Mechanical Play and the MAD Museum

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 […]

Spring Sensory Bin

At Easter, T was sent some little chicks and some table decorations by her Grandparents. One look at them and I thought they’d be perfect for a quick and easy spring sensory bin! In addition to the chicks and decorations, I added: – some dried lentils, – a nest that I found in ASDA’s Easter […]

Create Your Own Matisse

Recently we’ve been doing a few activities based around the theme of France. We spent one afternoon making some pictures inspired by Van Gogh’s The Starry Night¬†and the results were really pleasing! So, I decided we would have another go using some of Henri Matisse’s collages. If (like me) you are almost completely unschooled in […]

Salt Dough Recipe

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Salt dough is a really simple and cheap way to make decorations and ornaments with your kids. All you need is a couple of store-cupboard ingredients and you’re good to go. You will need: 1.5 cups plain flour 1.5 cups salt Approx 250ml water 1. Add the flour and salt to a bowl and mix […]

Top Toys: Pin-A-Shape

For Christmas, we bought T Pin-A-Shape, made by Bigjigs toys. This is something I used regularly as a Reception class teacher and it has been on my mental ‘to buy’ list for T for a long time. I just needed to wait until she was old enough to be able to play safely with the […]