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Milk Bottle Igloo

Milk Bottle Igloo


Milk Bottle Igloo - Role Play Area Ideas - Winter Theme


Recycling is high on many peoples agendas these days. Lots of people look for ways they can reuse items to help the planet and also to save money. 

We have been recycling while we've been crafting over the last few months. We have enjoyed making drip painted luminaries, plastic lid suncatchers, toilet roll dragons and we loved our recycling in our Jackson Pollock inspired painting activity. Lots of fun to be had and there is a little degree of satisfaction that instead of throwing something away - you have used it to create something.
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Amy Louise
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Three Little Pigs Story Spoons Activity

Three Little Pigs Story Spoons Activity


Story Spoons for The Three Little Pigs. Traditional Tale Activities for Preschool.

Traditional Tales are so much fun to share with children. Not only do they love them but it brings back memories for us as children too. Its lovely to see children enjoying the tales that we loved growing up. 

It's my daughters theme at school this term so we have been enjoying lots of related activities at home too! We have already played with and enjoy a Little Red Riding Hood Sensory Small World and making porridge for the 3 bears in the garden. Today I am sharing with you a Three Little Pigs Tray that links in with our National Reading Month too!

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Amy Louise
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Spring Tuff Tray

Spring Tuff Tray


Spring Activities and Sensory Play for Preschool.

Hooray - we are officially in Spring from today! Have you noticed the buds appearing on all the bushes, trees and flowers outside? I have already seen beautiful blossom trees and daffodils in bloom! There is nothing that I love more than seeing everything starting to wake up after a cold winter. Cloudless blue sky days, visits to the farm to see the baby animals - a new season and lots of new adventures and places to explore with the children! 

You may have started to enjoy some Spring themed play in your homes and settings. Today we have the lovely Sue Baxter sharing with us the Tuff Tray she has been enjoying with her children!

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Amy Louise
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Farm Activities for Preschool

Farm Activities for Preschool


Farm Activities for Preschool


With Spring on the horizon your setting may be thinking about covering a Farm Topic. It's actually a GREAT time to cover the farm as lots of baby animals are arriving. With the topic on the cards you may also be looking for some great children's stories to accompany your set ups, or simply for more inspiration on activities you can do in your setting. Today we are sharing a beautiful Farm Tuff Tray linking to the delightful stories of Farmer Duck and Oliver's Vegetables and a rather impressive Role Play area.

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Amy Louise
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Easter Egg Process Art Cards

Easter Egg Process Art Cards


Easter Egg Process Art Cards - Easter Preschool Activities


We have been having lots of fun with process art over the last couple of months. It's perfect for Preschool! We've had lots of fun - Painting with shaving foam, Painting on foil and the Drip Painting Luminaries we made turned out beautiful!

Today we are bringing you another really simple Process Art idea that can be used around Easter time. Grab your plastic eggs and create your very own Sensory Process Art!!

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Amy Louise
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Once I Caught a Fish Alive Craft

Once I Caught a Fish Alive Craft


Nursery Rhyme Craft. Preschool Crafts and Water Play. National Reading Month.


My names Siobhan and I'm a stay at home Mum. I have one daughter Evie, who is 13 months old. I'm always trying to find new activities for us to try out. We enjoy going to baby groups, having family visit and playing at home. We've turned our backroom into a playroom, so there's always plenty to do. 

I've always worked with children as Nursery Nurse, Senior Play Worker and Teaching Assistant. Over the years I have planned so many activities and it really is something I love to do! Its great being able to share these fun activities with my daughter now! I cherish it and look forward to lots more crafts and activities over the coming years with her!

Reading is an something else Evie enjoys, along with singing. Evie often selects books from her book box and over she comes to sit on our laps and enjoy a story. I love this time with her! Quality one on one time. There is really something about a child who has a love for books!

I was delighted to be asked to join in with the National Reading Week on Learning and Exploring Through Play. I knew straight away which book Evie would enjoy playing along to....

Evie enjoys her musical book 'Once I Caught a Fish Alive' so I set up a fish collage craft for her to get stuck into. 

Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive


You will need:
Glue
Crayons/Pens
Glitter if you wish
Collage papers 



Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive

This story has been such a hit with Evie. She loves pressing the buttons an hearing the noises they make. If your child enjoys Nursery Rhymes, it comes highly recommended from us! You can purchase the book by clicking here.


Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Evie started off by grabbing the paper and putting it on her fish. I allowed her the chance to explore this and showed her what happened without using glue when I asked her to lift it up off the table and the pieces fell off the paper.

Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive

This was the one of the first times Evie has used a glue stick, so she began with needing a little help. Once I had shown her how she was off. Selecting lots of beautiful coloured paper! Her fish quickly began to look lovely and colourful! She did an excellent job!

Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive


I love that even the youngest of children can not only enjoy and have favourite stories, but they can gain a lot from activities inspired by their most loved books!



Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I Caught a Fish Alive

A big thank you to Siobhan and Evie for your very beautiful Fish Collage activity!

Aswel as a lovely fish collage Evie has been enjoying some water play linking to this Nursery Rhyme.....


As mentioned above we are running a National Reading Month for the entire month of March. Each day we have a fabulous childrens book coming your way and showing you how you can use it to inspire activity and craft set ups for the children.

Bringing books to life for children is magic for their imaginations. 
You can see the rest of the activities and crafts on our landing page:





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Amy Louise
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

March is National Reading Month and we are teaming up with Parents, Settings and other lovely bloggers to show you how you can take your childrens favourite books and use them to inspire your play set ups. You can see all the stories we are covering through the month of march by visiting -


Play Inspired by Children's Books

Today we have Sarah and Tilly joining us. Together they are sharing all the fun they have been having with play set ups inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar! From collages to gross motor games - if this story is a favourite in your household/setting you wont want to miss out!

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Amy Louise
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National Reading Month

National Reading Month




March is National Reading Month. This makes it the perfect opportunity to have reading more of a focus in your homes and settings. Reading is lots of fun and takes children off into the world of their imagination. It gives them ideas, introduces them to new places, new people, new words. Lots of learning takes place and not only that it's a great activity for bonding. Whether you are snuggling down together for a bedtime story after a busy day or having your child climb upon your lap to read their favourite tale - its a time that brings you together. 

National Reading Month has been running since 2010. Lots of schools and settings celebrate World Book Day during this month too. Lots of children and adults dress up as characters from their favourite stories! What are your children dressing up as this year? 

As part of National Reading Month we have teamed up with a brilliant collection of other websites and childcare settings to show you how you can take your children's favourite books and use them to inspire playtime. Each day there will be a new book with a fabulous craft, activity or small world linking to it. 

Get in touch and let us know which books you would like to see in the collection!!
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Amy Louise
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