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Inspired by @busytoddler a few weeks ago, this quick set-up as an invitation to play this afternoon will hopefully be something Little Mr keeps coming back to. A big piece of butcher's paper with some shapes drawn on, corresponding shapes drawn on post-it notes and then hidden around the room. Easy-peasy but lots of learning going on - sorting, matching, shape recognition, colours...
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Play note: he found the first two and immediately put them in the right place saying the name of the shape but then went off to play with something else. I suspect that he'll be back!
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#shapes #shaperecognition #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning #toddlerplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #sorting #hideandseek #finemotorskills #grossmotorskills #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #playmatters #playislearning #playallday

Inspired by @busytoddler a few weeks ago, this quick set-up as an invitation to play this afternoon will hopefully be something Little Mr keeps coming back to. A big piece of butcher's paper with some shapes drawn on, corresponding shapes drawn on post-it notes and then hidden around the room. Easy-peasy but lots of learning going on - sorting, matching, shape recognition, colours... . . Play note: he found the first two and immediately put them in the right place saying the name of the shape but then went off to play with something else. I suspect that he'll be back! #shapes #shaperecognition #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning #toddlerplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #sorting #hideandseek #finemotorskills #grossmotorskills #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #playmatters #playislearning #playallday - 4 hours ago

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This one is more of a toy declutter than a rotation. There were a few things that Little Mr was just getting out and throwing on the floor rather than playing with so they've been put away for the moment. I switched one of the puzzles, brought back the cosy corner fort and switched some of the books on the top shelf (which really he switches himself as the box at the bottom is full of books and he just pulls out the ones he wants to read)
*the tea party pieces that he actually uses
*puzzle and ducks
*leaf hanging #invitationtohang
*the required box of cars and trucks, planes, trains etc
*art caddy (pens, crayons, stickers, paper)
*shape sorting box *hungry caterpillar posting activity *wooden crane, steam roller and plastic digger
*cosy corner with books and soft toys .
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#toyrotation #IKEA #toddler #toystorage #toddlerarea #playarea #toyshelfie #shelfie #childhoodunplugged #childledplay #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #DIYplayhack #mixingitup

This one is more of a toy declutter than a rotation. There were a few things that Little Mr was just getting out and throwing on the floor rather than playing with so they've been put away for the moment. I switched one of the puzzles, brought back the cosy corner fort and switched some of the books on the top shelf (which really he switches himself as the box at the bottom is full of books and he just pulls out the ones he wants to read) *the tea party pieces that he actually uses *puzzle and ducks *leaf hanging #invitationtohang *the required box of cars and trucks, planes, trains etc *art caddy (pens, crayons, stickers, paper) *shape sorting box *hungry caterpillar posting activity *wooden crane, steam roller and plastic digger *cosy corner with books and soft toys . . . #toyrotation #IKEA #toddler #toystorage #toddlerarea #playarea #toyshelfie #shelfie #childhoodunplugged #childledplay #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #DIYplayhack #mixingitup - 4 days ago

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A simple invitation to play for when Little Mr gets home from daycare today. I saw a simple set up of matching hearts to sizes from @new_trick_kids yesterday morning and was inspired to try something similar. Basically it's some foam hearts in different colours and sizes. Little Mr can choose what to do with them- he might match them up by colour or size, he might throw them at me. I've also drawn round a few of the hearts to bring out later as an extension. He's been saying 'big' and 'little' recently so sorting to size might interest him. πŸ’œ
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#valentines #invitationtoplay #invitationtosort #DIYplayhack #childhoodunplugged #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #sorting #matching #hearts #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #openendedplay #montessori #valentinesplay #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddler

A simple invitation to play for when Little Mr gets home from daycare today. I saw a simple set up of matching hearts to sizes from @new_trick_kids yesterday morning and was inspired to try something similar. Basically it's some foam hearts in different colours and sizes. Little Mr can choose what to do with them- he might match them up by colour or size, he might throw them at me. I've also drawn round a few of the hearts to bring out later as an extension. He's been saying 'big' and 'little' recently so sorting to size might interest him. #valentines #invitationtoplay #invitationtosort #DIYplayhack #childhoodunplugged #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #sorting #matching #hearts #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #openendedplay #montessori #valentinesplay #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddler - 10 days ago

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I'm definitely late on the Hungry Caterpillar posting bookish play bandwagon but I've been meaning to get around to this for months. FINALLY I've done it!! Laminated pictures of each food the caterpillar eats, a Pringles tube converted into a posting box and I've quickly drawn a few butterflies for us to decorate and, if he's interested, a bit of number symbol recognition. We'll see how he feels about it all when he gets home from daycare today 😊
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#hungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #readingwithchildren #reading #readingislife #posting #counting #numbers #numberrecognition #bookishplay #booksforkids #DIYplayhack #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #childhoodunplugged #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #languagedevelopment #playathome #learnathome #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning

I'm definitely late on the Hungry Caterpillar posting bookish play bandwagon but I've been meaning to get around to this for months. FINALLY I've done it!! Laminated pictures of each food the caterpillar eats, a Pringles tube converted into a posting box and I've quickly drawn a few butterflies for us to decorate and, if he's interested, a bit of number symbol recognition. We'll see how he feels about it all when he gets home from daycare today πŸ¦‹ #hungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #readingwithchildren #reading #readingislife #posting #counting #numbers #numberrecognition #bookishplay #booksforkids #DIYplayhack #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #childhoodunplugged #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment #languagedevelopment #playathome #learnathome #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning - 17 days ago

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5 Little Speckled Frogs...Invitation to sing, play, throw bits all over the floor for Little Mr that I set up this afternoon. We painted some egg cartons this afternoon after I saw a wonderful set up by @herding_the_hos last week. This is our steal/version of the same activity. I'm not worried about Little Mr learning numbers yet as he isn't yet 2 but he loves singing and smallworlds and we have a lot of egg cartons to use somehow! He was so excited I hardly got a chance to take a photo. In fact these were taken after he went up for a bath when I reset it back into it's original form. 
We enjoyed singing and jumping the frogs into the pond but then the crocodile came for a swim so the frogs made a sharp exit!
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#smallworld #smallworldplay #nurseryrhymes #nurseryrhymeplay #5littlespeckledfrogs #DIYplayhack #singing #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlercraft #playtime #playmatters #playislearning #playallday

5 Little Speckled Frogs...Invitation to sing, play, throw bits all over the floor for Little Mr that I set up this afternoon. We painted some egg cartons this afternoon after I saw a wonderful set up by @herding_the_hos last week. This is our steal/version of the same activity. I'm not worried about Little Mr learning numbers yet as he isn't yet 2 but he loves singing and smallworlds and we have a lot of egg cartons to use somehow! He was so excited I hardly got a chance to take a photo. In fact these were taken after he went up for a bath when I reset it back into it's original form. We enjoyed singing and jumping the frogs into the pond but then the crocodile came for a swim so the frogs made a sharp exit! #smallworld #smallworldplay #nurseryrhymes #nurseryrhymeplay #5littlespeckledfrogs #DIYplayhack #singing #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #toddlercraft #playtime #playmatters #playislearning #playallday - 22 days ago

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I think it's becoming a bit obvious that this mama is TIRED! Possibly the simplest of the simple activities and took less than 30 seconds to set up. Wooden rings, plate holder and mug tree. Practise the accuracy of those #finemotorskills by hanging/placing them on the hooks. It'll be a 2 minute activity but maybe I'll get the chance to go to the loo or put the kettle on?
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#tiredmama #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #openendedplay #woodentoys #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #learningthroughplay #playhacks #creativeideas #montessori_kids #montessori #kmartaus #IKEA #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #indooractivities #DIYplayhack

I think it's becoming a bit obvious that this mama is TIRED! Possibly the simplest of the simple activities and took less than 30 seconds to set up. Wooden rings, plate holder and mug tree. Practise the accuracy of those #finemotorskills by hanging/placing them on the hooks. It'll be a 2 minute activity but maybe I'll get the chance to go to the loo or put the kettle on? 😴 😴 😴 😴 😴 #tiredmama #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #openendedplay #woodentoys #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #learningthroughplay #playhacks #creativeideas #montessori_kids #montessori #kmartaus #IKEA #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #indooractivities #DIYplayhack - 23 days ago

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Not exactly a toy rotation as I've only switched out a few toys. We were all feeling a bit overwhelmed by how many toys seemed to be everywhere so I've taken out some of the excess that he hasn't been as excited about the last few days. I've also taken out some of the tea cups and cars as there were just too many. We're all feeling a lot better now!
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Here's what we have this week:
*Grimms rainbow from @dragonflytoys and our new DIY rainbow blocks and peg people
* kmart moneybox hack with coloured popsicle sticks for sorting
*our wonderful Australian mammals and birds from @puggle.post and @bigdreamsemporium *Some op shop tea cups, milk jug and teapot
*pens, paper, stickers and other bits in the mark making caddy
*wooden shape sorter and jumbo beads (& ducks...because!)
*car and construction puzzles
*box of cars, diggers, trains and people
*the usual box of books as well as some on display too.
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#toyrotation #IKEA  #toddler #toddlerarea #toystorage #playspace #playarea #keepitsimple #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning #toddlerplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #letthemplay #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #openendedplay #imagination #invitationtoplay #kmartaus #kmartplayhacks #DIYplayhack

Not exactly a toy rotation as I've only switched out a few toys. We were all feeling a bit overwhelmed by how many toys seemed to be everywhere so I've taken out some of the excess that he hasn't been as excited about the last few days. I've also taken out some of the tea cups and cars as there were just too many. We're all feeling a lot better now! . Here's what we have this week: *Grimms rainbow from @dragonflytoys and our new DIY rainbow blocks and peg people * kmart moneybox hack with coloured popsicle sticks for sorting *our wonderful Australian mammals and birds from @puggle.post and @bigdreamsemporium *Some op shop tea cups, milk jug and teapot *pens, paper, stickers and other bits in the mark making caddy *wooden shape sorter and jumbo beads (& ducks...because!) *car and construction puzzles *box of cars, diggers, trains and people *the usual box of books as well as some on display too. . . #toyrotation #IKEA #toddler #toddlerarea #toystorage #playspace #playarea #keepitsimple #toddlerfun #toddlerlearning #toddlerplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #letthemplay #playmatters #playislearning #playallday #openendedplay #imagination #invitationtoplay #kmartaus #kmartplayhacks #DIYplayhack - 26 days ago

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My DIY hack! I absolutely LOVE the Grimms and Grapat rainbow collections and am seriously envious of everyone who has managed to build up a collection. Sadly we just can't afford to go wild πŸ˜“ I persuaded my wiser half that we really should get the large rainbow which he finally agreed to and it was Little Mr's main Christmas present. But what about all the other lovely bits? Well, thanks to some inspiration from @learnandbloom  it turns out that a $5 Jumbling Tower from #kmartaus can be made into rainbow blocks with some food colouring, white vinegar and old ziplock bags or jars! I am soooo happy with how they've turned out- yes not all the colours are exact - I really struggle with purple shades and I just couldn't work out how to get a deep but bright blue but for the most part they are pretty close. If I had a saw I might have considered cutting some of the blocks but for now I am pretty happy. I dyed some disc coins too - not all the colours as I didn't think about it with the first set of blocks I did but I have some natural eggs coming via ebay soon so hopefully I'll get the remaining colours then 😍 Little Mr and I have been knocking down towers and making shapes with these all morning and now that he's napping I'm hoping to set up a marble run with them...
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#grimms #createwithgrimms #rainbow #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #sorting #diyhack #rainbowblocks #foodcolouring #woodentoys #openendedtoys #openendedplay #matching #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #montessori #waldorfinspired #emiliareggio #tagfromtheheart #montessori_kids #entertaining_kids

My DIY hack! I absolutely LOVE the Grimms and Grapat rainbow collections and am seriously envious of everyone who has managed to build up a collection. Sadly we just can't afford to go wild I persuaded my wiser half that we really should get the large rainbow which he finally agreed to and it was Little Mr's main Christmas present. But what about all the other lovely bits? Well, thanks to some inspiration from @learnandbloom it turns out that a $5 Jumbling Tower from #kmartaus can be made into rainbow blocks with some food colouring, white vinegar and old ziplock bags or jars! I am soooo happy with how they've turned out- yes not all the colours are exact - I really struggle with purple shades and I just couldn't work out how to get a deep but bright blue but for the most part they are pretty close. If I had a saw I might have considered cutting some of the blocks but for now I am pretty happy. I dyed some disc coins too - not all the colours as I didn't think about it with the first set of blocks I did but I have some natural eggs coming via ebay soon so hopefully I'll get the remaining colours then Little Mr and I have been knocking down towers and making shapes with these all morning and now that he's napping I'm hoping to set up a marble run with them... @zaras_play_tribe @Montessorifromtheheart #grimms #createwithgrimms #rainbow #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #sorting #diyhack #rainbowblocks #foodcolouring #woodentoys #openendedtoys #openendedplay #matching #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #montessori #waldorfinspired #emiliareggio #tagfromtheheart #montessori_kids #entertaining_kids - 27 days ago

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Another quick activity set up for hen Little Mr wakes up from his nap. He was given thid fabulous #melissaanddoug tow truck puzzle for Christmas from one of his aunts. Today I've just thrown the pieces into the beans and rice mix that the dinosaurs were in and put the puzzle next to it with the magnetic tow truck. We'll see what he thinks of it! I'm guessing he'll be excited to do it and will then throw the rice on the floor 🀣
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#DIYplayhack #numbers #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #invitationtoplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #magnets #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment

Another quick activity set up for hen Little Mr wakes up from his nap. He was given thid fabulous #melissaanddoug tow truck puzzle for Christmas from one of his aunts. Today I've just thrown the pieces into the beans and rice mix that the dinosaurs were in and put the puzzle next to it with the magnetic tow truck. We'll see what he thinks of it! I'm guessing he'll be excited to do it and will then throw the rice on the floor 🀣 . . . . #DIYplayhack #numbers #toddler #toddleractivities #toddlerfun #busytoddler #invitationtoexplore #invitationtoplay #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #magnets #earlylearning #earlychildhooddevelopment - 28 days ago

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Not Christmas related but just a reminder that toys and games don't need to break the bank. Got some cardboard? Access to a colour printer? Some contact? I made these for Little Mr months ago. Today is the first time he's matched the animals up and named them (well, he said 'bird', 'zebra', 'monkey', and 'rooooaaarrr') They didn't take long, they aren't perfect, but they also don't take up much space, are portable, challenge his colour and animal recognition and make use of fine motor skills to place the pieces together. And he likes them too so win-win 😊
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#puzzle #playhack #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #colorrecognition #matching #sorting #animals #animalrecognition #busytoddler #invitationtoplay #invitationtosort #invitationtomatch #savannah #letthembelittle #toddleractivities #playmatters #playislearning #playmatters #languagedevelopment #finemotorskills #toddlerfun #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #notchristmas

Not Christmas related but just a reminder that toys and games don't need to break the bank. Got some cardboard? Access to a colour printer? Some contact? I made these for Little Mr months ago. Today is the first time he's matched the animals up and named them (well, he said 'bird', 'zebra', 'monkey', and 'rooooaaarrr') They didn't take long, they aren't perfect, but they also don't take up much space, are portable, challenge his colour and animal recognition and make use of fine motor skills to place the pieces together. And he likes them too so win-win #puzzle #playhack #DIYplayhack #colourmatching #colorrecognition #matching #sorting #animals #animalrecognition #busytoddler #invitationtoplay #invitationtosort #invitationtomatch #savannah #letthembelittle #toddleractivities #playmatters #playislearning #playmatters #languagedevelopment #finemotorskills #toddlerfun #indooractivities #entertaining_kids #tagfromtheheart #notchristmas - 2 months ago

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Doesn't look like much, does it? We've had some wet days so...on Tuesday we painted some kitchen rolls and yesterday I set them out with washi tape and stickers for Little Mr to decorate (2nd photo) And then, I stuck magnetic tape on the sides and voila we have a DIY marble run. We used pompoms and googly eyes to drop down. He loves it but also gets a bit frustrated as they move pretty easily and he isn't quite old enough to work out how to make it work. But he has been back and tried dropping different things down so I'll take that as a fun win 😁
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#everydayplayhacks #playhack #diyplay #diyplayhack #marblerun #fridgeactivities #learningthroughplay #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #mamawin #playallday #playideas #busytoddler #invitationtoplay #earlyyears #earlylearning #finemotorskills #playathome #playmatters #letthemplay #entertainingkids #playdiscovercreate #rainydays #indooractivities #washitapehacks

Doesn't look like much, does it? We've had some wet days so...on Tuesday we painted some kitchen rolls and yesterday I set them out with washi tape and stickers for Little Mr to decorate (2nd photo) And then, I stuck magnetic tape on the sides and voila we have a DIY marble run. We used pompoms and googly eyes to drop down. He loves it but also gets a bit frustrated as they move pretty easily and he isn't quite old enough to work out how to make it work. But he has been back and tried dropping different things down so I'll take that as a fun win . . . #everydayplayhacks #playhack #diyplay #diyplayhack #marblerun #fridgeactivities #learningthroughplay #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #mamawin #playallday #playideas #busytoddler #invitationtoplay #earlyyears #earlylearning #finemotorskills #playathome #playmatters #letthemplay #entertainingkids #playdiscovercreate #rainydays #indooractivities #washitapehacks - 3 months ago

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I love that M is generally such a sensitive soul, but he balances that out perfectly with his occasional crazy, daring and boisterous side. He has been loving hitting at the peg toy with the hammer, but he only actually manages to hit the target about 2% of the time, with the rest being dangerous swatting and bashing of the toy πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ Don’t get me wrong, he loves it, but I wanted the activity to be a bit more meaningful. It is for this reason that I decided to create my own hammering activity. While the good old golf tee is great, the target area just isn’t big enough for a little one who is still developing their hand-eye coordination. So with a bit of hot glue and some wooden discs from a cheap craft store, I was able to dramatically increase the target surface area. I stuck the tees into some foam and away he went. This was a huge β€œhit!” 🀣 While he still doesn’t have 100% accuracy, it is a significant improvement. 
I added the star to change up the oral language conversations- β€œCan you hit the star?” β€œLook, a blue star”. You could easily paint the discs or add printed pictures depending on what additional skills you wanted to focus on.
Direct supervision is necessary for this activity 😊
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β€’H A M M E R H I Tβ€’ I love that M is generally such a sensitive soul, but he balances that out perfectly with his occasional crazy, daring and boisterous side. He has been loving hitting at the peg toy with the hammer, but he only actually manages to hit the target about 2% of the time, with the rest being dangerous swatting and bashing of the toy Don’t get me wrong, he loves it, but I wanted the activity to be a bit more meaningful. It is for this reason that I decided to create my own hammering activity. While the good old golf tee is great, the target area just isn’t big enough for a little one who is still developing their hand-eye coordination. So with a bit of hot glue and some wooden discs from a cheap craft store, I was able to dramatically increase the target surface area. I stuck the tees into some foam and away he went. This was a huge β€œhit!” 🀣 While he still doesn’t have 100% accuracy, it is a significant improvement. I added the star to change up the oral language conversations- β€œCan you hit the star?” β€œLook, a blue star”. You could easily paint the discs or add printed pictures depending on what additional skills you wanted to focus on. Direct supervision is necessary for this activity . . #babyplay #toddlerplay #babysensory #babylearning #babydevelopment #sensoryplay #sensoryplayforbabies #sensoryplayideas #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #playideas #earlylearning #playathome #littleplayideas #invitationtoplay #sensoryplaytolearn #montessoriinspired #reggioinspired #invitationtoplay #perthplaycommunity #everydayplayhacks #hammering #hammeringtoy #diyhack #diyplayhack #golftees #motorskills #handeyecoordination - 4 months ago

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