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How to build the ultimate indoor play space in your kitchen corner

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Kids in the kitchen! 🌽🍳 Bringing play-based learning to life 


Children learn best through play. It’s a vital part of early childhood that encourages children to learn, develop and grow whilst having fun. In The Early Years Learning Framework, play-based learning is a central focus, and emphasises the intentional role of educators in enriching learning. (EYLF practice: Play-based learning and intentionality) 


Bringing a kitchen corner to life in your centre creates a stage for pretend play, role play and open-ended play that encourages imagination, language development, social interactions, sharing, as well as a sense of belonging and identity. A wonderful pretend play space allows educators to achieve EYLF outcomes such as: ‘Children are confident and involved learners; Children are connected with and contribute to their world’. So what are we waiting for? Time to whip up the ultimate indoor kitchen play space. 🍳 


Hot trends to look for in kitchen sets 


Trend: the real deal! 

They might be ‘pretend’, but the trend is for real-look play kitchens. This comes through in details such as soft close hinges, real tapware and contemporary materials. Love!! 


Trend: open furnishings 

Another trend is for open furnishings, allowing easy access to shelves and cooking play essentials! We love this, as it creates a visual feast that inspires play easily. 


Trend: modular 

Versatility is king with these new play spaces. Modular elements you can build and shape how you like to accommodate your space and move around to keep things fresh! 


Our top dream (play) kitchens… 


Coastal & cool  

This new Norwegia Spaces Coastal Kitchen Island & Bench Set has breezy fresh vibes for days. It leans into the trends with real taps and versatile kit elements (that also complement the Natural Spaces and other Norwegia Spaces ranges). Shop the set or the Bench and Island separately. 


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Urban & awesome  

Urban chic, early childhood-style! This new Norwegia Spaces Urban Kitchen Island & Bench Set embraces the industrial look with its modern materials, black & white look and clean lines. Shop the set or the Bench and Island separately. 



Flexible & fun 


The Natural Spaces Open Play Kitchen Set of 4 is so versatile. We adore the open furnishings and modular aspect of this set that has a beautiful natural aesthetic! The set includes a kitchen bench, stove, sink and cupboard. Move them around however you like to inspire play! 


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Take a peek at the whole range: Kitchen & Home Corner Furniture 


Let’s get cooking! 

Now it’s time to stock up the cupboards and cook up some fun learning! We’ve handpicked 10 colourful food, health and nutrition sets to invite role play, conversation, open-ended play and group activities.  



1: Multicultural on the menu 


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Teach little ones respect for diversity and cultural responsiveness through role play & discussion with the Multicultural Food Set. It includes a Chinese Food Set, Japanese Food Set and Italian Food Set. Each set features food, plates, condiments and a menu. Each play food set is also available separately. 



2: Tuck into bush tucker 


Bush Tucker Resources


Play snap, read, prepare a pretend meal and chat about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives with this new Bush Food Kit. It’s focused on learning about traditional Aboriginal bush food in a tangible and fun way, encouraging role play while opening conversations about First Nations People and their culture. 



3: Teach about food allergies 


Food allergies resource


Help the little ones in your care learn about Food Allergies & Intolerances with this engaging card game. There are eight cards with food intolerances, 45 food cards, ambulance cards and more.  



4: Food bingo! 


Food bingo resource


For early literacy skills, association skills and critical thinking, you’ll love having a pack of Bingo (with 72 food items) in your kitchen corner. Each tile has an image on one side and a name on the other, so that children can practise learning associations with visual and verbal cues. There are flexible play options to suit children of various ages and abilities – match picture to picture; or word to picture. 



5: Match or sort the fruit & veggies 


Matching veggie resource


This new Fruit & Vegetable Match set lets little ones play and learn at the same time. There are 28 colour-printed wooden tiles, perfectly sized for small hands. Match the pairs, play a memory game or use the tiles to practise sorting food items: fruit vs veg; various colours; sweet vs sour vs savoury; seeds vs no seeds… it’s up to you! 



6: Learn about the food groups 


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Potatoes, eggs or sour grapes?! Learn about food groups in a fun way with The Food Group Book Pack. This bestselling picture book series serves up a plate full of laughs, adventures and lessons with empowering and charming stories. There are seven books… from The Couch Potato to The Smart Cookie to The Big Cheese! 



7: What’s for breakfast? 



Get puzzling and prepare a yummy meal with My Breakfast Tray. This new tray from Andreu Toys will be so popular in your kitchen corner for pretend play. (Andreu Toys are committed to inclusive education, with a clear intention of promoting diversity). The wooden tray is served up with all its accessories, including toast, fried egg and more. Did someone say yum? 



8: Chop! Chop! Let’s hone those fine motor skills! 


Food cutting resource


With the Joseph Joseph Chopping Board Set, chop away with this licensed replica of Joseph Joseph’s colourful Chop2Pot folding chopping board. This fun set includes a safe-to-use Elevate knife and four pieces of ‘choppable’ food. It uses ChopPop™️ play food technology for safe play with no hook & loop fastenings or magnets in sight! 



9: Cake & coffee… let’s brew this!


Tea & coffee resource


With a cake mixer, tea set and coffee set in Melissa & Doug’s Wooden Appliances Set, you can mix it up or cook up some mud pies! Melissa & Doug’s hand-crafted designs use durable wood and other specialist materials that are popular with educators and children alike. 



10: Wrap your food & nutrition learning up in a bow  


Nutrition Curriculum Kit


Get the cupboards ready! Our Nutrition Curriculum Kit will help you stock up on all the pretend play food you could need! You can also teach students about healthy eating in a hands-on way. There’s a huge set of play food that includes meat, breads, poultry, dairy, sweets and condiments. There’s a 36-piece container of fruits and vegetables, plus a wooden play food crate featuring the five food groups. The kit also includes a floor mat showing the healthy eating plate, with food cards and teacher notes. It’s such a valuable resource to teach about nutrition! 


Head here to see even more Play Foods & Shopping ideas, Play Kitchen Accessories and Health Education activities. 


Key food, nutrition & health dates for your calendar 

We know your little learners will use their play kitchen every day, but these annual days are a perfect time to delve deeper into the world of kitchens, health, nutrition and food! 

🥕 National Eat Your Veggies Day – 17 June  

🍓 National Nutrition Week – 16-23 October 

🥑 International Chef’s Day – 20 October 

🍇 More fun food days this year 



We can’t wait to hear how you create your play kitchen corner. Hungry to get started? We’ve pulled together everything here in this Wishlist.  


For a consultation or more inspo, check out the Brilliant Learning Spaces we support in early childhood. Oh, and download the inspirational Booklet for more ideas! 


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Cultural resources showcase – what’s new & inspiring in 2024

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Authentic resources in the cultural space can be so creative! We love hearing how you use them with your students and children to engage, teach and tell stories. With a stronger focus on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into both the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, our goal, as always, is to support you in your teaching practice.  


The new EYLF V2.0 has been updated to include the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing, and inclusion. A new principle on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives emphasises the importance of respectfully and truthfully reflecting the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is achieved through community involvement and culturally sensitive practices.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures are embedded into the new curriculum as a ‘cross-curriculum priority’. In short that means incorporating it through content and enriching learning in the most authentic way! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures is incorporated through content to deepen students’ understanding of First Nations Australian histories and cultures. 


We’re excited to show you what’s new this year and how to make the most of these resources. From books and craft to puzzles and games, we’ve rounded up the best new cultural resources in 2024 right here. (Remember to check out our tried & trusted favourites too!) 


Children’s Books


Beautiful big books 

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We love this distinctive series, illustrated and written by talented Aboriginal artist and storyteller Kiz Costelloe, a proud Mandandanji and Noonuccal woman. All A3 size with 16 pages in each, they suit ages three and above. Storytime with big books (all those captivating illustrations and stories!) increase children’s imagination and sensory learning skills, plus provide wonderful classroom discussions. Here, children learn about food and animals that are not just a source of inspiration but have cultural significance. 


Gathering Bush Tucker Big Book  

This book takes young readers on a journey into the heart of Indigenous culture… travel through the Australian outback and learn about bush tucker, from honey ants to emu eggs.   


Creatures from Sea Country Big Book 

Readers encounter sea creatures from a graceful sea turtle to a shy octopus, as well as pay homage to Indigenous communities and their deep connection to the ocean.  


Animals from Land Country (Aboriginal Art) Big Book 

In Indigenous culture, native animals are bearers of ancient wisdom, guardians of the land and symbols of deep spiritual meaning. Here, children explore the diversity of Australia’s animals from a shy echidna to a graceful kangaroo. 


About the artist: Kiz was born and raised in Rockhampton, Queensland with her mum and sister. Her elders are her biggest inspiration and getting to carry on her Uncle’s legacy by pursuing art and sharing his name and stories is something she values very deeply. 



Our Yarning Stories  

Yarning Stories Books

This inspiring library of books has been written by First Nations people to reflect diverse cultural identities from regional, remote, rural and urban communities. Each set contains ten stories focusing on connection to the world around us. Research shows that children achieve more when they begin their learning journey reading stories that reflect the lived experiences of their community and history, engaging children to become life-long learners. These authentic collections make a wonderful addition to any children’s book library. 


Let’s Start Reading 

Hug a Bug, Bush Sounds, Tiny Dancer, Wheels Are All Around… these are just some of the titles in this set that build curiosity and fascination with our world. 


Let’s Connect with Country & Culture 

This set of stories talks to the importance of community, country and culture. Titles include Feet on the Ground, Where I’m From, Being Me, Island Boy Dreams and The Big Storm. 


Let’s Get Active 

Let’s Play Footy, Not Inside, Learning with Grandpa… this book set celebrates connection to family, community and adventure! 


Let’s See Animals 

In this set, readers explore native wildlife from an Indigenous perspective. Titles include: Crocodiles in My Uncle’s Yard, Baby Bird and Bush Basketball (will that cheating emu ever play fair?). 


Let’s Collect Tucker 

Readers are invited to get stuck into some bush tucker with delicious tales of bush food and connection to country. Titles include Eggs For Breakfast, Nanna’s Barramundi and Waiting for Mangoes. Yum!  



Puzzles and games

Board games, memory games, snap card games… we have some new cultural resources in this area that feature stunning illustrations and are perfect for developing cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as helping children to learn about Aboriginal culture and history.  

Let’s take a look at some of our new kits and sets. 



Aboriginal Art 10 Puzzle & Poster Set 

Aboriginal Puzzles

This set features 10 beautiful hand-cut animal puzzles created by Aboriginal artists Kiz Costelloe & Rhea Blair-Kearins. Each puzzle has 18 pieces to keep little hands and minds busy. 



Aboriginal Games Kit 

Aboriginal board games

This kit offers up a collection of Aboriginal games to set up your centre or school space. It includes: 


  • The Bushwalk Bush Tucker Board Game 
  • Serpents and Sticks Board Game 
  • Aboriginal Art Animals Memory Game 
  • Matching Aboriginal Art Game 
  • Aboriginal Tools Memory Cards 




Fave from the kit: 

The Bushwalk Bush Tucker Board Game  The Bushwalk Bush Tucker Board Game

A fun way to teach little ones all about bush tucker! Follow the animal track and move forward but be careful of those snakes! The first person to get to the campfire wins. Perfect for ages three years and above. It’s hand-made in Australia from radiata pine with artwork by Kiz Costelloe. 






Aboriginal Bush Food Kit 

Aboriginal games kit

Set up a cultural corner with this kit of books, games, signs and more. It’s ideal for learning about traditional bush food, encouraging role-play and opening conversations about First Nations People and their culture. For thousands of years, Aboriginal people have utilised and cared for the Australian landscape. Plant foods consumed across the continent varies greatly, and the harvesting of these foods forms an important part of cultural, spiritual and community life. This educational kit includes:   

  • Bush Tucker Poster 
  • Bush Foods Snap 
  • Bush Foods Snap-Saltwater Country 
  • Bush Food Garden Sign 
  • Gathering Bush Tucker Big Book 
  • Australian Indigenous Food Set 



Fave from the kit: 

Bush Foods Snap – Saltwater Country Bush Foods Snap – Saltwater Country

With this Snap Game (which can also be used as a Memory Game), children can learn about the concept of matching pairs and learn about some Australian native plant bush foods found on Saltwater Country. 








Aboriginal Symbols Kit 

 Aboriginal Symbols Kit

An easy way to increase the cultural insight of children is by teaching commonly recognised Aboriginal symbols. Aboriginal symbols represent the earliest form of communication used by our First Nations people and are a special way in which Aboriginal stories are told and shared. Their use and meanings vary across the country and between Aboriginal groups. This kit is perfect for developing an understanding of the meanings of each symbol. It includes: 

  • 20 Aboriginal Symbols Sign 
  • Aboriginal Art Symbols Memory Game 
  • Ceremony Symbols Bunting 
  • Aboriginal Symbol Cards 



Faves from the kit: 

20 Aboriginal Symbols Sign20 Aboriginal Symbols Sign

This bright and colourful rainbow Aboriginal Symbols Sign showcases 20 symbols. Hang in your classroom or use flat on a desk and use in storytelling and art activities. 





Faves from the kit: 

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This set of 20 Aboriginal Symbols cards is A6 in size with each made of high quality 350gsm artboard. Aboriginal symbols are often used to express stories around hunting and tracking, animals, connection to country, and people and community. 


Faves from the kit: 

Aboriginal Art Symbols Memory Games Aboriginal Art Symbols Memory Games

Engage with Aboriginal art while developing your memory skills with this fun, educational game that features matching pairs of Aboriginal symbols. 24 cards (12 matching pairs) are presented in a pine wooden tray. 


About the artist: Card art is by Shareen Clayton, a proud Wiradjuri woman, born and raised in Sydney, NSW. She’s mastered her skills in art for over 20 years having been inspired by her artistic parents. 






Aboriginal Symbols Sand Drawing Games 

Shareen Clayton has also provided the symbol illustrations for this sensory resource that lets children create art patterns. Little fingers can trace 16 Aboriginal symbols in the sand for a unique sensory experience. Once the symbol is drawn, use a screed to smooth out the sand so children can create their next masterpiece. Ideal for those aged three and above. 




Aboriginal Animal Flag Puzzle Luke Mallie 

Aboriginal Animal Flag Puzzle Luke Mallie 

Luke Mallie is an award-winning artist who has earned the reputation as one of Australia’s best Indigenous artists and designers for his amazing artwork. This beautiful Luke Mallie artwork of animal designs layered on the Aboriginal flag represents the connection of animals to country. 20 puzzle pieces ideal for little ones aged three and above. 



Art and craft


Stamp sets 

Stamp sets


Let’s talk multicultural stamps! They make incredible painting accessories, can be used as a tool, as part of exploratory play, as well as for shape, colour and pattern discovery. They’re also excellent for assisting with the development of fine motor skills. Our new range of FSC-certified wooden Indigenous stamps are a wonderful tactile resource that adds a natural shape stamp to sensory materials including dough, sand, clay or paint. They’ve been created in the perfect size for little hands, and are both chunky and easy to hold. There are three sets in our new cultural showcase, all with six stamps in each set. The Indigenous symbols and animal tracks are designed in collaboration with First Nations artist Mirii Designs on Anaiwan country in NSW Australia. 



Indigenous Nature Symbol Stamps  

This set features nature symbols including a waterhole, rainbow, mountain, star, smoke and rain. 


Indigenous Animal Track Stamps  

This set features animal track symbols including kangaroo, snake, possum, goanna, emu and bird tracks.  


Australian Animal Wooden Stamps  

This set features Australian animals including a kookaburra, echidna, platypus, koala, kangaroo and wombat.  




Bayadherra Art Smock

Bayadherra Art Smock  

We adore this and think you will too! When little ones want to indulge in messy play, this long-sleeved Creatistics art smock helps keep clothes dry and clean. It’s designed in collaboration with Bayadherra, founded by proud Aboriginal Yorta Yorta brother and sister Luke and Siena Tieri. Best of all, it’s easy to pop on or off, comfortable to wear and can be quickly wiped down after use. It’s available in sizing for the littlest artists (1–3 years) and older children (3–6 years) and also comes in sets of 10 for your group of art-loving children.  


About the artist: 100% Aboriginal-owned and operated, Bayadherra is a group of emerging artists with a mission to promote reconciliation, cultural awareness and understanding by reflecting their First Nations heritage in authentic contemporary art pieces. ‘Bayadherra’ in Yorta Yorta language means ‘turtle’, the spiritual animal totem of the Yorta Yorta clan: a name reflective of Luke and Siena’s Aboriginal identity and connection to community and Country. 


Room decor


Durable floor mats  

When you’re building your suite of cultural resources for your centre or school, consider these statement floor mats with authentic artwork digitally printed onto them. We love these colourful new designs that are so functional for creating zones, as well as vibrant for play and creating an authentically inspiring space. These mats feature artwork by First Nations visual artist, John Smith Gumbula. They’re tough and ready for action too! Both mats feature a durable short weave polyester surface with non-slip rubber backing, so they’re great on hard floors or carpet (200 cm in length and 140 cm in width). 



Dreamtime Country Sacred Lands Indoor Floor Mat

Dreamtime Country Sacred Lands Indoor Floor MatThis first mat in our showcase features Gumbula’s artwork ‘My Country, Sacred Place’. 




Darambal Country Indoor Floor MatDarambal Country Indoor Floor Mat

This second amazing, printed floor mat showcases the artwork ‘Darumbal Country’. 





Ready to support your teaching practice with some amazing new cultural resources? Hit the links and please let us know how your children or students connect with these authentic resources. Happy teaching! 


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Teaching With Teachables

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You know those resources that you use every day in your classroom that make your life easier? That’s how I feel about Teachables products. I discovered these resources when I started teaching Prep last year and they are, without a doubt, the teaching tools that I use most at school.

Writing is a huge focus in my classroom, and I spend a lot of time each day engaging my students in writing through different ways and with different resources. In this blog post, I will go through how I use products from the Teachables range in my classroom as part of my writing curriculum.

Whole Group Teaching and Learning

In Prep, there are a lot of times during the day when we come together and engage in whole-group teaching and learning. Whether it be teaching proper letter formation or modelling writing sentences, I am constantly using my Teachables Magnetic Lined Write and Wipe Sheet. At my school, we teach students how to write on lines from the first term of school, so having this Lined Whiteboard near our group-time area is really handy as I am constantly using it to model writing.


Letter Formation 

Whiteboard letter formation using the letter M

We use our Lined Write and Wipe Sheet a lot for learning about correct letter formation. When introducing a letter to my students, I will model how to correctly form that letter before students go to the tables and engage in activities to reinforce this learning. As a transition to the tables, students will come and have a go at writing this letter – my students just LOVE writing on the “teacher whiteboard”!


Sentence Work

Whiteboard sentance work

In my classroom, we also use our Lined Whiteboard a lot for sentence work. In this routine, the focus is on developing students’ confidence with writing sentences, editing sentences through proofreading, using correct punctuation, using finger spaces between each word and forming letters properly. Usually, I will have a sentence typed up and we will read the sentence together before I cut and jumble it up (for a ‘transformation’). As a class, we put the sentence back together and then write the sentence underneath. Doing this together as a class means that I can model the expectations before students complete this task independently at the tables.

Sentance structure student book

This particular sentence (pictured) was also linked to our English rhyme unit when we were exploring rhyming books and rhyming sentences.


Learning with Magnetic Letters

Magnetic letters are a fun and hands-on way for children to meaningfully engage with literacy. Magnetic letters are the perfect tool for developing letter recognition and letter formation as well as word building and sentence building. Over the course of my teaching career, I have used various types of magnetic letters in my classroom but the thing I love about the Teachables Magnetic Letters is that the letters are in print-sized font, there is a minimum of eight of each letter, which means students are always able to find the letters they need, and the vowels and consonants are colour-coded.


Word Building

Word building with magnetic letters on whiteboard

One of the ways we use our Magnetic Letters is for word building. At this time of year, most of the word building work we are doing is around CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. I will say to my students, “Let’s make a blue-red-blue word” so they can visually see that these words are made up of three letters – two consonants and one vowel.

Magnetic whiteboard sight word activity with magnetic letters and pens

Sometimes, we do word building as a whole class where we will choose a word, stretch it out so we can hear all of the sounds and then record the sounds through selecting magnetic letters. Other times, I will implement word building as a small group activity where students will build words with the magnetic letters and then write them on their magnetic whiteboards also.


Practising our Names

Magnetic whiteboard names activity  with magnetic letters and pens

In the first term of Prep, learning to recognise, write and spell our names properly is a big focus. There are various ways I get my students to practise writing and making their names – sometimes we do artworks, sometimes we trace and other times we use hands-on materials to build and spell our names. A small group activity I like to set up during literacy rotations involves students making their names using the magnetic letters and then writing their name underneath. It’s a great way to practise!


Developing Letter and Number Formation

In Prep, we focus a lot on learning proper letter and number formation so that students can build confidence in their writing. There are several ways I encourage letter and number formation in my classroom and I love using different resources to build these skills such as sensory writing in rainbow rice or sand, on our Interactive Smartboard and using our Teachables Alphabet Whiteboard and Teachables Number Whiteboard.


Alphabet Whiteboard

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The Teachables Alphabet Whiteboard comes in Foundation font, which is perfect for my Prep students as it is almost identical to the Queensland Beginner’s Font that we use. The whiteboards are double-sided with uppercase letters on one side and lowercase letters on the other. Usually, we will trace the lowercase side first together as a class and then turn over to the uppercase as part of our writing warm up.

alphabet whiteboards completed on grass background

The best part about these whiteboards is that they feature directional, numbered arrows to showcase the correct way to form each letter. I have seen a huge improvement in my students’ handwriting as they transfer their knowledge and practice from using the whiteboards into their independent writing.


Number Whiteboard

number whiteboard and pen on purple background

Similar to the Teachables Alphabet Whiteboard, the Teachables Number Whiteboard enables students to gain confidence with forming numerals correctly. There are four lines on the whiteboard, and as each line progresses, students must showcase increasing independence with forming numerals. I love this ‘gradual release’ system as it gives students confidence and guidance. The easy write on, wipe off surface of these whiteboards also makes it easy for students to correct mistakes and edit their work.


Encouraging Writing

Encouraging writing activity featuring book whiteboard and pen

Out of all of the Teachables products, these Lined Whiteboards are the resource I use most with my students, as it is extremely versatile. The lines on these whiteboards are spaced at 5.7cm, which makes them the perfect size for students of all ages and abilities to practise their writing, no matter how big or small their letters and words are.

writing literacy fishing game

This is especially useful for Prep students who are just beginning to learn how to write on lines and are still experimenting with the sizing of letters. Some of the ways we use our Lined Whiteboards include; practising letter formation, playing sight word games, writing out our favourite page from the book we read during guided reading and independent sentence writing.


Picture Story Whiteboards

completed picture story whiteboard with pen on grass background

My students love using these Picture Story Whiteboards because there is room to illustrate their piece of writing, and what child doesn’t love drawing? These whiteboards are ideal for allowing students to convey their ideas through text and illustrations. We use these Picture Story Whiteboards to write and draw sentences, write and draw about what we did on the weekend, as well as write more in-depth stories. When writing on these whiteboards, (as well as with all of the other Teachables resources) we use the Teachables Thin Lined Markers as they are the perfect width and students can write on the lines successfully.

Featured Products:

Teachables Magnetic Whiteboard – 30cm x 40cm

Teachables Lined Whiteboards – Pack of 30

Teachables Magnetic Lined Write & Wipe Sheet

Thinline Whiteboard Markers Black – Pack of 12

Teachables Picture Story Whiteboard – Pack of 30

Teachables Alphabet Whiteboard Foundation Font – Pack 30

Teachables Whiteboard Number Tracing – Pack of 30

Magnetic Letters – 488 Pieces


I’ve shown you some of my favourite Teachables products. Which one of them would you like to use in your classroom? We would love to hear from you!

Heidi Overbye from Learning Through Play is a Brisbane based, Early Years Teacher who currently teaches Prep, the first year of formal schooling in Queensland. Heidi is an advocate for play-based, hands-on learning experiences and creating stimulating and creative learning spaces. Heidi shares what happens in her classroom daily on her Instagram page, Learning Through Play. See for a huge range of activities, play spaces and lesson ideas.