Delivering Play-Based Learning Through Educational Toys

Children are Natural Learners

By nature, children are curious about cause and effect; this interest in ‘how the world works’ can be observed from day 1. As they go through the process of growing up, children are constantly analysing and drawing conclusions based on their experiences.

“Babies and children are like little scientists. They gather evidence by observing and experiencing the world,” says Tamar Kushnir from the Human Development Department of Cornell University1. While it may look like they are simply playing with toys in a random or haphazard manner, it has been observed that they are actually engaged in a rational process of hypothesising, evaluating and adapting their beliefs, after being presented with real-world evidence.

Play-Based Learning at Piptree

At Piptree Early Learning childcare centres, toys are more than just fun and games. The way Piptree delivers play-based learning is through our carefully selected, comprehensive range of educational toys, designed by experts in the field2. We have fitted our childcare centres with purpose-designed, sustainable, wooden ‘toys’, which are all actively aimed at stimulating our children in the domains of language, mathematics, creativity, science and health.

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Preparing for Your Child’s First Year of School

We are so very thankful for our wonderful Kindergarten class also known as our Poppies (4 – 5 years), who are moving to Prep in 2019. We have a few more weeks for healthy transitions to the new school, so we have put a quick list below to help you prepare for your child’s first year of school. Further information can be found on the Queensland Government Resource for Parents web page.

As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s education. There are many things you can do to make your child’s first day and time at school more enjoyable.

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The Importance of Imagination and Make-Believe Play

Symbolic play is the topic which is close to my heart, and I would like to open the door and let you have a little peak about the importance of creative play.

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School Readiness & Kindergarten Program at Piptree

The Kindergarten Program is about preparing your child for Prep.

Here at Piptree we are offering your children lots of opportunities to play, learn and grow.

Children are encouraged to use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs. Make friends and cooperate with other children. We encourage our Poppies to be more independent and confident in their abilities. Educators assist children in developing self-discipline. We support children to creatively express their ideas and feelings through art, dance and dramatic play. The Kindergarten program is also about developing early reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Useful school preparation activities might include:

  • Encouraging children’s participation in group games and experiences
  • Supporting children to cooperate with peers and make friendships in free play situations
  • Talking positively with children about starting school
  • Discussing school visits or orientation events with children, before and after they occur
  • Arranging visits to the local school so children can get used to the environment and activities
  • Reading with children regularly

We’d love to welcome you and your child into the Piptree family. Contact us today to visit one of our locations and see what makes Piptree different.

Natural Resource Play for Children

Natural resource play encourage children to observe closely and use all their senses.

The range of natural materials we are able to use with younger children is endless, yet we need to be careful.

Some ideas for nature play:

  • Water!
  • A variety of leaves including simple and compound leaves, pine tree needles, leaves with stripes and patterns, leaves of different colours and shades, leaves with interesting textures and scented leaves
  • Shells of varying shapes, sizes, patterns, textures and colours
  • Bark and twigs from a variety of trees, cut sections of wood and short lengths of pine showing grain and knots
  • Fruits and vegetables that are interesting to look at and to handle
  • Pods of different sizes, shapes and colours, pods with seeds still in them and cones of different shapes and sizes

Contact us today to visit one of our locations and see natural resource play at work at Piptree.

Science and Early Childhood

In early childhood settings, learning about science happens every day. Children’s natural curiosity leads young minds into wondering, exploring and learning opportunities. When educators show excitement and support in children’s ideas and query, a scientific journey starts developing effortlessly.

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Nature Play Passport for an Amazing Childhood

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Nature Play QLD PassportToday your children will receive their free Nature Play QLD Passport to an amazing childhood. There are missions to complete, activities to play, outdoors to explore!! Please support our children to blossom through play!!

Your Nature Play Passport will have activities such as:

  • Animal I spy
  • Soccer play with a twist
  • Shadow art
  • Kaialgumm Games Trail to learn more about our indigenous culture

There are stickers, fun facts and heaps more online!!

Go for it, give the children the very best, as it is the little things that matter!!

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Conquering Fussy Eating at Eight Mile Plains

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Fussy eating comes in a variety of forms in children.

The types of food, textures and even meal time environments can affect how children will respond to the food.

No matter if you’re the top chef giving Jamie Oliver a run for his money, or a reluctant home toast-burner, every cook in the kitchen knows the toughest critics are usually under four feet tall with a vocabulary understanding of about 1000 words.

A nutritious and healthy diet from a young age is very important so that a child’s brain is properly developed, and that their energy levels and overall health can be at their peak! At Piptree Eight Mile Plains Early Learning Centre, we encourage healthy eating habits and instil such core values from a young age to pave the best possible future for your children.

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Parents of Successful Children: What They Do

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It’s a natural thing to want your kids to succeed in life and as a parent, it can sometimes be hard to know what you need to do and say in order to move them toward their goals.

Well, as it turns out the parents of some of the most successful people around the world all do a number of things in common. From the likes of Richard Branson, Elon Musk to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; their parents all did a number of things that helped their kids grow up to be the people they are today.


They Give Their Kids Chores

Taking out the trash, putting the bins out, stacking the dishwasher, hanging washing, making lunch – making your kids do chores helps them become more grateful, respectful and appreciative. By becoming actively involved with the work that goes on around the house, they understand the ‘why’ behind the work, making them more willing to contribute because they see the value of their work.

People who did chores throughout their adolescence are proven to be more engaged, more collaborative and more well-rounded employees because they understand what hard work looks like and are generally more competent when undertaking tasks independently.

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Why Play is Encouraged to be a Part of Children’s Lives

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Play is a universal phenomenon and a right of childhood

Play is a universal phenomenon and a right of childhood.

It is spontaneous, rewarding and fun with several benefits:

  • Education: helps children learn and build skills that lay the foundation for learning to read, write and do maths.
  • Social skills: provides opportunities to socialize with peers of the same age, to learn to understand others, to communicate and to negotiate.
  • Cognition: encourages children to learn, imagine, categorize and problem solve.
  • Therapeutic benefits: Gives children the opportunity to express troubling aspects of their daily life, including stresses, trauma, family conflicts and other dilemmas.

Our children live in a time of busy schedules and high expectations for achievement; we should take care to give them the time and space to discover the joy and benefits of free play.