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Guided Drawing

Have you ever walked into a classroom and noticed that all of the artwork looked EXACTLY the same yet 25 different students created them? Guided drawing allows children to use their imaginations to create their OWN work.  What is guided drawing? It is also called 'directed drawing' and it is a simple 'step by step' instruction lesson without showing children what the end product 'should' look like. This is when little ones will use their imagination and listening skills to follow directions.  Benefits of guided drawing? - It can be modified to suit any age - Children build confidence and are proud of their work. - Develop listening skills - Follow more than one instruction at a time - Build directional and spatial vocabulary  When giving...

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DIY I SPY BAG

As a kid I loved I spy and I wanted to create a fun activity for learning the letters in the alphabet. This is such a simple activity and you could change it up to suit what you are learning! Instead of using alphabet letters, you could put coloured beads in there for colour recognition or numbers, stickers, sequins, the list goes on! First, you will need a clear sealable bag. You could use a ziplock bag, but I found this pencil case with the alphabet beads inside for $3 at Kmart and they were perfect for this activity. I used some leftover rainbow rice and coloured sand to fill the pencil case with. Then I printed off the I SPY...

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DIY Light Table

I love light tables, there are so many wonderful and exciting activities you can do with them! I have seen posts of light tables being created from a table but I wanted to make my own that is light, easy to store away and doesn't take up too much room. It only takes 3 items and 5 minutes! Amazing right? So simple to put together, so I took photos along the way to share with you all.   First, you will need a storage container (preferably clear top and bottom), white tissue paper and a string of lights.  Then measure the lid and cut the tissue paper so it will fit tightly. Then sticky tape it to the inside of...

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5 Fun Ways to Use Alphabet Flash Cards

If you think flash cards are boring, then think again! Its all about being creative and engaging children with something that they enjoy. I created these beautiful watercolour flash cards because I love watercolour clipart and I wanted to share with you how we use them at home!     1. Sand Tray Writing Miss 2 loves this one as it adds sensory play to the activity. She always chooses the pink sand (it's her favourite) but you can use rice too! 2. High Five Letters (outdoors) I set up an obstacle course outside and Miss 2 follows it around, finding letters along the way. She stops and high fives the letter 3 times and says the sound.            ...

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Baby Sensory Play

As Taj has just hit 5 months, I have noticed a difference in his energy levels. He shows a lot more excitement, moves around more and is becoming an acrobat during mat sessions! As his key senses are rapidly developing and he is becoming more alert, it gets me very excited and so many sensory activities come to mind! I love simple ideas. I'm all about a quick and easy activity (doesn't necessarily have to be clean). What we often forget is kids LOVE to explore anything and everything!  How many times have you heard someone say "they only wanted to play with the wrapping paper or the box"?. Exactly! Who doesn't love scrunching and ripping paper, listening to the different...

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