• Chinese New Year mark making- an envelope activity

    January 6, 2018 Jenny

    Chinese New Year is coming up soon and we thought we’d start exploring this topic with a mark making activity. The custom for new year is to collect red envelopes from family members which are filled with money for the kids! This concept led me to the idea of creating an invitation to create with…

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  • 3 Simple Fine-Motor Christmas Crafts

    December 4, 2017 Jenny

    Christmas offers a great opportunity for getting out the craft box and being creative with little ones. When else can you let toddlers loose with the glitter and still stay in a good mood, right?! But with so many ideas around, it is easy to become overwhelmed or stressed by some of the more complicated…

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  • 7 Activity ideas to get the most out of your play dough.

    November 2, 2017 Jenny

    Play dough is such a versatile resource. For the Early Years stage (0-5 yrs), it can be used to explore virtually any topic or practice a whole range of skills. But sometimes we all run out of steam and children do get bored with the same activity again and again, so here are 7 activity…

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  • 5 Fine Motor Spider Crafts

    October 27, 2017 Jenny

    Ahh! Spiders! If your youngsters are fond of the eight-legged creatures, why not try out some of these fun and budget-friendly craft ideas over the weekend? They can be made with easy-to-source materials and look really effective; not to mention helping children to develop those all-important fine motor skills! Paper plate weaving web- this one…

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  • 5 ways to learn shapes through play

    October 8, 2017 rabbitideas

    One of the first steps towards formal learning for pre-schoolers is often starting to learn the names and features of basic shapes. This is important for future mathematical understanding as well as being able to communicate clearly with those around them; so there is benefit in ‘teaching’ 2 or 3 year olds this. However, it…

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  • 25 Mark Making Resources- Budget ideas to use with young children.

    September 3, 2017 rabbitideas

    ‘Mark making’ is the name given to activities encouraging early writing attempts- the image of toddlers panting and drawing on paper usually springs to mind. Providing lots of opportunities to practice mark making is important for the development of fine motor and writing skills which will be essential later on. Sometimes, even though we all…

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  • Simple invitations to play

    August 20, 2017 rabbitideas

    There is a lot of talk around at the moment about simplicity, mindfulness, decluttering and minimalism. As most people with small children, I too, long for a more streamlined home with less stuff. Children these days are prone to overwhelm and anxiety. Families in the modern western world are materially richer than ever before, but…

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  • Loose Parts Creative Play

    August 6, 2017 rabbitideas

    Using loose parts is a great way to develop fine motor skills as well as encourage creativity and problem-solving skills in toddlers. Recently we visited a beach and Little spent ages selecting stones and shells to add to the growing collection back at our tent! Loose parts are so versatile; they can easily be utilised…

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  • A to Z of Budget Fine Motor Resources

    July 2, 2017 rabbitideas

    Fine motor activities are opportunities for young children to practice those fiddly tasks with small objects which help to develop their finger muscles. Why are fine motor skills important? Well, without them children may struggle to complete many tasks in everyday life; eat with a knife and fork, thread a jumbo needle, do up a…

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  • Finger Gym- Lolly Stick Shapes

    May 7, 2017 rabbitideas

    Fine motor activities are a brilliant way of developing muscles, hand-eye coordination and concentration span to prepare children for writing. This DIY activity is really easy to make and store to get out again and again! Resources: Lolly sticks and Velcro- both can be found at haberdashery/craft shops or markets usually have them, too. Cost-…

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