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Dress Up Box

    One of the easiest and cheapest toys to create for children is a dress-up box. Dress-ups transform to become anything children want them to be, and are an enchantment they can return to again and again. Your local second-hand store or car boot sale is a great place to start to build your […]

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Matariki Sightings

    The sightings of Matariki in the pre-dawn sky marks the beginning of Māori New Year. The star constellation (also known as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters) appears in the sky just before the dawn in late May or early June. For some tribes, celebrations traditionally began when Matariki was first seen. For others […]

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Marvellous Music

    Music is it’s own form of language with the power to communicate great emotion – joy, sadness, happiness, or peace. Music can help build imagination and thought, and provides a space for us to recharge and unwind. Plus, its role in early childhood learning is vital. Experts are discovering how crucial music is […]

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Growing gorgeous gardeners

  Children have always been drawn to the outdoors, and parents and early childhood educators have long recognised the benefits of a child playing outside in stimulating, natural environments.   There is strong recognition from an assortment of early childhood experts that play in the outdoors has a unique role in the development of children, […]

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Animal Excercises

                Here’s an easy way to encourage your child to exercise and have fun at the same time.   FLAMINGO Stand with your feet on the floor and tuck your hands under your arms. Slowly lift one leg up and tuck it behind the other leg. Try to […]

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Nurture Through Nature

  I grew up on a farm. My favourite childhood activities – now my favourite memories – were shared with my siblings, outside: climbing trees; walking through bush; hunting for and collecting bugs; camping, planting and growing our own food; stomping through puddles and playing in the mud … Every time I reflect on these […]

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Window Washers

              Have you got some lovely fingerprints and smudges on your windows? How about giving your child the opportunity to make those surfaces squeaky clean? Children love being able to ‘help’ if they see Mum or Dad doing it, and they will feel a great sense of pride once […]

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Tummy Trap Catch

                Playing catch with your child is great fun if you break up the challenge into child-sized steps.   THINGS YOU WILL NEED: Inflated balloon Lightweight child’s soccer Ball HOW TO DO IT An effective way to teach your young child how to play catch is to start […]

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Tidy Boxes

                  Do you find yourself repeating the same instructions to your child at tidy-up time only to then give up and do the task yourself? Perhaps it’s time to make the clean-up a bit more fun.   THINGS YOU WILL NEED: Boxes or containers Labels or paper […]

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Sensory Baskets

                Babies learn through all their senses, so it is important for them to be able to touch, smell and even taste their toys. A basket filled with everyday objects found around your home can be a source of wonder and delight for your baby. Avoid small objects […]

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