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International Friendship Day

Developing friendships and delighting in others is an important aspect of early childhood. Children’s friendships in early childhood are so much more than having someone to play with. Friendships provide a platform for children to practice their developing social interaction skills with the familiar responses of their friends. Through friendships, children can learn to negotiate,…

Paper Friends

Your children will love this friendship inspired craft! In celebration of International Friendship Day this year encourage your kids to have a go at making their own paper friends, which they can then share with their friends! Materials: Paints Paint brushes or sponges Paper Pencil Glitter   Method: Set out paint colours that you wish…

Shepherd’s Pie

This tasty winter’s dish is packed full of vegetables for your little (and big) family members! It is sure to become a family favourite! Ingredients For the pie filling: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, diced 500g beef or turkey mince 3 rashers short cut bacon, chopped 8 small (button) mushrooms, wiped and chopped 2…

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week commences this year on Sunday 3rd July 2016 and ends on Saturday 9th July 2016.  Celebrations are held across Australia each July, during the first full week, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from…

Grass Head friend!

Who doesn’t remember the joy of growing your very own Grass Head friend?! Googly eyes and all, these little plant friends are great to teach your children how to care for our environment. Materials Stocking Scissors Black marker pen Plastic cup Elastic band Craft glue Sphagnum moss Spray bottle Packet of grass seeds Materials to…

Apricot Energy Balls!

Growing little bodies need lots of nutrients to help develop them and give them long lasting energy throughout the day. These tasty little dairy-free treats are delicious and will give your children a burst of energy! They are also super easy to make and a fun family activity. Ingredients: 1 cup almonds 1 ½ cups…

Charity Family Fun Day – Northern Beaches

Sandcastles Childcare Brookvale, Sandcastles Childcare Elanora Heights, Sandcastles Childcare Kalang Road, Sandcastles Childcare Chatswood, Sandcastles Childcare Chatswood 2, Sandcastles Childcare Mona Vale, Sandcastles Childcare Harbord are proudly participating in a Charity Family Fun Day at Berry Reserve Narrabeen on Saturday 30th of April from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This fantastic family event will be taking place within our local community and is…

Paper plate creations!

This month we made our own furry friends! A lamb and a bee were our creations, but there are endless creatures to be made! This makes a great sensory activity as well as building fine motor skills.   Materials Paper plates Cotton wool balls Pencils, crayons, permanent markers Googly eyes Pipe cleaners Glue stick Method…