Last week at a playgroup, my daughter spent a long time in the play kitchen area doing the washing up! She collected dishes, pretended to rinse them under a tap and then popped them away in the toy kitchen cupboards. This might not strike you as odd or interesting at first but you see, my … Continue reading The power of imitation; how to teach a young child to write!
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet …and so are you!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and although it is traditionally a time to celebrate your love for your partner, it is also an opportunity to celebrate your love for your children. Before having children I could not have imagined the unconditional, all-encompassing love that I would feel; it is like no other, I am sure … Continue reading Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet …and so are you!
Never trust a quiet toddler… 5 activities for experimenting with filling and pouring!
Today my daughter was playing with play dough at the kitchen table while I was making dinner, every now and then I joined in with her and then went back to cooking. She absolutely loves play dough and I will make sure to cover some play dough ideas soon! But it isn’t about play dough … Continue reading Never trust a quiet toddler… 5 activities for experimenting with filling and pouring!
We braved a soft play this weekend… my kids love it but I’m not so keen on crawling around after my littlest! But however much some of us are not keen… it’s hard to deny how great they are for some much needed energy burning and physical development… and for social development.
Cold weather, outdoor play ideas!
It’s cold, wet and muddy during winter in the UK, which doesn’t exactly make it too inviting to go and spend time outdoors. However, children thrive when they can spend time playing outside and you may have heard the recent advice that children need two hours outdoors daily! Don’t panic, use these ideas to help you get your children excited to play out in all weathers!
How do you store toys effectively?
We’ve all had those days when it feels like every single toy is out at once and your living room looks like a whole class of children have been round to play! Over the years I have experimented with different styles of toy boxes, shelving, baskets… you name it, I’ve tried it. But it is since I have been applying my ‘teacher-mode’ to my ‘mum-problems’ that I’ve started to see the wood through the trees… or should I say the floor through the toys!
How to teach a child to jump
Running, climbing, skipping, hopping… all important gross motor skills but have you ever wondered how you can help your child to master them? My daughter is currently mad about jumping! But she is at the stage where she can only lift one foot off the ground… meanwhile everything has become a possible jumping aid… the sofa… her bed… my bed… me! So here is what I have been doing to help her in her mission to learn to jump!