Paint | Day 15 – 30DaysTYP

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sensory painting reggioExpressive Painting from the Exploring Reggio series

I have wrote about exploring paint previously. Here’s some of what I said:

Cameron adored being free to add paint and work with the paint however he wanted. He mixed, described colours and changes, described the feel of the paint and talked about painting hard and soft, slow and fast. While he slipped and slid and felt the paint, he continued to play and create.

While Cameron gets many opportunities to explore art materials, this time Lucy was asleep and he had limitless paper. It was great to see what that freedom did to his creative expression.

painting with bodies reggio process art
This kind of messy exploratory painting is a beautiful tactile opportunity. Process art is the best way to introduce art materials, including paint, and creates the perfect foundation for future artistic expression.


These experiences with art of all forms provide a multitude of ways for the child to express, explore, and develop their learning and thinking. This isn’t just centered around academics either, this notion can apply to emotional intelligence, physical development, and understanding of abstract concepts.

These artistic expressions make the learning experience visible. Kids can use these artistic representations to share with others what they are thinking, doing, feeling, learning, and experiencing. Art is the medium through which we can ‘listen’ to our little ones- Expressive Painting | Racheous – Lovable Learning

Expect mess. & furthermore Embrace the mess! As I have wrote previously about messy creativity: Watch the magic unfold when you let go of your concern of mess and the limitations it holds.

toddler creativity finger painting messy

Paint is one art material that I will purchase cheaply. We have many different types (poster paint, finger paint, homemade paint, water colour paints, tempera paint, acrylic paints, dabbers, glitter paint, foam paint, natural paints, etc) but we mostly use the washable non-toxic bottles.


  • choose two complimenting paint colours along with some white and a small amount of black,
  • present them in some clear open containers,
  • include a container (Kate suggests an ice-cube tray) for paint mixing and some small spoons or a chopstick,
  • offer a selection of brushes,
  • place a mirror underneath the clear containers of paint to further emphasise the colours,
  • if you like, include some still life objects (something of interest to your child) – something you found on a nature walk, a favourite toy, a collection of beautiful treasures for a provocation,
  • have lots of paper ready,
  • sit back and enjoy the creative mess that follows!

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working with paint

The Potential Learning Benefits of Tablets for Children

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This generation of children are digital natives; meaning they are born into an environment that is technologically rich and are quick to become ‘fluent’ in all things technological.

While we know that children need hands-on learning activities and play. We also need to be aware that we are trying to raise our children in a world where technology is the norm.

Technology is here to stay and is part of a huge socio-cultural shift in communication and connection. Tablets and other technologies are revolutionising the world our children will live in.

Ultimately, as parents and educators, we need to balance the skill development with technologies and the main principles and real-life experiences that are needed to raise healthy children. The potential for learning with technology is so great, however, there needs to be limits.

Setting Limits

I think the main concern for parents is knowing how to set limits so that your children are using technology safely and within reasonable boundaries.

parental controls
What’s great about the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 for Kids has such comprehensive and easy to use parental settings.

The parental settings can help you stay in control of app usage and purchases. There is also the ability to monitor the level of tablet usage.

Potential Learning Benefits of Tablets for Children

It’s easy to see the potential learning benefits for children through tablets.

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Many of the apps designed for children are great for learning and practicing:
• fine motor skills
• spatial awareness
• reading
• visualising thinking
• creativity
• hand-eye coordination
• writing
• numeracy
• problem solving
• letter/number/shape/colour recognition
• and so much more

I have seen how children find tablets and apps are engaging. Children can therefore learn these important skills while playing games that are fun.

matching galaxy kids

Tablets are interactive. Children are natural manipulators of their world. They learn through interacting with the world around them and not by being passive.

Use technology as a tool to help reinforce learning

I believe the use of tablets needs to be intentional. Using technology alongside other hands-on learning activities gives your child the ability to explore concepts using different mediums.

The same concepts can be expanded upon in interactive, new, interesting and fun ways. Repeating knowledge in different ways can reinforce the underlying concepts.


Tablets can be used as part of a wider interest-led project for a child and be used to document, challenge, reiterate facts and extend their learning to new heights (i.e. taking photographs of real life projects or creating a representation of the concept they are learning).

Expand upon real-life learning experiences with digital learning

Children require real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from digital learning. I believe that tablets must be used to support and enhance experiences for children – not instead of real experiences. In my opinion, the use of appropriate technology for kids gives a parent the ability to do activities that can support the healthy development of children.

The key is to ensure that apps are not replacing physical and imaginative play, but is being used in conjunction with it in a balanced way.

Take away message: Use technology with children to enhance real life learning, not replace it.

Another feature that I love is that the GALAXY Tab 3 Kids can grow with your child! The intuitive Kids Mode is built in and designed specifically for children aged around 3 to 6 years old.

Kids Mode is a world for your kids with preloaded apps for kids of all ages so they can enjoy solving puzzles, creating artwork, building inventions and more. Furthermore, there is the option to seamlessly switch to GALAXY Tab 3 Standard Mode so the tablet grows with your child.

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Want Nothing Time | Day 14 – 30DaysTYP


Welcome to Day 14 of the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series! Today we’re discussing ‘want nothing time’. Alongside lovely play invitations and meaningful play experiences; a fundamentally important notion is that of free play.


the entertainer

As I’ve spoken about previously in my post about keeping your toddler busy while homeschooling, you do not need to be The Entertainer.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

Make a conscious effort to encourage time each day play that is: unstructured, independent, unscheduled, child-led free play.

This kind of play is just as important as any level of structured play. Free play allows for Creativity expanded using problem solving skills, social skills, language skills and physical skills, processing, and discovery (including self-discovery).


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Preparation | Days 12 & 13 – 30DaysTYP

30 Days to Transform Your Play | Day 12 & 13

Kate and I have some great posts planned for you next week! Of the five posts we have two explorations planned; paint on Tuesday and light on Thursday. If you don’t have a light table or overhead projector don’t worry, we’ll be looking at both natural and artificial light.

Don’t worry if you’re a bit behind or joining us late. The series isn’t going anywhere – take it at your own pace as inspiration strikes!

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The series thus far:

Day 1 | Introduction

Day 2 | Culling Toys

Day 3 | Setting Up a Play Space

Day 4 | Identifying an Interest

Day 5 | Preparation

Day 6 | Our Creative Space

Day 7 | Exploring Playdough

Day 8 | Rethinking Art for Children

Day 9 | Constructing

Day 10 | Selecting Materials

Day 11 | Exploring Clay

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Exploring Clay | Day 11 – 30DaysTYP


Welcome to Day 11 in the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series! Today we’re exploring clay. You would have seen us working with clay in the past, including our recent post on Exploring Literacy with Clay. affiliate links disclosure

Clay is such a satisfying medium to create with. It is unique in it’s responsiveness and consequently is brilliant for self expression and imagination. Clay can also allow a child to be less afraid to make mistakes as it is repairable. Making mistakes is essential for creativity & can be an obstacle for some children.

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Sir Ken Robinson

Setting Up An Exploration of Clay

Exploring Clay  Racheous - Lovable Learning
When introducing clay to a young child for the first time, try not to instruct the child on what to do with the clay. Clarify that it is for play and not something to eat, and let them explore. Initial clay experiences are best without tools or any loose parts, merely allow the child to explore the clays texture and mold it freely. It’s beautiful to watch children delight in the clays sensory and tactile qualities.

Clay is brilliant as an introduction to creating in 3D with it’s vast possibilities. As your child gains more experience with clay, you can include the baking of clay to create a finished piece. The functional and durable nature of finished clay is very satisfying for a child.

Lucy (24 months old) is most definitely in the process stage of clay. Cameron (4 years and 3 months) has begun to form 3D representations as well as creating more complex 2D expressions in rolled out clay.

clay imprints

Cam recently created a little snowman and we baked it. He loved being able to paint it and play with his creation. It was a beautiful process to watch unfold.


  • clay (You can purchase this from great teaching resource stores or a local pottery supplier),
  • a smooth working surface (we use a large re-purposed tile we got from Reverse Garbage),
  • a mirror to place in front of your child, and
  • a bucket of water and a towel for washing up.

clay sculpting for children

Optional Materials:

Of course, just choose a few items and present them in neutral containers.

For a recent exploration, we simply included nature and I watch on as the children took similar approaches to the clay.


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