Chinese New Year -Monkey stories, rhymes and more.

Preschool Chinese New Year Resources 2016
Sydney has luminous displays of the animals of the zodiac for Chinese New Year.

Houses around us are decorated and our shops are full of red and gold decorations.We’re welcoming the year of the monkey , a “charming, inventive and successful, confident, enthusiastic, flexible and happy character.”

Kids love monkeys so […]

Stretch Preschoolers thinking with Spring seeds,stories and songs.

Spring is a time of new growth- baby animals, spring leaves and flowers, rain and warmer sunnier days.

We can help kids experience the change of seasons happening all around them.

It’s a time to celebrate change and support kids “learning to look” in greater detail.

For quality new picture books set in Spring check our first […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Book list, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

Book Week- use your torch-see nursery rhyme pictures on your wall.

Book Week has been celebrated from Cairns library to Hobart schools in Australia this week.


seen some costume ideas from Pinterest

(Idea taken from http://lilliedale.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/book-fairy-costume.html)

Read a great selection of books to do with  the sun, stars moon and light.(Theme- “Books light up our world”) thanks for all the suggestions from My Little Bookcase.
And now we’re heading off […]

By |August 29th, 2015|Babies and toddlers, book review, Imagination, Rhymes, well loved|0 Comments

Teddy Bears Picnic booklist and resources

Who’s your  favourite bear?

Paddington Bear, Pooh Bear, Hugless Dougless, That very cranky bear,  The Bear that snores on,The scary bear from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,any of the three bears,Gummy bears,Corduroy,Brown bear brown bear or those cheeky little Berenstein bears out at night???

We love them all.

If your child’s favourite bear is going to a Teddy Bears picnic, […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Book list, Out and about, Playgroup, Preschool, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, video|0 Comments

Fantastical dragons for Chinese New Year

Dragons rush out at Chinese New Year in parades, stories and songs.

Kids love Chinese dragons – they are colourful,exciting, noisy and enormous!

It’s a chance to pretend to be something extraordinary,  and can later lead onto reading about Dragons in older stories like” The Dragon of an Ordinary Family” by Margaret Mahy and Helen Oxenbury.
Stories […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Author, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

Dinosaur early literacy activities

In our last post we reviewed Dinosaur Rocket, Penny Dales’s latest book in her fast, fun and furious Dinosaur series.

Kids are fascinated by dinosaurs size,unusual names and appearance.

There are many ways of extending the story reading and providing exciting early literacy learning opportunities, both at home,in early education centres and out and about.
There are […]

Hairy Maclary and friends activities and links.


The Little Big Book Club has a Hairy Maclary  Learning time   PDF sheet.It has suggestions on how to read the story, especially questions to ask before,during  and after reading the story.
The Little Big Book Club Activity time PDF sheet has suggestions on going for a walk after reading the story. (like Hairy Maclary but […]

By |January 14th, 2015|Author, Book list, Illustrator, language, Resources, Rhymes, Stories|0 Comments

Fun with Russ- a book eating bus.

We took Hoppy the kangaroo from 100 Stories Before School  down to meet a special friend recently.Russ, the book eating bus is a new initiative from the Sydney Writers Festival, part of their inaugural Children’s Festival of Moving Stories.










When you talk to Jeanmarie Morosin,Misty the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteers and Nathan the bus driver […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Australian, Author, Books, community, Illustrator, Rhymes, Stories|0 Comments

Whale rhymes and links

More Whale Tales.
I’ve put together some early years

whale rhymes
felt board ideas
and video clips
you’ll also find the beautiful sound of whales singing!

They’ll all add to sharing  Whale in The Bath by Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellet, Allen and Unwin.

Whales are HUMUNGOUS, so lets start  with a rhyme about whales swallowing up lots of other fish- rather […]

Imagination walk-Sculptures By The Sea.

You can find  fabulous places to grow kids imagination when you get out and about.

Sculptures by the Sea,now on at Bondi, Sydney, has  some massive  imagination prompters.

How about clambering into an enormous frying pan?

At Tamarama Beach, Sydney they can climb in now!

Further along the walk is a tractor that looks like it could fly…

….and […]

By |November 1st, 2014|Book list, book review, Books, Imagination, language, language, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Talking|0 Comments