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I am always on the lookout for new foods to make with my children. Always looking for new experiences to share with them. Dumplings have to be one of the easiest foods to make. Anything that requires wrapping (think spring rolls, dumplings) attract my children. It's kind of like wrapping a present and a little like origami. We tried a new Japanese Gyoza recipe but could only find dumpling wrappers... Read more →

Once I found the right sized box this activity took me less than five minutes to make. A cardboard box with two holes (for the chid's arms) = Montessori Mystery Box. This is a fun game that depending on the child can last anywhere from five to fifty minutes. The idea is to isolate the child's sense of touch. They can identify objects by touch only. We like to play... Read more →

Since putting a sewing basket on our shelves Otis has been a prolific creator. He will use all the fabric and all the thread in the basket. He can now thread a needle but has not attempted a knot. Mostly he does lots of free hand sewing, threading, embroidery. It ends up with lots of lines and crosses across the embroidery hoop. A friend recently sent me a picture of... Read more →

When I am browsing blogs or visiting a friend's home - I love to look on their children's shelves, take a look in their trays and baskets. Even if our children are of different ages with different interests, I aways find it interesting and very often I leave with a new idea or feeling inspired. So have decided to start a Friday link up. Please feel free to leave a... Read more →

Wooden blocks were one of the few toys Maria Montessori advocated for in the home environment. My children have gone through cycles of playing with wooden blocks however we always have blocks out and they are frequently played with. If you haven't read it I highly recommend Teaching Numeracy, Language and Literacy with Blocks - it is a fantastic resource on doing more with blocks. My children are now four... Read more →

Unlike our usual What we are Reading posts, this month the books are new to us but not new releases, these are all oldies but goodies. Have you read them before? Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. This book is brief - I wish it contained more pages, more animals, but isn't it fabulous? It contains pictures of animals at their actual - real life size. It really gives the child... Read more →

After my recent post about activities using Schleich animals a couple of readers shared pictures of their home environments. They were so good I had to share them here!! Above is a gorgeous set up by Blydie using wooden shelves to sort the animals using geography, by continent. Isn't it fabulous!?! Blydie says: We've also used them for an adjective game eg. "I'm looking for an animal with a pouch."... Read more →

There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving.1 There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the... Read more →

When I am in a toy shop I cannot walk past the Schleich animals without taking a look. There are always new animals and some of them are really beautiful. Here are a few ways in which we use Schleich animals in work and play. 1. Footprints in playdough. Use an animal the child is familiar with to make footprints in the play dough. See if the child can guess... Read more →

I am 'guilty' of doing this so often. It's offering Otis the opportunity to 'help' me rather than creating the environment for him to do it himself. We see and read this all the time 'this is X helping in the kitchen, this is Y helping in the garden, isn't she/he such a good little helper'. Do they really want to always be helping? I'd suggest not. I know there... Read more →