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Toy of the Week - Take apart Train

Our featured toy this week is an engine and two carriage train, that can be unscrewed and taken apart, then rebuilt.  The train comes with its own screw driver and spanner.This wooden train promotes fine motor skills in young children along with problem solving when putting it back together. It can also be used for [...]

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Playgroup 17th to 21st February 2014

Another week of playgroup and we have done lots of activities around the theme Teddy Bears, which I know we all have a special one of at home.  We have sorted and matched shapes this week during circle time, then in our art time, we have decorated a teddy on a stick with playcorn, made [...]

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Toy of the Week - Party Bags

This blog is for those of you that are planning or have birthday parties coming up.  Do you want a bag that is reusable and more environmentally friendly than the usually party bags?  Look no further.....we have the answer......Our party bags are a take on the old school shoe bag (for those of you who [...]

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Playgroup 10th February to 14th February 2014

We are back at playgroup after a weeks break for the Chinese New Year holiday.  We hope that you all had a good break and wish everyone Gong Hei Fat Choi, may the Year of the Horse be a prosperous one for you.This week has been all about Valentines, as today is Valentines Day, we [...]

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Toy of Week - Story Cubes

This weeks toy of the week are the brilliant Rory's Story Cubes. This game is ageless it consists of 9 dice with a picture on each side, you roll the dice and start....Once Up On a Time ....then try to link all the pictures shown into a story.  The possibilities are endless, no two stories are [...]

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Playgroup 27th to 31st January

This week, of course, has been all about Chinese New Year.  We have painted a lucky plaque to hang in the house, made fire crackers from Lai See packets and coloured in a picture of a horse.  And of course have had gold chocolate money, what New Year would be complete without it!!We wish everyone [...]

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Make your Own Lolly Stick Puzzles

Make your Own Lolly Stick Puzzles I found this great craft while looking through the numerous craft sites out there on the internet.  And thought.....What a great way to make jigsaw puzzles for small children who are just not ready to fit pieces together, being made of wood they should last too, and are small enough [...]

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Toy of the Week - Magnetic Star Chart

Toy of Week - Magnetic Star Chart Every child needs an incentive, reminder or gentle prodding to be well behaved, I know mine did.  This Magnetic Star Reward Chart is the ideal solution, with space to put upto three children (or two and your partner).  Use the included whiteboard marker to write each childs name in [...]

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Playgroup 20th to 24th January 2014

Playgroup Activities for the Week 20th to 24th January This week at playgroup we have been doing sensory activities, we started out by making the 2 ingredient playdough (recipe here), the children had lots if fun getting messy mixing the ingredients together and took their playdough home with them to continue playing with.  Wednesday we had [...]

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DIY Gel Sensory Bag

DIY Gel Sensory Bag This is the easiest thing to make, grab the cheapest hair gel you can find and lots of little sensory bits.  It is a great idea to tape to your high chair table or the glass on a door.  I made one for the playgroup this morning a taped at child height on [...]

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