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Monthly Free Craft Ideas…

Moving pictures are a wonderful and simple craft activity to complete with children. All you need is:

A piece of card or paper (large and small), crayons, a stick from the garden or icy pole craft stick, sticky tape and scissors 

First think of something that moves, children love things from nature: butterflies, bugs, or the sea and a boat (remember the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ story; this can be fun to make). Draw the background on the card. Use small piece/s of card to draw the moving animal or object, then cut around and sticky tape on the stick. Make a slit in the large background card making sure you start away from the edges so it does not tear. Place the moving picture small card on a stick, through the slit and play away.

Moving pictures can be made into cards to give to loved ones on their birthday by your child, or as a rainy day activity. Try one yourself; make your child a moving picture card each year as a little gift on their birthday. This cn be a special memorable rhythm (share in the fun, creativity and gift of giving and loving with homemade cards).

Monthly Play Tips…

All young children and toddlers love a cubby, a place to hide and imagine. Did you know that you can transform your dining room table into a cubby in two seconds?

 Visit your local Op Shop and buy a big sheet or cotton throw over. Place it over your table with a picnic blanket underneath, cushions, a little snack and some toys. Stand back and watch your young child delight in their new home! This tip is a great idea for a rainy day or when you would like to help your child play, or settle down. Try it today…

Cooking recipes…

Pretzel dough is better than play dough, you can bake and eat it! If it is a rainy day, a friend is over, or Monday means ‘Pretzel Day’ follow the recipe below to keep your child’s fingers, tummy and heart happy.

Here is the recipe for pretzel dough; once made the child will play away, and then it can be baked and eaten.

  • In a large bowl, dissolve one tablespoon of yeast in half a cup of warm water.   
  • Add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of salt.
  • Add to these one and a half cups of plain flour.
  • Knead the dough, divide it up and let young children play and make shapes with it.
  • Place the shapes onto a lightly oiled baking tray, brush lightly with beaten egg or milk. Bake for ten minutes in a moderate oven.
  • Eat with butter, yum!
  • Write out the recipe for the fridge door (keep ingredients in stock) and buy a special cooking apron for your child, to bring a smile…

Monthly Creative Discipline Tip…

‘Teethy Tales’

As you clean each tooth, tell a tale about the tooth’s day. “This tooth ate cornflakes for breakfast; this tooth went to the park”. Children love this game and it can be adapted for other potentially tricky times…

In the bath while washing your child, “This foot is so good at kicking a ball; this leg can jump high…” While brushing hair, “This hair’s favourite game is skipping, this hair likes to swing on a swing and fly high”. A connection is created to your unique child and daily tasks are not always met with a “no!”, if you include stories about your child’s day, life, favourite activities and so on whilst doing the above tasks.

Encourage healthy eating habits

Every parent would like to encourage healthy eating with young children. Make a fruit and vegetable  plate for morning tea each day. I am going to eat the ears first!

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