• Play
  • Make an Arctic Small World

    Last week, I wrote about how to Make Your Own Small World Scene. Small worlds are SO much fun and can while away far too many hours on Pinterest and Instagram looking at ones which other people have put together – so many inviting scenes just waiting to be played with! This week, we have […]

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  • Play
  • Make Your Own Small World Scene

    title image 'make your own small world scene' with 6 images of various small worlds (jungle, mini beast, bear cave, dinosaur, river huts, woodland rabbits)

    When I taught Reception, small world scenes were one of my favourite activities to prepare, and these days I love to do it for T. I think they make such a lovely activity, combining the creativity of fantasy and storytelling with the development of the child’s scientific and geographical understanding of the world around them. […]

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  • Lifestyle
  • Party Time: The Tiger Who Came To Tea!

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    As a child, the birthday parties which my parents threw for me were always a highlight of my year! I have a summer birthday and we were lucky enough to have a large garden (a benefit of being a clergy child), so my parties always consisted of lots of fun games, good friends and a […]

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  • Top Toys for 3-7’s this Christmas

    It’s so easy to get stuck trying to think of ideas for your children at Christmas. While enjoyment is obviously the key thing I’m looking for when finding gifts for T, I do have a few other criteria… Longevity. Most of the toys T has received since her first birthday are things that will last. […]

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  • Themed Play
  • The Three Billy Goats

    Recently I asked T what her favourite story is, and she informed me it was The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I expect this has changed now, as she’s two and her opinions on what she likes and dislikes are about as reliable as this lovely summer weather we’ve been having in the UK this year. […]

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  • Top Toys
  • Top Toys: Ten Toys for a Two Year Old

    Recently I’ve been writing a few posts on the toys I have chosen for T and the ways we play with them. I wanted to write not just a list of enjoyable toys, but toys which I feel really support early development and which are versatile enough to be played with in a variety of contexts. Today’s […]

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  • Top Toys: 10 ways to play with a farm

    Farms sets are a great toy for young children, and it’s really worth investing in a good one as they will be enjoyed for years to come. There are some which are more geared towards toddlers and young children, but we felt this one from John Lewis was suitable for a toddler and would stand the […]

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