Summer at Fingerprints Childcare Centre

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10Jan

I love visiting my friends at Fingerprints. They really are a special bunch, and I love being able to share some new pictures of their space with you. Don’t you just love their ‘fairy ring’? When Amanda was busy painting the toadstools, the children were busy trying to count the spots as she painted!  So, she made sure to paint…

50 Alternatives to Gifting Toys for Presents

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16Nov

Doesn’t it seem that children of today have so many toys? I try to pare it down, but no matter how much I do, there always seems to be too much. Is that true for you too? And with each Christmas, birthday, party invitation, celebration or day at the shops/op shops, more toys seem to appear. So, this Christmas I will…

How to encourage imaginative play in young children

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26Oct

Two words. Sleep. In. Yes, the other night I went to bed at 1am.  Not that unusual for a MamaMoontime at all, but Ned decided to wake at 5.50am the following morning. Of course, that would not do at all! So I gave him something to eat, and brought him into my bed with a book so I could snooze…

How to make a Treasure Hunt to welcome Spring!

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22Sep

Our Spring Festival was a Family Treasure Hunt in our favourite local park. For many years, I have hosted Spring celebrations- Maypole dances, Spring fairy rings, flower garland making, and so much more, but never a treasure hunt. This is just the right kind of thing that every member of the family can engage in! We arrived to find that…

Meet Mr Postman Ned! Playing with post-it notes

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20Sep

Ned has taken to playing Mr Postman. We gave him this fabulous wooden no-training-wheels bike for his 2nd birthday (3rd birthday would have been better but I think we were a little excited!!) He still isn’t tall enough to put his leg over the seat but quite happily pushes it about, ringing the bell to let us know he is…

Simple, fun activities for children at festivals and for home

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14Jul

It doesn’t take a lot of money to create engaging activities for children.  A few dodgy textas and a few bits of shiny paper to draw on just don’t cut it! Over the past few months, I have seen some simple but compelling ideas that children have really gravitated to.  If they are eco-friendly, all the better! This one was a few recycled…

Open ended resources for imaginative play “loose parts”

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29Jan

Moondew Playgroup started again today.  It is such a pleasure to spend time sharing stories, songs, food and play with these friends.  Ned says “moondew friends” (trys to!) and is happy to see everyone and it means I get to ‘keep my hand in’ the world of early childhood education without having to put him in childcare. Childcare- that is…