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Published August 26th 2015
Sanity saving ideas to entertain pre-schoolers
It can be expensive trying to entertain the little ones on a daily basis. However, there are some great, structured activities that you can do with the kids that won't break the bank! These activities can all be undertaken on a weekly basis so are ideal for helping form a routine with your little ones.
Library Storytime is a free, educational activity for pre-school aged kids and babies. Many local libraries run Storytime and many even hold different sessions for different age groups. For example, Hornsby Council runs story time throughout the week (at Epping, Pennant Hills and Hornsby libraries) with sessions for babies called Bubs 'N Books (0 to 18 months), Toddler Tales (18 months to 3 years) and Storytime for Preschoolers (0 to 5 years).
Great kids area at Pennant Hills Library - perfect for stories
Mainly music is a fun, weekly music group for parents or primary care givers to enjoy with their children. Sessions allow children to enjoy music, movement, interaction, rhymes and puppets. During the sessions children are introduced to numbers, the alphabet, colours, direction, fine motor skills, jumping and skipping, hopping and more. Each mainly music session also includes morning tea and playtime.
Mainly music is run by volunteers from a local church. Each mainly music operates independently of each other with each session costing a token amount (for example $5.00 for the whole family), which includes activities and morning tea.
Children can attend from when they are born up until school age. The music session usually lasts for around 30 minutes. Following the session, morning tea is served to both the adults and children. Toys are available so that children have unstructured social time after the session.
To find a mainly music group near you check out their website.
Toy Libraries are another great place for parents to take kids. There are different types of toy libraries – some are a part of the formal Toy Library Australia Organisation, and others are not-for-profit local organisations set up by Councils and other community associations.
Toy Libraries Australia is the peak body for over 160 toy libraries in Australia. It is a non-profit incorporated association, representing libraries in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, ACT, NT and Tasmania. (Their sister organisation in Western Australia, WAATL, covers that state.)
Toy Libraries are inexpensive (usually an annual subscription is charged, such as $10.00 which includes one toy loan per week).
Provide quality educational toys, covering all stages of growth and development
Primarily cater for pre-school children
Provide an opportunity to meet other caregivers
Help parents and carers learn about the ages and stages of child development.
Check out their website to see if there is one of their toy libraries near you.