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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…

Two ingredient pikelets!

Did you know pikelets can be made from only two ingredients!? This is a healthy snack and a variety of toppings can be added. Children will be amazed that combining two ingredients can taste so delicious! Ingredients 3 bananas, mashed 3 eggs, lightly beaten Coconut oil (if you don’t have a non-stick frying pan) Honey…

Healthy, wonder-filled and wise

By Freya Lucas Have you ever wondered how educators encourage children to adopt lifelong healthy habits, or learn more about their wellbeing? One of the cornerstones of the Early Years Learning Framework is following children’s interests, and supporting them to explore all of their wonderful questions, ideas, curiosities and connections with the wider world –…

How To Support Your Child’s Speech And Language Development

By Freya Lucas Research shows that the best way to support speech and language development is to talk together, frequently and naturally. In a childcare setting, children are surrounded by many different examples of speech and language, both from their peers, and from their educators. Educators use many strategies to support children’s language development in…