Pretend play is an important part of growing up. This simple tea party set-up is just right for toddlers and pre-schoolers – with a few added extras to really make the play fancy!
Welcome to a brand new ABCs and 123s series here on NurtureStore. I’ve invited some of my favourite play and education bloggers over to share a fantastic collection of ideas that you can use with your children to introduce letters, language and math through multi-sensory, play-based activities.
Follow along with the ABCs and 123s series and you’ll have a super useful set of ideas that you can use with your child that will help them build skills while having fun.
For our first idea, please welcome Helen from Peakle Pie who is sharing a story map idea.
How to make story maps for learning and play
Shiver me timbers, have I got some fabulous pirate activities for you! With ideas from Nurturestore and a crew of kid bloggers from around the seven seas, here are over thirty five ideas you can use with your little pirates. There’s everything for some pirate-theme play and learning – pretend play, food, dressing up, story telling, sensory tubs, writing, action games and more. Click each link to to find out more and enjoy some fun pirate activities with your kids.
35+ pirate activities: games, crafts, food and costumes [Read more…]
This easy kids fort for the backyard is a super space for kids to play in. It’s really easy and inexpensive to make, and is such a fun base for playing, relaxing and reading. Here’s how to make it, along with some extra ideas to fill it full of play and learning.
Easy kids fort for the backyard
Pretend play and dressing up are important parts of childhood learning. They encourage children to stretch their imagination, try out important life skills and situations, and really work on developing language. For day fourteen of our Simple Play series, here are some favourite ways to encourage imaginary play.
Pretend play and dressing up [Read more…]
I believe in the power of play: to nurture children, help them learn, encourage them when they need it, lift spirits and sometimes bring healing. If you’re a regular reader of NurtureStore I know you’re as passionate about giving children plenty of time and opportunity for being creative, using their imaginations and learning through play.
Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make an easy super hero cape that your children can use for lots of pretend play – but also an invitation to send the power of play to another child who could really do with a super hero boost, joining in with the amazing I Am Super Capes appeal.
I Am Super Capes
It’s fairy week on NurtureStore! We celebrated my daughter’s seventh birthday last weekend with a fairy party, with lots of fairy-themed food, crafts and play. I have some lovely, simple-to-do, full-of-play ideas to share with you this week, starting with today’s idea: how to make a fairy!