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Nature art activities for toddlers & preschoolers

Nature art activities for toddlers & preschoolers

Nature art activities are a fun, affordable way to engage toddlers and preschoolers in messy play outside. It teaches them new skills and opens up so many more opportunities beyond using just paper, paint and glue for their artworks.
6 Autumn foraging activities for toddlers & preschoolers

6 Autumn foraging activities for toddlers & preschoolers

Autumn foraging activities are lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. They provide a great opportunity for them to get outside in the garden or local park, foraging for autumn leaves and twigs that have fallen to the ground. Autumn foraging activities also help to teach young children about the wonders of the seasons and to incorporate natural foliage into their arts and crafts and play.
Make your own spice paints

Make your own spice paints

Find out how to make your own spice paints and arouse your kids senses as they take their paintings to a whole new level. Spice paints are easy to make using shop bought or homemade paints as the base. A fun sensory play activity and a good way to use up old herbs and spices from your pantry.
Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

This tapioca pearls sensory play activity from our friends at Mud Mates is lots of fun and cheap and easy to do at home. The tapioca pearls are soft, squishy and sticky and kids will have a blast mixing them altogether then scooping them out into bowls, ice cube trays and containers.
Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Grow your own Egg Cress Heads

Encourage the kids to grow their own vegetables. These simple Egg Cress Heads are a great place to start as they’re easy to make and take nearly no time at all to grow. They also make a great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs.
Make your own autumn tree decorations

Make your own autumn tree decorations

Hunting and foraging is a great fun autumn activity. The kids will love being outside and collecting all sorts of treasures. It also helps teach them about seasonal changes and to enjoy the different types of nature that surrounds them.
6 Tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

6 Tips for organising an Easter egg hunt

Easter just isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Whilst Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids of all ages, you may need to scale it down a bit when it comes to toddlers and preschoolers so that they enjoy it just as much as the older kids. Check out these 6 tips for organising a fun Easter egg hunt.
Rainy day fun

Rainy day fun

Being stuck inside with young children on cold wet days is hard on both children and parents. There are many fun educational things that you can do that use everyday materials you have around the house at very little cost.
Boredom busters

Boredom busters

Your kids have all the toys in the world, but still they cry, “But I’m bored ....”. Here are some great ideas which will have you fully armed for next time they think they have nothing else to do!
5 Ideas for playing with young babies

5 Ideas for playing with young babies

When babies are young it’s often hard to know what will keep them entertained. However, just a few simple games, where you spend time together and interact with them will keep them amused for hours.
Preschool bucket list

Preschool bucket list

As adults we often think about what would be on our ‘bucket list’ or list of things to do and to try before we grow too old, but what about a bucket list for preschoolers? Here are some fun ideas for your little one’s bucket list; things for them to do before they reach 5 years old.
Getting creative with your under fives

Getting creative with your under fives

As the weather gets cooler, now is a great time to get into arts and crafts with your kids. It’s not just fun, they’re learning too. Whether you enjoy getting messy and trying new things with your kids or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be something here for you.
9 Benefits of playing with clay

9 Benefits of playing with clay

Clay is very versatile and there are so many ways toddlers and preschoolers can play and experiment with it. Clay gives them the opportunity to be creative and learn about texture, shape and form whilst having lots of fun. Check out some of the other benefits.
12 Fun indoor activities for under 2's

12 Fun indoor activities for under 2's

Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under two’s to encourage learning through play. As a parent or in home childcare provider, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly!
15 Fun winter activities

15 Fun winter activities

Just because it’s cold and wet outside, doesn’t mean kids can’t have fun during winter. Here are 15 fun winter activities that will keep your toddler and preschooler entertained during the colder months.
Kids birthday party treasure hunts

Kids birthday party treasure hunts

Treasure hunts (or scavenger hunts) are lots of fun for kids of all ages! Perfect to play at birthday parties or when they have friends over for a play date. Looking for hidden treasure will get them thinking and it’s something that can be played indoors or outside. Check out our different treasure hunt ideas and keep the kids entertained.
Putting fun back into family life

Putting fun back into family life

Sometimes it seems we’re just so busy! Busy shopping, busy working, busy cleaning the house, busy taking pre-schoolers to daycare and lessons. Have we gotten too busy to have a little fun? An early childhood teacher shares ways to help you put some fun into family life.
8 Ways to make story time fun

8 Ways to make story time fun

Toddlers and preschoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them. So when it comes to story time mix it up a bit. Use one or two of these ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible.
Make your own ball bath

Make your own ball bath

It may be cold and wet outside, but the kids can still have fun inside with this fun ball bath idea. No water required!
Outdoor learning fun for under 2s

Outdoor learning fun for under 2s

Have a go at some of these fun outdoor activities with your baby or toddler to help encourage learning through play.
Make your own sparkly finger paints

Make your own sparkly finger paints

Kids love painting with their fingers, but don't let the mess scare you! Sparkly finger paints are a great sensory play activity which will capture their attention longer than any other painting project! Check out this super easy recipe and make some sparkly finger paints at home.
14 ideas for recognising Children’s Day

14 ideas for recognising Children’s Day

Celebrating Children’s Day is something we can all do with our children at home, but why not celebrate this year’s Children’s Day with friends, family and other members of your community too. Here are 14 fun ideas for you to try.
15 ideas for celebrating Children’s Day

15 ideas for celebrating Children’s Day

Children's Day – Te Râ O Te Tamariki – provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. It's a fun day for activities, starting new traditions as well as continuing with old ones. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Children's Day this year.
Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring Science & Nature

Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for little ones. When children are engaged in learning about science and nature, they are also learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.

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