At this busy time of the year it’s great to have a sensory play idea on hand when giddy children need some relaxing play to bring a little calm amongst all the exciting festive fun. My own little angels have been making play dough angels this week. It’s a lovely Christmas play idea to try, and you only need three ingredients.
Play dough angels [Read more…]
This Christmas play dough recipe is inspired by the Christmas-flavoured sugar I make each year to go on our Christmas-movie-popcorn. The sugar smells exactly like Christmas, with a blend of herbs and spices that fills the house with a festive feeling and, as I often have play dough on my brain, I thought why not try it for a Christmas play dough recipe?
Christmas Day play dough recipe [Read more…]
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…]
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.