Autumn Leaf Investigation Table. Open ended literacy, science and creativity.

Jun 4, 2016


The change in seasons can be a dramatic one, depending on where you live. Here in Australia, Autumn (Fall) is during the months of March, April and May and we actually have very few deciduous trees (trees that loose their leaves) that are native to our country. We do have some, but they are far outnumbered by the evergreen trees, so when we see the change in colour and pops of red, orange and yellow appearing on trees, they really stand out against the all the green.

To further investigate the changes happening around us and to inspire learning and creativity, I set up this Autumn Leaf Investigation Table for my kids. At ages 4 and 7, I knew that their experiences were going to be different to one another and that materials and even expectations had to be open-ended and able to be used in a way that interested them and was appropriate to their levels.
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Robot Party

May 25, 2016


For my son's 4th birthday party, we used a Robot theme, which was a lot of fun to both cater and decorate. So many simple DIY ideas. Here are some pictures from the day.
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Mothers Day activity for Kids. Art and Literacy combined

Apr 26, 2016


With Mother's Day coming up for another year, we took advantage of the opportunity to delve into some language learning and make a special keepsake for Mum at the same time.

(I did find doing this activity a little amusing as I was doing it with my own children. We used the word Mum in the example but talked about how we could substitute in "Nana" or "Grandma" and make a gift for them).
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SumBlox. Amazing hands-on maths tool for kids

Mar 1, 2016


Introducing, SumBlox! The beautifully designed and crafted wooden block set that allows children to explore and learn more about numbers and their relationships in a hands-on, concrete (and most importantly, fun) way.

It is safe to say that as a teacher, great resources that help and encourage children to learn through play, excite me greatly. When I first laid my eyes on SumBlox, (which have only recently been introduced to the Australian market) I was immediately drawn to the incredibly clever, yet simple concept, that combines children's love of building and physically manipulating materials, with a number of different mathematical concepts. What a fabulous maths teaching tool!
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10 Awesome Free Printables for Kids at home and in the classroom

Feb 22, 2016

I love printables, especially FREE ones! It's amazing the fun, games, learning, organising and/or decorating that can be had from something that starts as a simple piece of paper with some ink on it.

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I have an awesome Free Printable Pinterest board, (followed by over 91,000 people!) which is full of fabulous free printable ideas from learning games and clever crafts to wall art and kids birthday supplies. There's something for everyone! To save you a bit of time going through the 6,000+ free printables collected on the board, here's a list of 10 of my very favourites! (You will find that most of these sites have other fabulous free printables that you'll want to check out too!)

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Help your child learn to read in 4 weeks for free!

Feb 4, 2016

This post is sponsored by ABC Reading Eggs and Nuffnang

For children to learn to read, they need to do just that. Read! They should be read with and to every single day. In addition to reading stories and words that we see in everyday life, there are numerous activities and games that children can play, in order to help further develop the essential keys to reading success;

  • phonemic awareness - hearing and manipulating different sounds in words
  • phonics - recognising the connection between letters and the sounds they make
  • vocabulary - understanding the meaning of words, their definitions and context
  • reading comprehension - understanding the meaning in text, and 
  • fluency - reading aloud with speed, understanding and accuracy. 

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The Lion Guard plus 10 interesting Lion facts for kids.

Jan 27, 2016

This post is sponsored by Disney Junior and Nuffnang

Most of us would have seen The Lion King movie once or twice (or more times) over the years. My kids have watched it and it's a favourite in their movie collection. Of course, when they heard the news that a new Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard, based on the original, "The Lion King" movie, was set to hit our shores here in Australia, they were excited!
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Watercolour and Salt. Science and Art exploration for kids

Jan 17, 2016

Watercolour paper, salt and watercolour paint come together to create some incredible results. What makes the best results? That's what you'll need to explore!

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10 fun school holiday DIY Projects for kids

Jan 4, 2016

The school holidays are a great time to have a go at some DIY projects with kids. Not only do they keep the kids occupied whilst learning new skills and experimenting with ideas, but they can create some really cool games and activities for very little cost.

This post is brought to you by Bunnings Warehouse and Nuffnang

My kids feel a real sense of pride and accomplishment from being able to take a bunch of simple objects and put them together in a way that creates something new.  This is what DIY is all about, creating and making things. As the number 1 destination for DIY, Bunnings is the place to go to get everything you need and their fun kid-friendly environment, with miniature trolleys, face painting, kids playgrounds and more, makes it the ideal location to pick up everything you need for your DIY projects with the whole family.

We recently discovered that the Bunnings website has a huge range of fun projects for the kids, with easy to follow video tutorials. Perfect for gaining inspiration and getting ideas for new projects! We've browsed through the kids DIY projects on their website and have made a list of 10 of our favourites! Here they are. (We've already made one of them and the kids think it's the coolest thing they've ever made!)
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