Easy Christmas Art - Faux Stained Glass

With Christmas nearly upon us, it can be tricky getting everything done. Working full time, my house is not a pretty sight with a serious cleanup required before any tree putting up can be done. In order to keep the kids busy while I washed the floors, I created this easy Christmas activity for them to do. Perfect for children of mixed ages, you don't need many materials at all to recreate this beautiful fake stained glass art.

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Easy Christmas Art - Faux Stained Glass. The perfect Christmas activity for children of mixed ages at home or in the classroom | you clever monkey

I Spy Sensory Play

I love play. I love creating invitations that encourage play amongst children in meaningful ways as it creates valuable opportunities for learning both at home and at school. Through play you can easily introduce new language and concepts to young children ahead of using this same language to intentionally teach students.

Many children start school being unfamiliar with some of the tools we use in our classrooms. This can be particularly true of math but how to create a rich math experience during sensory play? With this I Spy sensory tub!

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Make your own I Spy Sensory tub for play | you clever monkey

Teaching Prepositions

Teaching prepositions to young children can be so much fun and is important work in early childhood. Why?  Prepositions are words that tell us where something is. Children need to understand these words so they can carry out instructions independently but prepositions can be a difficult concept for a child to learn. Really? Think for a moment about how we use prepositions to describe the location of something but how this can vary from person to person. While we ride 'on' a bike and 'in' a car, do we fly 'in' or 'on' a plane somewhere? 

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Ideas for teaching prepositions to young children | you clever monkey

50+ Small Worlds to Inspire Play

Frequent visitors here will know how much we love pretend play or imaginative play. Our living room floor is often home to small world play and creating such invitations for dramatic play can be so simple and easy to achieve while others can take a bit of thought and preparation but all efforts result in engaged play where young children learn to tell stories, use their imaginations, develop characters and work with others. Here are more than 50 different creative small worlds to inspire some play at your house.

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50+ Pretend Play Spaces to Inspire Play | you clever monkey

More Maths Apps Your Children Will Love

Last year I collected up our favourite Math apps suitable for iPads but given the ever changing landscape of modern technology, it seems time to add to our must have math apps for iPad that your children should love too.

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More Kid Approved Maths Apps for iPad | you clever monkey

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