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A is for Adventure... . 2018 has been a pretty crazy year so far: baby number three arrived, weve moved (temporarily) back to the UK and by the end of the year, well be in Vienna! . 2018 is also the year I launched my very first E-Book, The Creative Play A-Z. Its an introductory guide packed full of activities for you to do with your little ones. It features plenty of @everydayplayhacks style activities too so you neednt spend heaps of money either! . You can check it out by following the link in my bio or by swiping up in stories too! . #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #natureplay #forestschool #teacherblogger #teaching2and3yearolds #homeschoolpreschool #preschoolactivity #preschoolready #preschoolplay #sensoryplay #totschool #mumofthree #mummyblogger

🇫🇷 Voilà, je lui ai enfin créé un calendrier! Et on adore le remplir tous les jours! - 🇯🇲 There we are I finally created a calendar for her. And we love to do it everyday!

🇫🇷 Les oiseaux s’envolent quittant la France pour des climats plus chauds. Mais on aime encore jouer avec les cartes de nomenclature que j’ai faite sur les oiseaux que l’on voit souvent. A télécharger gratuitement dans ma bio. - 🇯🇲 Birds are flying away from France to enjoy warmer weather for the winter but we still love this little cards I made about birds that we often see. You can download it from free, link in the bio.

🇯🇲 Here is the time. My heart is heavy and the tears run out my eyes. After three beautiful years full of laughing, learning, yelling, snuggling and being together, I don’t have the choice anymore but to put Kalilu to school. I know it’s not so bad but that’s not my choice. I am raising Kalilu by myself and I can’t keep up anymore. How lucky are you mothers that have a support, that raise your children with their father, that have your parents available to help you. I am jealous tonight of you, mother that have the choice to keep or not your child at home. I don’t have it anymore and it break my heart. I always been a rebel. Kalilu woke up when she wants, she play which ever game she wants and I wanted to keep her free, free of any obligation or social duty. We’ll be alright and I pray for her fire to keep burning in the middle of this world, stressed and busy, preoccupied by superficiality and entertainment. I pray she don’t let anyone take away her joy and her love by teaching her obedience and resignation. I will be watching, closely my angel. - 🇫🇷 Voilà c’est l’heure. Mon cœur est lourd et les larmes coulent sur mes joues. Après trois années magnifiques de rires, d’apprentissages, de cris, de câlins et d’être ensemble, je n’ai plus d’autre choix que de mettre Kalilu à l’école. Je sais que ce n’est pas si grave mais ce n’est pas mon choix. J’élève Kalilu toute seule et je n’arrive plus à suivre. Quelle chance vous avez, maman qui élevaient vos enfants avec du soutien, avec leur papa, avec des parents pour vous aider. Je suis jalouse ce soir, de vous mamans qui avaient le choix de garder ou pas vos enfants à la maison. Je ne l’ai plus ce choix et ça brise mon cœur. J’ai toujours été rebelle. Kalilu se lève à l’heure qu’elle veut, elle joue à ce qu’elle veut et je voulais qu’elle soit libre, libre des obligations et des devoirs sociaux. Je sais que ça ira et je prie pour que son feu continue de brûler au milieu de ce monde, stressé et pressé, préoccupé par l’apparence et le divertissement. Je pris que personne ne puisse lui prendre sa joie et son amour en lui enseignant l’obéissance et la résignation. Je veillerai de près mon ange

🇯🇲 Matching games are a favorite in our house and the more I make cards the more she get new animals and it’s an endless game that usually start like this and finish in stories in between a rooster and a den. And I don’t understand the details. - 🇫🇷 Les jeux de tri ont beaucoup de succès à la maison et plus je fais des cartes plus elle reçoit de nouveaux animaux. J’aime ces jeux sans fin qui commencent généralement studieusement et se terminent en histoires à dormir debout entre un coq et une poule. Et je comprends rarement les détails.

🇯🇲 I’m in love with her office and how she had everything accessible again. - 🇫🇷 je suis amoureuse de son bureau et de l’accessibilité de toutes ses choses

🇫🇷 Trier les pompons avec une pince et par couleur. Je pense que ça fait plus d’un an que nous faisons ce genre d’activités et elle en est toujours aussi fan. Ça la calme et l’apaise et une fois partie elle peut rester un long moment absorbée par le transvasement. - 🇯🇲Sort the pompons by color with a clamp. It’s an activity that we have done for over a year and she still love it a lot. She can spend a long time doing it, it seems to calm and relax her and she is very focused when she is busy doing it.

What little boy wouldn’t jump to play with this!? . . #Repost @teach.investigate.play ・・・ A simple invitation to play. . Playdough is our go to for simple sensory play options. As were currently staying with my in-laws, I really dont want to take over the house with huge, messy projects. . Here we used chocolate scented dough with some construction vehicles and food pouch lids to create a building site. . What are your favourite options for simple sensory play? . #sensoryplay #sensorykids #playschoolathome #playtime #playdough #playbasedlearning #playmatters #invitationtocreate #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #playingtolearn #eyfsteacher #eylf #eyfs

🇯🇲 Cars obsession. My girl is obsessed with cars. She knows and recognize the brands and she love watching them, play with them, talk about them. Of course her grandma encourage her and she is starting a collection of beautiful little cars 🚗 🚙 Anyone else has a toddler obsessed with cars? - 🇯🇲 passion voiture. Ma fille est obsédée par les voiture. Elle connaît plein de marques, les reconnaît et adore les regarder, jouer avec et parler d’elles. Bien sûr sa grand mère l’encourage et voilà qu’elle a commencé une jolie collection. Vous aussi votre enfant est passionné de voitures? 🚗 🚙

Number recognition sensory bin 🔢 . Miss Z is super keen on counting at the moment so what better than a number based sensory bin to keep her interest going? . I used some leftover split peas and lentils from a previous activity, then added some handmade number pebbles and numicon. . Z loved pouring the lentils through the holes of the numicon and we had a go at matching the numbers too. . #everydayplayhacks #simplychildren #simplekidsactivities #numicon #sensoryplay #sensorybin #kmartplaytray #eyfsteacher #eyfs #natureplay #homeschoolpreschool #preschoolactivity #preschoolathome #montessoritoddler #tagfromtheheart #montessoriathome

🇫🇷 Le temps est tellement dur à figurer et encore plus pour une petite fille. Avec cette guirlande elle a un visuel. Le principe, Elle doit retirer un cœur par jour de la ficelle et quand il n’y en a plus, tadam, c’est son anniversaire. 💚🧡 - 🇯🇲 Time is always hard to represent for us as adults and even more for children. For her to have a visual I made this garland. Simple principle, she can remove one heart a day. When there is no more hearts, it’s her birthday. 💚🧡

A simple invitation to play. . Playdough is our go to for simple sensory play options. As were currently staying with my in-laws, I really dont want to take over the house with huge, messy projects. . Here we used chocolate scented dough with some construction vehicles and food pouch lids to create a building site. . What are your favourite options for simple sensory play? . #sensoryplay #sensorykids #playschoolathome #playtime #playdough #playbasedlearning #playmatters #invitationtocreate #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #playingtolearn #eyfsteacher #eylf #eyfs

🇯🇲 Some mornings it doesn’t have to be more than this. Homemade play dough and accessories. - 🇫🇷 Certains matins ça n’a pas besoin d’être plus compliqué que ça. Pâte à modeler faite maison et des accessoires

Ni namanya bertepuk sebelah tangan. Kita bukan main lagi senyum 😁. Baby ni sikit tak kisah 😂 . #amirhaziq #nephewniece #kiddozone #simplekidsactivities #simplekidscrafts #simplekidsthink #appreciatekids

🇫🇷 J’ai fait une folie ce matin. Elle m’a dit “je peux marcher dans la peinture?” Et j’ai dit “oui” 😱🤗 - 🇯🇲 I’ve done something crazy this morning. She said “Can I walk into paint?” and I said “yes” 😱🤗

s p a r k l e r 🎇 We couldn’t explore today’s #nov_playalong prompt ‘SPARKLER’ without enjoying some D.I.Y Sparklers ✨ after our Hot Dogs 🌭 this evening . I wanted this activity to be simple and easy enough for Indie to do it independently. So we used our @mcvitiesofficial go ahead crunchy dippers and added lots of different sprinkles to create tasty ‘SPARKLERS’ 🎇 . Feeling inspired, then head over to our Team accounts for more ways to Play #nov_playalong team: @mama.smith.to2 @entertaining_elsie @oursensorykids @mayasmoonplay @something.sensory @theconstantdaydreamer @mygirlsmake @brightbuttonschildminding @paulineandlouises @myteachermummyandme @play.with.pickles @littlemousesbookreviews @toddler_learning_through_play @acoldcupoftea @marty_messyplay_and_me @play.through.the.day @honeybeesactivities @mudpiesanddaffodils @nittynattynorah @hamsonearlyyears @about_us_and_4 @printplaylearn @diggers_and_dinosaurs @mummylouwithlilyandwillowtoo 🎇🎇🎇🎇 #nov_playalong #sparkler #childsafefireworks #bonfireplay #bakingwithkids #somethingsensory #entertaining_kids #ediblesparklers #sparklertheme #simplekidsactivities

🇯🇲 SPRAY PAINT - Oh I love simple activities that reveal your child inner artist. This one is a hit and we started our day doing one million paintings. Recipe for success? Empty spray bottles, water colors, water, paper. Done. And look at these beauties 😍 - 🇫🇷 PEINTURE EN SPRAY - qu’Est ce que j’aime les activities simples qui révèlent l’artiste intérieur qui sommeille dans chaque enfant. Celle là a été particulièrement efficace pour nous lancer sur une belle journée. Recette du succès? Des bouteilles de spray vide, peinture à l’eau, eau, papier. C’est aussi simple que ça et regardez moi ces beautés 😍

We’ve been looking around for this balloon and we found it! used to play these when i was small. Feeling nostalgic now playing it with the kiddies🎈 . . . . . #oldschooltoys #vintagetoy #sensoryplayideas #sensoryplay #invitationtoplay #simplekidsactivities #simpleplay #kidsindooractivies #toddlerindoorplay #earlyyears #earlychildhood #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmemories

Popsicle stick WEBS in honour of day two of the #halloweenplaychallenge 👻 . . A simple little craft - JC Painted some of the sticks orange and black and then I showed him how to wrap yarn around them to make webs. . . Did you get your WEB on today? Dont forget to tag #halloweenplaychallenge so my co-hosts @the_harmony_tree_house, @a_day_to_play, @anaturallyabundantlife and I can share our faves 🎃

Mirror, mirror on the wall, whos the cutest of them all? 😍 . Okay, so I have serious mum bias! 😆 Babies just love looking at themselves in the mirror and baby E was so excited about this activity. . Heres a few pieces of advice for you if you want to do this activity at home: - Use an acrylic or educational mirror. - Make sure your baby has strong head control (E is 6 months here) - When doing the activity outside, dont do it in direct sunlight! . In need of an activity for older children? Check out @lifeonwallace who has shared one of the activities from my Creative Play A-Z E-Book. ❤️ . #babyplay #babyactivities #activitiesforbabies #activiteenfant #sensoryplay #tummytime #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #frugalmom #eyfs #creativeplayaz #babies #mumofthree #mummyblogger

You know when you go into Kmart for one thing and come out with 17 random objects? Well one time I emerged with a mirror I never knew I needed. Until I saw a mirror in the new book from @teach.investigate.play and suddenly found a use for mine! We took it outside and drew on it with whiteboard markers. When the littlest lad finished his drawing he picked up the mirror and said ‘I can see me and EVERYTHING’! Always fun to mix up the canvas 😉. #creativeplayaz #needtomowthelawn 🌿 🌿 #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #lifewithfivekids #learnthroughplay #playtolearn #makinglearningfun #funlearningathome #lifewithkids #aussiekids #canberrakids #lovebeingtheirmum #playmatters #earlylearning #littlelearners #aintnohoodlikemotherhood #mylittlepeople #mytribeoffive #mylittlepeople #drawingonmirror #sensorylearning #intentionalplay #finemotoractivities #mytribeoffive #lifeat4 #thisis4 #taketimetoplay #changeofscenery

When one of your amazingly talented Instagram buddies launches a book, you’ve got to get behind her! Introducing Creative Play A-Z from @teach.investigate.play, an e-book featuring over 40 activities and recipes! 🐋 🐧 For each letter of the alphabet, a new theme is introduced along with an activity idea and how to make or create it. The activities featured are intended for children aged between 2-4. We kicked off our #creativeplayaz with S for shaving foam in an ocean small world. The littlest lad had such a great time with this set up! Swipe left for the cleanest messy play you’ll ever see 😉. 🐧 🐋 I honestly can’t speak highly enough of Sian’s book. It’s easy to navigate, has a brilliant range of adaptable and simple ideas and it’s obvious she’s both a Mum and a teacher. Show her some love folks 💗. 🐧 🐋 #oceansmallworld #kmartplaytray #everydayplayhacks #smallworldplay #shavingfoamplay #simplekidsactivities #onthetufftraytoday #tufftrayideas #lifewithfivekids #learnthroughplay #playtolearn #makinglearningfun #funlearningathome #lifewithkids #aussiekids #canberrakids #lovebeingtheirmum #playmatters #earlylearning #littlelearners #aintnohoodlikemotherhood #mytribeoffive #mylittlepeople #sensoryfun #sensorylearning #intentionalplay #finemotoractivities

Guys! For the past 10 months Ive been working hard behind the scenes to write my very first E-Book. INTRODUCING... The Creative Play A-Z! Are you looking for a more creative approach to playtime? . Play doesnt have to mean expensive wooden toys or elaborate set ups. Playtime should mean spending quality time together. Quit trawling Pinterest and Instagram for creative activities to do with your little ones and let me be your guide instead! Featuring over 40 activities and recipes, The Creative Play A-Z is the ultimate starter guide for parents and carers who want to introduce a creative approach to play - all for the price of a couple of coffees! For each letter of the alphabet, a new theme is introduced along with an activity idea and how to make or create it. The activities featured are intended for children aged between 2-4.  You can test out the free sample by following the link in my profile or by swiping up in stories. . Sign up to my newsletter too to receive 15% off the introductory price of £6! What a bargain! . #creativeplayaz #everydayplayhacks #simplekidsactivities #eyfs #montessori #montessoriathome #montessoritoddler #learningathome #intentionalplay #learningthroughplay #kidsactivities #preschoolteacher #teaching2and3yearolds

I set up this little invitation to play a few days ago and it’s gotten quite a lot of attention. I numbered each section of my Tupperware bowl with numbers 1-6, popped a whole heap of #colesminis in the middle and #bobsyouruncle. . . . #numeracy #numeracyskills #simplekidsactivities #kidsactivities #countingfun #countinggames #teachingideas #numberactivities #learnathome #toddleractivities #kidsgames

Smash the eggshell 🥚 Before throwing your eggshells away, why not wash it with soap and air dry it and a good #invitationtoplay that free you for 5 mins of peace 😝 Strengthen those little hand muscles for prewriting skill ❤️ #eggshells #toddler #toddlersg #kidsg #kidstagram #homeschool #sensory #sensoryplay #sahm #mummysg #littlecoralarissaseah #journeywithcoralarissaseah #simplekidsactivities #recycledmaterials #learnthroughplay #learnthroughsenses #montessori #everydayplayhacks

Cooking up some spider stew! 🕷️ . I LOVE Halloween so I just had to set up something for Miss Z on the tuff spot tray. This sensory play experience has been going in the dining room for a few days now and theres rice all over the floor, but were having fun! . For this activity, I just cut the top off a pumpkin and hollowed it out (the inside has been used for baby Es own special activity) and poured some dyed rice around the outside. I then added scoops and a cauldron so Z could do some special Halloween themed cooking. . If youre looking for Halloween activities that are cute rather than creepy, head on over to the website now ❤️ . #montessori #montessoriathome #getcreativewith #simplekidsactivities #sensoryplay #preparedplay #preschoolactivity #preschoolteacher #playathomemummy #wherelearningmeetsplay #tuffspotideas #tuffspot #eylf #earlylearning101 #earlychildhood

T is for TAPE . . Tape MUMMIES that is 😉 . . We went masking tape crazy on some little person cut outs today to make some simply spooky mummies! . . Then we had a small lesson on mummies. Because JC kept asking are we gonna make the daddies too? 😆

@Regran_ed from @play.learn.laugh - Spray gun fun in the sun! The spray gun is the ultimate outdoor accessory in our backyard at the moment, cheap and so many uses. We have been doing the good old spray the letter/shape/number as well Aidan (Mr 2.5) just spraying everything and anything! With an old chopping board and some PVC pipe we made this ping pong ball stand. The idea is for Aidan to stand a certain distance away, squirt the balls until they fall off, chase after them and balance them back on the pipe to start again.We took this away with us over the weekend and it was such a hit with not only the kids but the adults too! In our first attempt to make this we used golf tees as stands but with any breath of wind the balls fell off. The PVC pipe holds them much better and makes it that little bit trickier to knock them down! This little DIY is the perfect #everydayplayhacks for #letsplayatoz_e week with @letsplaymama annnnnnnd also works in with @montessorifromtheheart FAMILIAR MATERIALS week for #tagfromtheheart If you want to join in and share your ideas on e-week themes (expressive arts and designs, emotions and everyday playhacks) please tag #letsplayatoz_e Also co-hosting this week are these fabulous accounts so make sure you head over and follow to see what they get up to this week: @everydayplayhacks @something.sensory @home_of_boys @hartfordchildcare @letsplaymama.. . . . . . . . . #natureplay #sensoryplay #messyplay #artandcraft #playhack #creativekids #playideas #creativeplay #toddlerplay #outdoorplay #everydayplay #kidscrafts101 #kidscrafts #simplekidsactivities #simpleandfun #toddlers #waterplay #spraygunfun #funinthesun #toddleractivites #screenfreekids #screenfree #sensoryexploration #sensoryplay #sensorykids #sensorykids

A round of 👏🏻applause to 🏆winners of FAMILIAR MATERIALS theme 😍Huge thanks to @teach.investigate.play for this awesome grid👍🏻 . . #Repost @teach.investigate.play ・・・ Oh wow! I had an absolute fantastic time as guest host of @tagfromtheheart . Thanks so much to the lovely Anya from @montessorifromtheheart for having me ❤️ . Ive really enjoyed my week and all of the entries were absolutely incredible. It was such a hard job choosing the final grid for FAMILIAR MATERIALS week, but here are my final 8 from left to right: . @toddleractivitiesathome - balancing golf balls to work hand-eye coordination. . @the_harmony_tree_house - use of kitchen staples to make playdough prints. . @free_range_play - I just loved the cute pasta snails 😍 . @montessorimethods - letter matching game . @2little_lims - sunshine alphabet match . @unexpectedartists - weaving with polystyrene and toothpicks. . @eleas.diary - The Very Hungry Caterpillar threading activity . @play.learn.laugh - nature treasure wall hanging. . Thanks to everyone who entered. I have so many ideas saved and ready to try! 😍 . #everydayplayhacks #tagfromtheheart #montessoritoddler #montessori #montessoriathome #preparedplay #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #eyfs #montessorikids #recycledcrafts

Spray gun fun in the sun! The spray gun is the ultimate outdoor accessory in our backyard at the moment, cheap and so many uses. We have been doing the good old spray the letter/shape/number as well Aidan (Mr 2.5) just spraying everything and anything! With an old chopping board and some PVC pipe we made this ping pong ball stand. The idea is for Aidan to stand a certain distance away, squirt the balls until they fall off, chase after them and balance them back on the pipe to start again.We took this away with us over the weekend and it was such a hit with not only the kids but the adults too! In our first attempt to make this we used golf tees as stands but with any breath of wind the balls fell off. The PVC pipe holds them much better and makes it that little bit trickier to knock them down! This little DIY is the perfect #everydayplayhacks for #letsplayatoz_e week with @letsplaymama annnnnnnd also works in with @montessorifromtheheart FAMILIAR MATERIALS week for #tagfromtheheart If you want to join in and share your ideas on e-week themes (expressive arts and designs, emotions and everyday playhacks) please tag #letsplayatoz_e Also co-hosting this week are these fabulous accounts so make sure you head over and follow to see what they get up to this week: @everydayplayhacks @something.sensory @home_of_boys @hartfordchildcare @letsplaymama.. . . . . . . . . #natureplay #sensoryplay #messyplay #artandcraft #playhack #creativekids #playideas #creativeplay #toddlerplay #outdoorplay #everydayplay #kidscrafts101 #kidscrafts #simplekidsactivities #simpleandfun #toddlers #waterplay #spraygunfun #funinthesun #toddleractivites #screenfreekids #screenfree #sensoryexploration #sensoryplay #sensorykids #sensorykids

Oh wow! I had an absolute fantastic time as guest host of @tagfromtheheart . Thanks so much to the lovely Anya from @montessorifromtheheart for having me ❤️ . Ive really enjoyed my week and all of the entries were absolutely incredible. It was such a hard job choosing the final grid for FAMILIAR MATERIALS week, but here are my final 8 from left to right: . @toddleractivitiesathome - balancing golf balls to work hand-eye coordination. . @the_harmony_tree_house - use of kitchen staples to make playdough prints. . @free_range_play - I just loved the cute pasta snails 😍 . @montessorimethods - letter matching game . @2little_lims - sunshine alphabet match . @unexpectedartists - weaving with polystyrene and toothpicks. . @eleas.diary - The Very Hungry Caterpillar threading activity . @play.learn.laugh - nature treasure wall hanging. . Thanks to everyone who entered. I have so many ideas saved and ready to try! 😍 . #everydayplayhacks #tagfromtheheart #montessoritoddler #montessori #montessoriathome #preparedplay #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #eyfs #montessorikids #recycledcrafts

Construction d’un tipi en forêt⛺️🌳🍂 Pas mal du tout le résultat!✅👌🏽 #construction #cabanedanslesarbres #childhood #scouting #scoutslife #laviescoute #exploringnature #natureisbeautiful #exploringlife #simplekidsactivities #livethelittlethings 💖

How amazing is this DIY road from @reneeging? Something to try this weekend ❤️ Sian x @teach.investigate.play . repost via @instarepost20 from @reneeging Roads roads everywhere 🚘 Finding cheap ways to entertain this car obsessed two year old! . #everydayplayhacks #tagfromtheheart #toddleractivites #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #simpleandfun #kidsactivities #creativeplay #craftymum #creativemum #learnandplay #screenfree #screenfreekids

Feature Friday: @play.learn.laugh 😍 . This week we are featuring the lovely Zara from @play.learn.laugh who regularly contributes her ideas to the #everydayplayhacks hashtags. . We love Zaras simple yet beautiful play activities that she provides for @everydayplayhacks. . From left to right we have: . Colour matching with nature finds and paint chip cards. . Jacket boards for a fine motor workout. . A sensory tub with dried kitchen goods . Vehicle washing in the sink ❤️ . Thanks so much Zara for all of your awesome contributions 😍🐝 Sian x (@teach.investigate.play) . #simplekidsactivities #simplychildren #sensoryexploration #sensoryplay #sensoryactivities #montessori #montessorilearning #tagfromtheheart #montessoriathome #natureplay #handsonlearning #finemotorskills #handeyecoordination

S is for SPICES . . I have had this spice painting activity on my to try list since I saw @tiddlers_toolbox do it a couple of months back 🙌 . . I simply added water to a variety of spices I had in my cupboard until they were a paint like consistency then gave JC some paper and paint brushes to paint up a spicy storm. Easy peasy. . . Check out @playwithfelix who also did this activity recentley - and while youre over there check out her amaze hashtag #pantryplayideas for oodles of activities using pantry items! 👌

E is for Everyday Play Hack Yesterday we made a wind chime.I looooved it and thought it was beautiful. Aidan just wanted to keep pulling flower petals off the flowers and Evie wanted to chew the lids. We all had a great time but not in the way I thought! In the end it looks pretty, Aidan had so much fun playing outside and Evie loved exploring the cold metal. If you want to join in and share your ideas on e-week themes (expressive arts and designs, emotions and everyday playhacks) please tag #letsplayatoz_e Also co-hosting this week are these fabulous accounts so make sure you head over and follow to see what they get up to this week: @everydayplayhacks @something.sensory @home_of_boys @hartfordchildcare @letsplaymama. . . . . . . . . . #natureplay #sensoryplay #messyplay #naturewand #artandcraft #natureart #creativekids #ibb_brandrep #creativeplay #toddlerplay #outdoorplay #everydayplayhacks #everydayplay #naturewands #kidscrafts101 #kidscrafts #simplekidsactivities #simpleandfun #artwithkids #kidsart #toddlers #toddleractivites #screenfreekids #screenfree #tagfromtheheart #sensoryexploration #sensoryplay #sensorykids #sensorykids

Fun fact: all of the canvases above our play space are made using familiar materials. ❤️ . From left to right we have potato stamping, citrus, celery, lemons and celery again! I often have good intentions to use celery with hummus but its always neglected in the fridge 😆 . Another fun fact: the bottom left canvas forms the background of the @teach.investigate.play logo 👍 . What familiar materials have you used to create art? I would love to see! Dont forget, this week, I am joining Anya @MontessoriFromTheHeart as a guest-host for FAMILIAR MATERIALS theme @TagFromTheHeart. . To join in, please make sure you are following @TagFromTheHeart and both me @Teach.Investigate.Play & @MontessoriFromTheHeart and add #TagFromTheHeart to all your FAMILIAR MATERIALS ideas! Also, dont forget to tag both of us so that we can each announce our favorites on Sunday, Oct 14. . #everydayplayhacks #artforkids #artwithkids #processoverproduct #processart #kidsart #kidmade #simplekidsactivities #sensoryplay #sensoryart #sensorykids

S is for SPAGHETTI . . Halloween themed - naturally 🎃 . . Coloured sensory spaghetti is so quick and easy to set up! We chose orange, purple (which I can never get as bright as id like 😕), green and black cooked spaghetti and I added in some mini skeletons, spiders and eyeballs on top. . . JC spent ages filling mini plastic cauldrons with each colour. He said I am the witch and he is a boy and he was making me witches brew to eat 😆

R is for ROSES . . Ive been saving this one for a warm day ever since I saw @ourkindyjourney post it and today was that day 🌞🌞 . . I froze the rest of MILs birthday roses and some other natural treasures in big ice cubes then popped them out on a tray, gave JC some squeezy bottles filled with coloured water and away he went. . . JC asked for multiple refills of the water and requested a different colour each time. Yay for simple activities that keep them engaged for ages 🙌

Do you believe in magic? How gorgeous are these nature wands from @littlemessmakers? 😍😍😍 . repost via @instarepost20 from @littlemessmakers 🌿⭐️ Nature wands ⭐️🌿 We had the cousins round and this activity honestly occupied our whole day... bush walk in the morning to gather sticks, painting and drying throughout the day and scavenging the garden in the arvo for “decorations” The kids were so proud of their creations at the end 👌Equally enjoyed by the 8yo through to the 1yo 😄 . . . . . #natureplay #sensoryplay #messyplay #naturewand #artandcraft #natureart #creativekids #playideas #creativeplay #toddlerplay #outdoorplay #everydayplayhacks #everydayplay #naturewands #kidscrafts101 #kidscrafts #simplekidsactivities #simpleandfun

Pinecone Painting! How fun does this idea from @mcardle.kids_play.adventures look? In fact, its now on the list for todays activities ❤️ . repost via @instarepost20 from @mcardle.kids_play.adventures • R E F R E S H // After a quiet long weekend at home relaxing we are ready for the big week ahead. We did however get up to lots of messy fun! This was just one activity I had to take a quick snap of yesterday✨ #pineconepainting . . Technology free time not only applies to children but also adults. I truely find putting down my phone for a weekend really helps reset everything. . . What are some other ways that help you slow down and become more grounded? ✨ . #everydayplayhacks #artwithkids #kidsart #toddlers #toddleractivites #simplekidsactivities #painting #screenfreekids #screenfree #slowliving #sensoryexploration #sensoryplay #sensorykids #sensorykids #messyplay #eylf

R is for ROCKS . . After I saw the awesome quarry @aplayfulvillage did last week for Q week I totally planned to steal... But didnt get around to it. Luckily with all the rocks it has I can pass it off for an R week activity too 😆😉 . . I used an old wooden box (I dont even know where it came from - I found it in the hoards of stuff in our shed 😬) and some of our train tracks to create a way in and out of the quarry. . . JC spent AGES carting rocks from the box, over the bridge and dumping them into the roundabout. He even returned later after a bike ride outside to keep playing 🙌 . . Also check out @themakermum who was on the same ROCK wave length today ❤

Q is for QUINOA . . The new black #kmartplaytray is getting another workout today. I just love how the lighter coloured sensory bases like this quinoa pop with the dark tray! . . I stole this simple scooping, pouring and texture exploring idea from Ellen over at @playwithfelix who also used it to tick off POD on #natureplaybingo 👌 Thanks friend - only 1 to go now! . . Did you know that pinecones and gumnuts are types of hard pods that protect seeds inside them?

Q is for QUACK . . A simple #invitationtocreate a duck pond with some AQUA playdough.. because Im ticking those #natureplaybingo prompts off like a mad woman 😆 . . Incidentally my head was in the clouds while making this playdough batch and I forgot the oil 😬 It seems ok to play with now but Im unsure how well it will store 🤷 Anyone forgotten the oil before?

P is for PETALS . . I had a bunch of red roses leftover from my MILs birthday last month that I had no clue what to do with - so I froze them to use at a later date. Today was that day and I went with a RED theme for #natureplaybingo 🌹 . . After seeing @sandytoesandmessyhands set petals in jelly I got out my trusty #kmartplaytray and did the same! 😍 I used strawberry jelly and added in some mint leaves and sliced strawberries as well as the petals and rose buds. . . Its been a beautiful sunny day here today and this was the perfect outside wind down activity for when we got home from a busy morning at the zoo 🙌

Spray bottle painting🖌 with name silhouettes. . . . For a simple, and colorful way to feature each childs name, the PreK Kiddos used primary colors to paint their names. During the activity they would point out which colors mixed to make a secondary color! I cant wait to display their finished work at our open house next week. . . . #art #kidsart #artclass #prekart #prek #littleartist #spraypaint #kidspainting #prekclass #prekactivity #languageskills #creativeteacher #creativekids #prekclassroom #prekteacher #earlylearners #teacher #teachers #igteacher #color #colorful #colorfulart #funwithcolor #easycrafts #easyart #simplekidsactivities #tagfromtheheart #getcreativewith #whatsmyname

Spray bottle painting🖌 with name silhouettes. . . . For a simple, and colorful way to feature each childs name, the PreK Kiddos used primary colors to paint their names. During the activity they would point out which colors mixed to make a secondary color! I cant wait to display their finished work at our open house next week. . . . #art #kidsart #artclass #prekart #prek #littleartist #spraypaint #kidspainting #prekclass #prekactivity #languageskills #creativeteacher #creativekids #prekclassroom #prekteacher #earlylearners #teacher #teachers #igteacher #color #colorful #colorfulart #funwithcolor #easycrafts #easyart #simplekidsactivities #tagfromtheheart #getcreativewith #whatsmyname

Trash Toy Tuesday, stale food edition😆 Finally got around to cleaning out our cupboards the other day and came across these stale marshmallows from our summer camping trips! Add in some toothpicks, and you’ve got a great way for the little to explore some engineering concepts:) I highly recommend pairing this activity with one of our favorite books, “Iggy Peck, Architect” by @andreabeatyauthor (this whole series is our fave actually!) Thanks @whatsakidtoread for all your wonderful book ideas lately, I see some more book inspired activities in our future! #trashtoytuesday #funibsetterthanperfect #marshmallows #architect #toddlerstem #earlyliteracy #books #preschoolathome #simplekidsactivities #kidbookstagram #kidliterature #iggypeckarchitect

If in doubt, make rainbow rice ✔️🌈 . Rainbow rice is so easy to make. When Z was younger, we used food colouring and vinegar, but now we much prefer non-toxic paints as dye. Would love to see your methods below so that we can share with the rest of the community ❤️ Sian x (@teach.investigate.play). . repost via @instarepost20 from @mcardle.kids_play.adventures • SENSORY PLAY IDEAS 🌿 // This type of play is amazing for our little ones as it helps them development is SO many ways - including cognitive, language, fine motor, imagination + creativity✨ . . I created this little sensory tray in under 3 minutes!! And it ended up lasting hours 🙌🏻 Scarlett fed her dolls, made magic cupcakes for the fairies, and then finally threw the rice into the air to make fireworks 💥😂 #childrensimagination .

FEATURE FRIDAY! 💛🐝 . Our first ever #everydayplayhacks Feature Friday is the wonderful Hannah from @childcare_adventures 😍 . Hannah is a mama of 2 from the UK. She is a primary teacher who now runs her own family daycare and if I lived nearby, I would LOVE for my children to join her adventures 💛 . @childcare_adventures has been a supporter of @everydayplayhacks since the start and comes up with awesome activities for her kiddos every single day 😍 Just swipe along to see some of the brilliant, yet achievable ideas that she shares! . We also love Hannahs community spirit. She regularly hosts takeovers on her own feed and shes the creator of the rather brilliant #mathsonmondays hashtag. You can also join in with her other tag #childcareadventures too ❤️ . So THANK YOU to Hannah and all of the people who suggested her as our first ever feature. If you want to join in the fun, head on over to the original post and add some of your favourites. Ill put the link up in stories later 💛✔️🐝 Sian (@teach.investigate.play)

O is for ORANGUTAN . . A cute Orangutan inspired #bookishplay treasure basket for the littlest Lim today. 🐒 . . Big brother JC goes to childcare on Thursdays so while JT and I have some one-on-one time I try to do an age appropriate activity just for him. . . He loves sensory baskets and exploring all of the different textures, colours and sounds inside. They are so quick and easy to put together that they are often a go-to for 10 month old JT 🙌

Making old toys new again 🐝✔️ . @finding_myself_young shows us how to breathe life into old puzzles by wrapping them in foil. Once your little one can complete a puzzle easily, try this #everydayplayhacks ❤️ Sian x . repost via @instarepost20 from @finding_myself_young We havent had this alphabet puzzle out for a long time so I decided to rotate it onto the shelves again. Bub is 5 and already knows all the alphabet so to make it new and exciting I wrapped most of the pieces in alfoil. . When she came home from kindy she was so happy to find it all set up. We turned it into a game to guess what letter it was before she unwrapped each piece. She then decided once opened to sound out the letter and say a word starting with the letter {be still my beating heart, I love it when she extends learning opportunities herself}. I was also surprised with some of the words she came up with, for example L I was expecting her to say lion, but she said L lah lah love 💕 . Wrapping puzzle pieces is an easy way to make an old resource new again for toddlers right through to preschoolers. Baby girl was super interested in it too {swipe across to see her trying to steal the pieces} but after a while she started trying to eat the alfoil 🤦‍♀️ Ive set it up on the shelves with the pieces in a basket instead so its safe for both girls to play with during the week.

Since this week started with Father’s Day, I thought I’d continue a bit more with this focus. After all, there’s nothing quite like having fun with Dad. Yesterday, I highlighted simple science fun with kids that dads would enjoy. If you’re looking for more ideas then check out other articles like Enjoy the Outdoors with these Ideas, or the free guide to simple kids activities in-store. #Atgrandmasplace #familyfun #creatememories #family #healthyhabits #funwithgrandma #outdoorfun #habits #funwithkids #momentsthatmatter #familylife #lifefaithfamily #lifehacks #funatgrandmasplace #familymoments #familylegacy#funwithdad #outdoorfun #simplekidsactivities

Watercolors and rocks. Doesn’t get more simple and it’s always a crowd pleaser. 🎨👍🏻 Is there a simple activity your kids enjoy doing over and over?

FINE MOTOR FUN! . Its the final #everydayplayhacks Wednesday share! Thanks so much to everyone who has jumped on board with the hashtag and followed @everydayplayhacks ❤️🐝 . This week Im sharing a super simple food pouch lid rescue inspired by the utterly amazing Mandisa from @happytoddlerplaytime 😍 . Simply pop food pouch lids in a variety of different colours into a container of water for you child to rescue. Obviously, this activity requires supervision so please dont leave your child unattended. . I added a scissor scoop for Z to use but she mainly opted to use her hands. Still a great fine motor workout for her but we do need to some more scissor skills activities 👍 Another time we will repeat this activity as a colour sort. You could also try spoons or other kitchen utensils instead of the scoop. . The @everydayplayhacks launch couldnt have been a success without the help of an amazing group of people. So for one final time, check out the Wednesday crew: . @teach.investigate.play @the_harmony_tree_house @learningatheart @anaturallyabundantlife @raising.kinley @myadventuresinmotherhood @obea1s @2little_lims @letsplaymama @finding_myself_young @littlenuthatch @new_trick_kids @two_little_amigos @tiddlers_toolbox

L is for LEAVES . . A nice and simple activity to end the week. 🌿 After collecting some pairs of leaves on a nature walk we came home and played a nature matching game with them. . . Although all green, we talked about their shape, texture and size to help differentiate the different types and pair them with their mate.

L is for LOAD . . HOORAY! its #everydayplayhacks Wednesday again! Are you following along yet? . . Today Im sharing this awesome counting activity! I used a free printable from The Measured Mom website that included the truck and a page of numbers 1-20. . . We used DUPLO as our dump trucks load but you could use any type of block, popsicle sticks, magnatiles etc. JC chose a number, stuck it on the truck and then counted out the blocks to the correct number. We are working on counting 11-20 at the moment so this was a great activity for that extension past 10. . . My printer is a bit shotty at printing blocks of colour - so i used the printable as a template to cut my own truck out of coloured paper. But you could totally just use the freebie printable to make life a heck of a lot easier 😉👌 . . If you love simple play ideas using items youve probably already gor around your house then @everydayplayhacks is for you! Follow along and make sure you #everydayplayhacks on your own activities for a chance to be featured! Check out the rest of the EPH crew today to see lots of amazing play hacks: . @letsplaymama @ohcreativeday @finding_myself_young @littlenuthatch @new_trick_kids @two_little_amigos @tiddlers_toolbox @teach.investigate.play @the_harmony_tree_house @learningatheart @anaturallyabundantlife @raising.kinley @myadventuresinmotherhood @obea1s

Rock balancing is the perfect activity to do whilst on holiday as @letsplaymama demonstrates... . repost via @instarepost20 from @letsplaymama ROCK BALANCING - We are currently away from home for a little holiday and so joining in with the brilliant @everydayplayhacks was challenging we we have very little of our everyday with us! But that makes the challenge even more fun, making the most of what we have to hand. - After yesterdays morning where we played playdough, straw and cheerio threading (who goes on holiday without playdough right?!) today we upped the anti with soke rock balancing and painting! - Yesterday at the beach we collected some amazing rocks; flat rocks, bumpy rocks, smooth rocks, big rocks, Small rocks! They were brilliant for using interesting language, balancing, turn taking, counting, small world imaginative play with our animals and even painting on. We used our @littlebrianart paint sticks (another holiday essential) to colour them brightly for our garden at home!

3 ingredient toxic free slime! 2 x cups of water, 2 x tbsp psyllium husk powder & a few drops of food colouring. Whisk, boil for a few minutes and then let it cool. The colour isn’t great, but my daughter didn’t care. She is obsessed with it 🙃 #simplekidsactivities #toxicfree #rainydayfun #happykids #healthykids #littleoneswellness

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