Tyre Swing

Tyre Swing

Many modern tyre swings have the tyre sitting horizontally, with the inner circle forming a sort of seat. While infinitely more comfortable than the traditional vertical version, this set-up doesn’t allow children to spin around and limits the physical manoeuvres available to the child on the swing. It’s certainly no fun at all for the …

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Butterfly

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Butterfly

Make tissue paper stained glass in any shape you like, but the natural symmetry of a butterfly is helpful for problem solving and mathematics. Children exploring their positioning schema can really get behind the challenge of creating wings that mirror each other perfectly. And there’s plenty to learn in terms of colour, size, language, using scissors and …

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Postman

Postman

Young children often enjoy posting items. The instinct to ‘disappear’ something is part of the enveloping schema. A game of Postman is doubly great because it combines enveloping with another schema: transporting. Many children enjoy the act of busily moving something from A to B. In Postman, you can combine these two urges in one fun game and …

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Alphabet Lotto

Alphabet Lotto

Lotto is one of the best games to play with a pre-schooler. It encourages attention, teaches turn-taking and improves visual discrimination. It’s also a great way to reinforce learning, as new knowledge is more easily memorised during play. Letter sounds, colours, objects, words, numbers and more all come into a game of lotto. To play Alphabet Lotto:  1. …

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Streamers

Streamers

Streamers are always fun. But did you know they’re also excellent practice for learning to write? The circular, vertical and zigzag movements they encourage are early forms of the loops, ascenders and descenders of writing. With all movements, we must first learn the gross (big) before progressing to the fine (small). Making circles with the arms comes …

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