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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Magic Crayon Resist Sight Words Activity

My youngest daughter is in prep {the Australian equivalent of kindergarten} and is learning sight words for the first time. It's becoming increasingly obvious that she learns and retains information much better through hands on activities and play, rather than memorising flashcards or doing worksheets, so I've been coming up with some creative and fun ways to teach sight words.

Crayon resist magic paintings have always been popular with the girls so I put together this crayon resist sight word painting activity for her. It's a fun, interactive and mesmerising way to teach sight words to preschoolers and kindergarteners. Plus it adds a little magic!

sight words crayon resist painting
Saturday, May 7, 2022

4th of July Science Experiments & STEM Activities

Bring some patriotism into your summer camp program, or your homeschooling curriculum, by celebrating the 4th of July with these red, white and blue science experiments and stem activities. Combine science and Independence Day learning to introduce children to chemistry and physics with these easy 4th of July experiments.

4th of july slime, magic milk and fireworks in a jar

Thursday, May 5, 2022

4th of July Patriotic Magic Milk Experiment

One of our favourite science experiments is magic milk because it's so easy to set up, only requires basic pantry supplies and it has a real wow factor. We decided to do the magic milk experiment with a patriotic twist by using red, white and blue and adding some stars and sparkle. It's a simple, but fun 4th of July science experiment for kids of all ages.

4th of july red, white and blue magic milk experiment
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Magbrix DYO: Design Your Own Fun!

If your kids love magnetic tiles as much as mine then you may have already heard of Magbrix magnetic tiles. Magbrix® are super popular because they give children the ability to take their magnetic builds to the next level by interlocking with major building brick brands. Now they're even more fun with the addition of the new Magbrix® DYO {Design Your Own} Sets which allow you to curate the perfect magnetic tile collection with the shapes you love most.

ship made from magbrix magnetic tiles

Magbrix were originally only available in small squares, however after a year of designing and perfecting behind the scenes, they're now available in all triangle shapes as well as large squares, in a combination of solid and transparent colours. There's also the new Magbrix Junior set developed to connect specifically with Duplo® bricks. I also have a special discount code for 10% off* the whole range.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

29 Easy Science Experiments for Kids

Kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how things work and you can capitalise on that curiosity by doing these easy science experiments at home. There are many fun, safe, engaging and simple ways to teach science to children even from a young age.

The experiments in this post are all great for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children and provide lots of exciting and interesting ways to introduce chemistry and physics concepts and spark a love of all things science. There's experiments that explore chemical reactions, density, absorption, how to grow crystals and even glow in the dark science experiments

The best part is most of the science experiments can be done using basic household items you probably have in your kitchen right now. They can also be done in a classroom as part of a science unit.

kids science experiments
Friday, April 15, 2022

Dinosaur Playdough Eggs

Do your kids love surprise eggs? I mean which kids don't really... If they also love dinosaurs then they'll love hatching playdough dinosaur eggs. There's so many fun ways to hatch dinosaur eggs, but playdough eggs are probably the easiest to make and to hatch. Plus they add a fun squishy, stretchy, sensory element.

pteranodon dinosaur sitting on playdough eggs

Hatching playdough eggs is a fun sensory and fine motor activity rolled into one, plus it has the element of surprise that so many kids love. I'll show you exactly how to make playdough dinosaur eggs and how I set them up as an invitation to play. They'd also be a fun activity, or party favour idea, for a dinosaur themed kids party.
Friday, April 8, 2022

40+ Fun Dinosaur Play Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Dinosaurs tend to be an obsession for all kids - girls and boys - at some point in time. If you have a dino loving kid {or students} they'll love these hands-on dinosaur play ideas. I've put together a list of over 40 different fun ways to play with dinosaur figurines including hatching eggs, dinosaur sensory play, tinker trays, creating and digging for dinosaur fossils and how to create the perfect prehistoric small world.

These dinosaur activities are great for a dinosaur theme week during homeschooling or kindy, a dinosaur unit at school, or as fun activities to entertain kids at a dinosaur theme party. They're also perfect activities to foster imagination and learn more fun facts about these fascinating prehistoric creatures.

dinosaur figurines

Thursday, March 24, 2022

DIY Easter Sensory Bottle

My girls love making sensory bottles, every week they ask if we can make a new bottle. We've recently made a snowflake sensory bottle and spring sensory bottle and they've been begging me to make an Easter sensory bottle. This week we finally got around to making our DIY Easter sensory bottle and I've written up the directions so you can make one too.

easter sensory bottle

This sensory bottle is so easy to make my 4yr old helped out with most of the steps. You can make it alongside your kids, or if you're using it with young children make it yourself and then give it to them to play with. It's a great no mess way to introduce kids to sensory play, a great resource for a calm down corner and a fun Easter sensory play activity.
Monday, March 21, 2022

57 Free Printable Earth Day Colouring Pages for Kids

If you're looking for a fun and engaging, no prep way to celebrate Earth Day with kids then try some of these free printable Earth Day colouring pages. All of these colouring sheets are free to download and use either at home or in the classroom.

free printable earth day colouring sheets from kids bloggers
Colouring in is a great way for kids to get creative and express themselves while also working their fine motor skills. It's also a great way to get younger children thinking about the Earth and how we should be taking care of it.
Sunday, March 20, 2022

DIY Egg Carton Carrot Patch Letter Matching Game

When my daughter first started school she knew a lot of the alphabet already, but was having difficulty distinguishing between some uppercase and lowercase letters. To help her learn the last few letters I decided to make a DIY letter game that we could play at home.

I wanted to design a game that was hands on and also a fun way to learn letters, so she wouldn't lose interest. It was close to Easter and we had lots of foam carrots from the dollar store, so I made a carrot patch letter matching game. You can recreate it for your own kids or students by following the steps below.

letter matching egg carton game