastic selection of simple play ideas for babies, toddlers and preschool that you can use to introduce lots of variety to your indoor water play."
the skills and attributes children work on when they have ample opportunity to play, especially outdoors, with other children, with few toys and lots of time, with a minimum of adult intervention. Our job as adults to prepare an environment in which free play is possible'
Small Worlds are little pretend play scenes, and they are a fantastic activity to set up with young children. You don’t need a lot of complicated props, and you can set one up on whatever theme your child is interested in.
"Some of the bottles make noise: the rice, beads, and (oddly enough) the waterbeads! Some are just fun to look at (baby oil and corn syrup). But ALL of them are fun to play with and to talk about colors, shapes, and sounds!
Here are ten great, creative symmetry activities for young children. They feature hands-on creative ideas that are fun to explore, and packed with learning. They’re all good ways to invite children to explore this concept that’s important for maths skills, art and even learning your ABCs.
Story stones are a beautiful way for kids (and grownups) to tell a story. The stones act as little visual prompts and can be used in a variety of ways. WARNING!! Making these stones does involve cutting up a book! ...
It doesn't have to be a book: old magazines, scrap paper, catalogues...
“Pleasure in arranging things – whether lining up pebbles or tiny toys in a row, or arranging lines, shapes and colours on a sheet of paper – is part of children’s lives, part of the human desire for visual order.”
~Ursula Kolbe, It’s Not A Bird Yet: The Drama of Drawing (2005)
Super quick set up, and lots of fun to play with. This vegetable sensory play tub is perfect for some Fast Fun Play, especially at dinner prep time, when you have a little helper in your kitchen. This is a sensory tub I’ve used so many times when I’ve needed to get dinner ready. I simply hand over the veggie peelings with a few extra props and my daughters have loved ‘making their own dinner’. . . . → Read More: Vegetable sensory tub #fastfunplay