This simple Nativity printable helps you add reading, writing and storytelling to your Advent activities.
When you make your own playmat you can really use your imagination and create the land of your dreams. Great for pretend play and storytelling, here’s my daughter’s dragon land and ideas for how you can make your own pretend world.
For a fun kids art idea that gets your imagination firing, take the Cut :: Stick :: Draw challenge!
Cut :: stick :: draw :: kids art challenge [Read more…]
My daughter is interested in learning how to read so I’m always looking for ways to add words in to our play. She enjoys reading books, but she’s still at the stage where that can feel like hard work sometimes. Adding words into our play gives her lots of opportunities to practice reading but it feels much more like fun than a lesson. Here’s a very simple but effective way to add in some reading to a story telling and art play time :: we’re using speech bubbles!
Learning how to read with speech bubbles [Read more…]
World Book Day is taking place on Thursday 5th March 2015. These fabulous, fun ideas have play ideas, crafts and activities to celebrate the day and help encourage children to love reading every day of the year.
50 fabulous World Book Day activities [Read more…]
Do your kids like to play with their food? I know there are times when we might discourage this and focus on promoting polite table manners, but there are other times when fun food can be just what you need to get reluctant writers, drawers, counters and storytellers bursting with enthusiasm.
We’ve been playing around with Jacob’s Oddities this week – cute little snacks that come in all sorts of fun shapes that are just right for making art you can eat!
How to turn food into art and creative story telling [Read more…]
The girls and I were invited to join Wild Rumpus for a trip to The Spellbound Forest at the weekend. Created by the team behind the Just So Festival, The Spellbound Forest weaved it’s magic through Delamere Forest in Cheshire, bringing to life four English fairy tales with a mixture of story telling, theatre, music, dance, woodland crafts and toy making. The event was like a forest school on a grand scale, full of inspiration and ideas to bring back and adapt to keep the outdoor story telling alive at home.