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5 Years and Up
Stand Up Alphabet: Make your own stand up alphabet using cardboard rolls and bottle tops. A free printable to create your letters too! The stand up alphabet is a great tool for creating words, CVC words, sight words and playing with the alphabet. We are always discovering new ways to use our Stand up Alphabet. Read more……. Sensory Play with Soapy Slime: Kids love to get messy, it comes with being a kid as they explore their natural curiosity about the world around them. Messy-sensory play provides so many opportunities for learning, development and growth. Soapy Slime is a great mixture to encourage and promote this messy play with kids. Read more……. Learning Sight Words: List of Ideas and Activities: Every child has their own unique way of learning sight words and absorbing of information, one activity might not help assist in learning some of the sight words but another may just help things to click. Read more……. Peg-A-Number-Fact: Peg-A-Number Fact is a fun maths game that allows kids to practise basic numbers sums and encourage the use of strategies to solve maths problems. Read more….. How to make a Volcano? Watching a homemade volcano erupt is a very exciting experience for young children as they watch and learn about the amazing power of these geological formations. Read more….. Back Yard Water Park: We set a range of different theme stations for the kids to play and explore, some were more sensory play based and others were imaginative play based. Altogether we had seven water play stations in our Back Yard Water Park. Read more….. Imaginative Play – Planting a Garden : Coming Soon!! Active Dice Game: Active Dice is a fun game to get little bodies moving! It is much like a blend of the games Simon Says and Twister. The game involves rolling two dice, one with numbers and one with different parts of the body, then rolling the dice and following the directions as to what is shown on the dice. Read more….. Apple Sight Words: Fun activity for learning sight word – Placing apple sight word cards onto a Paper Mache Tree. Free Printable Apple Sight Word Cards. Read more….. Alphabet Play dough: A fun activity to help kids learn their alphabet letters and build up their fine motor skills at the same time. Free printable alphabet play dough mats to make your own! Read more……. Washing a Toy Baby: Watching Mum and Dad washing a baby sibling is an example of an experience that children copy and re-enact. Watching and learning from this experience then practising, imitating and experimenting this through imaginary play. Read more….. Free Printable Star Wars Theme Sight Word Cards: Download and print your own Star Wars Theme Sight Word Cards and sight word activities. Read more….. Sensory Ice Tub: Ice World is a sensory activity for toddlers and pre-school children involving playing with ice, water and sea theme props. The amazing thing about sensory play is that it opens the door to so many wonderful learning opportunities such as imaginative play, language exploration, fine motor development for pre-writing skills, coordination, social interactions and so much more. Read more….. Alphabet Match: A fun hands-on activity for kids to help recognise and learn their alphabet letters. It is also a great opportunity to introduce upper case and lower case letters and match them in a fun puzzle like activity. Read more…… Number Sort: Number sort is a fun, hands on activity to play and learn with numbers. It sets a challenge of searching for specific numbers amongst a jumble of numbers. Read more….. Paint Pops: Making painting fun using frozen paint on a pop stick. Create endless paintings as the paint melts! Read more…… A Rainbow Salt Tray: A great and fun activity to practice writing alphabet letters. Why would you need crayons, textas, pencils and paper to draw when you can have more fun with a Rainbow Salt Tray? Read more….. DIY Skittles & Games: Our Homemade Skittles would have to be one of the most played with toys in our house. My girls are continuously finding new and fun things to do with them. Read more…. Fine Motor Games: In the early years, we often hear discussions about the importance of fine motor and gross motor development in kids. Here is a great activity that is fun and exercises those little muscles to develop strength! Read more….. Play Dough & Cardboard Tubes: “Rolling play dough balls down a cardboard tube ramp!” Lots of fun with play dough. Read more….. Puffy Paint: There is something magical about Puffy Paint and it is a must try for any child or toddler to paint and play with. It is super easy to make with all the ingredients you need right in your pantry and after your child has finished painting, place it in the microwave for the magic to happen…….It is SO much FUN!! Read more…… Jelly Play Dough Critters: Recently I shared a recipe for Jelly Play Dough; this is what we did with it! We created some funny Jelly Play Dough Critters, frogs, owls, funny faces, monsters and a little kitten. The ideas and the imagination are endless. Read more….. Counting and Subitising: We often recognise the number associated with a particular pattern straight away, even before we have had time to count the items. These dice activities I have set up for Miss 4 is to practice and develop her subitising skills and to also involve Miss 2 to help her begin this learning of subitising and also counting. We have used a number of props and fun drawings to make the learning fun and motivating! Read more….. Free Printable Number Tracing Cards: This is a great way for kids to practice writing their numbers!! The Number Tracing Cards are a free printable that can be laminated to allow kids to draw on with a white board marker as it wipes away easily with a tissue. Kids can practice writing their numbers correctly and wipe it away and try again. Read more….. Sensory Alphabet Hunt: Making learning your alphabet fun by searching for alphabet letters in a sensory tub with strawberry scented and pink coloured rice. This sensory play activity is a great game to motivate kids to learn their alphabet. Read more….. Hippity Hop Sight Word Game: Hippity Hop Sight Word Game is a fun and interactive game to help motivate and encourage kids learn their sight words. Read more….. Homemade Number Chart and Memory Cards: Making a number wall chart and a set of memory game cards using number paintings from a previous number painting activity. Read more…… How to make a Foaming Monster?: Why does it bubble? The reaction between the vinegar and bicarb soda makes carbon dioxide, which causes tiny bubbles to form. Why does it come out its mouth? The dish liquid mixed with the vinegar/bicarb combination causes a reaction that makes the foam pour out of the monster’s mouth. Read more….. Number Cookies: An irresistibly yummy numeracy activity for kids! So much learning happens when we cook with our kids. The social interactions, processing information, following directions, problem solving and coordination. Read more….. Pompom Hockey: Getting active indoors when the weather is too hot or too cold and wet to go outside with Pompom Hockey. It will entertain the kids for hours!! It is a super simple activity you can set up at home for the kids, that is fun, challenging and exciting. It also gets little bodies moving! Read more…. Invitation to Play with Paint & Sponges: Setting up an invitation to play with paint and cut up sponge pieces. It is always interesting to see the difference each child thinks creatively as they explore the paint and sponge pieces. Read more….. Number Play Dough: We had so much fun making numbers with our Orange Scented Play Dough. It is a fun activity to introduce or reinforce learning about numbers for kids and develop an understanding of ‘how many’ to make a number. Free printable number play dough mats. Read more….. Bottle Top Leaf Boats: What I love about winter is that there are lots of puddles to play in. Recently after days of rain and being stuck inside, we put our rain coats and gum boots on for a splash about in the puddles. Read more…. Number Theme Play Room: The Numbers Theme Playroom Ideas was inspired and motivated by the current interests of my kids. Our play room was filled with games, activities, puzzles and other number related resources such as books and environmental print. Read more….. Alphabet Hide & Seek: My kids get very excited when we play this game. The challenge and anticipation of searching for something brings so much fun to learning your alphabet letters! The Hide and Seek Letter Hunt involves hiding the letter pairs around the house and your child goes around finding them. Free printable. Read more….. Counting Octopus: Octopus Counting is a fun and creative way to introduce numbers, learn to count, or for the older kids skip counting. Read more….. Painting with Homemade Number Stamps: These Homemade Number Stamps will make learning your numbers FUN for kids as they can make endless paintings of numbers prints and sing-a-long as they learn and play! The Number Stamps are low cost, require very little materials and are super easy to make! Read more….. Paint Me: Paint Me is a cute and quirky activity that kids will enjoy making! I plan to use ours as keep sake to giggle at in years to come. It is a perfect snap shot of the size of your kids hands and feet to compare with when they get older. Read more….. Colourful Cellophane Sticky Art: Cellophane Sticky Art is a great activity to introduce kids to colours!! I believe it is never too early to start learning about concepts such as colour and that through setting up opportunities to play and learn will begin the journey of developing an understanding. Read more….. Alphabet Archaeologist: Taking on the role of an archaeologist looking for artifacts and bones in the sand or in this case searching for alphabet letters. It is a great activity to promote the learning of letter names and the sounds that they make. Read more….. Making Honeycomb, Exploring Bi-Carbonate Soda: After making our Homemade Volcano and watching the excitement on my kids’ faces as the vinegar and bicarbonate soda reacted together, I thought I would extend the fun, fizzing and frothing into the kitchen by making some simple homemade honeycomb. Read more….. Name Collage: Making a name collage using pom poms is an activity that will help your child become interested in their name and the letters that make up their name. Read more…. Blackberry Finger Painting: An activity inspired by reading the children’s book Mr McGee and the Blackberry Jam by Pamela Allen. It had been a while since we have pulled out the paints so I thought we would get them out to do a little finger painting and incorporate it with our theme of blackberries. We made some blackberries using purple and black paint and our fingers. It is always so much fun painting with our fingers! Read more….. Colourful Sensory Play with Jelly: Ooey, gooey, slushy and messy! A fun sensory experience playing with Rainbow Jelly. Read more….. Nature’s Paint Brushes: With the weather warming up, I have been planning more activities to do with the kids outside and I thought these paint brushes would be perfect for textured painting on a large paper canvas fixed to the fence. Read more…. Ice Boats, Floating and Sinking: Water and ice are great for sensory play with kids as it engages children into a world of exploration and wonder. To make our water and ice sensory play experience a little more fun we turned the ice blocks into boats with a few simple materials. There is so much science to be explored with water and ice! Read more….. Make Your Own Solid Numbers: Combining science and learning numbers together in the one activities. Read more….. How to make Hanging Crystals?: Stalactites and stalagmites are formed in caves by water dripping or flowing from fractures on the roof of the cave. To try and imitate this we set up an experiment to grow salt crystals hanging from a string of wool. Read more…..