help busy parents enjoy quality playtime with their children, the activities contained in this book equip young children with the life skills to investigate the world for themselves. Exercises are based on sound early-learning principles and are focused for children aged three-to-five years. Activities cover life skills, development of the senses, language skills, number sense and science interests, and each with a healthy dose of fun and adventure. Through play activities, children will learn to: put on a coat and tie laces identify tastes and textures participate in storytelling and word play sort colours and numbers appreciate and discover the natural world
Maja Pitamic has over fifteen years' experience teaching children of varying ages and backgrounds. She is a Montessori Teacher with a specialisation in Early Years teaching. She is the co-author of I Can Play It and Modern Art Adventures. It is through her association with the parents of her students that Maja realised the need for a practical play- and workbook for parents and their children.
Introduction How to Use This Book Frequently asked questions Chapter one: Life Skills Including: Washing hands Cleaning teeth Brushing hair Folding clothes Putting on a coat Buttoning a shirt Putting on shoes Learning to pour Learning to transfer Setting the table Learning to peg Chapter two: Developing the Senses Including: Introducing textural opposites Learning tactile opposites Comparing textures The feely bag game Learning size and shape Learning height and length Matching two-dimensional shapes Matching three-dimensional shapes Discovering colours Distinguishing sounds Comparing sounds Chapter three: Language Development Including: Learning to love books Selecting books Reading to your child Enjoying word play The phonic alphabet Identifying letters Word building Reading using word and picture cards Constructing phrases Making a sentence Creating a family tree Reading with your child Chapter four: Numeracy Skills Including: Sorting into sets Learning to count one to ten Learning numerals 1 to 10 Reinforcing the sequence of numerals Combining quantities and numerals Numbers out of sequence Adding numerals to objects Addition up to ten Addition using numerals Subtraction under ten Introducing money Chapter five: Science Skills Including: Collecting leaves Make a flower puzzle Growing carrot tops Growing broad beans Growing sunflowers Planting a window box How plants drink water Understanding volume Introducing a globe and map Mixing colours Cooking fruit muffins Cooking gingerbread Worksheets