Sensory Play ideas for young kids

There are literally endless sensory play ideas for young kids, many using every day items in your home and pantry. Only limit is your imagination. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. In the first five years of life, your child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in their life. Messy or Sensory play is important for young kids as it gives them endless opportunities to develop and learn through their play. Some parents don’t like messy play as kids and things of course get messy. But I encourage you to utilise your outside space and just have your child in their underwear or nappy to limit the cleaning required. We have rounded up our top 12 sensory play ideas for you to try at home with your little ones.

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Easy Easter activities – from crafts, recipes and Easter hunt activities

Easy Easter activities

Easy Easter activities will keep the kids busy this week and something different to try while we are all stuck indoors a lot. This weekend is Easter break – Good Friday is the 10th of April through to Easter Monday on 13th April. This year Easter for most families will be spent at home. There won’t be any big Easter celebrations or public events. We can make our own Easter fun at home with the kids.

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National Children’s Week 2019

Children's Week 2019

Did you know National Children’s Week is right around the corner? During this week it is a time to celebrate our kids and showcase their talents and abilities. I’m always looking for ways to encourage my kids in their interests and abilities. It is a daily occurrence at the moment that I bring home multiple “creations” from school with my boys in transition. My big girl loves to paint and draw so I am looking forward to entering my kids in the City of Darwin’s Children’s week artwork Exhibition. There will also be heaps of family fun events happening to celebrate children’s week 2019.

National Children’s Week 2019 is an annual event celebrated in Australia held around the fourth Wednesday in October. A wide range of events and activities are organised throughout Australia and also at a local level throughout the Territory. National Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

These school holidays it is the perfect opportunity to get crafty with your little ones and enter a masterpiece into the artwork exhibition.

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Blooming Tunes – Music and Movement for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and the grownups that love them!

Blooming tunes

When you first meet Zoe from Blooming Tunes you will immediately feel her warmth, energy and friendly personality. She will draw you and your little ones into an amazing musical world with her family music classes. It is hard not to enjoy, bop and sing along with your little one.

I caught up recently with Zoe and chatted about everything Blooming Tunes from the early beginnings to the benefits of Music for children. If you have not been along and had a trial class read on to see how you and your children can get involved and start enjoying Blooming tunes today.

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The Amazing Burning Circus – all about them & their services

burning circus
When you first meet the Burning Circus duo Trinket and Brad you will be amazed by their energy, their personalities and fun antics! I first met Trinket and Brad at a School holidays gig in 2017 and I was immediately drawn to how they interact with kids and their fun energy and kind nature. They opened up their Burning Circus Headquarters and Big Top Coffee Shop in December 2017 which is located at 6 Charles Street in Stuart Park and it has just gone from strength to strength. I caught up with them recently to discuss all the various services and fun circus workshops they offer to families and a bit more about the Burning Circus.

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Gym 4 Growth and Development – great weekly activity for 0 to 4 year olds

gym for growth and development

Gym 4 Growth and Development (g4gd) has been developed by Early Childhood Australia NT Branch. It is a physical activity program for children birth to 4 years and their parents/carers. The program uses a combination of Brain Gym®, yoga, movement, music, dance, singing. Also gross and fine motor activities to promote opportunities for development for children. There is an emphasis on parent/carer participation in order for the parent to take the skills home with them and continue the learning at home. Read more about our unique program and how you and your child can join us.

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Our Top 20 easy home activities to entertain the kids

painting one way to entertain

Some days can be challenging. The kids don’t want to play with their hundreds of toys. You say to them “go play”…..they are under your feet and bugging you. Sometimes it is helpful to set up some play ideas to entertain them. You can sit with them to start the play (depending on the age of the child) and then let them continue. You may then get some peace to enjoy a cuppa or finish that task. We asked our Darwin Family Life members and compiled some of our own favourites to bring you our Top 20 ideas to entertain the kids at home. A blog to keep handy especially with the school holidays right round the corner!
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Making Pom Poms – Children’s craft activity to keep them busy!

The finished pom pom

My 6 year old daughter came home from school recently with much excitement to show me her pom pom she had created during school. Her smile was beaming off her face how proud she was for having finished this project. A pom pom is a wool ball. It is created using cardboard discs and threading different wool in and out. I used to make these as a child also and kept me entertained for hours and now my daughter is enjoying them too! Such a great moment to share things with her from my own childhood. We sat down one afternoon recently to start making some pom poms and teaching my boys as well. We decided to use Christmas colours but any wool will do. Check out our video and keep reading for all the instructions on how to make your very own pom pom.

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