Tag: fine motor skills


Have you possibly guessed that Autumn is my favourite season? I’ve published a lot of ideas on the website recently for some fun Autumnal themed play so I thought i’d collate everything together in one handy place to make it a little easier. The ideas featured here are mainly targeted at children aged between 2-4. Please click the links in the headings to access each activity in full.


If you want a versatile resource for Autumn, look no further than homemade playdough! Every 6 weeks or so we make a brand new batch of dough and this time around, we’ve gone for an apple theme. Read on below Read more…


Here’s the thing, toddlers are BUSY. It is hard to set up a meaningful activity that they will give their full focus to. This is where this ‘sticky wall’ comes in: it’s engaging and a great way to boost fine Read more…


As i’m increasingly fond of saying, in the very early years I think that learning the alphabet should be about familiarisation, rather than drill style repetition. Z has now done countless alphabet recognition activities in various guises – it’s a slower approach for sure but it also doesn’t feel like a chore to her either.


Is your little one obsessed with Frozen? With the new movie due for release at the end of this month, there have been fever pitch levels of excitement at our house. Read on to find out how to make your own no- cook Frozen themed dough…


I think we can all agree on the fact that toddlers have pretty short attention spans and as such, setting up an activity that takes heaps of time and effort can seem like an absolute waste! My main motto is, Read more…


I confess that the term ‘school ready’ does really irk me. The pressure parents face to ensure their child can count, sing the alphabet and be fluent in a foreign language (kidding) by the time they reach reception class is pretty intense. Whilst counting to 100 is indeed impressive for a 3-4 year old, i’m more concerned with the more practical elements of being school ready. Here’s why…


As i’m fond of saying on this website, counting and number recognition are two very different skills. Your little one might be able to count confidently to 10 (or more!) but that doesn’t equate to being able to read what a number represents. At the moment, my Miss 3.10 is working on recognising numbers and so I thought i’d make use of the gazillion conkers we’ve collected recently…


Oh hi there! Me again sharing yet another pumpkin related activity. I just can’t seem to stop buying the decorative pumpkins from the florists here in Vienna but rest assured, they are being put to excellent use for dramatic play and activities. Our latest being this uppercase / lowercase match.