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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities My favourite pipe cleaner activity for encouraging fine motor skill development is creating characters with play dough and adding hair with pipe cleaners and beads, or tooth picks and beads. Why is this play dough and pipe cleaner activity important? The main elements for pincer grip are to use the thumb, first finger, and second finger to grasp small objects such as a pencil, bead, or button. For the first three fingers to be able to maintain a pincer grip, the fourth and fifth fingers need to stay clenched and out of...

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Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary

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Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary

Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary I apologise if this offends anyone, but I feel concerned about smart devices and tablets being used in our children's kindergarten spaces.   As I type on my laptop with my smart phone sitting next to me, I appreciate the positives of technology. Technology for me has helped me to build my business and stay connected with my friends and family.   However, I can't seem to understand the need for screens to be used in our kindergarten classrooms.   Yes there are fantastic apps that teach children their colours, shapes, numbers,...

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Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development

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Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development

Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development   As you may already know I am a Masters qualified Developmental Educator, and Post-Graduate qualified Exercise Physiologist.   To write this article I have put my 'Exercise Physiology hat on' as I want to share with you my expertise about how movement and exercise have a positive impact on a child's learning and development.   Before going too far in to this blog article, I want you to understand what I mean by the term 'exercise'.   Exercise doesn't just include the activities of running, swimming, cycling, working...

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Why is balance important for children's learning and development?

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Why is balance important for children's learning and development?

Why is balance important for children's learning and development? Imagine being unsteady on your feet with poor confidence in your balance, and then being required to play on a huge playground at lunch time, find your way through a busy classroom to get to your lunch box, and then be able to balance yourself during a physical education class without embarassing yourself in front of your friends.   Children who struggle with balance often avoid the activities and exercises that they need each day to improve their balance.   This vicious cycle of poor balance can not only impact their...

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Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector

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Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector

Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector   Warning: This blog post has been unedited and has been typed straight from my heart.    I have been learning a lot about myself and business since creating Play Move Improve. I have had to learn that unfortunately I can't fix everything. As much as I want to, I can't change the curriculum that frustrates educators and teachers. I can't change the way that some parents parent. I can't change the way that NAPLAN encourages more priority with academics over connection and play.   What I can change...

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