Category Archives: active learning

Free Resources for Play and Ideas for How to Use Them.

We have recently joined a wonderful group called Buy Nothing. The idea is that people in the local community share, via a Facebook group, the things they no longer need and offer them to others for free.  It is a great way … Continue reading

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How to Be a Playful Family

As a finalist in America’s Most Playful Family contest our task was to create a 90 second video showing tips that will help families become more playful. With so much to say about what we do and why play is … Continue reading

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Water Play in the Rain

Once children are helped to perceive themselves as authors or inventors, once they are helped to discover the pleasure of enquiry, their motivation and interest explode.  – Loris Malaguzzi. We’ve had a few rainy days so I decided to leave … Continue reading

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Ideas for Learning Environments Inspired by Children’s Museum of Tacoma

I’d never heard of a Children’s Museum before I moved here but as I entered the door I was greeted by a little bit of play heaven. I think I was more excited than the girls.  My 9 -year-old remarked … Continue reading

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Preschool ‘Art’- Process Versus Product

What is Children’s Art? As adults, artists are generally referred to in terms of the product they create – painters, sculptors, musicians or dancers. When we create ‘art’ we might think about what we are going draw or make before we begin. When … Continue reading

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How I Encourage my Children to Become Confident Writers

Happy New Year everyone. The lead up to Christmas was a great time for writing messages in our house.  Our visiting elf Christopher Poppinkins left notes for the girls and they responded with their own notes, we made gifts for … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play: More Fun with Ice – Winter Pirates, Icicles and Little Scientists.

Ice Ornaments and Icicles A few weeks ago we filled up my baking tins with water  that we coloured with powder paint and dropped all manner of things into them.  Shells, berries, leaves, sequins, buttons and even a stone were … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play – Icy Discoveries on a Cold and Frosty Morning

I used to love frosty days when I was a kid because we could pretend to ice skate to school or breathe like a dragon.  The same sense of wonder came over my girls when they looked out on a … Continue reading

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Sensory Play: Goop

We haven’t played with ‘goop’ for a while. Usually we play with ‘goop’ in the garden so that the girls can make as much mess as they like and explore it with their whole body.  Today there was an indoor ‘goop’ … Continue reading

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Shadow Play

Shadows provide extraordinary educational opportunities.  Not only do they raise a spontaneous curiosity in the child, stimulating his imagination and exercising his emerging intellectual abilities but they are also omnipresent (even more than sand, stones, water or “pencil and paper”, because … Continue reading

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