The Summer Setback

Some call it the summer slide, summer learning loss or the summer setback, these are all terms commonly used to refer to the learning loss some students may experience during the long summer months, kids can typically lose up to three months of academic progress they made throughout the school year. Research shows that by…

Makerspaces

Makerspaces are places designed for the purpose of innovation and creation. Easily accessible to all with no shortage of tools, equipment, and resources to make something new. Makerspaces provide the opportunity for everyone to engage in hands-on creative activities otherwise not taught in a traditional educational setting. Project ideas can vary and will often focus…

Take It Outside!

By now we’re all very aware of the many advantages of getting our kids to spend more time in the great outdoors. Maybe you read about it in a research article or heard it over the news, the message is clear, outdoor play aides in the healthy development of the whole child. Today we’re also…

Make A Recycled Placemat

This is a simple activity idea for use either at home or the centre, have kids collect and bring in any recycled greeting cards they may have received over the Holidays and use these to make recycled placemats! A great way to develop and build on fine motor skills would be to have the kids…

Creating Invitations to Play

When we create invitations to play, we’re setting the ‘scene’, we present open-ended resources for children to discover, explore, manipulate and investigate, we allow them to be the director of their own play experiences. Creating these invitations to play is neither an expensive or difficult task and with some planning can easily be adapted for…

Easy to Make Halloween Pumpkin Craft

To date, this is probably one of my favourite Halloween craft ideas. It’s quick and easy to set up with minimal clean up, making it ideal for use at home or the centre. It’s also easy on the budget and great for all ages and capabilities. You’ll need several sheets of tissue paper, we choose some…

DIY Backyard Games

Looking for a quick and easy DIY backyard game for kids of all ages to enjoy throughout the summer months? How about a fast paced game of Tic-Tac-Toe?! I put this one together last year and it’s held up pretty good ever since. I mainly used items I had around the house such as leftover tiles…

Planning A Road Trip

Summer’s here and most families are starting to think about and plan summer activities. You’ve got your day trips, play dates and my personal favourite, road trips! The planning, the packing and then there’s the whole plotting of places to see and things to do along the way and once you get there, it’s the…

Play Is…

We commonly refer to those everyday simple tasks in life as ‘child’s play‘ yet play should be considered one of the most complex things out there. By the end of this article it is my hope that you will see the many benefits of play to children of ALL ages and stages: Play helps a child…