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The week that was…Natural learning

Natural learning week

This week we have had a lovely slow week at home just resting and taking things easy after our busy holiday last week. It was nice to get back to our normal thing!

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We started the week with some kinetic sand play. I purchased these turtle life cycle figurines a few months ago ready to bring them out after our holiday. Listening to the girls play I realised just how much they had taken in from listening to the guides when we had been to see the turtles. I heard Miss 3 referring to the ‘egg chamber’ and telling Miss 5 this was a ‘loggerhead turtle’. They acted out exactly what we had seen. This is how play-based learning happens. They further consolidate their experiences and learning through play.


A loggerhead turtle by Miss 5.

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During project time this week the girls worked on sculptures. Miss 3 made a dinosaur, while Miss 5 made a turtle.

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Working with a new material. Do you know what it is? This was a lot of fun and turned out really great so I’m going to show you more about it in another post.

Natural learningMore art. I think after being away they really missed their art. They usually paint every day.

We got out some hand-me-down stamps and did some big painting outside.

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Miss 3 has always loved to paint with black. I hear some people don’t allow children to use black but I can’t see why. It’s so strong and satisfying for little people to paint with.

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Never far behind, the baby girl covered herself in paint from head to toe.

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Miss 5 was straight back to loose parts creations ‘for the fairies’.

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She’s always making symmetrical patterns on the mat.

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Beautiful block creations! I shared another one here on instagram.

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The girls received a letter from their Aunty…

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Miss 5 got straight to work on a reply.

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Miss 5 has known how to play naughts and crosses for a while but this weekend she really got it. We had family staying and she was challenging everyone to games.

P.S. I love that little hand in the corner, never far from the action.

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There was also some connect 4 happening!

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Finally, the play room shelves got a bit of a change up, to better reflect the girls current interests. The human body shelf was packed away, and things were reshuffled. We now have space for a turtle area, dinosaur area, and a shelf for our Little Passports materials.

That’s it for this week. I’d love you to leave me a comment and let me know you were here! What have you been learning?

Stop by An Everyday Story, Racheous – Lovable Learning, and Memoirs of a Childhood for some more inspiring natural learning fun!


November 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Love it! So much fun and I totally agree with the black paint, I recently bought a bottle (because it was $1 on clearance!!! haha) but when I got home i realised we didn’t have any! There is so much black in life really, the kids have almost used the whole bottle!

Brian recently taught H how to play noughts and crosses too, so much fun πŸ™‚

November 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

That is really interesting about people not allowing children to have black paint!! – we have 2L however it doesn’t seem to be a colour my big girl asks for much? My goodness I love those blocks!!! I’ve been meaning to get some, I might have to move them up my mental list of things we would like πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing your week. These posts are always filled with lots of inspiration and such lovely photos.

November 24, 2014 at 8:31 am

A lovely week for you all πŸ™‚ Will you be writing more about the Little Passports? I think they look wonderful but would love to see a bit more of them before deciding to sign up!

    November 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Thanks Alison! We’ve only had the first delivery of Little Passports so far but it looks great. We can’t wait for the next package to arrive! I think it has so much potential. I will definitely be sharing more about what we do with it when we get the next one πŸ™‚

Jess - Memoirs of a Childhood
November 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Lovely week!!! We love black paint here, definitely a favourite πŸ™‚

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