The Pedagogical Principle of Imitation

Posted under Educator Inspiration

4Mar
ned principle of imitation

The Principle of Imitation is everything   If there is one thing I am grateful for, it is the knowledge that imitation is everything when it comes to raising and teaching little children.     Every single day, I can see this principle in action.     When we are aware of this fact, then the role of educating a…

How to Make Banoffee Pie – the MOST scrumptious cake in the WORLD!

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20Dec
how to make banoffee pie

How to Make Banoffee Pie     In 2010, my mother-in-law made this as one of her numerous Christmas desserts.  It was on the list because her youngest son is a fan. It is his favourite. It is now my favourite ever dessert too!    Oh my. How my world changed that day. I have NEVER known such deliciousness and…

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

Posted under Songs and Music

24Oct
waldorf verses for morning tea

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

How to Finger Knit: a how-to tutorial

Posted under Fun basics, Wool and Fleece

15Oct
how to finger knit

How to Finger Knit   Fingerknitting is king of crafts! For years, I have watched little children transform into master creators just through the learning of this simple skill. It just has so many uses. Why not ask a child for some ideas? An instruction verse for finger knitting. One way to teach finger knitting is to use a small action story…

Ipads in Early Childhood Education. Incorporating the use of ipads in the early years classroom?

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3Oct
child on ipad

    Ipads in early childhood education?  YES or NO?   A while back, I read that three kindergartens in Queensland are taking part in this new study to examine the ‘educational benefits’ of ipad use, particularly concerning the development of literacy and numeracy in preschool children.  I nearly choked on my cup of tea! ipads in early childhood education….

How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

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19Sep
how to make carob balls

How to make Carob Balls Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls –…

Six Fun Things to Do with Rainbow Silks

Posted under Play activities

28Aug
rainbow silks

Ideas on how to use a Rainbow Dip-dyed cloth    Avril (below) was a presenter for a rainbow dip dyeing workshop. Look at the lovely rainbow silk cloths she dyed with her group. Later in the week, we had a group discussion to share some ideas on how we could use these cloths with children in imaginative play.     One…

20 Eco Friendly Party Bag Ideas that won’t break the bank!

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1Jul
how to make eco friendly party bags post it notes

20 Eco friendly party bag ideas that won’t break the bank!   One of my favourite things about being a mum is organising my children’s birthday parties.  I may be a sucker for punishment but there is wonderful creative opportunity and a chance to ‘fire up my creative spark’ for children and families who really do appreciate our efforts.  My…

Outdoor Playground Ideas: gardening, wildlife, sandpit, and water activities

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30Jun
outdoor playground ideas

And a few more outdoor playground ideas… Again, with big big thanks to Fiona Jarvis, of Playgroup ACT, for her inspiration and ideas.     Gardening- *provide tools such as shovels, rakes, watering cans and hand diggers. You can buy these pretty cheaply from most large hardware shops (for $5- $10 a piece) and they make GREAT Christmas presents!  Stuck…

Introducing Roam the Gnome!

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11Jun
Roam the Gnome

Introducing Roam the Gnome!   Did you know, that earlier this year, I launched a BRAND NEW Travel with Kids website, Roam the Gnome.  You see, while I adore craft and creative adventures, I also LOVE real life adventures with my kids to super fun places. (Some of you might know I took my two boys around the world in…

How to Nuno Felt a Silk Scarf

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11May
how to nuno felt a silk scarf

Want to know how to nuno felt a silk scarf? Read on…   Here we are, my friend Carrie and I at “Saviour of the Lost Arts” about to begin our Nuno Felting scarf workshop.   Our teacher was Julie of The Mountain Spinnery.  Julie is about to start teaching classes in Woolloongabba.  Visit her website for details. Why not make…