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“My 3yo daughter has always been ahead of the curve which is amazing – she is writing, counting, doing simple maths and loves being artistic, only the pace is killing me! She has a lot of fun in Childcare and they do great work keeping her engaged, but I feel like I should be doing more to extend her at home – any ideas for smart, creative activities that don’t take more time to set up/clean up than they do to complete? ”

Posted by Sarah, 19/5/2013

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  • Great your daughter is developing so well. Child care is great indeed ! I wouldn’t worry too much as normal every day life offers so much learning moments. That can be simply by baking things (in a way it’s creative and measuring is great for math skills), but you could do a bit more by buying pre school exercise books if you want. We loved Funbrain on an iPad/computer too


  • A cut and pasting book is great. You just need children’s scissors, a scrap book, some travel brochures ( choose some with wildlife) and some clag glue. Should keep her busy for sometime with little mess or set up.


  • Maybe ask your Child Care for advice. They should have some idea what she is capable of.
    It sounds as though she is ready for kindy but I think they have to be 4 y.o. to start. It sounds as though by the time she is school age she will be ready for Grade 1, not reception. If you have a good Kindy nearby maybe you could ask them for suggestions and tell them how advanced she is. It sounds as though she may need to go to a school which caters for talented students otherwise she is going to be bored, restless, looking for something to amuse herself, possibly distracting the teachers in the process.


  • We find maps are also great for our kids. You can show her where different countries are, draw and colour flags, talk about/cook cuisine and talk about their differences and similarities. Hours of fun!


  • What activities did you find?


  • You can turn everyday activities into learning experiences, just through talking, and asking her questions…


  • how did you go? :)


  • ipads have some great interactive apps. maybe making a story book of her own would be a good activity too and something you could repeat on a regular basis.


  • Hope you managed to find some interesting activities to keep her busy.


  • Hope you found some good ways to keep her mind entertained


  • Maybe ask her daycare what the might suggest. They know her likes and know a lot about this type of thing.


  • if she can count, dot to dot books up to ten would be good for her.


  • There are some good suggestions below.


  • puzzles and I was going to say blocks but I guess the blocks are not always quick to clean up.


  • creativity on the computer, writing, counting, art work like colouring. My daughter has that and loves it


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