What To Do With An Idea? Encouraging Creativity in Our Children

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As a parent, there is much I want for my three children. I want them to be healthy. I want them to be kind and thoughtful of others as well as look after themselves. I want them to persevere when things are hard and show resilience when things don't go their way. I want them to love and be loved. I want them to be creative, to always be able to look at something and see all the possibilities it holds. To me, teaching them this will be my greatest gift and challenge.

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How to encourage creativity in our children | youclevermonkey

Creating a Print Rich Environment

In one corner of my classroom last term I created a fruit and vegetable shop to encourage some dramatic play but was frustrated when I couldn't find some simple printable cards to display in the same space to create the print rich environment I wanted for the early readers in my class. With no spare time during the term, I've used some of my holidays to create a set of simple fruit photo cards and a set of vegetable photo cards which can be used either for classroom or home school display.

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Printable Fruit and Vegetable Photo Cards | youclevermonkey

Teaching Even and Odd Numbers

This is the easiest way I know to teach young children odd and even numbers. It's so easy, I taught my six year old after dinner one night using this approach. It works because many children are visual learners and the objects and the language used are familiar and relate-able. It's a great way to introduce the concept of odd and even numbers in early childhood.

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The easiest way to teach odd and even numbers to young children | you clever monkey

Invitation to play - straws, magnets and colours

Earlier in the year, my class enjoyed using their scissors so much we created a cutting station for them to use during our free play or activity time. And enjoy they did! But what to do with all these cut straws? Create another invitation to play of course!

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Invitation to play with straws, magnets and colours | you clever monkey

Inside Out - Teaching Children About Emotions

Last weekend, my children and I went to see the new Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out and it quickly became my most favourite family movie ever! Putting aside for a moment that Inside Out is a theme park attraction waiting to happen and that I possibly laughed at the dream sequence more than my kids, it's message is one that resonated strongly with me as a parent and teacher - that without sadness, there is no joy.

Use the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out to help children better understand their emotions | you clever monkey

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