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Discovery Table Week 10: Our City

We made it to week 10! At the time of writing this, still no baby but hopefully it wont be long now! This is the final post in the Discovery Table Series on the website, however if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, we will still be changing the table each week.

This time around, we’ve chosen the city as our theme. Zoey has taken a real interest in both building and cars recently so we decided to combine the two! Continue reading Discovery Table Week 10: Our City

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We built a zoo…

Inspiration often strikes when we have a billion tonnes of recycling to use up! After so many trips to IKEA recently, we have a serious surplus of cardboard. Whilst we always recycle, it seemed like a shame for these huge canvases to be immediately consigned to the yellow bin.

With another baby on the way, I’m not as up for massive messy projects (literally really, since I can no longer hoist myself off of the floor!) so we made use of the dining room table to make ourselves a zoo. This project was inspired byDiscovery Table Week 8: Zoo! Continue reading We built a zoo…

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Discovery Table Week 9: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This is the penultimate week in our discovery table series and I couldn’t finish without featuring another of our favourite books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! We have LOVED sharing the tables on the blog each week but with a new baby on the way, these posts will finish after 10 weeks. Not to worry though, as we will be keeping them going in real life – just keep an eye out on our Instagram and Facebook pages! Continue reading Discovery Table Week 9: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Discovery Table Week 7: Music

Confession here: I’m not very musical! HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I don’t encourage the children to explore and experiment with music because music is just brilliant for both creativity and self expression. The musical discovery table was inspired by recent musical purchases whilst on a coastal trip.

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The tambourine and coconut drum were bought on holiday recently. They only cost $15 each – bargain!

So what’s on the table this week?

This is the first time we’ve based a table on new purchases. Remember, the main reason we started this series was to make use of what we already had and to make sure that we were rotating toys often.

A saucepan and wooden spoon:

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If you don’t have musical instruments, try inventing your own. We personally love the saucepan and wooden spoon combination!

A basket of musical goodies:

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Zoey has been gifted a fair few musical toys. Also featured is the rainbow dance ribbon which is very popular in our house!

 

Books:

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Zoey loves the Nosy Crow board book ‘Listen to the Dance Music’ – she is often grooving along to the different styles of music!
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For Harrison, I put out the Usborne ‘Lift the Flap’ Science book to learn more about sounds. 

A selection of musical instruments:

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On the table we had the coconut drum, tambourine, a ukulele and the saucepan drum. Not in the photo but also on the table was a xylophone too!

 

Want more?

Whilst we’re heading towards the end of our 10 week Discovery Table series, you can check out older posts here:

Discovery Table Week 1: Baby Clinic

Discovery Table Week 2: The Alphabet

Discovery Table Week 3: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Discovery Table Week 4: The Ocean Waves

Discovery Table Week 5: Rainbow

Discovery Table Week 6: Nature

 

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Discovery Table Week 4: The Ocean Waves

We like to take inspiration from our real life experiences. After a trip to Mollymook on the New South Wales coast over the weekend (and with another trip planned next week!), it was the perfect opportunity to create an ocean themed discovery table.

 

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We love being on the beach!

So what’s on the table this week?

 

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A basket of sea creatures:

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Using wicker baskets means it’s a lot easier to transport objects for other play activities. Here we used items from the table for sensory play group too!

Baskets are a great way to present toys to little learners. You can choose a theme, like we’ve done here, or present an assortment of sensory items for little ones to explore. The idea of a ‘discovery basket’ is to let your child investigate and choose the direction of play themselves.

Grimm’s Rainbow

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Grimm’s wooden toys are well worth the investment. We use them in a variety of ways. 

Purple, green and blue hues from our Grimm’s rainbow and a little house were perfect for making waves. What we love about Grimm’s is that the elements let the imagination go wild!

Beach Treasures

 

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Have you tried a kid friendly magnifying glass? Both Zoey and Harrison love theirs. As well as exploring treasures at home, we also often taken them out and about when we go on nature walks.

 

Book Selection

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Magic Beach by Alison Lester was a particular favourite with Zoey over the weekend. I think the fact we we’re visiting the beach everyday, then reading the story made it extra appealing!

The Usborne Mermaid sticker book is another go-to of ours, especially when visiting cafes. I’d recommend them for a screen-free way to entertain the kids when out and about.

Again, the important thing here is making use of resources that you already have or perhaps even go out and support your local library!

Want more?

Here’s the series so far:

Discovery Table Week 1: Baby Clinic

Discovery Table Week 2: The Alphabet

Discovery Table Week 3: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

There’s also daily updates on both my Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

Happy Learning!

Sian x