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RESEARCH-INFORMED RESOURCES

Learning at home: Supporting twice-exceptional learners

Strategies for helping to support the home-based learning of gifted students who have one or more co-existing learning challenges.

Taking action: A short guide to cybersafety for parents

The most important steps you need to take to keep your children safe online, with links to a number of useful cybersafety tools and resources.

Reading at home together: Tips for parents of young children

The many benefits of reading with young children for their learning and wellbeing, with tips to further enhance shared reading at home.

Learning at home: Supporting early literacy

A number of practical and everyday ideas that parents of young children can use to develop foundational skills for literacy at home.

Learning at home: Having conversations with young children that support learning

Tips for helping parents and caregivers support young children’s learning by extending their thinking and building their language skills through conversation.

WELLBEING INFORMATION

Supporting wellbeing and resilience

Simple but effective ways for parents and caregivers to enhance wellbeing and build resilience in children while on lockdown.

The importance of play for wellbeing and learning at all ages

An introduction to the different types of play and their extensive benefits for children’s emotional wellbeing and cognitive development.

Easy learning activities

Build a balloon-powered lego car

Build and race lego cars with this idea that invites plenty of design and engineering and encourages a variety of different possible solutions

Story time! Great stories available as audiobooks for your children

Reading books with your child is an incredibly powerful way of supporting your child’s learning. We’ve put together a list of stories that are available as audiobooks (one for each day of the week) that we think make for great listening

Ice sculpture

Playing with ice offers children a lot of potential for exploration, experimentation and physical manipulation and the fun lasts until the ice is all melted

Playdough many different ways!

A staple for play, playdough appeals to a wide range of ages and has unlimited potential for creative expression.

Edible float and sink experiment

A fun activity for predicting and experimenting as well as an opportunity to explore some complex scientific concepts, and afterwards, you get to eat the materials!

Find my plant

A fun game to play while out exploring nature that will really get your child observing!

I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of…

Get outside and into nature regularly, with nature study ideas to focus your observations and learning.

Scrape painting

A simple idea for applying paint which can inspire lots of experimentation and creativity!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

Take part in a community initiative and get some exercise in the process!

Gloop!

This kind of gloop is a fascinating medium which has a unique texture, a mixture that is part liquid and part solid. Children of all ages enjoy exploring its properties, and playing with gloop is relaxing and calming.

Build a marble run using Lego

A simple activity to get started that can get kids (and adults) fired up for hours of entertainment, with endless possibilities for modification and extension!

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Heather, ECE centre manager

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USEFUL WEBSITES FOR THIS AGE GROUP

Activities for toddlers

Why we like this: 12 easy ideas for entertaining energetic toddlers. Nearly all of the activities can be done either with little to no equipment or with things that most households will have. 


A social story about Covid-19

Why we like this: This is a useful way to explain to young children what covid-19 is and what it means for them and the world more generally.


Daily stories read aloud by Oliver Jeffers

Why we like this: These are wonderfully entertaining and engaging stories (between 15 and 30 minutes each) and there’s an opportunity for parents to then talk with their children afterwards about the story.