NurtureStore http://nurturestore.co.uk kids activities, art and craft, play dough recipes and more Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:11:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Discovery baskets for baby and toddler http://nurturestore.co.uk/discovery-baskets-for-baby-and-toddler http://nurturestore.co.uk/discovery-baskets-for-baby-and-toddler#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:11:47 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=20142 Discovery baskets are a wonderful way to provide your baby or toddler with a variety of interesting materials to explore and talk about. Here are some favourite ideas for how to use discovery baskets for sensory play and language activities. Discovery baskets for baby and toddler To make a discovery basket for your baby or […]

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Discovery baskets are a wonderful way to provide your baby or toddler with a variety of interesting materials to explore and talk about. Here are some favourite ideas for how to use discovery baskets for sensory play and language activities.

Love these ideas for baby and toddler discovery baskets. Great for sensory play and language.

Discovery baskets for baby and toddler

To make a discovery basket for your baby or toddler all you need is a container, and some interesting things to go inside. You don’t need to buy a special basket, as you can use what you already have. A wicker basket, picnic hamper, shopping bag, or even a cardboard box, are all good for the job. It’s nice to have a container that has a lid, so the contents can be hidden and you can share the excitement of a big reveal with your child, as you lift of the lid of today’s basket to see what’s inside this time.

Once you have a container,  start thinking about what you might put inside. You don’t need to buy anything new, as things that you already have will be new and interesting to your baby or toddler. You will need to supervise your child all the time they explore the basket, and make sure the items you put inside are things that are safe for your child to handle. Within these guidelines there are lots of fantastic things you can use to offer your child a wide range of discovery experiences. Here are some suggestions.

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A discovery basket for colour

This first basket is set up to explore the colour orange, and includes lots of different textures, shapes and even smells. In it we have:

plastic beakers (great for stacking) :: an orange :: a pumpkin :: ribbons :: wooden rings and shaped tiles :: a ball of wool :: some plastic balls :: fabric scarves

Take out the items and touch, turn, feel, roll and talk about them all. There are no rules about how to use a discovery basket. It’s an invitation to explore the contents and to allow your child to respond to them, their own way.

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A discovery basket for smell

The same basket could be the container for items grouped around the theme of smell, next time you use it. In this basket we have:

herbs from the garden including bay, rosemary and chives :: a lavender-filled fabric heart :: an orange with some of its skin scored to help release its scent (lemon, lime, and grapefruit would be good too) :: some pots from the kitchen cupboard, including cocoa powder, oregano and mild curry powder ( they are empty and have been lightly rinsed clean, but still retain the smell of the previous contents)

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A shiny discovery basket

A quick look through the kitchen cupboards gives you some goodies for a shiny-themed basket.

When you group objects together on a theme it often makes the differences more noticable. So, in this assortment, which at first all ‘match’ it’s really interesting for children to look more closely and notice the different sizes, shapes and dimensions of the objects.

In this one we have:

a ladle (great for using like a mirror) :: a balloon whisk :: a spatula / fish slice :: metal spoons in a variety of sizes :: a potato masher :: a vacuum flask (good to have a cup lid which you can screw on and off) :: a metal bowl

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A discovery basket using fruit and vegetables

The simplest things we barely notice can be amazing items for play to a baby or toddler. A basket filled with some fruit and vegetables offers lots of colours, shapes, scents and textures to explore. In this basket we have:

an apple :: a pumpkin :: a parsnip :: a sweet potato :: an avocado :: an orange (along with other citrus fruits you can score the skin slightly to release the fragrance)

After you’ve had some discovery time the contents of this basket (perhaps without the avocado) would make a delicious soup. Peel, chop, cook and eat!

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Zero to Two: The Book of Play

If you have a baby or a toddler, Zero to Two: The Book of Play is the ebook for you! It’s full of playful sensory activities for the very youngest of children, and includes a great set of printables you can use for play. Head this way to take a look at the ebook and download your copy.

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Preschool discovery baskets

And if you have older children, take a look at these ideas for preschool discovery baskets.

 

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This paint moves! Watercolour painting with kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/watercolour-painting-techniques-for-beginners http://nurturestore.co.uk/watercolour-painting-techniques-for-beginners#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:10:07 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=7432 Here’s a favourite idea from our kids painting archive, introducing children to watercolour painting and trying out a while new – and rather exciting! – way of using it. Watercolour painting with kids Watercolour painting can produce beautiful effects, and the technique we’re trying today uses a wet on wet technique for really exciting movement […]

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Here’s a favourite idea from our kids painting archive, introducing children to watercolour painting and trying out a while new – and rather exciting! – way of using it.

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Watercolour painting with kids

Watercolour painting can produce beautiful effects, and the technique we’re trying today uses a wet on wet technique for really exciting movement of the paint.

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The basic wet on wet technique is just what it sounds – using wet waterpaints on a paper which is also wet.

We used a wide paint brush to sweep plenty of water over our paper and then added watercolour paint with a smaller brush. The children dabbed, made wide strokes and swirled the watercolour paints and watched the magic happen.

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‘Look, mummy – the paint moves!’

As the wet watercolour paint hits the already wet surface it spreads and swirls and creates interactive pictures the children can add to but can’t completely control. Paint magic!

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Have you tried this watercolour painting technique with your children?

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More engaging art projects for children

 

Come and explore great artists with us!

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100 hands-on, creative math activities for kids http://nurturestore.co.uk/creative-math-activities-for-kids-preschool-kindergarten http://nurturestore.co.uk/creative-math-activities-for-kids-preschool-kindergarten#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:51:20 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=20440 Hooray for the Half Price August Sale! A super sale as we start the new school year! From August 15 – 31 you can get some of our most popular ebooks for half price. You can mix and match to get the sale bundle YOU like best. All the ebooks are available individually – or get them […]

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Hooray for the Half Price August Sale!

A super sale as we start the new school year! From August 15 – 31 you can get some of our most popular ebooks for half price.

You can mix and match to get the sale bundle YOU like best. All the ebooks are available individually – or get them ALL, for the maximum savings. Head this way to get all the discount codes and pick your favourites. 

100 hands-on, creative math activities for kids. For ages 0 - 10. organised into topics and seasonal themes.

Hands-on, multi-sensory, creative math activities

At NurtureStore, we specialise in learning through hands-on, creative play. Here are over 100 of our favourite creative math activities for kids that offer a fun, multi-sensory approach. The activities are listed by topic and theme to make it easy for you to browse our archive and find ideas that are right for your children.

If you enjoy the ideas, sign up for our weekly Play Planner and each weekend I’ll send you seven play-based learning ideas that you can use with your children that week to make learning effective and fun.

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Adding and Subtracting

Leaf math games 

Math Games with Circles

Flower number line games

Bubble Bee game

Flower number games

Spring Sorting Games

Rainbow themed math activities

Circles Math Games

Spooky Sums

Play Dough Math Games

Blast Off! Space Game

Frozen Math Games

Counting and Ordering Numbers

Flower number line games

Chalk Treasure Hunt

Bubble Bee game

Rainbow themed math activities

Counting and Sorting Hearts

Leaf Math Games

Math Games with Circles

Monster Math Game

Muffin Tin Math

Go Fish Math Game

Counting Ladybirds Number Line

Math Ideas for Babies

Math Ideas for Toddlers

Duck Number Line

Christmas Tree Number Line

Autumn Leaf Number Line

Frozen Math Games

creative math activities for preschool

Fractions

Eat Some Fractions

Symmetry

Lego Math Games

Valentine Symmetry Art

Clay Butterflies

Henna Mehndi patterns

Butterfly mobile

Symmetry Butterfly Printing

Matching and Sorting and Odd/Even

Sorting Games

Dig and Plant sorting game

Flower number games

Outdoor Colour Matching Game

Easter Egg Math Game

Spring Sorting Games

Counting and Sorting Hearts

Rainbow themed math activities

Memory Matching Game

Math Games with Circles

Monster Math Game

creative math activities for kindergarten

Repeating Patterns

Shell Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

Stamping Patterns

Diwali Rangoli Designs

Henna Math Mehndi Patterns

Repeating Pattern Games

Shapes

Shell Mandalas

Bean Bag Games

Post-it Note Math Games

Exploring Circles

Bake Some Shapes

Make A House Shape Pictures

Christmas Shape Wreath

Shape Garland

Sponge Painting Shapes

Train Shape Puzzles

Size and Volume and Weight

Discovery basket for math

Play Dough Math Games

What Does It Weigh?

Water Play Experiments

25 Easy Kids Recipes

Times Tables

Stamping Patterns

Flower number games

Rainbow themed math activities

Measuring

Lego Math Games

Sunflower Height Chart

25 Easy Kids Recipes

Graphs

Pancake Math

Growing Seeds Experiment

How to Make a Weather Station

Every Day Math

25 Easy Kids Recipes

Pancake Math

Holiday Countdown Chart

How to Make a Weather Station

What Does It Weigh?

Fruit Cocktail Math

Growing Seeds Experiment

Pretend Play Shop

Every Day Math Ideas

Outdoor Math

Chalk Treasure Hunt

Leaf math games 

How to Make a Weather Station

Nature Mandalas

Outdoor Colour Matching Game

Counting Ladybirds Number Line

Water Play Experiments

Bean Bag Games

Growing Seeds Experiment

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Spring and Easter Math

Dig and Plant sorting game

Flower number line games

Outdoor Colour Matching Game

Easter Egg Math Game

Spring Sorting Games

Chalk Treasure Hunt

Rainbow themed math activities

Pancake Math

Counting Ladybirds Number Line

Growing Seeds Experiment

Sunflower Height Chart

Summer Math

Leaf math games 

Flower number line games

Nature Mandalas

Chalk Treasure Hunt

Counting Ladybirds Number Line

Outdoor Colour Matching Game

Sunflower Height Chart

Clay Butterflies

Autumn Math

Fall Play Dough Math Games

Leaf Math Games

Diwali Rangoli Designs

Autumn Leaf Number Line

Halloween Math

Halloween Math Activities

Spooky Sums

Pumpkin Games

Christmas Math

Memory Matching Game

Christmas Shape Wreath

Christmas Tree Number Line

Easy Homemade Advent Calendar

Valentine Math

Counting and Sorting Hearts

Play Dough Math Games

Valentine Symmetry Art

100 creative, sensory math activities for toddlers, preschool, and school age kids

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Hooray for the HUGE half price sale! :: Play Planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/hooray-for-the-huge-half-price-sale-play-planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/hooray-for-the-huge-half-price-sale-play-planner#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2015 07:30:25 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=25780 Hooray for the HUGE half price sale! Did you see we have lots of our most popular books included in the August Half Price Sale? It’s a super opportunity to stock up on resources for the whole year, because you can mix and match to create your own half price bundle. Pick exactly which books […]

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Hooray for the HUGE half price sale!

Did you see we have lots of our most popular books included in the August Half Price Sale? It’s a super opportunity to stock up on resources for the whole year, because you can mix and match to create your own half price bundle.

Pick exactly which books you want, use as many discount codes as you need, and get yourself a bargain hands-on, learning-through-play curriculum covering math, science, art, literacy and play. See all the details here.

Here’s this week’s Play Planner

Monday’s child is…

stamping math patterns
math games stamping patterns

Tuesday’s child is…

playing with a flower sensory tub
Love this flower sensory tub - so simple to make, and so pretty to play with.

Wednesday’s child is…

playing math games
toddler preschool math play

Thursday’s child is…

exploring maps
Great ideas for using maps for reading and writing skills

Friday’s child is…

listening carefully (see all the ideas at BabyCentre)
listening activities

Saturday’s child is…

squishing strawberry jello play dough
A great homemade play dough recipe, with strawberry jello - smells fantastic!

Sunday’s child is…

creating with homemade chalk paint
A great homemade chalk paint recipe - great for kids art and sensory play

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Hooray for the Half Price August Sale! Now’s the time to stock up on our brilliant creative kids’ learning resources while they are half price – only for the next two weeks!

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Stock up on our brilliant books!

A super sale as we start the new school year! From August 15 – 31 you can get some of our most popular ebooks for half price.

You can mix and match to get the sale bundle YOU like best. All the ebooks are available individually – just use the buy-it-now links and enter the discount code for the ebook you are buying. Or get them ALL, for the maximum savings.

Create your own brilliant bundle

You can stock up with a ‘bundle’ of as many of the ebooks as you like, for the maximum saving.

You’ll have a library of learning-through-play resources covering math, science, literacy, art, and play that you can use for hands-on learning all through your school year.

For just $58.95 you can have them ALL! That’s over $97 worth of resources, and you’ll be saving yourself $39. 

So, mix and match, or get them all. There’s no limit on the number of discount codes you can use. Just head down this list and add all the products you want to your cart. You’ll be ready for months and months of fun times and learning through play.

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Use code YAY02 and save $4.50

Zero to Two: The Book of Play is packed with fun activities for babies and toddlers.

It includes free printable puppets and fun printable stroller cards.

Find out more about Zero to Two: The Book of Play here, or for only $4.49 you can buy it now!

Click to add Zero to Two and use code YAY02 in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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Use code YAY35 and save $4.50

Three to Five: Playful Preschool is full of creative, hands-on learning, including math, literacy, science, art, and play. It comes with ten fantastic printables including My First Journal, a city-scene for pretend play, recipe card, and math and alphabet game cards.

Find out more about Three to Five: Playful Preschool or for only $4.49 you can buy it now.

Click to add Three to Five and use code YAY35 in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities is designed to bring hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science. It is packed with powerful learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning, and discovery for a whole-brain approach.

It includes 40 educational projects and 20 printables including a set of build-your-own 3D shape blocks, engineering challenge cards, and a range of math games.

Find out more about Fizz, Pop, Bang! or for only $4.99 you can buy it now!

Click to add Fizz, Pop, Bang! and use code YAYFIZZ in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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Art Camp gives you all the resources you need to run a colorful and fun art camp at home or at school. The projects are big, bold, creative, and messy!

Find out more about Art Camp here or for only $5 you can buy it now!

Click to add Art Camp and use code YAYMESSY in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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Use code YAYFUN and save $5

Rainbow Fun is a complete program of art, craft, science experiments, and sensory play activities all on a rainbow theme.

Find out more about Rainbow Fun here or for only $5 you can buy it now!

Click to add Rainbow Fun and use code YAYFUN in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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Use code YAYREAD and save $5

I Can Teach My Child To Read is a comprehensive and wonderful resource that will help you nurture your child’s skills and enjoyment of reading. It contains a 10-step program that will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach your child to read, along with practical tips and fun activities to use together.

Find out more about I Can Teach My Child To Read or for only $4.99 you can buy it now.

Click to add I Can Teach My Child To Read and use code YAYREAD in the ‘Got a code?’ box (click on ‘update’ for the discount to take effect).

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One more offer: Exploring Great Artists is a series of three ebooks by artist and teacher MaryLea Harris. Each volume gives you everything you need to create your own colorful units to study art at home or at school.

The ebooks include background information on each artist, supply lists, and creative, hands-on art projects to try with your children at home or in a classroom setting.

Take a look at each volume here, or buy them now for $10 each, or get the special offer of all three volumes for just $25, saving you $5.

Exploring Great Artist Volume One :: buy it now.

Exploring Great Artist Volume Two :: buy it now.

Exploring Great Artist Volume Three :: buy it now.

Special Offer :: the full curriculum of all three volumes for just $25, saving you $5 ::buy them now.

 

Save up up $39 on your selection of our brilliant books – this month only!

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