Sensory Play, Freebies & New Stuff 💖
Make a Shaker 🦙 This was the stand out favourite activity from this pack. Both Miss 4 and Miss 7 loved creating their own shakers.A day later and the girls are still using their fringed shakers in their play.Miss 4 did find the number of strips a little daunting however with a quick reminder that it is okay to ask for help, she took on the task and ended up doing most of them herself anyway!
Discovering that Diary of a Wombat was being featured in the Play Pack subscription was exciting!Over the years we have read many of the books in the series. Being able to expand on this Australian family classic was fun with loads of learning happening as a sideline.
Find the Puppy 🐶 Miss 4 followed the order shown in the book, revealing the animals in their hiding places as she went.✅ Sequencing events✅ Hand eye coordination✅ Memory recall✅ Fine motor skills I Spy Mat 🐶 This was a favourite activity in the pack. Both Miss 4 and Miss 7 loved discussing each of the animals shown on the mat. Once we ran through them all, the girls took turns covering each of the animals that were in the book. Quickly the blocks were moved aside and the questions about each of the animals continued.✅ What is this called✅ What is a fact about this animal✅ How long does this animal live for✅ Where do they live
Sequencing and Retell 🦴 Miss 4 was eager to use the cards to show the dogs in order as they appeared in the story.Over the days we had these activities as a play focus, this activity was repeated numerous times. It was really rewarding for both the girls to recognise how much more efficient they were at completing this activity compared to their first time.✅ Recognising similar attributes between the characters in the book and those on the cards✅ Sequencing the cards in order of appearance in the story✅ Counting by correspondence✅ Self correction✅ Retelling each dogs name along with corresponding rhyme, ‘Bottomley Pots, covered in spots’ etc✅ Identifying rhyming words
Handwriting is much more than being able to form letters correctly.It is a serious mental workout.A child learning to write must remember✅ the formation of 52 letters (upper and lower)✅ where to start✅ the direction to go in✅ how tall to make it✅ how small to make it✅ where to finish✅ The working and long term memory needs to be trained and handwriting is an excellent trainer.✅ Handwriting teaches children to have pride in what they do.
Our whole family love animals and science. Many hours have been spent learning about them and working them into our play. With our Under the Sea Look Book we were able to link to so many animal based topics🐠 Habitats🐠 Diet🐠 Food Chain🐠 Layers of the ocean🐠 Adaptations to suit environmentsThis Under the Sea Interactive Play Pack really presents so many dialogues. Lots of questions were asked that when answered, fed even more questions. We were all collaboratively learning new things together!
🤷♀️ How To Encourage Social and Langauge Development? by Alex Brownsmith A child needs to develop socially so that they can function in society independently. It is of great importance that we, as parents, help foster and develop this skill throughout our child’s life. Social skills are involved almost every aspect of our life; home, work, sport, cultural activities, shopping, trips to the park etc.
The local roadworks have become a huge part of our day. Miss 4 loves watching the construction machines working at extending a road near our home.To further extend her interest, we printed off and put together our own Construction Trucks Look Book.
Both Miss 4 and Miss 7 loved freelancing with this printable.It was hilarious listening to them come up with stories about monsters with dirty teeth and then playing dentist to clean them up again.Miss 4 has really taken the lessons of the experience and applied it to her own self-care.A gentle reminder to brush her teeth and she is off to the bathroom brushing and flossing (as a reward, hehe).
✅ What are Emotions? Emotions are what we refer to when discussing what we are thinking, how we are feeling and how we are behaving in response to a stimulus (something that happens).Emotions occur in a spectrum, with✅ high anxiety emotions (excitement, anxiety, fear) with an element of the unknown✅ low or flat emotions (lethargy, sadness, confusion) where it's hard to keep going✅ well regulated emotions (calm, happy, proud, silly) where we feel positive and function well✅ upset emotions (frustration, anger, upset) where we feel deeply in an unpleasant way✅ out of control emotions (irate) where we have lost self control over our actions and we may need help getting back in control. This is often displayed by tantrums, rage or meltdowns (these can be loud or silent). It is important to remember that: 🛑 No emotion is good or bad🛑 We don't have control over our emotions🛑 (In most cases) We have control over how we choose to respond and act to emotions, despite how we feel🛑 Babies, toddlers do not yet have control over their actions: learning to respond to emotions appropriately is learned over time and with experience
What are Routines and Visual Schedules? 🤷♀️ ✅ Routines: Routines are the daily life activities that we automotically do each day, often in the same order, mostly without thinking too much about it. For example:Morning Routine: wake up, go to the toilet, have breakfast, have a shower, get dressed, pack your bag, leave for school run 🍎 Why do some kids struggle with Routines? Although routines may seem 'automatic' to us as adults, they take a lot of✅ executive functioning skills (behaviours required to plan & achieve goals)✅ time management✅ working memory✅ fine motor skills✅ gross motor skills✅ motor planning
Educational Benefits This printable Animal Mother and Baby Activity Look Book has been a centre point of our play space this week.The animal play theme has opened up so many conversations and learning opportunities while exploring the animal kingdom.We have built on✅ vocabulary✅ general knowledge✅ early number skills✅ communication skills✅ compromising and negotiation skills✅ resilience✅ hand eye coordination✅ visual memory✅ phonics✅ visual scanning