Porto playgroup returned from the summer break with a session on Mandalas, where older children had the chance to create their own using scissors and coloured paper and our younger members discovered some of nature’s mandalas in the form of pinecones, halved fruit and flowers. Snack time of course, followed on the theme ☺ The … Continue reading Porto Playgroup – September 2019
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The month of November was full of new activities. During one of our Heuristic session the kids played with clay. Working with clay in fact it's very important for babies and toddlers to develop eye coordination, fine motor skills, creativity and imagination among others. We really like to celebrate worldwide events at Porto Playgroup. This … Continue reading Porto Playgroup – November 2018
During the month of October at Porto Playgroup we had a few activities related to the season of Autumn. We collected and painted some leaves and gathered acorns, pine cones and conkers for sensory play. We also built towers with eggs boxes to explore the notion of volume and three-dimensionality. We celebrated our 2nd year … Continue reading Porto Playgroup – October 2018
This week at Porto Playgroup the kids played outside making muddy soups while some others used the arts and crafts material to color inside. We celebrated the birthday of one of our regular boy with a delicious cake and lots of balloons and welcomed some new families to the group!
This week’s Playgroup had a jungle theme as we explored some of the animals from our story time book, Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae. Children sponge-printed giraffe spots, glued zebra stripes and cut out tiger masks before dancing along to some of the moments in the book. We also had a special treat with … Continue reading Jungle themed activity and story time.
Last Wednesday we celebrated S. João! One of our regular families volunteered to organise the set up of a very traditional 'Cascata de S. João'. Children had to paint a scene from our city, and then pick up fresh moss from the church grounds to accommodate the traditional clay figurines against the scenario.
For the monthly messy play day we explored some painting on a vertical surface, on tables and we had also an activity tailored for babies. Kids used different materials, such as brushes or sponges but mainly their hands... and body! Besides being a good exercise for kids by promoting a good posture, improving strength and … Continue reading Messy Play: Creative and Sensorial Painting
At Porto Playgroup our kids played again with everyday objects trying to make something different out of them (who said that a box can't be a castle? :)). With heuristic play babies and toddlers learn and discover different textures of different materials. The objects are not regular toys 'ready to play with' and fantasy takes … Continue reading Heuristic Play – June
This time at Porto Playgroup for the Adult Focus week we hosted Krisztina, certified Kangatraining trainer in Porto. She was there to answer questions about this great activity for parents and their babies and available to give a sample of the class for those who wanted to try it. Parents got ready with their babies … Continue reading Kangatraining and Free Play