Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Words for Wednesday

Just a reminder as to why we wanted to start this blog! Learning through Play Happens naturally. All you need to do is provide the right materials and ask the right questions.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

The last few weeks have been filled with Easter activities.
We found a letter left by the Easter bunny and of course eggs to find, play dough was rolled into eggs to fill the Easter baskets, matching games, bingo, discussions about what the Easter bunny looks like followed by some great drawings of it.
We ate some of our yummy cooking, hot cross buns and sugar cookies.
We have added a couple of photos of our fun!
We hope you all had a Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Foto friday

Dinosaur inspired imaginary play scape. Keep your eyes peeled for our dinosaur set up. It was a request. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Songs for Saturday - Happy & You Know It

If You Are Happy and You Know It!
I'm sure most people know this one and with many different versions around, we like to use it to get
the children up and moving.
We  also like to use it when discussing emotions, we encourage the children to use their faces to demonstrate different emotions e.g. happy, sad, excited, scared, surprised, shy, worried and angry.
click the link for the fun you tube clip we found.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Foto Friday

What a wonderful imaginative play set up. We did a similar one last week. The children connected with past experiences of camping, and we also used it as a focus to talk about safety. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Showcase Sunday

Well, we had another creation session today! Keep your eyes peeled for our new dinosaur setup! While we were making some new sets Miss J had some time test out some of our sets. 

A Teddy Bears Picnic. 
This is one of our first creations that we still have available.
Miss J took each bit out of the box and had a great time setting up the teddies, the picnic blanket, and the pretend food. It was lovely to hear Miss J playing along while we got to work creating some more playscapes.

Miss J also unpacked and engaged with our Australian Literacy experience. 
She set it up with the animals exactly where she wanted them, Then she used the stones and lined them up on the table in the corresponding position to the states according to the map of Australia. Miss J broadened her knowledge of australia, it's animals, the states abbreviations and also added some extra natural materials that were on hand.
 That is why imaginary playscapes are so important for childrens development they learn without even knowing it!
 Creating enthusiastic participants in learning sets up a child for life! 

If you are interested in this set or are interested in us creating a set for you please email us at:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Songs for Saturday - Hello around the world

This is a good one to go with Harmony Day
To avoid being tokenistic it is a good idea to add songs like this to everyday routines not only on Harmony Day.
What did you do to celebrate Harmony Day?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Set up Sunday -Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy St Patrick's day!
I love this set up and I'm sure the children will as well.
thanks to MaryLea for her inspiration

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Songs for Saturday - There was an old Lady who swallowed a fly

I just put my iPod on charge ready for group time on Monday and this song started to play.
I thought I would share as it is a good one to go along with the story.
I remember my dad reading this story to me as a child, it is still a favourite today.

here is the link to a you tube video of the song


Friday, February 28, 2014

Foto Friday

We Have a little person mad about sharks, what better way to follow it up with then a research station like this one.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A little extra - advice for starting school

I have been catching up on reading some blogs I like to read and I came across some great tips for starting school over on living on a latte
Kerina is a fellow early childhood teacher and gives her top 10 tips for starting school.
Click the link below to see her tips

Monday, February 17, 2014

Set up Sunday- repost

We are having a sale on this playscape and for this week only it is $50.
email us if you are interested

Friday, February 14, 2014

heres a little something extra for valentines day

What mum, dad, nan or pop wouldn't love one of these for valentines day?
might have to give this one a go today with the children at our centre

Foto Friday

This eggstravagent egg provocation is cool. I can only imagine what ideas and questions the children would have. At our centre we would even be lucky enough to follow it up with some real eggs hatching as we have an amazing educator who has an incubator and duck eggs for us to watch hatch.
I hope you are finding some inspiration for new experiences for the children at your centre or your children at home. If you have anything in particular you are wanting to follow up on but just cant get inspiration let us know by commenting or sending an email and we will see what we can come up with for you. you can email us directly at

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Set up Sunday

This is a mini playscape we like to set up around Australia Day.
Or when we are discussing Australia and it's animals.

Songs for Saturday

Francise Hole was a professor of soil science.
He wrote this catchy song about mud!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

foto friday...

how inviting is this little set up! I would love to get in there and cook some mud pies! I am sure the children would be a lot more creative with their cooking than that.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Showcase Sunday (repost)

here is one of our favourite finger play sets. Our children love to sing along with this song
Rememberence Day finger play song.

(songs for saturyday) Australian song for australia day

While discussing Australian animals we talked about Kookaburra's and it reminded me of a song i used to sing at school.
What australain songs do you and your children sing? we would love to hear about them.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

back into it!

Well with the sillly season over we are back at work and back to play!

We will be introducing a couple of new post to our daily addition so far we have 
Words for Wednesday
Songs for Saturday 
we will  be adding 
Foto Friday ~ a photo to inspire. They say a photo is worth a thousand words.
Set up Sunday this is where we will share some of our set ups to inspire you.... Hopefully we will even be able to offer some up for sale. 

So Keep and eye out for these new additions to our blog. 
Happy Reading. 

So here is our word for Wednesday today