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3 Creative Ideas That Work for Long-Distance Grandparents

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3 Creative Ideas that work for long-distance grandparents Stay in the minds and hearts of your grandies with these fun, easy and educational activities is easy. Have you seen your grandchild recently? Congratulations to all grandparents who have been able to keep regular in...

A Quick, Engaging Song For Your Restless Pre-schooler

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Looking for a quick, engaging song for “that moment”? Got a bored, tired or restless pre-schooler? Kids can’t resist a song about their name Name songs are kids favourite! Read on to find out why. “What’s your name?” This personal question...

What’s in a Nursery Rhyme Song? 4 Benefits of learning traditional songs

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Nursery Rhyme Songs bring special benefits to young children. Traditional Songs become that way because of they are valued over time. As young children we have all learnt nursery rhyme songs and raps. There are many good reasons to continue this tradition and teach our children...

Origami Spring Butterflies for your Preschooler

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What do Butterflies, Spring and Origami have in common? Together they make a delightful Musical Craft activity for your child.     Why not find some pretty square paper and celebrate the beginning of Spring with your active preschooler? Print out this origami butterfly...

Winter Words for Warming Your Young Willing Thinkers

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Pre-schoolers love playing with letters. Take advantage of their curiosity and make a unique learning game that you can play over and over in the cold winter months. Search for the word “COLD” in clip art and print out a copy that is not copy protected or make your...

Puppet greetings

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Growing up with puppets is fun, fun, fun. Puppets know how to say hi and goodbye. In fact puppets have perfect communication manners all the time! Have you ever wondered how children know what to say? When my grandson, aged 4, eye-balled his new Kindy teacher and said,...

Spring into Step: why movement is crucial to learning

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Asking your toddler to sit still is like asking the sun to stop shining. Moving when learning is crucial. It is impossible for the sun to stop shining and likewise for your toddler to keep still…and there is a good reason. Its as natural for toddlers to move as it is for...

Blue Bird loves to Whistle

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Blue Bird loves to whistle and pre-schoolers love trying to! Whistling is fun, and its good for you. Whistling encourages deep breathing. Deep breathing can help relaxation. Whistling strengthens the mouth muscles and exercises the tongue in ways that talking, laughing and...

8 Winter songs for your little singer

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Winter Snow Songs What better season to cuddle up and learn a new song? Songs about the seasons intrigue pre-schoolers as they are just starting to realise the re-occurring patterns of the year. The songs below are printable, so pop them on the fridge and sing a new one every...

Musical Memory Matching Game

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Pre-schoolers love to match things up. Where does the glove go? On my hand…of course! This Musical Memory Matching game takes things to the next level. It is suitable for the 3-4 year age group but is lots of fun for older children as it really gets them thinking and...