Melting iceburgs has always been a sucessful play experience for Mr & Miss 3. This time I froze an aquarium of sea creatures, shells, stones and artificial grasses 🐢🐋🐬🐚 I gave the children real tools to work with and warm water in squeezy bottles. They enjoyed tinkering with the tools and working out how to use a hammer & chisel together, and actually they did a great job! I saw a lot of patience, persistence and problem solving during this experience and great team work. I look forward…

Melting iceburgs has always been a sucessful play experience for Mr & Miss 3. This time I froze an aquarium of sea creatures, shells, stones and artificial grasses 🐢🐋🐬🐚 I gave the children real tools to work with and warm water in squeezy bottles. They enjoyed tinkering with the tools and working out how to use a hammer & chisel together, and actually they did a great job! I saw a lot of patience, persistence and problem solving during this experience and great team work. I look forward…

I was inspired by @playexplorelearn to set up an art experience for Miss 3 using a paint roller 😄💕 Miss 3 was delighted to hear the words painting and roller as she remembers the last time we used them! I gave her icing sugar stencils and her edging tool and she immediately started layering paint over the top of the stencils, asking for more and more paint colours! 🎨 I love the way the layers and textures blend together on her artwork. She had so much fun rolling layer upon layer and…

I was inspired by @playexplorelearn to set up an art experience for Miss 3 using a paint roller 😄💕 Miss 3 was delighted to hear the words painting and roller as she remembers the last time we used them! I gave her icing sugar stencils and her edging tool and she immediately started layering paint over the top of the stencils, asking for more and more paint colours! 🎨 I love the way the layers and textures blend together on her artwork. She had so much fun rolling layer upon layer and…

The children's interest in time travel has led to some philosophical and meaningful conversations about what we might see in the past and future  The 3 year olds would expect to see 'dinosaurs' in the future  and Miss 6 would expect to see new inventions. Exploring the past uncovered a keen interest in Ancient Egypt, pharaohs and the afterlife. The children were very excited to make these Egyptian Armlets!  Craft idea from www.timetravelerkids.co.uk  #letthemcreate #crafts #earlylearnin...

The children's interest in time travel has led to some philosophical and meaningful conversations about what we might see in the past and future The 3 year olds would expect to see 'dinosaurs' in the future and Miss 6 would expect to see new inventions. Exploring the past uncovered a keen interest in Ancient Egypt, pharaohs and the afterlife. The children were very excited to make these Egyptian Armlets! Craft idea from www.timetravelerkids.co.uk #letthemcreate #crafts #earlylearnin...

Another use for the guttering the builders left behind 🎨 I created an art experience for Miss 3. She rolled marbles in paint and slid them down the gutter into a box with paper on the base. She asked for a brush and chose to paint the marbles and then the ballpit balls before sending them on their journey 🎨She also loved seeing her tiny face in the reflection of the marbles 💖 #creativeplayideas #creativekids #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #painting #kidsart…

Another use for the guttering the builders left behind 🎨 I created an art experience for Miss 3. She rolled marbles in paint and slid them down the gutter into a box with paper on the base. She asked for a brush and chose to paint the marbles and then the ballpit balls before sending them on their journey 🎨She also loved seeing her tiny face in the reflection of the marbles 💖 #creativeplayideas #creativekids #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning #painting #kidsart…

Our builders left behind lots of guttering and drain pipes. This was the perfect opportunity to build Miss 3 a shoot for her ballpit balls!  She had so much fun dropping the balls down the pipe and seeing them reappear at the other end! Will they or won't they pop out? Sometimes they got stuck and we had to send a tennis ball down to release them!  #creativeplayideas #preschoolphysics #outdoorplay #preschool #homeschool #thekidsplay #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning ...

Our builders left behind lots of guttering and drain pipes. This was the perfect opportunity to build Miss 3 a shoot for her ballpit balls! She had so much fun dropping the balls down the pipe and seeing them reappear at the other end! Will they or won't they pop out? Sometimes they got stuck and we had to send a tennis ball down to release them! #creativeplayideas #preschoolphysics #outdoorplay #preschool #homeschool #thekidsplay #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #earlylearning ...

After seeing a trellis offered as a grid for loose parts play on @stimulatinglearningwithrachel 's feed I absolutely had to offer my artist/mathematician daughter a grid to play with 💖 I blue tacked contact paper to a table and pressed down popsicle sticks in the shape of a grid. It was amazing to see the learning unfolding as Miss 3 explored her grid with mosaic tiles. I saw her crossing the midline (pre-writing) as she placed her tiles from the bowl into each square. She was scanning left…

After seeing a trellis offered as a grid for loose parts play on @stimulatinglearningwithrachel 's feed I absolutely had to offer my artist/mathematician daughter a grid to play with 💖 I blue tacked contact paper to a table and pressed down popsicle sticks in the shape of a grid. It was amazing to see the learning unfolding as Miss 3 explored her grid with mosaic tiles. I saw her crossing the midline (pre-writing) as she placed her tiles from the bowl into each square. She was scanning left…

Paint and Cotton Wool 🎨 Miss 3 used watercolour paints and cotton wool to stamp multicolored prints on paper. She was interested in the way the cotton wool absorbed the watercolours and shrunk in size. She enjoyed mixing the paint colours together with the cotton wool and using her fingers to paint the cotton wool 🌈👋💗🎨 #sensoryart #sensoryplay #art #artmatters #colours #science #scienceplay #painting #colourmixing #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #kidscrafts101  #earlylearning…

Paint and Cotton Wool 🎨 Miss 3 used watercolour paints and cotton wool to stamp multicolored prints on paper. She was interested in the way the cotton wool absorbed the watercolours and shrunk in size. She enjoyed mixing the paint colours together with the cotton wool and using her fingers to paint the cotton wool 🌈👋💗🎨 #sensoryart #sensoryplay #art #artmatters #colours #science #scienceplay #painting #colourmixing #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #kidscrafts101 #earlylearning…

A Turtle House 🐢🐢 Miss 3 has a habit of going into her art room, opening up each jar of loose parts and tipping them all into a big container (chaos for mum to reorganise 😣) Today I offered Miss 3 lots of jars of loose parts, a glass bowl, a jug of water and asked if she'd like to make a home for her turtle 🐢  Miss 3 loved creating a turtle aquarium, pouring in water and tipping in loose parts. We looked up what turtles eat and Miss 3 gave her turtle fish and plants 🐟🌿💗 How wonderful…

A Turtle House 🐢🐢 Miss 3 has a habit of going into her art room, opening up each jar of loose parts and tipping them all into a big container (chaos for mum to reorganise 😣) Today I offered Miss 3 lots of jars of loose parts, a glass bowl, a jug of water and asked if she'd like to make a home for her turtle 🐢 Miss 3 loved creating a turtle aquarium, pouring in water and tipping in loose parts. We looked up what turtles eat and Miss 3 gave her turtle fish and plants 🐟🌿💗 How wonderful…

Icecream Decorating 🍦🍧 In the summer heat Miss 3 has been eating icecreams 😄 🍨 Inspired by @thecurious1plus1 and her use of cotton wool for cupcakes, I decided to offer cotton wool for icecream decorating 💗  Miss 3 cleverly initiated the use of moulding goo to fill up her icecream cones which worked perfectly! She had lots of fun decorating all her icecreams and hiding 'lollies' inside them 💕 #invitationtocreate #creativeplayideas #funwithkids #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation…

Icecream Decorating 🍦🍧 In the summer heat Miss 3 has been eating icecreams 😄 🍨 Inspired by @thecurious1plus1 and her use of cotton wool for cupcakes, I decided to offer cotton wool for icecream decorating 💗 Miss 3 cleverly initiated the use of moulding goo to fill up her icecream cones which worked perfectly! She had lots of fun decorating all her icecreams and hiding 'lollies' inside them 💕 #invitationtocreate #creativeplayideas #funwithkids #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation…

Colour Mixing 🤓🎨 It's Summer in NZ and we are all melting in the heat 🌞 Time to start enjoying some water play!!! 😀 This little set up with coloured water and different sized containers was inspired by @play.hooray 💕 Mr & Miss 3 have recently mastered the syringe so I offered different sized syringes, pipettes and a dropper for some colour mixing exploration 🎨 Both children loved the thrill of making new colours and could confidently tell me most of the names of the colours they were…

Colour Mixing 🤓🎨 It's Summer in NZ and we are all melting in the heat 🌞 Time to start enjoying some water play!!! 😀 This little set up with coloured water and different sized containers was inspired by @play.hooray 💕 Mr & Miss 3 have recently mastered the syringe so I offered different sized syringes, pipettes and a dropper for some colour mixing exploration 🎨 Both children loved the thrill of making new colours and could confidently tell me most of the names of the colours they were…

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