Hi There!

I’m Tess, prep teacher and Melbourne mum. Your little one starting school is such a special time in your family’s life, and I am thrilled to be part of it. As a prep teacher for almost 10 years, I created these activities as stepping stones over the gap between pre-school and starting school.

The Get School-Ready Ultimate Pack is designed to build confidence and independence in your school starter. It focuses on the social, emotional and practical side of school readiness using fun, sensory activities that reflect what your child will be doing in their first year of school.

Each activity can be enjoyed endless times in multiple ways! This guide gives you suggestions for getting the most out of each activity. Remember to take cues from your child and what sparks their interest. That’s how your child will learn best.

Enjoy every moment with your little one and the countdown to big school!

Tess xx

My Little Fine Motor Bag

Handfuls of fine motor goodness in one little bag! Each carefully considered piece has a purpose in building strong fine motor skills in your child’s hands and fingers while developing their hand and eye coordination. Strong fine motor skills and strong muscles in their hands and fingers is essential for children learning to correctly write letters and numbers. It’s also vital for cutting, gluing, opening, closing, threading, tying and a whole lot of tasks that help your little one’s independence.


Another sensory way to strengthen those muscles on your little one’s hands and fingers is playdough! Encourage your child to roll, pinch, press, squash, twist, mould and pattern the playdough to get those muscles nice and strong. Playdough is also perfect for your little one’s imagination.

Fine Motor Practice Mats

Fine motor fun is coming your way! These cards are perfect for prewriting and assisting with strengthening your little one’s fine motor muscles. Both the line and picture sheets can be used in lots of different ways including:

  • Roll and pinch the playdough so that it follows each line.
  • Manipulate the pipe cleaners to recreate each line.
  • Trace over the lines using their whiteboard makers.
  • Place buttons, felt balls or beads on the line. You can make this more challenging by using a large pair of tweezers to pick up and put the materials in place.