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Playing Together videos

Welcome to our new Playing Together video series of fun, play-based learning ideas to do with your child. A few minutes playing together each day builds your child’s brain! Peek-a-boo What you need Tea towel or small blanket. What to do Use the tea towel to cover your own head and play peek-a-boo. Take turns …

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Keep it Moving

Roll, jump, crawl, climb, throw, hop – there are lots of fun ways for kids to move! Being active is particularly important when kids are young.  Movement helps to build the coordination, muscles and balance children need to set them up for life. All kinds of activities help kids develop movement skills including: Climbing at …

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Tubs of sensory fun

The possibilities are endless with sensory tubs. It can be as simple as play or it can be used as a writing prompt! It all depends on what your child enjoys and their age and development. This type of play helps build nerve connections in the brain and strengthens the hands and fingers.  What do …

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Slow, strong stretching

There is such a sense of calm when you move your body slowly and with purpose. This activity introduces yoga-like movements, using slow deliberate actions and creating a sense of peace. You and your child can work together to help keep their body and brain healthy.  What do I need? A space on the floor …

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Shelter for people and animals

Who needs shelter? Could it be the toy horse or a wallaby? Enjoy exploring the idea of shelter. Your child can get creative building their special toy animal its own shelter. Using materials from outside they are learning to investigate, assemble and invent. People build shelters to suit different environments and weather conditions. We need …

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Dress-up box

A dress-up box is magical! Children can be whoever they want to be. When they dress up, they can create a story and special world. They can even go on an adventure. This will build their imagination, creativity and storytelling. You could dress up, too! What do I need? Box to keep your dress-ups in …

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Exercise dice

Have you ever exercised before using dice? If you haven’t, it is a lot of fun, as you will soon find out! Exercise is an important part of your child’s day. When they exercise your child will develop their gross motor skills – they get fitter and their coordination gets better. This activity also helps …

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Don’t stop the music

Children learn about rhythm and other aspects of music by experiencing different musical styles. They learn how music makes them feel and how to express these feelings. Listening to live music teaches children about being part of an audience.   What do I need? Music – from the radio, your music collection, online or a live …

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Clever cubbies

Building cubbies is a fun thing to do! It provides an opportunity for children to plan, create, discuss and problem solve. They can use anything, build nearly anywhere and then have a wonderful time “living” in them. What do I need? Furniture Bedsheets Blankets Pillows Pencil and paper  How do I do it? Talk to …

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