Physical Development

Free the penguin! Investigating ice with a preschool child

A guest post by Daisy's Dad In recent weeks there’s been speculation about the likelihood of a chilly weather front reaching the UK, but freezing conditions have already taken hold in Daisy’s world.  This weekend, we had to free a penguin that had became trapped in the ice! Messy activities with Daisy are usually the highlight… Continue reading Free the penguin! Investigating ice with a preschool child

Physical Development

Cooking Time with Toddlers; learning in the kitchen

While a lot of Daisy's play and activities centre around toys and play equipment we've recently started to involve her in some basic food preparation activity; encouraging her to join in when we're preparing vegetables for a meal, letting her stir milk into a drink and to use a small butter knife to butter her… Continue reading Cooking Time with Toddlers; learning in the kitchen

Physical Development

From Montessori to today; the enduring learning value of wooden blocks

The first pre-schools and nurseries began to be established in the nineteenth century and all of the children's toys and play equipment in the pre-schools and nurseries were made from natural materials. Plastic toys began to be manufactured in the twentieth century and today our homes and nurseries contain a wealth of toys and play… Continue reading From Montessori to today; the enduring learning value of wooden blocks

Physical Development

Messy play: take your toddler to mud club

A guest post by Daisy’s Dad. Has your toddler made their first mud pie yet? With depressing statistics suggesting that children’s daily lives have become increasingly domestic and digital, the popularity of activities like mud clubs and woodland nurseries seems set to rise, as parents attempt to introduce some balance into their children’s play options.… Continue reading Messy play: take your toddler to mud club

Physical Development

Messy play – bubbles and water play at home

'Water Mumma!' 'Bubbles Daddy!' Daisy very clearly asks for different play each morning and she frequently asks for water play; she is content to play with water in a variety of ways. None of the water play ideas needs any special equipment and can be set up indoors or outside. They all provide more messy play… Continue reading Messy play – bubbles and water play at home