Fine Motor Play Preschool Toddlers

Play Dough Flower Invitation

Play Dough Flower Invitation to Play

Today I want to share a super simple play dough activity perfect for developing fine motor skills with toddlers and preschoolers. But first, I want to share a little story about how this activity came about. When my little boy was just a few weeks old, I had the most shocking day trying to juggle him and my toddler. Nothing was going right and neither of them would sleep. Feeling incredibly overwhelmed, I decided to pack them up and went…

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Freebies Literacy Montessori Phonics Teaching

Exploring Beginning Sounds with Alphabet Drawers

Beginning Sound Alphabet Drawers | Hands-on activities for Phonic and Letter Sound Knowledge | Montessori inspired | Australian Prep, Foundation, Kindergarten Teachers | Free classroom printables |

There’s no doubt about it. Teachers LOOOOOVE Pinterest! During my first years as a teacher, I spent many loooong nights on Pinterest searching for teaching and learning inspo for my class. I remember coming across these amazing Alphabet Drawers and just knew that I needed a set for my own classroom! They are just perfect for storing little figures for each letter of the alphabet which can then be used for sorting and matching activities. So I decided that I…

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Montessori Play Reggio Emilia Sensory Play Teaching

Kmart Train Table Hack

Kmart Train Table Hack for Small World Play | Imaginative Play to develop Early Language Skills | Classroom furniture hack | Play room inspiration | Prep, Kindergarten, Preschool and Foundation Classroom Inspiration

Shopping for classroom furniture and decor can be SO expensive. But it doesn’t have to be when you can get a little crafty yourself! Today I am sharing my Kmart Train Table Hack which will turn your bland table into a multi-purpose piece of furniture for learning and play! First you’ll need to head to your local Kmart store and grab their amazingly affordable train table – it’s only $49 AUD #bargainshopping! You’ll see that it’s bright blue which I…

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Back to School Teaching

All About Your Teacher – Back to School Book

All about your teacher - Back to school book about the teacher | Prep, Foundation, Kindergarten class | Easy project for your new classroom | Printables for Australian early childhood teachers |

Here in Australia, many teachers are heading back to school after a nice little break over Summer. Prep, Foundation and Kindergarten students all over Australia have met their new teachers for the first time and are probably settling into life in the classroom. It can be a little bit scary and overwhelming for our little people, so I’m all for ideas that help settle their nerves as they begin their 13 year schooling adventure! Today I thought I’d share a…

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Play Sensory Play Themes Under the Sea

Ocean Themed Small World Tub

Ocean Themed Small World Tub | Toddler play ideas for developing oral language skills and imaginative play | Ideas for learning at home | Play-based learning |

Today I’d like to share a beautiful ocean themed small world that my husband set up for our 2.5 year old! We recently got home from a wonderful week-long road trip down to Sydney and back to Brisbane. During our trip, we stopped and explored at many different beaches, but our favourite was at Coff’s Harbour. On our final afternoon, our toddler collected lots of coral, pebbles and other loose parts on the beach. We popped them in a bucket…

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Back to School Freebies Play Sensory Play Teaching

How To Make Magic Play Dough

How to make magic play dough for the first day of school | back to school gift for students | prep teacher ideas | welcome present for new students | beginning of the year

Today I’d like to share how you can make magic play dough! This is a great little gift to give your students on the first day of school. First you’ll need to make a batch of play dough. I have an amazing no-cook recipe which I use all the time! Just mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients. Turn it out on the bench, knead then you’re done! Ingredients: 1 cup of flour 1/2 cup…

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Play Sensory Play

Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

Sensory play ideas for babies | discovery baskets | musical sensory bottles | water play | activities for playing with your baby | 3 month old | 6 month old | learning at home | exploring touch, feel, taste, small and sound | exploring the 5 senses

If you’re looking for simple sensory play ideas for babies, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes it can be tricky to know what kinds of play experiences to set up for younger babies. Today I’d like to share with you some of my favourite sensory play ideas for babies 6 months and under. These activities can be suitable for babies from 3 months to 6 months of age. Musical Marble Bottle Sensory bottles are so much fun to create…

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Celebrations Christmas Freebies Literacy Teaching Writing

FREE Santa Letter Writing Template

Dear Santa Letter Writing Template freebie | free Christmas printables

Ahh Christmas is just around the corner so my toddler and I have been working on her Santa Letter! At 2.5 years old, she is just beginning to understand Christmas and all things Santa. It’s a stark contrast to last year where she couldn’t get away from the bearded man in red quick enough! Miss 2.5 obsessed with waving to him each time we pass Santa’s stall in the local shopping centre. But she’s always stumped when asked what she wants…

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Celebrations Freebies Literacy Teaching Writing

End of Year Writing Task for Prep Students

End of Year Writing Task for Prep and Year 1 | Eveyrthing you should know about Prep | Preparing students for new year level | Write about our year | Foundation, Kindergarten, Prep and Year 1 | Free printables for learning in the classroom |

If you’re looking for a simple End of Year writing task, you’ve come to the right place! As the end of the school year quickly approaches, you might be starting to think about how far your Little Learners have come over the year with you as their teacher. You’ve taught your little Preppies how to line up and walk quietly through the school. They’ve learnt how to sit on the carpet and show respectful listening. You’ve taught them how to…

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