Classroom Ready - Organising a New Classroom

This term I'm very excited to have the opportunity to set up my own classroom for the first time. Usually I've borrowed someone else's classroom when I've filled in for them but this time I was greeted with pretty much a blank slate so I thought I'd give you a peek at how I've set things up to start the year.

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That's it, our school holidays are nearly over and our #easyplayidea series (for now) has come to a close. Here's all ten of our ideas for simple activities you can easily do at home that your children will love!

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Our complete collection of #easyplayidea - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


DIY Cardboard Vortex Cannon

Today's #easyplayidea is another cardboard creation but the idea I'm sharing isn't mine. It was actually a Christmas gift made by my brother-in-law who is a high school science teacher. With his permission, I'm re-sharing his idea here. He called it a vortex cannon, the rest of the family called it 'cool'!


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Cardboard Vortex Cannon - simple physics fun for everyone! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

DIY Cardboard Dollshouse

Today's #easyplayidea is another simple one - a DIY cardboard house! I've made several of these now and you really are only limited by your imagination as you can make it any shape or size. It can be a house like the one we've made or a castle or a city skyline or a mountainous hideout, anything really and the best bit? When you're finished playing, it can be stored flat, out of the way ready for next time.


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DIY Cardboard Dollshouse - design and make your own house! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!



Design Your Own Zoo Playmat

Today we had an extra visitor at our house and we made up a batch of sandy cloud dough but after quickly realising our play tub was not quite big enough for four pairs of hands, I decided to set up another simple invitation for them all to enjoy. Our #easyplayidea today was to create their own zoo playmat - a perfect activity for mixed ages.

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Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!



Salt Painting Window Art

Our #easyplayidea series continues today with some multi-step process art. I've done this art activity a few times with preschoolers but not with my own children. Salt painting is simple to do and another great way to explore how different colours are made much like our #easyplayidea from yesterday

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Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!



Hands-on Way to Learn How to Make Secondary Colours

A fun hands-on way for children to learn how secondary colours are made from primary colours!

We're all about finding simple playful ways to learn - ideas you can do just as easily at home as in the classroom.

Over the past few days we've been sharing some easy play ideas which use only few materials and are simple to set up at home. You can read one, two, three, four and five later. Today we did one of our favourite activities - mixing colours.


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DIY Cardboard Cookies

After the arrival of ants in pursuit of left-over crumbs ended play outside in our new play tent, today's #easyplayidea involves some 3D paint and recycled cardboard to create some puffy paint to decorate cardboard cookies - perfect for pretend play. No ants invited! It's easy to mix up from ingredients most people would already have at home.


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Invitation to Play - Lands of Snow + Ice

I read recently in a book about Brain Rules(affiliate link) I was gifted at Christmas that people don't pay attention to boring things, that you've got seconds to grab their attention and only 10 minutes to keep it, meaning every 9 minutes and 59 seconds you have to do something to regain their attention and keep it. Today's #easyplayidea is such an activity! 


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Clean Mud Art

I do hope you're enjoying our #easyplayidea series - we certainly are and today would have to be my favourite activity so far. If you missed seeing our first two play ideas perfect for school holidays at home you can read our first and second activities for mixed ages of children later. You can also follow along by checking out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram.


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Chalk Resist Art Outside

We continued our easy play ideas outside today by using an old technique in a new way. We started our summer of easy play ideas yesterday with some pretend play which you can read about by clicking here. You can also follow our simple invitations to play on Instagram under the hashtag #easyplayidea. Today, using some painters tape, I invited the kids to create some resist art outside on the concrete. So simple and easy.


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


Pretend Play Outside - Icecream Sundaes

It's the summer school holidays and we're in the middle of our longest break from school which for us means it's the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with some of the easy play ideas we love. Imaginative play is valued highly in our house and messy play is enjoyed by all so over the next few days I will be setting up some simple invitations for play. You can follow along here or check out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram to get some more ideas. Please feel free to add the hashtag to your own easy play ideas - we'd love to see what everyone else is getting up to in their break!


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