Role play is a brilliant activity for children as it promotes the use of language; applying specific skills (such as counting or writing) in context; is great for social development; and best of all is lots of FUN! For T’s 4th birthday we gave her a ‘shop front’, and for one of her party activities, […]
Cloud dough is a lovely sensory material and really simple to make – just flour and oil! I know some people use baby oil, but I have always used vegetable oil because I have it to hand and it is also taste-safe! This is a lovely activity to do with babies once they are sitting […]
Before Christmas, I set myself a challenge of doing 20 days of messy play. While I didn’t actually manage the whole twenty days (not sure why I thought that was possible right before Christmas?!), we did have lots of fun!
For her last birthday, T had a ‘story’ themed party. The children came dressed as book characters and we had several activities based around some of T’s favourite books. My favourite of all of these was making dream potions, inspired by The BFG! I have to admit that being 4, we haven’t actually read the […]
Not long after T was born, I came across the concept of a Treasure Basket. I’m always keen to develop my knowledge and understanding of play and learning so I was keen to give the idea a go. As far as I could tell, the idea was to provide a baby with household items to […]
Ok – you’d like an activity that is quick to prepare, cheap as chips (or possibly cheaper) and will keep your little ones entertained long enough for you to at least make and drink a cup of tea? Then you’re in the right place! Keep reading!
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 […]
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. […]
I love doing messy play with T, although I definitely go through seasons of doing loads and then having a dry spell! Messy play is such a brilliant activity because it allows children to explore, experiment and create using all their senses. It provides so many learning opportunities! Before Christmas I challenged myself to do […]
A few weeks ago we visited The MAD Museum in Stratford upon Avon with some of my family. The MAD Museum showcases Mechanical Art & Design, or ‘kinetic art’ – a variety of artwork where movement is a intrinsic part of the piece. The museum is relatively small, but it’s really hands-on meaning that all […]