Australia Day Mini Preschool Pack

Australia Day (26th January) is fast approaching. To celebrate I’m sharing some Australian animal activity sheets.
To use at home click on the photo, then click again to ‘save the image’ you can then save the photo and insert it into Word or like to print.
Australian Animals Prewriting
Australian Animals Word Associations
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For those less familiar with Australian animals
Top row has a wombat, kangaroo, wombat and koala
Second row has a kookaburra, cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet or parrot and another kookaburra
Third row 2 kangaroos, a dingo (native dog) and a koala
Fourth row koalas

Age: 2-4 years
Cost: printing (or free if you save them on a tablet and use in a free drawing app)
Learning: left to right prewriting skills, word associations, vocabulary, concepts of same, different and similar.


What’s On the Tray Today? An Invitation to Create

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What's On the Tray Today? An Invitation to Create.
Left over craft materials made for lots of fun. I divided the remaining craft materials (from a Cre8tiv Kidz Make Your Own Paper Puppets set) into two containers and provided blank paper and glue. Lacy (3 years 0 months) loves gluing and hates it when there is no more gluing to do in an activity so she particularly loved this activity – there was plenty to glue and even better no set place to stick it.
What's On the Tray Today? Invitation to Create

Cost: Free – It was leftovers – (the original Cre8tiv Kidz. Make your own paper puppets cost approx. $5 from Kmart.)
What's On the Tray Today? Invitation to Create

Ages: 2+ years

Taught: Creativity, colours, shapes, and we also counted.

Time: 10-30mins

What’s On the Tray Today? Lacing Cards and Colouring

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What's On the Tray Today? Lacing Cards & Colouring.

These lacing cards were given to Lacy and Aniya (3 years 0 months) for their birthdays. You could easily make your own like this, by punching holes around the edge of cereal box pictures, pages of old board books or my favourite – postcards.

Due to the small size and flat nature of lacing cards they would make a great travelling activity and/or busy bag activity.

(NB the crayons were also a present and are very cute but unfortunately the colouring tip breaks very easily)

What’s On the Tray Today? Recycled Snipping

What's On the Tray Today? Recycled Snipping

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I’m into being cheap, I mean recycling so today’s cutting practise was an recycled catalogue cut into strips. On some strips thick lines were drawn for a cutting guide. A big mess was made but much fun was also had by Lacy and Aniya (2 years 9 months).

Dishwasher Matching – Montessori inspired practical life

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Cutlery Matching
Although I don’t follow all of the Montessori style of child raising there are some things I like in it and that includes some of the practical life skills. Frequently ‘matching socks’ is an activity described for toddlers but I discovered that we were doing something even more practical (at least in my home) – Emptying the dishwasher and more specifically the cutlery rack. I realised that when Lacy & Aniya (2yrs) empties the cutlery rack we were doing matching and discussing concepts such as big and little as well as shapes and the names of various cutlery items.
e.g. Big spoon (dessert/soup)
little spoon (teaspoon)
round spoon (soup)
oval spoon (dessert)
sharp knife (do NOT touch these as they are Mummy’s job)
potato peeler
measuring spoons
When we put plates away we also discuss size and shape as well as what they’re made of e.g. ‘Large”, “small”, “plastic”, “bowl” & “plate”.
Does it take longer to have my children help unload the dishwasher? yes but as it teachers family responsibility as well as matching and I need to do this anyway I may as well make it an activity we all do rather than come up with something else for them to do while I’m doing this.
Do I always get them to help? No sometimes I just want it done quickly but if I have time and am in a patient mood I try to get them involved too.
How do they reach? I have some plastic step stools or they drag a chair over to stand on.

Cost: FREE
Time: 10-30mins
Taught: Family responsibility, basic concepts/opposites, nouns, sorting
Age: 2 years+ (the younger the child the more support they will require to do this)

Masking Tape Hopscotch

Masking Tape Hopescotch

Wet cold days mean kids with far too much energy. My hat goes off to those of you who have families in apartments. I am not used to having to entertain my kids indoors all day. So anyway way you guessed it – it’s wet and cold and even the school kids have too much energy this afternoon. So what to do….

Indoor games that take lots of energy and that doesn’t end in fighting (I’m minding my 6yr old niece as well so have two 6 year olds and two 2 year olds.)

First up Alphabet movement Cards – Printed from here
The 6yr olds spelt out their names and we did the exercises for each letter of their names. (Got in some incidental reading without them realising!)
Then we did the whole alphabet.

Next was insect themed movement exercises from here. As the blog only had a photo of the one she made I then created some but as i don’t yet know how to up load it. If you request a copy in comments I’ll email it to you

Insect Gross Motor

Masking Tape Hopescotch

The older two still had excess energy so onto Masking Tape Hopscotch …
Masking Tape
Optional: Bean bag

Using the masking tape “draw” the hopscotch – I used the square tiles for some of my squares but it would be easy to make the whole thing out of tape. Then again with the tape numbers 1-9.

Play hopscotch – hope in numbers 1-3, jump with one foot in each of 4 & 5 hop in 6, jump with one foot in each of 7 & 8 and turn in 9.

Optional: throw the bean bag into square 1 and miss that square. hoping/jumping in the rest as per above, next time through throw the bean bag into square 2 and miss that square and so on. When you throw into 4 miss four by just hopping into 5 and so on.

Ages 4+
Practised throwing, hopping, jumping, planning how to miss the appropriate square.


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DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I saw this post and thought Lacy (2yrs) would love one of these homemade tin drums. I basically followed their tutorial but as it had no photos I’ve included photos of Lacy’s being made…

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I used a Milo tin.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The fabric used was an offcut of recycled curtains – originally an Ikea print. Lacy (2yr) declared it “My favorite”.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The hot glue gun got a work out

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Trimming to size.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

More hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

My bowl was close enough to the right size to make the felt ‘skins’. (BTW the Sharpie came off the bowl with warm soapy water).

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

And even more hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

There had to be some sewing to make it fun… My first round was too far apart so I did a second round I wanted a diamond pattern so I sewed a second round in between the first, only adding beads the first time.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Lacy couldn’t wait to play it! Now I need to drink more Milo so I can make one for Aniya.