DIY telephone (2 - 3 year olds)
DIY telephone (2 - 3 year olds)

Create a crafty telephone that will engage your children for hours.

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The benefits of boredom
The benefits of boredom

Boredom is creativity’s catalyst, the springboard for problem solving skills, drive, and ambition - a vital experience for your children to have.

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Spaghetti play (1 - 2 year olds)
Spaghetti play (1 - 2 year olds)

Develop fine motor skills and explore senses playing with pasta.

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Dinosaur eggs (2 - 3 year olds)
Dinosaur eggs (2 - 3 year olds)

Become a scientist and discover frozen dinosaur eggs!

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Jungle jelly (2 - 3 year olds)
Jungle jelly (2 - 3 year olds)

Create your own jungle jelly!

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Edible caterpillar life cycle (2 - 3 year olds)
Edible caterpillar life cycle (2 - 3 year olds)

Using food you can create a life cycle of a butterfly so children can visually see how it works.

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Helping hands in the kitchen (5 - 6 year olds)
Helping hands in the kitchen (5 - 6 year olds)

Cooking is always a great activity for children. It gives them an opportunity to develop social skills and life skills as they work together to create something from nothing.

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Egg cutting (2 - 3 year olds)
Egg cutting (2 - 3 year olds)

This activity is aimed to practice children’s fine motor skills and to develop children’s understanding of the world and sensory exploration.

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Pasta necklaces (1 - 2 year olds)
Pasta necklaces (1 - 2 year olds)

Threading string through pasta develops fine motor control needed for early writing skills

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Fine motor finger sieve (1 - 2 year olds)
Fine motor finger sieve (1 - 2 year olds)

Spaghetti is particularly good for practising fine motor skills

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Fruit cars (1 - 2 year olds)
Fruit cars (1 - 2 year olds)

Creating cars with snack time is a great way to engage your children in an activity - with the added benefit of getting in those vital fruits and veggies!

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Enjoy your meal (1 - 2 year olds)
Enjoy your meal (1 - 2 year olds)

In Hong Kong, most of people will use chopsticks to eat noodles. However, some people can’t use chopsticks as they haven’t practice when they were young. Therefore, it’s good to have some practice for children at home!

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Create a calendar at home (4 years and older)
Create a calendar at home (4 years and older)

Introduce some routine into your child’s life while they are at home and keep them practising their understanding of dates and numbers.

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Counting hunt (5 - 6 year olds)
Counting hunt (5 - 6 year olds)

This simple game helps children work on their number sense, helps them develop counting strategies, encourages critical thinking and allows children to practise recording their work.

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Shape collage (3 - 4 year olds)
Shape collage (3 - 4 year olds)

A great way to teach your child basic mathematical concepts of shapes/sizes is to create a collage by sticking pre-cut shapes onto paper.

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Awareness of shapes (1 - 3 year olds)
Awareness of shapes (1 - 3 year olds)

We have lots of different shapes in our homes and play areas - so why not learn about them?

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Measuring (2 - 3 year olds)
Measuring (2 - 3 year olds)

Explore numbers and measurement in your own home and in your wider environment!

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Measuring capacities (3 - 4 year olds)
Measuring capacities (3 - 4 year olds)

Learn to understand volume and make predictions by measuring how much water different containers can hold.

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Shape treasure baskets (6 - 12 month olds)
Shape treasure baskets (6 - 12 month olds)

Treasure baskets are a fantastic way to help your toddler learn about the world around them, whilst engaging them in a specific theme.

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Find the shape (2 - 3 year olds)
Find the shape (2 - 3 year olds)

This activity will help children to reinforce their knowledge of shapes, and to help them to make the connections with the surrounding world by recognising shapes.

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Patterns (4 - 5 year olds)
Patterns (4 - 5 year olds)

Identifying and creating patterns (e.g. ABAB or ABBABB) is a skill children need to learn in order to move on and master more complex mathematical concepts.

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Using M&Ms to make shapes (2 - 3 year olds)
Using M&Ms to make shapes (2 - 3 year olds)

M&Ms are very colourful and attractive, readily available and great for learning shapes!

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5 ways maths is more than just numbers
5 ways maths is more than just numbers

For younger children, maths can take many forms and is so much more than simple numbers. In this article, we explore 5 things that are all considered maths, and provide you with tips on how to promote it in interactions with your child.

Early Childhood Education
Colour palette (1 - 2 year olds)
Colour palette (1 - 2 year olds)

This is about playing learning colours, recognizing them, exercising fine motor skills to operate the clothes peg and placing it on the corresponding colour.

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Group the toys (1 - 2 year olds)
Group the toys (1 - 2 year olds)

This is a great activity for children who always forget to tidy up.

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Cleaning up (3 years and older)
Cleaning up (3 years and older)

We all know that cleaning can be difficult - and it isn’t always enjoyable. However, here are two ideas to make sure that tidying with your child is never a chore, and instead a fun activity.

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Free paint play (3 - 4 year olds)
Free paint play (3 - 4 year olds)

Sometimes it’s fun just to sit your child down with a blank canvas and a lot of paint and see how they explore it!

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Body painting (6 months and older)
Body painting (6 months and older)

It is not necessary to buy professional painting tools when you want to build a free area for children to create works of art.

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Dragon fruit artwork (3 - 4 year olds)
Dragon fruit artwork (3 - 4 year olds)

The natural colouring in red dragon fruit is so strong that it can be used as a safe and easy alternative to paint! All you will need is a piece of paper and a red flesh dragon fruit.

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Crepe paper painting (2 - 3 year olds)
Crepe paper painting (2 - 3 year olds)

Your child can practise their fine motor skills by cutting the paper and squeeze the pump spray, while creating art using colours they like.

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Shaving foam marks (12 months and older)
Shaving foam marks (12 months and older)

Exercising fine motor muscles is so important for developing so many future skills. Using fingers to create marks and letters is a great way to support pre writing skills and exercise fine motor muscles.

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Find toys in shaving foam (12 months and older)
Find toys in shaving foam (12 months and older)

Practising fine motor skills and experiencing new sensations are crucial for your child's cognitive growth and development.

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Messy play - the what, why and how
Messy play - the what, why and how

Why learning isn’t always tidy

Early Childhood Education
Making pancakes (3 years and older)
Making pancakes (3 years and older)

Everyone loves pancakes! One of our teachers used this recipe the other day to celebrate pancake day and the result was delicious. You can involve your child in as many steps of the recipe as you would like.

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Home made pizza with your children (3 years and older)
Home made pizza with your children (3 years and older)

You can use your entire home to teach your children. One fun and educational thing to do is to cook a healthy pizza with your child.

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Tracing with playdough (3 - 4 year olds)
Tracing with playdough (3 - 4 year olds)

We LOVE playdough; it’s more than just a toy, it’s a learning opportunity! This is a fantastic pre-writing activity you can encourage your child to do alongside open ended playdough play.

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Playdough counting challenge (2 - 3 year olds)
Playdough counting challenge (2 - 3 year olds)

Using balls of playdough to develop our skills!

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Stamping with shapes (12 months and older)
Stamping with shapes (12 months and older)

A simple, fun pre-writing activity for your child

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Rainbow sensory bin (3 - 4 year olds)
Rainbow sensory bin (3 - 4 year olds)

A sensory bin is always a good way to occupy your child while also being a great teaching tool.

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Scarf dancing (2 - 3 year olds)
Scarf dancing (2 - 3 year olds)

Get your child moving to the rhythm!

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (5 - 6 year olds)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (5 - 6 year olds)

Challenging ourselves through music.

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Master the fine motor box (1 - 2 year olds)
Master the fine motor box (1 - 2 year olds)

In addition to developing your child's fine motor skills, this exercise also helps engage their dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

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Extract the pom poms (6 months and older)
Extract the pom poms (6 months and older)

This is about exercising your child's fine motor skills by encouraging him to extract the pom poms from the whip using their fingers. He will thus exercise the small muscles of the hand and his fingers as well as his hand-eye coordination.

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Surface Exploration (3 - 4 year olds)
Surface Exploration (3 - 4 year olds)

This activity is all about exploring the different speeds that can happen across different surfaces. We hope your child can gain an understanding of how things move, and the forces involved.

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Sensory Floor (2 - 4 year olds)
Sensory Floor (2 - 4 year olds)

We don’t just have to use our hands to sense different things - we can use lots of different parts of our bodies. Today, we can investigate feelings through our feet by creating a sensory floor, and develop our gross-motor movement as a result.

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The power of positive language
The power of positive language

The way we speak to children has a significant impact on the relationships we build with them and the way they go on to communicate with others. Being intentional with the language we use can reinforce positive behaviour, make children feel noticed and connected as well as build their vocabulary.

Early Childhood Education
Warm up exercise (2 years and older)
Warm up exercise (2 years and older)

This warms up your child's body and also exercises their gross motor skills. It’s a really good way to start the day!

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Build an obstacle course! (2 - 3 year olds)
Build an obstacle course! (2 - 3 year olds)

If you have access to the outdoors and some materials then head outside, if not you can also build one indoors.

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Kitchen drum set (6 months and older)
Kitchen drum set (6 months and older)

Let your children feel live music at home!

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Home made guitar (6 months and older)
Home made guitar (6 months and older)

Your child can be a rock star!

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Early years art
Early years art

Focus on the process not the end product

Early Childhood Education
Create an obstacle course using tape (5 - 6 year olds)
Create an obstacle course using tape (5 - 6 year olds)

This is a fun and easy activity to do at home! All you need is some masking tape!

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Sensory painting (1 - 2 year olds)
Sensory painting (1 - 2 year olds)

Discovering the world through new sensations is part of all early years children's learning journey.

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Colour mixing eye dropper painting (3 - 4 year olds)
Colour mixing eye dropper painting (3 - 4 year olds)

Practice early penmanship skills while creating art!

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Tie-dye (2 - 3 year olds)
Tie-dye (2 - 3 year olds)

Through the process of tie-dying this activity might just spark your child's curiosity about how their clothes come in different colours.

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Paint stamping with leaves (5 - 6 year olds)
Paint stamping with leaves (5 - 6 year olds)

Bring nature into your home and use it to paint!

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Tea bag painting (2 - 3 year olds)
Tea bag painting (2 - 3 year olds)

This activity is great not only to explore mark making through different expressive arts materials but also to stimulate your senses!

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Paint fireworks (6 months and older)
Paint fireworks (6 months and older)

Exploring new ways to create an artistic work using materials at hand

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String art (2 - 3 year olds)
String art (2 - 3 year olds)

This activity will not only practise children’s fine motor skills, but also encourage and foster children how to use the tools or different materials to express their creativity.

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Still-life painting (3 - 4 year olds)
Still-life painting (3 - 4 year olds)

Focus on the details, enjoy the process

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Boosting creativity, the what, why and how
Boosting creativity, the what, why and how

Why we love creativity in learning

Early Childhood Education
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Tin foil painting (1 - 2 year olds)
Tin foil painting (1 - 2 year olds)

Keep your kids engaged and focussed for hours!

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Playdough shapes (5 - 6 year olds)
Playdough shapes (5 - 6 year olds)

Have fun making shapes out of playdough!

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Cornstarch gloop (6 months and older)
Cornstarch gloop (6 months and older)

Non-Newtonian fluids 101

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Threading pasta (3 - 4 year olds)
Threading pasta (3 - 4 year olds)

Threading is an excellent activity to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

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Letter recognition hunt (4 - 5 year olds)
Letter recognition hunt (4 - 5 year olds)

Letter recognition is a fundamental concept to help prepare children for early reading.

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How is your home learning going?
How is your home learning going?

We’ve had a really good response from our families as children are learning from home, and we would love to receive more photos of what you’ve been doing!

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Maze cutting (for 4 - 5 year olds)
Maze cutting (for 4 - 5 year olds)

One of the best ways to help children strengthen the fingers used for writing is through simple scissor activities.

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Mark making with home made paint (6 months and older)
Mark making with home made paint (6 months and older)

Scribbles are products of a systematic investigation, rather than haphazard actions.

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Cup stacking # 2 (5 - 6 year olds)
Cup stacking # 2 (5 - 6 year olds)

Children learn through play and movement

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Writing letters using everyday objects (5 - 6 year olds)
Writing letters using everyday objects (5 - 6 year olds)

Learn to write using everyday objects at home

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Cup stacking (2 - 3 year olds)
Cup stacking (2 - 3 year olds)

Help your toddler develop hand/eye coordination at home

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Mark making on windows (3 - 4 year olds)
Mark making on windows (3 - 4 year olds)

All your child needs is a whiteboard marker and a window...

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Ice block mark making (1 - 2 year olds)
Ice block mark making (1 - 2 year olds)

A pre-literacy exercise for your toddler

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Painting with vegetables (3 - 6 year olds)
Painting with vegetables (3 - 6 year olds)

Build fine motor skills and confidence through creativity

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Fruit water exploration (6 months and older)
Fruit water exploration (6 months and older)

A fun and easy way to work on fine motor skills, counting and pattern making all in one!

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Comparing different groups of numbers (4 - 6 year olds)
Comparing different groups of numbers (4 - 6 year olds)

This activity will help your child learn one to one correspondence as well as begin to understand the concept of more or less.

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Baking cookies (4 - 6 year olds)
Baking cookies (4 - 6 year olds)

Baking with children gives them an opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and skills!

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Numeracy learning tray (3 - 4 year olds)
Numeracy learning tray (3 - 4 year olds)

Learn to write numbers by tracing in flour

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Maths with LEGO (5 - 6 year olds)
Maths with LEGO (5 - 6 year olds)

Learning maths can be fun!

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Jelly number hunt (2 - 4 year olds)
Jelly number hunt (2 - 4 year olds)

This activity is a fun and easy way to incorporate numeracy into an activity at home!

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Measuring colourful rice (for 6 months and older)
Measuring colourful rice (for 6 months and older)

Explore shapes and measurement

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Threading & patterns (4 - 5 year olds)
Threading & patterns (4 - 5 year olds)

A fun and easy way to work on fine motor skills, counting and pattern making all in one!

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Colour awareness (1 - 2 year olds)
Colour awareness (1 - 2 year olds)

Recognising similarities and differences is a foundation for numeracy

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Number car park (2 - 3 year olds)
Number car park (2 - 3 year olds)

As children begin to realise numbers hold meaning, they will notice them in their everyday life

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Length matching game (5 - 6 year olds)
Length matching game (5 - 6 year olds)

You will need string, scissors and various objects around the home

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Connect the dots alphabet (for 3 - 5 year olds)
Connect the dots alphabet (for 3 - 5 year olds)

An activity to develop your child's interest in reading & writing

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Singing with finger puppets (for 6 months and older)
Singing with finger puppets (for 6 months and older)

You will need paper, colour crayons/pens, sticky tape, scissors

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I spy... (for 4 - 6 year olds)
I spy... (for 4 - 6 year olds)

‘I spy’ is a great way to purposefully extend children’s understanding of phonetic awareness to the world around them.

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Drumming to music (for 1 - 2 year olds)
Drumming to music (for 1 - 2 year olds)

Music is an excellent way to broaden your toddlers language and communication skills.

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Valentine’s Day cards (for 5 - 6 year olds)
Valentine’s Day cards (for 5 - 6 year olds)

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching!

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Role Play & Small World Exploration (for 2 - 3 year olds)
Role Play & Small World Exploration (for 2 - 3 year olds)

Develop your 2-3yr old child's language and communication skills at home

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Mark making storytime (for 15 months and older)
Mark making storytime (for 15 months and older)

Enhance your child's learning through story telling

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Creating your own discovery bottle (for 6 months and older)
Creating your own discovery bottle (for 6 months and older)

Discovery bottles are containers that are filled with various materials as a way to encourage non-messy sensory play!

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Rainbow Experiment (for 2-4 year olds)
Rainbow Experiment (for 2-4 year olds)

To create a rainbow in a cup you will need: 5 cups, food colouring/ paint, thick tissue paper, water and scissors.

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Home Learning Tips & Activities
Home Learning Tips & Activities

To use while classes are suspended during the coronavirus outbreak

Early Childhood Education
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5 reasons why we love the Reggio Emilia approach
5 reasons why we love the Reggio Emilia approach

Hong Kong has so many different schools, promoting a varied range of different learning styles and theories; preschoool choice is certainly intimidating for any prospective or current parent! To help...

Early Childhood Education
Reggio vs Montessori - how are they different?
Reggio vs Montessori - how are they different?

How do you choose what educational philosophy is right for your child?

Early Childhood Education
5 activities to develop gross motor skills at home
5 activities to develop gross motor skills at home

A common issue for parents in Hong Kong is the lack of space for their children to move around and play. Luckily, wide-open space is not essential to develop gross-motor skills in young children.

Early Childhood Education
Magical Christmas Discovery
Magical Christmas Discovery

Join us for 10 days of festive fun for you and your child! Participate in a range of activities, with your child in a pre-set environment, including sensory activities, sand & water play, craft making and light exploration.

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5 things you can do at home to extend your child's learning journey
5 things you can do at home to extend your child's learning journey

Research materials, highlighted on several child development related websites, point out the importance of quality time between parents and children. Here are some of the many ways you can support your child’s early learning through your everyday activities.

Early Childhood Education
5 things to look for when choosing your child's kindergarten
5 things to look for when choosing your child's kindergarten

What really matters when choosing a kindergarten for your child? There is an abundance of choice in Hong Kong when it comes to educational opportunities for children so what should parents look for when making this important decision for their child’s future?

Early Childhood Education
Questions About Curriculum
Questions About Curriculum

While conducting school tours and parent interviews we are often asked about our curriculum and student standards. This is a vital component of any school and in recognition of this,...

Early Childhood Education
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School Tour & Play
School Tour & Play

We encourage all prospective students and their families to come visit the school and experience the Avendale Way. Book your tour here.

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Stay & Play
Stay & Play

An opportunity for you to come and enjoy family fun with our curated 2-hour purposeful play sessions for families with young children. Spend special time with your child in an...

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The Joy of Reading with Your Child
The Joy of Reading with Your Child

The most precious gift you can give your child

Early Childhood Education