Posts Tagged ‘Playgroup WA’

a child and an adult playing with homemade slime and having fun with messy play

Messy Play Ideas

Looking for messy play ideas? Messy play (and sensory play) is a fun activity for kids of all ages! It engages all the senses and is particularly important form of play especially for babies and toddlers. If you like, you can read about the benefits of messy play here. The…

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Water play is a great way for your child to learn through play and develop important early skills

Top 5 Benefits of Water Play

Does your child love water play? Read on for the top 5 benefits of water play! Water play is an activity that can be enjoyed all year round.  The great thing about water play is not only can it inspire loud, splashy, active fun but it can be the perfect…

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More than play

When people first think of playgroup, they probably imagine a group of kids playing and having fun with lots of messy play, toys, books, laughter and general happy noise.  But what if they were to take a closer look?  What they might not see is the first-time mum who has…

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Tips to help find new members

Have a look at these tips to help find new members and ways to welcome past members back. Promoting Your Playgroup Playgroups are a source of enjoyment for many families in the community and are an important community resource. With many parents coming out of social isolation, it is a…

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Benefits of Outdoor Play in Winter

Have a look at the benefits of winter outdoor play. Being outdoors comes with many benefits and opportunities for exploration and learning. But what about heading outside during these colder months? While it might feel like those rainy days restrict us from enjoying outdoor play, the truth is there are…

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Tips for Visiting a Seniors Aged Care Home

Visiting a local aged care home can be a fun and rewarding experience for all parties involved! If you are thinking of organising a visit with your playgroup for the first time, we’ve listed some of our top tips to help you:  Aged Care Staff are great with directing activities and can…

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Scissor Skill Practice: Cutting Playdough

Using scissors helps to improve hand eye coordination and is great for building muscle tone that will be required for writing later on in schooling years. It is also something that requires a bit of practice! Often little ones may start to show an interest in cutting but can find…

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Water Safety Month

WATER SAFETY MONTH is an initiative of Playgroup WA and the Royal Life Saving Society WA. This year Water Safety Month is in November and playgroup members can join in the fun by participating in water play activities whilst learning about being safe around water. Check out this informative Water…

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Is your playgroup ready for its Annual General Meeting?

It’s that time of year when many incorporated playgroups are planning their Annual General Meeting (AGM). Of course for smaller groups it’s still a good idea to have an end of year meeting to finish the year and to prepare and plan for the next 12 months! Our Playgroup WA…

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Playgroup and your mental health

During Mental Health Week you will very probably see and hear a lot of statistics showing how serious a problem mental ill health has become. We are all aware of the impact mental health plays in our lives and know that this is a problem for many. We understand that…

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Bring A Grandparent to Playgroup Week 2019 – Competition Entry

WIN WIN WIN! Bring a Grandparent to Playgroup Week is on again and this year we are offering three lucky playgroups the chance to WIN amazing prizes to be announced! Entering is simple: 1. Register your event with Playgroup WA by filling out our online form below 2. Share the…

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Best Activities to Playfully Encourage Pre-Writing Skills 

Handwriting is a skill that is developed over time. To master handwriting children need to combine fine motor skills, language, memory and concentration. Pre-writing skills are fundamental in developing the ability to write. Acquiring these skills will contribute to your child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, write, draw…

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Best Activities to Playfully Encourage Oral Language Development 

 Language and communication skills include the ability to understand others and express oneself using words, gestures or facial expressions.   Language development is most prolific during the first years of life as children’s brains are developing rapidly. This is an important time to expose children to learning new words as often…

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young children dancing inside doing indoor activities during winter

9 Winter Activities to do at Playgroup

The colder months are here and sometimes this can present a challenge to keep kids entertained at playgroup. But don't let the rain stop you from having fun - we've written some fun ideas to do with the kids at playgroup (and at home!). 1. Hold a disco Dancing promotes…

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The Top 8 Trampoline Benefits for Kids!

We all know trampolining is fun. It’s hard to keep a huge smile from spreading as you jump around in a state of childlike fun. But did you know there are also some serious health benefits you can gain from regular trampoline-based activities? And there are plenty of mental benefits…

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Halloween Craft Idea – Spooky Ghost

I don't know about you, but I really love Halloween. And since having children I enjoy it even more. I know that it's not a hugely celebrated day, but I think it is slowly (slowly) becoming more popular here in Australia. With Halloween comes lots of creative themed fun for…

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Parenthood & Taking Time for Yourself – It’s Really Important

Caring for yourself during a pregnancy and those first few months of parenthood is really important. Sometimes, you need to take time to do things just for you. Use your 'time-out' to do something you enjoy and help to keep things in perspective. Next time you need some 'me' time…

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Embracing winter at playgroup

It’s that time of the year again when bugs, coughs and colds start making life miserable! So if your little one is unwell it’s best that you stay with them at home until they’ve recovered but what about those in between days? Should a cough or a sniffle keep you…

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Snacks

Snacks on the Run

Have you heard the reports in the news? There's a massive war on waste at the  moment and one way to combat this is to plan snacks before you leave the house. But have you seen those recipe books for children's snacks which are so complicated and fiddly you'd be…

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Channel 9 Spends Time With Our Grandparent’s Playgroup

Playgroup WA provided a wonderfully, colourful backdrop to Channel 9's morning weather updates on Monday 22 May. The news service crossed  four times to Playgroup WA's North Perth Community Room to check in on the Grandparent's Playgroup which meets weekly at the venue. All of the grandparents were excited to …

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Welcoming a family with an adult or child with a disability to playgroup

My cousin has a disability. My friend’s daughter has Rett Syndrome. My neighbour’s son has been recently diagnosed with a debilitating degenerative condition. You would have to look pretty hard to find someone who isn’t related to, or know of, someone affected by a disability or diagnosis. So it’s a…

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Moving On From Playgroup to Big School

While there are only 8 Saturdays left until Christmas, thousands of parents across WA are pre-occupied by another ticking time bomb … the count down to kindy 2017. Whether it’s your first born, middle child or baby enjoying their last few weeks at playgroup before they head off to big…

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The Life of a Working Parent

Being a parent is role I love but one fraught with challenges. However, on an average day, being a parent is what I live for. And I know ‘parents’ come in all different shapes and sizes. The Working Parent One I want to touch on now is the Working Parent…

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Playgroups help support emotional health

Parenthood is Unbelievable

I only need one word to sum up my life as a parent - unbelievable. Yes, this one word says it all. And if you were to think about it, I bet, you would agree with me! You see, whether it's a good or bad day - things never really…

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Lotterywest helps Wembley Playgroup families get back to nature

The families at Wembley Playgroup are getting back to nature thanks to a recent Lotterywest grant. The group’s new outdoor nature playground was completed last week – just in time for spring! Thanks to Lotterywest Wembley Playgroup’s President Eliza Maroni thanked Lotterywest for its generous support. “We were fortunate to…

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New parents and sleep – what is it and how to get more?

The lovely people at Raising Children Network just sent me an email with links to an article on the new parent’s need for sleep. Thanks for rubbing it in. If sleep were currency I would be broke. I don’t think I’ve slept a full 8 hours since I became a…

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Why I Gave Up Open-Ended Play Experiences

Like parenting, there are so many different styles of learning in the early childhood world. It can be confusing and time sapping to try and figure out what works for you and most importantly what works for your children. As an educator working in Family Day Care, I believed in…

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Let them be bored

I remember being little and experiencing a range of emotions and sensations. I was happy when my cat snuggled on my lap and sad when I left my grandparents' house. I was excited when I went with mum to pick up my older siblings from school and scared when I…

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Organising a playgroup outing

Does your playgroup love an outing? Do you organise walks to the local park, post office or library? Maybe you’ve set your sites higher and organised a Zoo visit or a trip to a park in another suburb or town? If you have gone further afield – leave some tips…

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Creating a hunger for healthy foods

Well it’s no surprise that healthy eating need some help in the PR department. When new parents hit the shops they are usually time poor and distracted by a baby (or two) and let’s not get started on the shopping list left idling on the bench at home … Who…

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