Skill: Movement - Small

Hand and finger workout

Help build your child’s hand and finger strength! The muscles are important for managing everyday objects – as well as for writing.  Here are five exercises to make your child’s hands and fingers stronger. You could do them together every day! What do I need? A soft ball or toy to squeeze How do I …

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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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Telling stories with patterns

In Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, people use patterns to tell stories. This is a really interesting idea that children get very excited about. They will learn that patterns can tell stories and then create a patterned necklace that tells their own story.  What do I need? Objects that you can thread – this might be recycled …

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Spray bottle art

Have you seen what happens to chalk drawings (street art) on the footpath when it rains? It makes a new kind of art. It is also something you can recreate at home with spray bottles and some imagination! It can be a bit messy but the colour will wash out of clothes. This is an excellent …

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Spoon it in

Watch your child concentrate as they put tiny spoonfuls of pantry items into small containers. They’ll have to work hard to control their scooping and concentrate on their hand movements. This is an essential skill for later reading and writing.  What do I need? Bowls of small pantry items such as dried beans, lentils, rice …

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Sorting my collection

Sorting is an important math skill for our kids to develop. It is a lot of fun for your child and can keep them entertained for ages. This activity allows your child to learn that things can be ‘the same’ or ‘different’. This is the very beginning of understanding number concepts. It also strengthens the …

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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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Fun with cars and ramps

Zoom, zoom, zoom! Playing with cars is always fun. Help your child build some ramps for their toy cars with everyday objects. See how far you can make the cars zoom along! Your kids will learn new words and test out their ideas through play. What do I need? Toy vehicles – cars, trucks, tractors …

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Finger gym

We know that exercise is important for our health and wellbeing. But how often do we give our fingers a workout? The fine motor skills for using tongs, tweezers and pegs need  coordination and strength in our fingers – and it’s the same for writing and drawing. In these activities your child will mainly use …

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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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