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…

Learning Infused Cooking for Kids: Gingerbread Train Recipe

    This recipe for yummy gingerbread trains is just packed with learning opportunities for children. Your little ones will love rolling out the dough and counting the carriages. I made these with my three year old yesterday and she sorted all smarties into their different colours! I would love to hear what creative ideas…

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…

6 Easy Ways to Hear Children’s Voices:

  What? Involve children in managing the preschool? Yeah… why not? We know children have a right to participate in making decisions that affect them. Participatory rights are an important part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. But how? And should children be burdened with this type of participation? I…

10 Cool Ways to Develop Children’s Agency and Voice!

So what is children’s agency? Children need as much of a say, as well as power and control over their room and routine as possible. Giving children this voice allows them to enact their participatory rights, and also helps them develop more complex skills. Ideas for promoting agency in your service: Children have agency when…

Welcome to FathomKid

Looking for ways to inject learning into your child’s everyday life? Looking for easy ways to challenge your children, or provoke their thinking as you go about your day? Limited time? Me too! My name’s Bridget. I am an Early Childhood Education specialist who has run one of Australia’s top 30 rated early childhood education services. I am…