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Rainbow Canvas Printing

Rainbow Canvas Printing


Rainbow Crafts for Preschoolers


Drip, Drop Drip little April showers or a big horay for St Patricks Day! Spring (or quite frankly anytime) is great for Rainbow crafts. Throughout the year Rainbow crafts are enjoyed here. I don't think it matters how old you are - seeing a rainbow is magical! 
This is going to be a post that shares lots of colour as I go on to share this craft with you plus a handful of rainbow crafts and activities we have been enjoying!



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Amy Louise
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Dinosaur Swamp Tuff Tray

Dinosaur Swamp Tuff Tray


Dinosaur Swamp Tuff Tray

I am over the moon to have Laura Kerrison back today. She has previously shared some brilliant Rainbow Fish activities and today she is here to share a Dinosaur Tuff Tray the children have been enjoying at their Nursery. Do you remember the Dinosaur Swamp we shared with you last Summer?

We have been having quite a bit of rain as of late. It has provided some fabulous fun for our outdoor play at our setting in Lodge Cottage Nursery, Norfolk. The Tuff Tray lay on the grass and the children were fascinated to see it filling up pretty quickly. The rain splished and sploshed into the tray.
We got the children ready and we all went outside to take a closer look. The shower had past by at this point.


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Amy Louise
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Chinese New Year Rice Sensory Play

Chinese New Year Rice Sensory Play


Chinese New Year Sensory Play #chinesenewyear #CNYsensoryplay #sensoryplay #preschool #earlyyears #learningthroughplay


Did you see our recent Chinese New Year inspired Sensory Play we shared last week? If you follow us on Instagram you would have seen the activity coming together on my Instastories. I love sharing celebrations and culture with the children! Chinese New Year is always quite a refreshing celebration to cover. It's after Christmas, we've said goodbye to the January blues and bam the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year/ Spring Festival brings joy to the classroom. As part of this topic we have also shared Symmetrical Dragon PaintingsChinese Lanterns using old art work, China Tuff Tray and Paper Roll Dragons!

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Amy Louise
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Chinese New Year Sensory Spaghetti

Chinese New Year Sensory Spaghetti


Chinese New Year Sensory Spaghetti #chinesenewyear #CNY #sensoryplay #CNYsensoryplay


Chinese New Year is almost upon us! Have you been doing any arts,crafts or activities with the children to teach them all about it?
If you follow us over on Instagram you will have seen this activity in action, along with Symmetrical Dragon Paintings, Chinese Lanterns using old art work, China Tuff Tray and Paper Roll Dragons! I wanted to set up some sensory play inspired by Chinese New Year too. My children really enjoy sensory bins/trays so I try to do as many as I can. Today this set up greeted Neve as she arrived home from school. 

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Amy Louise
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Let them be Bored

Let them be Bored


Children being bored


How many times do you hear the phrase 'I'm bored'? How do you respond?
It can make me feel quite defensive at times. I'm rushing around trying to tick many boxes and the added remarks/moans of 'I'm bored' can be a little too much to take. Sometimes I  feel as though my children being bored means I'm not doing enough for them. Guilt creeps in quickly. 

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Amy Louise
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The Little Red Hen Small World

The Little Red Hen Small World


The Little Red Hen Small World


My daughter has been reading The Little Red Hen at school. She had mentioned the story to me several days before. She said she had been making The Little Red Hen at school and how she had enjoyed adding feathers. I was so pleased she had shared part of her day with me. I always love when she opens up and tells me what she's been up to. 

It was a busy day as always in our house at the moment and I stood in the mirror attempting to put my make up on with the twins pulling at my trouser legs to get my attention. I looked over to see what Neve was up to as I could see her hands moving around watching herself in the mirror. 
She began to retell the whole story from memory using sign language as she went. My jaw hit the floor and I wanted to burst with pride. This story had really connected with her. In her own time, away from school she was happily going over the story to herself. 
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Amy Louise
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Cling Film Process Art

Cling Film Process Art


Cling Film Process Art

If you follow us over on Instagram you will know we are always out and about, doing something together as a family. If we're not out and about we are crafting and getting messy. I'm finding things rather overwhelming at the moment as the twins are more mischievous than ever so I want to start introducing more crafts and activities to hopefully keep them more occupied. 
They just seem to be into everything right now that they shouldn't be and its leaving me ready for bed by dinner time! 

I find their attention span is very short still so this Cling Film Process Art was perfect for a quick and easy activity, with no mess but a fabulous sensory experience non the less. 

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Amy Louise
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Last Minute Holiday

Last Minute Holiday


Last Minute Holiday


What is your usual preference when booking your holidays? Are you somebody who books in advance or do you wait for the last minute deals? 
Personally we do a bit of both. Sometimes we need to plan ahead to get certain dates around the school holidays but we often get last minute get a ways deals too. 
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Amy Louise
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Heart Foot Print Keepsake

Heart Foot Print Keepsake


Heart Foot Print Keepsake


Instead of breathing life into the sneak peak post I shared on here a couple of years ago of the guest post I shared on Red Ted Art I decided to create a fresh post with lots of lovely new images AND and video (with a colour change too)! 
Today I want to share with you a keepsake that is fabulous to make and give to someone special anytime of the year. Whether you want to capture the adorable little foot prints for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas or just because - it will work for any of them. 

We are a big fans of Keepsakes here at Learning and Exploring Through Play. Although playing is always a priority for us - you will know that if you follow us on Instagram, sometimes its fun to personally capture something to treasure for years to come. 

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Amy Louise
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Penguin Small World

Penguin Small World




If you follow us over on Instagram you will have seen the beautiful new book storage we have for Neves books. Its been a great way to organise key stories that are relevant to the time of years and interests Neve has. It holds an impressive 30 odd stories!
Over the last few months we have had Christmas stories and stories set in Winter popped inside our book display. Now Christmas has passed us by and Neve becoming interested in Space - I have replaced the Christmas books with Space themed stories. Its been great! A couple of stories Neve has been enjoying have been penguin related which led me to set up a Penguin Small World.
On the subject of Penguins - did you see our super cute Foot Print Penguin Cards?

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Amy Louise
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