Educational Activities

Articles about how your toddler learns to communicate and express himself verbally. This also includes reading and phonics information. Help your toddler to solve problems and learn at the same time. This includes mathematics, numeracy and thinking and organisational skills.
AUtumn activities, sensory trays, autumn kids crafts and ideas

15 things to include in your Wonderfully Autumnal Sensory Tray

Sensory play is an invaluable part of high-quality early childhood learning.  A Sensory tray provides children with sensory materials which are used to enhance and stimulate their senses of touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing. Using sensory materials gives children the opportunity for kinesthetic and self-directed play which encourages the development of:

Fine and Gross motor skills – Children are able to improve and develop  their fine and gross motor

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8 Tips for Making Reading Fun for Children

Little children love books… so take advantage of their natural interest and get them into the habit of reading . Here’s a quick guide to getting them started.

The Importance of playing Dress Up

Dressing up in a variety of costumes is an important type of play that every child needs to have access to and experience. It is an important activity where they are using their limitless imaginations, building language and  vocabulary skills and gaining confidence.

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Spider Sing-along Songs

Get a little silly with these Spidery Songs. They are sung to the tunes of well known songs so they should be easy for your toddler to learn!

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Playing Pretend

Toddlers love to play dress up and let’s pretend. My daughter is currently very much into pretending to be a nurse. This activity is a good way to teach your child about the role of doctors and nurses and also to build their confidence for times when they may have to see one. Use the tips which follow to let your toddlers imagination go …

Golden Oldie Nursery Rhymes

There are so many wonderful nursery rhymes that we thought we would help you along with some of the old original words. Remember, they can also be turned into a singing session with your toddlers or even used for pretend play acting.

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How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language

How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language
by: Nicole Dean

The word is spreading. Sign language is a great way to communicate with
pre-verbal babies and toddler. New moms everywhere are grabbing American Sign Language books and absorbing them feverishly. Pregnancy classes are full of moms teaching each other basic sign language and day care centers across the country are training their teachers in sign language.

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Developing Your Child’s Language

Babies  and toddlers learn to talk by listening. The more words they are exposed to , the quicker they learn to talk. Daily exposure to words help the brain to develop . Now I don’t mean mean watching television or listening to radio or other mediums. By exposure I mean, listening to an real person, one who is engaged with the child.

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Magnetic fun

Children of all ages love magnets. They are easy to come by and there are some really cheap varieties in office supply stores. You don’t need fancy shapes or colours.

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The Importance of Storytime

Most babies and toddlers love books. They are often funny, bright and colourful, with loveable characters. But there are many reasons to read books that are less obvious. Take advantage of these less obvious reasons for reading to them.

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Spring and Easter Songs

Here are some fun and easy songs and rhymes to teach your toddlers…

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How to Encourage Reading in Children

How do you know what types of books to choose for your baby or toddler? What can you do to encourage and foster a love of reading? Below I discuss how you can choose the right books, activities that encourage reading and family fun ideas that everyone will enjoy whilst making reading a focus.