• 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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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  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]