A collection of colourful flash cards of repeating patterns made out of Duplo blocks. Perfect for enhancing your Duplo play.
In this activity they can practice their scooping and pouring skills to feed the hungry birds! Cut out the printable birds and attach them to a similar sized container with tape (we used jam-jars). Then place them in a tray with some bird feed that they can use to feed the birds.
To make ice boats freeze water in a muffin tray, cover in cling-film and create a slit in each one to slide a popsicle stick in. The cling-film holds the popsicle stick in place whilst the water freezes.
Whilst the water is freezing cut out and laminate the sails. Use a craft knife to cut two slits- one at the top and one at the bottom. Also prepare a tray of water.
Once frozen remove the cling-film from the muffin tray, slip on the sails and remove the boats out from the muffin tray. You are now ready to play!
Cut out these animals and hide them in a tray of rice or other sensory material. Use the reference sheet to identify the living things and tick them off when you find them. You could also hide these around the garden or home.
Cut out the fish (there are three versions: numbered, dots and blank). Add paperclips to the ends of the fish. Now make a fishing rod using a piece of dowel, a stick or even a wooden spoon. Tie a piece of string to it and attach a magnet to the end of the string to catch the fish!
Pre-writing shapes and lines are an important pre-requisite to letter formation and useful to practice in playful, non-pressured ways.
There are many different mediums for mark making other than pen and paper that kids will enjoy. Some ideas include dying a tray of salt with a drop food colouring, using coloured rice or oats, or squirting some hair gel into a Ziploc bag before sealing.
Create your own small world vegetable patch! We made ours in some chocolate cloud dough. Alternatives could be coffee beans or black beans, coco-pops or you could even use real soil! Encourage your child to create their own vegetable patch or set up the vegetable signs and use it as a sorting activity.
You can use these simple images of a turtle and a flamingo for various animal and ocean-themed creative learning activities. We used fallen petals from the garden to create feathers on the flamingo printable.
Here’s a simple ‘print and go’ art activity. Create a blossom tree using different shades of pink paint. We used a dish brush to create a blossom effect. A broccoli floret also works well for this or you could use q-tips.
Here’s a fun matching puzzle for little ones. Print these animal pictures and glue them onto a toilet roll. Cut along the lines so that you have three pieces. Mix them all up and challenge your child to re- build the animals.
We’ve created this plant observational diary so your little one can record changes as their plant/s grows. If you have older kids this is a great opportunity to encourage some writing too!
You’ll also find a watering chart so you can keep track of when you water your plant. This can be laminated and then you can use a dry-wipe pen to tick it off each day.
By popular request we've added our space rocket to download again this month! This is one that needs adult support to make, but great to be used for small world play afterwards.
Use these earth outlines to create some earth day artwork.
Giving children early experiences of forming pre-writing shapes will help them later on when they are ready to tackle letter and number formation. These flashcards can be used to support children as they practice these shapes and lines.
Take advantage of our flower outlines to create blooming blossoms in water. We coloured them in with felt tip pens and folded in the petals. We then placed them in our PlayTRAY lid in water and the petals gently unfolded as they soak up the water.
Painting with something other than a paintbrush is good fun and fork painting makes great looking fur! This bear craft is perfect for toddlers/preschoolers. Let the paint dry and then add features with card/paper or other craft materials.
Print these hearts, cut them in half and you have a pattern and colour matching game. You could hide these around the house or garden for added fun!
Hold on to your chocolate boxes this Valentine's Day! They are so useful for play! You can use them for chocolate play dough making. Chocolate play dough is one of our favourite variations on regular play dough. Click below to download our recipe.
This is a fun way to countdown to Christmas with your little ones! Add one more ball of cotton wool each day until completing his beard on the 24th December.
This Nativity Luminary makes a heart-warming feature for the dining table! There isn’t much required with this printable. Simply curl the paper back around on itself and glue the two edges together to make a cylinder shape. Place over and around a battery-operated tea-light to give a warm glow and backlight the scene.
Do you want to build a snowman!? This is a simple game you can play either individually or with a sibling. Cut out the large snowman pieces. Roll the dice and choose the corresponding piece of the snowman. If you roll a piece you already have play moves to the next player.
Lacing is such a great activity to develop fine motor skills! To prepare your gingerbread lacing cards we suggest laminating the gingerbread figures or printing on card. Hole punch around the gingerbread figures and tie or sellotape the wool on the reverse. To help with the threading put a small piece of sellotape around the end of the wool. This will ensure the wool threads don’t separate and it’s easy to get through the holes.
A Christmas classic. The Nutcracker Ballet is a regular watch at Christmas time so here is our very own nutcracker ballerina, in various colour leotards, for you to decorate.
Create a Christmas tree pom-pom push! Glue the printable to the top of a cardboard box. Use a craft knife to cut around the holes. Provide a bowl of pom-poms or felt balls to push through the holes. This activity is always a favourite with toddlers and preschoolers!
Try an arctic backdrop for enhancing your small world set ups. We made this particular scene using a cardboard box. To make the icebergs, cut out circles of cardboard that get increasingly smaller. Glue them together and invite the kids to paint them white.
This DIY game is perfect for practicing letter sounds and words!
This is such a fun activity for kids! If you don't have the PlayTRAY, any smooth surface will work to skate your penguins. To make the skating penguins snap some lolly/ popsicle sticks in half, stick them to the base of a mini muffin tin with a bit of blue-tack and fill up the holes with water. You might want to add a tiny bit of food colouring too if you like.
Put them in the freezer overnight. Once they are frozen and you are ready to play, pop them out of the tin. You should now be able to peel the blue tack from the bottom so that they glide smoothly across your tray. Then stick the penguins to the lolly/ popsicle stick with a piece of tape.
These printables make the cutest little winter town scene for your little one to enjoy some small world play! The houses are fairly simple to make; just fold the roof at the half way point and glue the tabs together on the side. To make the mountains, fold the tab at the bottom and glue it onto the base (second printable). The 3-D trees are made by putting four of the cut-out trees together. Simply fold them in half using a ruler so that the green is facing inwards. Add glue to the back and stick each quarter together.
This has got to be one of our all-time favourite play doughs - so here is a recipe card with the ingredients and instructions.
We've teamed up with Twinkl to create fun and engaging inserts for the PlayTRAY. There are plenty to choose from including small world inserts, colour wheels, mark making inserts and more, and they are FREE.