Stained Glass Biscuit Christmas Tree Decorations

These stained glass Christmas biscuits are so pretty and will get your kids in the Christmas spirit. It’s so interesting to see how the lollipops melt into the mould, and exciting to use them to decorate the tree! You might find they have all been gobbled up by Christmas though. What you will need: 125g…

10 easy lunchbox ideas- that will promote learning!

It can be hard to think of new and exciting ideas for lunchboxes, especially if you make them everyday. Here are a few ideas for injecting learning into lunches! Write a cool message on a banana. 2. Make sure your kids have the coolest carrots in town. 3. Cut sandwiches into cool geometric shapes. Your…

10 Easy Screen-Free Travel Kit Ideas

It can be hard to think of things for kids to do when out and about, in a waiting room or at a boring old Aunt’s house. Taking your own play travel kits can save the day. Here are ten screen free travel kit ideas to occupy even the busiest little minds!

Learning Infused Cooking with Kids: Easy Sushi Rolls

Sushi rolls are really fun to make and full of superfoods! My kids prefer simple fillings like tuna and cucumber, but you can put anything you like in them. Rolling the rice, and carefully lining up the strips of vegetables on the rice are both great for finger muscle development and hand eye coordination. It’s…

Super Social-Skill Booster: Make Your Own Friendship Rocks

Making new friends can be hard, especially when you’re small and haven’t had to do it before. Learning the language to make new friends is a super important social skill. It doesn’t come naturally to all children, and so giving them a helping hand to think up things to say never hurts. Children who can…

Make Your Own Guatemalan Worry Dolls:

Like everybody, children worry. Sometimes having someone to listen is enough to help soothe a worried mind. Dealing with problems is a complex skill for children to learn, but it’s important to be able to put problems aside until a solution is found. These magical little worry dolls will help children develop emotional resilience. They will learn to…

Go-Slow Sandalwood Dough:

Talking about feeling sometimes just isn’t enough. When young children feel angry, loud or upset they sometimes need help to work through their emotions and learn strategies to help them calm down.  Play dough is amazing. It allows children to use their senses, focus their attention and develop finger muscle control. It promotes language skills…

Learning Infused Cooking with Kids: Pita Pizza

Making pizza is super easy and fun, and with a bit of planning can be packed full of quick learning easy opportunities for children. Once you get going, you’ll probably think up heaps of them yourself- but here are a few ideas to get started. What you will need: One packet of pita pockets Salami…

Learning Infused Activities with Kids: Sock Dolls with Feelings

Learning Outcomes: These dolls are great for labelling and talking about emotions with children. Children learn strategies to deal with emotions and begin to understand empathy, emotional resilience and conflict resolution. What You Will Need: Some old socks Some string Some scraps of fabric Something to stuff the sock with (We used tissue) A pen…

Easy Ways to Inject Learning into Everyday Doll Play:

Most children go through a natural period in their development when they play with dolls, role play social situations, make teddy bear picnics and have tea parties. Children look at adults in their lives and mimic the roles they play in society. Role play is very important for young children, it helps them work through…

Promote Learning for Children Interested in Trains!

We know that planning activities around children’s interests promotes complex learning opportunities for children. Children choose to revisit the experience and with focused learning outcomes in mind they will build up skills over time. Here are some simple ideas extending learning for children interested in trains. 1. Promote Children’s Vocabulary and Speaking Skills: New evidence suggests reading regularly…