Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Eric Carle

Eric Carle is truly inspiring and a staple in many kindergarten classrooms. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is one of Fred’s favourite books at the moment. Rose also loves that fact that she can read (recite) it with no effort.

Earlier in the week we stuck paper and coloured Black Sheep. Yes, the art opportunities are limited but the two boys I am working with are learning what to do with glue sticks and paper cut outs!

Black sheep,, black sheep

For Goldfish the following day, I had prepared the cut outs so the boys were to assemble the fish. This gave us opportunities to talk about the body, tail, fins, and eye.

Using a glue stick

The scales were added with oil pastels, with great big movements by Fred who is 19 months and with more care and a steady hand by his friend who is 2 years and 2 months.

Adding colour

Rose and Daisy enjoy supervising, although they may have been better with their own creations to avoid the temptation to add to the boys work. Daisy insisted she write “To: Mommy” as per a request!

Goldfish, Goldfish, what do you see?

Fred did have help to stick, his contribution was to push the paper into place with one finger!

This assembling and sticking and adding colour is as much for the boys as it is for me to build their crafting skills. Understanding not to eat the glue stick is a skill!

We will be continuing our work on Brown Bear, Brown Bear and will then move on to other Eric Carle books.

His books have been popular for the flowers too. For Rose’s third birthday a Hungry Caterpillar theme was requested. We had a Hungry Caterpillar cake, ate hungry caterpillars favourite food, smashed a butterfly pinata and took home caterpillar treats!

See more Eric Carle inspiration on our Pinterest board here and happy crafting!

Jumbo Number Pebbles and Halloween Fun

We borrowed these Jumbo Number Pebbles to play with a few days ago.

Jumbo Number Pebbles

They are lovely to lift and play with, feeling like real pebbles. As with all our pebbles, they are made from a unique stone mix, engraved and painted. The numbers just have to be felt and traced with your finger as you hold them!


Daisy has a wonderful natural teaching ability and began matching the numbers with the Halloween rubbish (I mean… toys). She was counting in French as she was doing it and encouraging Rose to join in.

Jumbo number pebbles

She then organised the snakes and spiders around the number.

Jumbo number pebbles

Fred on the other hand took pleasure in banging them together with force so they made a satisfying clunk! Each to their own.

Jumbo Number pebbles

Ten scary Halloween things.

As you can see the Jumbo Number Pebbles are strong, like pebbles really. They are open ended, always a favourite in our house, and can be used in many ways. They would be perfect in the sand tray or water table and can be used indoors or outdoors. The sorting, transporting and game options are endless and with two of each number there are plenty to share.

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Supporting Early Writing

Rose has started kindergarten and is loving it. She is eager to learn and loves to read and write. Her reading is mostly of the illustrations at the moment and she loves her quiet reading time. Writing she is also eager to partake in but her confidence is low. She is hesitant to write many letters without support even though she knows her upper case and lower case letters and their corresponding sounds.

To encourage her to write, with less frustration over letter formation, we are using Tracing Letter Stamps as a guide for writing.

Tracing letter stamps

When sounding out a word Rose selects the letters, checks her choice with me and then stamps. Yes this child is a perfectionist. Daisy would have been happy to choose her own letters and would then argue her choice was right if I corrected her. Rose hates to make a mistake and the stamps seem to be helping to build her confidence as an emerging writer.

Tracing letter stamps

When she has completed a word or sometimes a sentence she writes on top. For this I do try to watch and correct, to ensure she does not develop incorrect letter formation habits. Bad habits can be difficult to break as we all know. At this age, once the movement is committed to kinaesthetic memory it is much more difficult to alter.

Rose seems much more content with writing when using stamps as a reinforcement with letter formation. A happy writer is much more likely to write!

Tracing stamps are available in lower case and upper case sets as well as numbers and signs for math.

Tracing Stamps

Check them out here.

If you are interested in upper and lower case letter activities check out this post: matching-lower-and-uppercase-letters


Playmais Creations

Playmais is a modeling material which we have used on many occasions. It is easy to pull out and requires little set up or clean up. All we use is a little bowl of water, and either a knife or scissors. Messy trays are great as they keep the bricks contained and can be run under the tap after.

Set Of 6 Messy Paint Trays

Playmais is made from corn and 100% biodegradable. To stick the bricks together it only takes a little water, too much water and the brick melts.

Here Rose is creating and learning how much water to use. If water is too much a cloth that comes with the bricks is perfect to apply a small amount of water. She enjoyed making flowers.

Playmais Creations Rose

The instruction booklet comes with great ideas on what and how to build but for an initial play the flowers used their imagination.

A puppy was created:

Playmais Creations Puppy

As was a horse and rider:

Playmais Creations Horse and Rider

Next time we will try the instructions and see what creations we can come up with.

Here is the lowdown on Playmais:


Playmais is a natural children’s modeling material which sticks with just water. Made from corn. 100% biodegradable. It is available in three sizes: 

  • 1350 piece set includes 4 sponges, 4 knives and a teacher instruction book
  • 3150 piece set includes 5 sponges, 5 knives and teacher instruction book
  • 6300 piece bulk set(no tools)

And also in the Playmais Edu Mosaic Set:

Playmais Edu Mosaic

Experience PlayMais in a new size and a new shape! Create and design a mosaic with the new PlayMais Eduline Mosaic. The new small PlayMais Mosaics open up a new activity. This will expand the potential of PlayMais enormously. Children are introduced to a variety of designs and colours with the help of 48 educational craft cards to stick PlayMais on. Therefore, kids develop creativity, and motivation is boosted by quick success! Includes 12,000 mosaics, 48 craft cards and 6 sponges.

We promise to come back and share our other creations!

Mini Bilibo Play

As with the larger version the many uses of these mini Bilibo are only limited by your imagination. Here you can see the full size Bilibo in action and the mini version here! They are pretty cool videos.

Mini Bilibo Set

I was very excited to try them out and gave them to my children with a mission: find different ways to play with these! They happily accepted.

Mini Bilibo Set

Rose began organizing them.

Mini Bilibo

Then had them leap frog jumping over each other.


In the garden the flowers made potions with liquid water colour paints and…

Mini Bilibo

…grass and mud!

Mini Bilibo

Next the Mini Bilibo made their way to the sand box.


These versatile and colourful mini versions of the Bilibo are a great addition to any play space! Check them out here.

Geoboard Light Table Play

So you may expect the following information to show a geoboard being used in the traditional way with elastic bands. Apparently that was not as appealing to my grade 2 daughter as these beautiful counters and beads:

Counters and beads on a geoboard I did leave out rubber bands but they were ignored.

Instead the counters and beads seemed to be more attractive.

The counters are part of this Manipulative Kit for Light Table:

Manipulative Kit For Light Table

and the beads are from this Giant Transparent Beads kit.

Giant Transparent Beads

The counters look amazing:


These geoboards are transparent and can be purchased at Quality Classrooms here and  are perfect for the light table. They also come in 5 x 5 and 11 x 11 and a variety of colours.

11X11 Pin Rainbow Geoboards

Maybe next time we will use them for what they have been designed for!

Or maybe we will just find another awesome use.


Who knew geoboards could look so great!


Butterfly Ornaments Bracelets


Beautiful Butterfly Ornament Bracelets from Little Fingers Big Art.

You can pick up your Butterfly Ornaments Craft Kit here:

Have Fun crafting!

Originally posted on Roylco:

butterfly ornaments bracelets

Turn beautiful Butterfly Ornaments into wonderful bracelets! 

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