Learning about Ireland

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It was a very interesting group time today with Erin (Riain’s mum). We learned about Ireland – motherland of Riain’s family. Erin explained to children how far from Australia Ireland is, where it is, how it looks like using globe and map. Interesting pictures told about national day, national sports, music, food and traditions.

Children watched video about Leprechaun and listened to a different version of “I am a little teapot”. Erin taught us Irish dance and we tried to jump making leg’s figures.

And also children enjoyed to play with Erin having picnic on floor.

Thank you very much, Erin, for such lovely time!






Мы строили, строили и, наконец, построили…

Build, Create, Play: The Benefits of Playing with Building Toys

Материал с сайта: http://mommyuniversitynj.com/2014/07/16/build-create-play-the-benefits-of-playing-with-building-toys/

We all know that playing with building toys is beneficial for kids but did anyone ever tell you why? 

Building toys have significant cognitive and academic benefits for children of all ages. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they help kids develop a wide variety of skills and abilities. They help prepare kids for school, sports and life! I guess you can say that these toys are the “building blocks” for success!

Did you know that playing with toys such as Legos, blocks and K’Nexhelps kids develop now AND in the future?

There are both short and long term positive effects of playing with construction toys. For instance, kids can learn basic colors and shapes which are rote and immediate, while also learning visual-spatial awareness which will help develop future reading and writing skills. Kids will also learn to cooperate with others as well as problem solve.  Both skills are needed in childhood and as an adult.

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Benefits of playing with Building/Construction toys

Improves Fine Motor Manipulation and Strength

While playing with building toys, kids have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place. This helps build motor strength as well as visual skills and motor planning.

Enhances Spatial Awareness

Building toys help kids enhance their visual-spatial skills which is crucial for reading readiness. As kids build, they have to understand spatial organization in order to create a structure that does not topple over.

Encourages Thinking and Reasoning

Every time a child builds and creates a structure or even an entire world, kids have to use reasoning and critical thinking skills. They also have to problem solve when something does not work the way they hoped it would. These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults!

Involves Focus and Patience

Children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs. This helps build their ability to focus and maintain attention for longer periods of time. It also teaches the important skill of patience.

Sparks the Imagination!

Building toys allow children to create their own fantasy worlds and stories. Using the imagination boosts cognitive, academic, language and social growth. As they create structures, they also create stories which leads to greater verbal skills including their ability to tell stories.

Builds Confidence

Once that masterpiece is finished, children are so proud of their accomplishments. It increases their belief in themselves which, in turn, boosts their self-confidence.

Helps Develop Problem Solving Skills

When building, kids need to decide what will or won’t work. They have to think quickly and readjust designs when needed. This helps build important problem solving skills which are needed in school and in life.

Encourages Children to Use Their Minds Instead of Relying on Technology

Kids today rely too much on technology so it is always beneficial to play with toys that focus on hands-on, interactive fun that requires thinking skills!

Can Lead into Pretend and Imaginary Play

Once the castle, fort, city or whatever your child creates is complete, then the story telling and pretend play begins! This is great for social and language development.

Introduction to Science

Through building, kids learn to experiment and make new discoveries about how things work. They are also introduced to worlds of architecture and design which brings them into the STEM world.

Helps Develop Math Skills

Introductory math concepts are introduced such as counting, adding, subtracting and basic geometry as kids play with building toys. Not only can children build shapes and numbers with the toys, but they can also count out the pieces and use mathematical calculations to build the perfect design.

Encourages Cooperative Play

Often times kids play with their peers when building so it helps foster teamwork and cooperation. Kids learn to work together and take each other’s advice. Turn taking is also a skill gained when building together.

Are your kids not ready to build?

Some kids are either too little or just not interested in building. That’s okay because building/construction toys can be used in other ways to enhance learning. Here are some ideas:

  • Label the colors and shapes of the building materials
  • Sort by shape, color and size
  • Count the blocks/pieces
  • Use the blocks or Lego pieces as manipulatives for math word problems. For example, you have 10 Legos and take 3 away, how many do you have left?

I hope these benefits have encouraged you to head out and buy some building/construction toys. If a limited budget is a problem, then use household items such as:

  • Cups
  • Various sizes of bowls
  • Cardboard boxes (including shoeboxes)
  • Cans (including empty peanut butter jars and coffee cans)
  • DVD cases
  • Books

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7 benefits of constructive play

Карапузы на кухне.

Девочки готовили шоколадный торт в честь дня рождения Миланы. Учились читать рецепт, отмерять нужное количество ингредиентов, называть действия ии приспособления правильными терминами. Ну, и, конечно, с удовольствием продегустировали результат своей работы.


Children learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening. They love activities in the kitchen because they can use all their senses. Cooking with kids provides practical experience with many essential skills such as reading, following directions, and measuring. Getting involved in cooking helps your child to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science. There are just so many great benefits to cooking with kids.

Read more here: cooking-with-children-in-licensed-child-care

Белая берёза под моим окном…

А дополнили летние картины мы, конечно, русской берёзкой: нежной, хрупкой, прозрачной!

Чуть солнце пригрело откосы
И стало в лесу потеплей,
Береза зеленые косы
Развесила с тонких ветвей.

Вся в белое платье одета,
В серёжках, в листве кружевной,
Встречает горячее лето
Она на опушке лесной.

Всеволод Рождественнский

Лето, ах, лето!

We were drawing summer today.
Children watched pictures of season and discussed colours of summer, features and shared their experiences. I read a book of summer poems and we talked about pictures for each poem. Children discussed which feeling they have when looking at each picture, how artist drew what he read in poem, how we can see wind or rain on pictures.
Then girls created their summer pictures with watercolours. As a result we had three different pictures of nature for our exhibition.