Saturday, June 25

Meanwhile on Instagram...

You probably already know this about me, but I love Instagram. I spend too much time over there, but it's just so lovely to scroll through a feed of beautiful photos - seeing the things that you want to see, not what the robots think you want to see. Friends are made, kind words are spoken, and hashtags aplenty.

I actually share quite a bit over there that you wouldn't have seen here on the blog, so if you aren't on Instagram I didn't want you to miss out.

If you do already follow me on Instagram, THANK YOU!! And sorry that you've already seen all this! xx

TEETHING! AAGGGHH! I require all the teething toys within arms reach at all times ATM.

Transient art on mirrors. So pretty, and so inviting!

Ocean themed play dough since the whole world has gone Finding Dory crazy right now.

So many ways to learn your name - this image was chosen as one of the 4 winner of the Early Learning 101 challenge!

More transient art - this time following lines on paper.

Just added some fresh new play dough to our Invitation to Play flower kit and away she went!
(On another note my lovely MiL keeps giving me all her old platters for play purposes!)

Miss M is obsessed with drawing right now. These crayons are so fun.

Chop chop wooden fruit and cakes for morning tea!

Do you follow us at Parent Talk Australia yet? This has been my other little Instagram project - gathering, collecting and sharing beautiful images from 80+ Aussie parenting bloggers. We would absolutely love to have you join us over there - and feel free to use our tag #parenttalkau !!

Loving my quotes thanks to the Wordswag app!
Thank you Instagram for being so awesome.

Love me xx

PS don't forget to use my hashtag #teachertypes over there to share your play activities, classrooms or lessons!!

Friday, June 24

You Have to See it to Believe it! {Crayola Color Alive Review}

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola. 

Today I get to review a super cool new product from Crayola. Miss M is so into colouring and drawing at the moment that I jumped at the chance to give Crayola Color Alive a try for ourselves. It's not just your average colouring book + crayons believe me!!

This is what we got...

These were our faves...

And this is what happens...

Tuesday, June 21

10+ Ocean Themed Activities for Your Finding Dory Fan

It feels like the whole of Australia has gone underwater crazy for the release of Finding Dory! I haven't seen it yet - but really wanted to get this post out there ASAP for all those little people who can't get enough of the fishy fun!

Beach/Ocean Play dough

So simple but will keep them entertained for ages. Play dough + pebbles + fish and maybe even some shells if you've got them. Violia! Squishy sensory fun.

Saturday, June 18

20 Ways to Use & Play With Hello.Pear Alphablocks

I am so privileged to bring you this beautiful product today - the Hello.Pear wooden Alphablocks! 

Their dedicated creator Johanna is based here in Adelaide, which makes it all the more special for me to share. These blocks are hand made with painstaking love and care - you can tell when you hold them how many hours of work have gone into them. It's something special to #shopsmall #shoplocal and #shophandmade. You are giving back to a real person and making a difference (I'm a brand rep & our set of blocks was kindly gifted for the purpose of this review). 

So I got to thinking and Miss M got to playing and we came up with 20 ways to play (and use) our Alphablocks. 

Just Play (of course)
Use them in pretty flat lays (Johanna also stocks these cute prints!)
Tower building
Say Thank You

Tuesday, June 14

The Magical, Enchanting Disney on Ice Experience

Yesterday would have to have been a highlight of Miss M's childhood. We went to Disney on Ice and it was AMAZING!

In her typical signature style, she was beyond excited the night before, all morning at home, talked to her Nanna on the phone to tell her she was excited, excited in the car...and then the shy little thing shrunk back inside herself with the overwhelming sense of the massive event. The beyond imaginable large Adelaide Entertainment centre, all the people, all the steps to climb and all the ice was a lot to take in. She sat quietly, watched, observed and took it all in. She isn't one to sing, dance and join in {unless she's at home}, but I watched her watching the performance and could tell how much she was captivated by it.

Thursday, June 9

{Baby Play} What Can You Actually Do With Them @ 4-5 Months?

Oh my heart! This little guy is 5 months old. I'm completely exhausted as all parents of babies are, still (almost) exclusively expressing, and just trying to make it through the days. A big difference I'm noticing in this baby stage with him compared to his big sister is the lack of time to actually PLAY with him. There's always something else to do and I feel like so often I'm just trying to 'put' him somewhere where he'll be happy so I can go and do other stuff.

I started this blog when Miss M was 9 months, so I didn't write about the early stages of baby play. A lot of mums always ask "What can I actually do with them at this age?" or "Am I doing enough?" - so allow me to answer!

Mat Time & Tummy Time

Lay them under the play gym with all of the things to look at and kick their little legs. This is when they practising rolling and develop muscle strength. Read this guest post from an OT about why Tummy Time is so beneficial and important for babies physical development. My Little Man has just rolled back to front by himself over the last few days!

Sunday, June 5

{SENSORY PLAY} How to make it cool for big kids

Sensory Play is a term define an activity or play experience that stimulates one or more of a child's senses; sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Common sensory play activities include play dough, rainbow rice/pasta/beans, finger painting and sand. It's often messy, and most children love it!

All images used with the Blogger's permission

Thursday, June 2

5 SA Biz Ladies you need to LOVE! #shopsmall

Something I'm really passionate about here at Teacher Types is providing a platform for local, small biz ladies to share their stories, products and services with my audience. I only ever share those that I absolutely LOVE myself and would recommend to friends. I think the #shopsmall & #shoplocal movement is really taking off as are market days, Instagram stores and handmade goodies.

So today, please allow me to introduce some special people...
{not sponsored just sharing the love}

Starting off with Renee from Mama & Bump

I was so lucky to have Renee take care of me throughout my pregnancy - when you feel like a whale and struggle to get comfortable, having a massage might be the only chance you get to relax. And it made such a difference to my sleep and how I felt overall. Renee is specially trained in pregnancy massage, but you don't have to be pregnant to see her! Based in Highbury, she has the cutest little shop with gorgeous gifts and goodies for mama's and little ones. Check out my beautiful teething necklace and teething toy for the little man.

Thursday, May 26

Beautiful Invitations to Play {Product Review}

I've been lucky enough to put together a few awesome product reviews lately. I typically share educational products on my blog, and only those that I really genuinely like and would honestly recommend to my readers. I'm so excited about today's product review - the flower play dough kit from Invitation to Play.

Tuesday, May 24

Help Your Child Learn Number {+ Yellow Bean Learning Review}

I've written a lot of posts in the past about Literacy. How children learn the alphabet, learn to read, book reviews, spelling ideas, sight words tips etc...and I've done the occasional posts on Number and Shape, but not as many as I would have liked.

Yellow Bean Learning is helping me to change that!

In the average classroom, children spend double the time on Literacy (10 lessons) than they do on Maths (5 lessons). Parents spend time after school hearing their child read and practising their spelling words - but maths is not often included in nightly homework.

Many educational professionals believe that 'Early Number' is all about cognitive understanding and representation of number, i.e. seeing a group of 4 counters and knowing right away that's what 4 of something looks like (otherwise known as subitising). It's also important for children to recognise the numerals before they write them. Writing numerals is a handwriting skill - not a mathematical skill. Young children need to look, touch, play and count in order to develop a good foundation of their mathematical understanding.

Here are some of my favourite resources for teaching number 1-10. It's a beautiful mix with visual appeal and lots of opportunities for hands on, play based learning.

  • Pebbles 1-10 (I just got these from Bunnings)
  • Lego Duplo
  • My First Numbers Book
  • Number Cards + Gems (printables available here)
  • Yellow Bean Learning Resource Kit
  • Number Puzzle

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