🦌 D E E R S M A L L W O R L D 🦌
There’s just something special about seeing deer in the wild, so graceful and beautiful.
We are very lucky to have deer visit us in our backyard and seeing their antlers reminds me of Christmas. My little man wanted to make a forest for his deer.
We collected leaves, wattle from the garden, stones, left over coffee beans, brown rice and chamomile flowers to create our deer sensory tray.
We talked about the names of the male, female and baby deer, what they eat and of course the magic of Santa’s reindeer’s. The aroma of the coffee beans and chamomile flowers made play even more inviting! ~ Katie #natureplaychristmas#smallworldplay#kmartplaytray#deer#miniworld#natureplay#imaginativeplay#playbasedlearning#natureplaymothers @tagfromtheheart @minizooshop
#tagfromtheheart#toddleractivities#sensoryplay @montessorifromtheheart @wonder.and.awe
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5 senses. Hearing :) We filled jars up with different levels of water to hear the differences. I also had the boys put on blindfolds and I would find items and make noise (crumble up paper,shake a water bottle, etc) and they would have to guess what it was by listening. #homeschoollife#5senses#hearing
🦁My Lion Boy🦁
He loves to growl.
He loves to howl.
He loves to use his imagination.
To role play.
He LOVES wearing anything I make for him as it helps him to imagine he is something magnificent.
Something magical. Something amazing!
He already IS all these things, but I love seeing him get into "character", and grow more confident within himself. His face lights up and warms my mama heart.
How beautiful are our kids minds? What does your babe love to "be" when they are playing?
Our current go to's are a warewolf, a lion, wonderwoman and he has just started playing "daddy" too 😍😍😍
This tshirt was one of my experiments but I kinda love it. Its hand dyed in a light mustard and hand printed with a brown sunflower print🌻
Word play is fun and there are so many skills being learned. Today we played a variation of scrabble, a bit like bananagrams with wooden disc letters and our decodable short word picture cards. Inspired by Nelly @learningatheart word play activity the other day.. .
👣Take a card from the pile .
👣 Say the word and segment it into sounds .
👣Blend the word back together and make it. Today we are using wooden discs, but we love movable alphabets and magnetic letters too. .
👣The next person takes a card, does the above steps and adds their word to make an intersecting crossword grid. If the word doesn't fit, the word is put on its own to add to as needed. .
Playful practice is what is needed in the early days. Lots of repitition, sounding out and blending words back together. Active learning is fun learning.
We have been playing with the STEM activity kit Learning Resources Beaker Creatures liquid reactor super lab. It’s a fun way of exploring science with 5-9 year olds. Fizzing pods in liquid to reveal a little creature was so exciting - read the full review and how to enter the giveaway over on babyfoote.com!
Super simple #bookishplay this week creating a mermaid book inspired by Julia Donaldson’s THE SIGNING MERMAID.
We just so happened to have mermaid stickers (picked up these gems from @kmartaus ) and so I asked my daughter if she wanted to make her own mermaid book and she replied with a great big enthusiastic YES!
Using any book as a stimulus to have children write their own version is such a great way to give them something to write about...usually half the battle! For older kiddos, it’s also a really great way to practice re telling the story...something they need to do to assist with comprehension!
Although she is no where near writing anything (scribbles are the start!) I still want her to believe she is a writer. By exposing her to lots of opportunities to practice writing not only allows her to develop these critical fine motor skills but she’s also gaining confidence in her ability to ‘write’. Whether it’s crayons, pencils, markers, paint, chalk boards, white boards etc children need loads of time to experiment with ‘writing’ and different tools to develop the necessary muscles and confidence.
Calling the activity (and by activity I simply mean I made paper, markers and stickers available 😉👍🏻) a ‘book making’ activity makes it sound a little more special and encourages little writers to start thinking of themselves as creatives with a story to tell. Have your child share their story with you and you’ve got a little author on your hands!
I know making books when I was a kid was one of my favourite things, how about you? It was a fancy version when I used card board as the front and back cover covered in 80’s wall paper!!
A special thanks to my friend Jacqui @playful_wren who taught me to take the boarder off from around stickers to make it super easy for little fingers to get the stickers off themselves. Seriously game changing tip!!
S N E A K•P E A K🌈
Here’s a little example of the kind of things I will be offering.
I’m a firm believer that children learn at their own pace and in their own style, all we need to do as parents or caregivers is to provide the materials to enable it to happen. “Children learn by doing and materials provide a concrete experience prior to transferring concepts to the abstract”
These little people are great for learning numbers, counting and sorting. I would ideally find a nice wooden bowl for their home and have it easily accessible. These are the perfect size for pre-schoolers and beyond.
Please tell me what you think, I’d love for some feedback🌈
Another one of the duck themed activities I've been doing this week with my little amigo. 🦆
This time, after singing 'Five Little Ducks', we helped the ducklings get back to their home. 🤗
Set up: *Write the numbers 1-5 on the base of 5 rubber ducks. *Write corresponding numbers into an egg carton. I cut the extra bits off so there was less to overwhelm him. *Hide the ducks in a #sensorybin such as uncooked rice. 👌
The aim is to uncover a duck and match the numeral on the bottom to that which is in the egg carton. I'll put the videos of this in action in my stories. 👍
I'm working on collating all these duck play ideas into a printable resource for you guys. Stay tuned! 😊
"Die Seele wird vom Pflastertreten krumm. Mit Bäumen kann man wie mit Brüdern reden und tauscht bei ihnen seine Seele um. Die Wälder schweigen. Doch sie sind nicht stumm. Und wer auch kommen mag, sie trösten jeden." Erich Kästner
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This week I had a go at making a paper mache volcano for our dinosaur themed small world tray 🌋🦕🦖 Did you know you only need to mix 1 cup of plain flour with 1 cup of warm water to make the paste? So easy and bonus, you are likely to already have all the ingredients at home. Here is a link to a BBC paper mache recipe https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-paper-mache
I used a piece of cardboard as the base of the volcano. I then stuck an old coffee jar in the middle and an yoghurt cup on top as the creator. I then built up scruched up news paper dipped in the paper mache paste around the coffee jar until it was high and wide enough to be volcano sized. I then covered the volcano with strips of newspaper covered in the paper mache to finish the volcano. Once full dried I painted it brown and used a scarf as the lava (you could paint the lava on). It was messy and took a day to dry however I am really pleased with the results and look forward to all the different ways we use it in play 🌋
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A little grey seal and her pup basking on a sandy beach. 🌊🌊🌊
Pupping season for Grey Seals starts as early as October but lasts through to January. So November is a great time to try and see some fluffy white pups - keep your eyes peeled if you’re near the coast! #playislearning