Wednesday Tips #10 2014

I have my niece to thank for this idea. A great activity when it is too cold and wet for outdoor play!

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I provided a bowl of grapes and some toothpicks and let my young artists create grape sculptures. To my amazement they were hard at it for over 45 minutes with adaptions, extensions and collaborative building all happening. The final grape sculptures even stood up to a ride home in a box to be shown to parents. Thanks Fern!

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Wednesday Tips #9 2014

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Recently, while visiting a sports store I noticed practice cricket balls on sale. These had a length of elastic attached which could be tied onto an anchor of some sort and used for batting practice. This brought back memories of my sons practising their cricket batting when they were quite young. They had a tennis ball knotted into the toe of an old stocking which was hung from a rafter of the pergola outside the back door.
Fast forward 30 years…….I found a tennis ball in the toy box and an old pair of pantyhose and then set up a batting activity in the garden. A great success for boys and girls!

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Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
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Wednesday Tips 2014 #8

solo swing cropped
As children grow they reach many milestones and each one is an exciting development. One of the most exciting for me to watch has been the ability of my grandchild to work a swing by herself. She is so proud of herself now that she can make the swing go higher and higher after a little push from me to get her started. My back is excited too!!!

Wednesdays at Gam’s
Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
Available from http://www.bookpal.com.au RRP $24.95

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