Alphabet Games: Alphabet Hide and Seek

Alphabet Games: Alphabet Hide and Seek

I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.

Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun? 

Well, that's what I think anyway!

So...

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How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 2)

How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 2)

 

CYA 2017 was a whirlwind of excitement, learning and nervous anticipation. The CYA team delivered a marvellous conference with over 200 delegates (their biggest yet). We learnt, we mingled, we met up with old friends and we made brand new friends. It was a wonderful, inspiring day.

But how did all that conference prep turn out? And was it worth it?

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How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 1)

How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 1)

I am just about to get on a plane and head off to the CYA (Children's and Young Adult) writers and illustrators conference in Brisbane. I've attended many writing workshops, courses, presentations and events over the last few years, but this will be my first major writing conference.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am an organised person, so it will come as no surprise to friends and family that I have literally been preparing for this conference for months...

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How to Have Fun and Games With Picture Books

How to Have Fun and Games With Picture Books

Most kids love hearing stories, and you likely aren’t getting any complaints about story time (though some kids like stories more than others). But no matter how much the kids like books, sometimes it’s just fun to shake things up a bit.

Story time can easily become a fun and interactive game if you know how, so for the first post in The Story Time Series, here are my three favourite ways to turn story time into fun and games...

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The Story Time Series

The Story Time Series

Story time with kids is a wonderful thing. It’s a chance to snuggle and share and learn and laugh. But have you ever thought about just how much story time can give?

Sure, reading books to kids teaches them about language and how to read, but did you know it can also be used to teach maths, critical thinking and the art of storytelling itself. Stories can also be turned into games, which is great for kids who are not that into story time.

So, in a series of posts (The Story Time Series), I’m going to share with you my favourite ways to enrich story time and use it to have fun and learn with kids. Here’s what I’ll cover...

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Easy DIY Ring Toss Game

Easy DIY Ring Toss Game

Ring toss is a great game for kids. It's easy enough for even really young kids to play, but you can make it harder (for the older kids) very easily. Aiming is also a really important skill, so while they are having fun they are also learning something useful.

And you don't need to spend $20 and up on a ring toss game. You can make one in ten minutes (with stuff you probably already have at home), and it's just as good. Here's how...

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