Chicka Chicka Boom Boom preschool activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom preschool activities

Posted by: on May 27, 2016 | No Comments

This week we’ve been reading and playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, a classic ABC book with great rhythm. After searching Pinterest we tried out an simple sticking craft, a home-made coconut tree board game, a sensory bin, an alphabet matching mat and a coconut tree counting mat: all very easy and helpful for inspiring interest in the book. 

The best books to support early language development

The best books to support early language development

Posted by: on May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Reading with our children is one of the most powerful things we can do to support their language development. Sharing books with babies and toddlers introduces them to lots of new words. Just as importantly, it fosters loving bonds between children and adults. That feeling of warm attention that a small child enjoys when a parent reads them a story creates the perfect learning environment.

Kids Yoga Book: Review of Rachel’s Day in the Garden

Kids Yoga Book: Review of Rachel’s Day in the Garden

Posted by: on May 3, 2016 | 4 Comments

Books that include actions are wonderful for engaging busy little kids in reading activities, so I loved the new yoga book, Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Bookwhich combines gorgeous pictures with simple yoga poses just right for young children. 

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 6. Animal sounds

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 6. Animal sounds

Posted by: on Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

A very common group of early ‘words’ for children are animal sounds: moo, baa, neigh, woof… It might seem silly to try to teach these words to your little one but it’s honestly a wonderful way to encourage talking! Find out why, and how in this post.

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2016 | No Comments

Buds are appearing on the trees and the days are getting lighter. Spring is coming, so this week we discovered green by mixing blue and yellow. It was such a lovely moment for the little one and perhaps the first time I saw him take huge pride in a piece of his own artwork. Read on for how we explore colors by painting with the seasons.

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2016 | No Comments

This week we’re reading The Mitten, by Jan Brett, so I made some story stones showing all the animals in the book. They’ve been great for exploring the story and for imaginative play. Story stones are such a simple way to develop toddler or preschool children’s experience of books, and they don’t have to be a complex craft project if you’re pressed for time, as I was. Here’s how I made and used them:

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Feb 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Each week I choose a book to read to my kids every day, and use it as a base for some simple activities. Our latest book-of-the-week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Here’s what I did with my 2 and 3 year olds to explore the story:

How to use story sacks  for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

How to use story sacks for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 | One Comment

Sharing storybooks with our children can spark a life-long love of reading, and is one of the best ways to boost language skills. Books encourage a rich vocabulary, and a strong grasp of how words work. In this post I want to talk about how making your own simple story sacks can make time spent reading with your child an extra-special event, supporting learning and the warm, loving experience of sharing a story.