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Loose Parts Play: 5 Ways to Incorporate It in Your Home

By Amanda Llyod Loose Parts Play is an interesting concept that came about in the 1970’s. It had a significant influence on early childhood educators as well as those who designed play spaces for children. According to architect Simon Nicholson, including “loose parts” in our child’s environment empowers and stimulates creativity. What is Loose Parts,…

Savoury Breakfast Muffins

 A simple breakfast dish that can be made in advance. Perfect for hiding lots of vegetables. Ingredients Makes 12 large muffins Spray oil 500g sweet potato, grated 4 spring onions, chopped finely 1 large chilli (optional), chopped finely 6 large eggs 5 tbsp cottage cheese 100g grated parmesan cheese 250g self-raising flour (1 2/3 cups)…

Paper Plate Cow Art

This month, we’re keeping in theme with 2017’s National Simultaneous Storytime book, The Cow Tripped over the Moon. Here’s an easy, fun, and engaging cow-related activity the kids are sure to love. You will need: Paper plate Black paper Pink paper Googly eyes Glue Scissors Method:                                          To get started, begin by cutting the black paper…

Corn Fritters

This simple recipe is perfect for an easy lunch or a light dinner. A great way to sneak in a lot of vegetables without the kids realising it! Ingredients Serves 10 1 ½ cups sweet corn kernels (fresh, frozen or tinned) 4 spring onions, sliced thinly 1 small capsicum, deseeded and chopped ¼ cup parsley…

Anzac biscuits

Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup desiccated coconut ½ cup brown sugar (firmly packed) ¼ cup caster sugar 125g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 tablespoons water ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda   Method Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced) Line 2 baking trays with baking paper Combine flour, oats,…

Colourful sensory tray!

This activity is a great way to encourage creativity in children ranging from toddler to school age. They are learning letters, numbers and shapes at the same time! Materials Coloured paper Sticky tape Scissors Paint brush Sand or table salt Baking tray   Method Fold or cut the coloured paper and sticky tape it on…

Shaving Cream Marble Painting!

This fun activity involves a couple of very interesting ingredients – shaving cream and food colouring! Make mesmerising patterns to frame and hang on your wall or use your beautiful paintings for greeting cards! Materials needed Sheet of cardboard or kraft paper (bigger than A4 size) x 2 Thick A4 paper Shaving cream Food colouring…