Here are some favourite fall play dough recipes, featuring autumn colours and lovely warming spices. They’re so wonderful to play with, giving your children a sensory boost on colder autumn days.
How do you help your children learn spellings? Here’s a multi-sensory idea to try: we’re making cinnamon and ginger scented salt and using it with our autumn leaf word tree, for learning that looks, smells and feels great!
Ginger and cinnamon salt tray :: how to learn spellings [Read more…]
In this extract from my new book Nurture Art we’re looking at how to find inspiration for art projects, with ideas for art projects you can try with your children throughout the year, seasonal art projects, art ideas inspired by nature, and suggestions for ways to integrate art across the school curriculum. There’s a free printable poster with a month of art prompts too.
How to find inspiration for art projects
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When I think back to the ways I learnt how to spell as a child, there was no fun or creative play involved. We got list of ten words every week, we copied them, we copied them, we copied them again, and then we had a test on a Friday to see how well we could remember them. We also had to put our hands up to show the whole class our scores, so if you hadn’t remembered that many it was pretty miserable.
But learning how to spell doesn’t have to be like that. Here are ten ways we learn spellings in our house – with lots of creativity and fun and jumping around involved.
There are lots of different ways that children learn and these spelling activities cover a range of preferred learning styles: visual/spacial, auditory, kinesthetic… If your child has a very strong learning preference trying out these ideas might help you discover a way that’s just right for them (it’s helped enormously in our house). In any case, all children can benefit from learning through a variety of ways, using all their senses, mixing things up a little so it doesn’t get boring, and maybe even enjoying learning how to spell.
The activities may take a few minutes longer to set up then just grabbing a pencil and paper but we’ve found they are a whole lot more fun – and effective – than just copying out the words.
How to spell: top 10 tricks [Read more…]
Click each link to discover some fun-filled fall sensory play activities [Read more…]
In this extract from my new book Nurture Art we’re looking at how to set up the best art materials for children, to encourage passion, playfulness and creativity. There are tips for great art materials on a budget, and a free printable poster of the A to Z of unusual things to make art with.