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You don't have to be a Super Mum

You don't have to be a Super Mum

Rachel is the wonder woman behind Mission Magnets. We are so lucky to have her on our blog explaining how her clever product can make all our lives easier! She's even offering the Castle & Kite tribe a special discount, so read on...
Free Checklist!

Free Checklist!

A good transition into school can set your child up for a love of learning. Download our Free School Readiness Checklist to ensure your child gets the best possible start to their formal education.
Gross Motor Activities for Kids

Gross Motor Activities for Kids

Children tend to avoid activities that they find challenging or activities which make them feel nervous. So he avoided outdoor gross motor activities and equipment which challenged his balance. Does this sound like someone you know?
Understanding Naughty Behaviour

Understanding Naughty Behaviour

It breaks my heart to hear young children labelled as ‘disruptive’, ‘naughty’ but when I do basic reflex testing in front of the teacher we can both see that this child’s movements and behaviour are still being coordinated by reflexes, rather than their brain creating its own smooth and coordinated movements.
How teaching patterns could make your child a math whiz

How teaching patterns could make your child a math whiz

Finding simple pattern opportunities to explore, create and discuss with our kids each day will help develop their mathematical brains and send them on their way to becoming math geniuses.
Pencil Grip Tips for Kids

Pencil Grip Tips for Kids

Learning the correct pencil grip not only teaches a good writing style but helps children hold a steady wrist so they can form and write clear let...
small world with pine cones.

Open ended play experiences and how you can create this type of type of play in the home.

We are so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Erin from Celebrate Play.  Erin is a Mum, wife, Early Childhood and Primary School teacher and the ...
The Developmental Benefits of Threading

The Developmental Benefits of Threading

Threading with beads is the perfect activity for developing fine motor skills in young children. It increases concentration span, develops thinking skills, encourages the use of the pincer grasp between the thumb and forefinger and naturally strengthens the small hand muscles that are vital for holding a pencil to write with when they start school. 
three of our kids playing dress ups

Role Play: more than play

Dramatic play teaches children social skills, new vocabulary and develops communication techniques in a real and relevant setting that they can understand. When children take on characters they are learning about roles, responsibilities and relationships.

Shark head art. Why do kids need art?

Why is art so important for kids?

The value of a child’s creativity is not in the final product but in the time, effort and process that it took to get there. Children are naturally creative, inquisitive and willing to explore – art is the perfect canvas for allowing freedom and self expression.
George and Harry - the namesakes of our wooden toys

5 Reasons to Buy Wooden Toys

Toys made of natural materials, like wood, nourish your child's senses and connects them to nature. What could be better for the Earth than a child who has an appreciation for the wonder of the natural world?
finger gym picture

11 Fine Motor Activities to Increase your Child's Success at School

Like all mums, I’m always trying to find new activities to keep my two toddlers busy and entertained. Choosing a few activities each day that focus on fine motor is a great start to enhancing these skills. It can be as simple as helping peg the washing, playing with pasta or painting rocks.