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Threading a great skill to practise with kids

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We know it's a bit of a hard one for our little people but threading is a fantastic skill to practise and here's why. Let me put it as simply as I can - threading beads your child strengthens the small muscles in their hands. By picking them up and rotating them before threading they use different hand movements supporting their fine motor skills. It allows them to improve their visual perceptual skills by looking at the available beads and choosing which one they want to thread next. This is based on their mental image of how they want their creation to...

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Why painting is great kids activity!

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Why painting is great kids activity!
Even though painting might be a bit messy it is a great tool to improve your child’s fine motor skills. Painting doesn't have to be limited to a paintbrush and we can use pegs and pompoms, mops, hands, sponges, and straws. Let's find out more...

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4 fun activities to practise numbers with your child

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4 fun activities to practise numbers with your child
Here are 4 fun activities to practise numbers with your child. They can learn through play to recognise the numbers up to 10 and compare quantities; for example which is bigger or smaller. They are also great activities for on the go and can be used to keep little ones entertained while out and about.

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What is so great about using scissors?

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What is so great about using scissors?

Firstly it can help your little ones learn about which hand is their dominant one. With younger children, we need to ask ourselves whether our child is left or right handed. Then make we have to make sure we have the right type of scissors. If your child is still at the stage of swapping hands then I would recommend starting with whichever scissors you have at home and observe how it goes. I always make a point of not handing a pencil, crayon or scissors directly but put them in front of them and have them decide which hand they...

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4 fun crafts that use a toilet roll

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4 fun crafts that use a toilet roll

Let's do a kids craft with a toilet roll, we always have them lying around the house so why not turn them into something fun. You can always use a proper craft roll if you're feeling crafty. We have a bee, dragon, wind kite or reindeer for you to make, which ever takes your fancy.  These activities are perfect crafts for children 4, 5 and up. They give your child a chance to practice scissors skills and gluing, which both support fine motor skills and hand and eye coordination. Using these skills through play are helpful for mastering skills like...

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