Pondering Playtime

Pondering Playtime is a book and activity series for pre-school children. Every fortnight I share a short book review and related play and learning activity.

Pondering Playtime // Supermarket Role Play Tuff Spot

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen Stanley’s Shop by William Bee, and we’ve been doing some supermarket role play in our tuff spot. Stanley’s Shop – What’s…

Pondering Playtime // That’s Not My Dinosaur

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt. That’s Not My Dinosaur – What’s the Story? A touchy-feely first reader, That’s Not…

Pondering Playtime // Rainbow Rice Tuff Spot

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen Sometimes I Feel Sunny by Gillian Shields, but the real star of the show is the rainbow rice tuff spot activity…

7 Activities Linked to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This year, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is 50 years old. So to celebrate, I thought I’d share these fun and educational activities linked to the story. 1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Posting Game This is a fun printable activity, lovely for little learners. Simply print off the…

Pondering Playtime // The Tiger Who Came to Tea Tuff Spot

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr*, and created this lovely little role play tuff spot. The Tiger Who…

Pondering Playtime // Simon Sock Pairs Activity

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen Simon┬áSock by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet*, and we’ve been practising our fine motor skills with this sock matching activity. Simon…

7 Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers

It’s February! So of course our attention has turned to Valentine’s Day. We don’t tend to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day in our home. Even so, it’s nice to do a bit of heart-related crafting every now and again, and show someone you care about how much…