• Play
  • Make A Writing Area

    I’ve been wanting for a while to find a space where we can keep some of our art equipment for T to access independently. She is old enough now that I would trust her to be fairly responsible with using equipment in the right way and the right places, and since our arts and craft […]

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  • Baby Play: Balls!

    T & A were given a tuff spot tray for Christmas and we’ve been enjoying putting it to use. In the last couple of months A has become increasingly engaged in playing and exploring the things around him. I love this age; it’s so fun to see what they enjoy and how they react to […]

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  • Sweet Shop Role Play

    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, […]

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  • 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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  • 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. […]

  • Messy Play
  • Ocean Spaghetti Messy Play

    green spaghetti with plastic animals including fish, octopus and seahorse

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]