Posts Tagged ‘Playgroup’

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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5 Reasons Our Members Love Playgroup

Have you been thinking about joining a playgroup? Or have you been hesitant about visiting one? Read on to discover why playgroup is so beneficial for families.   Every year we ask our wonderful community to give us feedback on their personal experience with playgroup. In 2020, we received over 700 responses from our members, and this is what they had…

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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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The “deep and meaningfuls” of intergenerational playgroups

 I will never forget the first time at a playgroup when a tired baby cried.  The baby’s mum was worried that the sound would bother the senior members of the group. Several of the senior members had memory difficulties and high care needs and we weren’t sure how they were going to react.   However, the cries and gurgles seemed to awaken wonder and…

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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 Manual…

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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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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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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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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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How I found my ‘village’ at playgroup

A recent article was published on MamaMia detailing one mum's first visit to playgroup (read the full article here) and we thought it was timely to re-publish the following piece from one of our playgroup member's who recently moved to a new regional community and the importance of finding your…

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Top Tips For Dad – Easy Ways To Be More Involved @ Home and Playgroup

Lately I've been thinking about all of the wonderful things my husband - or 'dad - does with, and for, the kids. Top Tips For Dad And at the top of my list is his playfulness – his ability to ‘show and do’ rather than ‘teach’. Dad knows how to…

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Playgroup can wear many hats – one mum’s story

Our playgroup is back in full swing after the recent two-week term break and everyone is happy to have the weekly opportunity to catch up! I find our playgroup is a great place for parents to swap stories (adult interaction is one of its top selling points!) and because our…

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