I'm sitting on the dayroom floor playing with Daisy and we are surrounded by her array of small world animals. I can see a variety of animals from her wild animal collection and her Happyland sets that she's had for nearly a year. Daisy regularly plays with them in different scenarios including hiding them in… Continue reading How small world animals can inspire early role play
Autumn is Grandpa's favourite season so I've invited him to write this - Daisy may be too young to understand the turning of the seasons but she’s not too young to savour the assault on the senses presented by the arrival of Autumn. It is the most sensory of the seasons providing stimulation colour and… Continue reading What to look for in Autumn; a guest blog by Grandpa Smith
In the car as we drove towards the beach I heard Daisy say to her favourite doll, "Look Baby, look! Water!" Daisy had never been to a sandy beach before so I had that deep warm awareness that I was going to experience our granddaughter seeing the sea for the first time. Our granddaughter is… Continue reading Drop Plop Slosh: the security to explore.
Daisy's interest in minibeasts recently started with a worm, wriggling across the palm of her hand. We'd spotted the worm while Daisy was exploring the compost in the garden. When we're outside with Daisy we often try to spot the wildlife in the garden and gradually we've been able to show her a butterfly… Continue reading Discovering insects and other minibeasts
Daisy found her shoes and stood by the door to the garden, gesturing to me that she wanted go outside. It was time to go out into the garden for some 'child-led' play so I needed to put my shoes on too. Stirring and Chattering In the garden, Daisy first found a long bamboo cane… Continue reading Child-led Play: Outdoor Exploration
We walked through the park with Daisy happily walking beside us and wearing her rucksack reins. But we had to keep stopping. Daisy just had to squat down to pick up and investigate the pale pink things on the path. Blossom It was a breezy lunchtime and the blossom was blowing from a nearby tree.… Continue reading Seasons – Springtime
It's spring time and it's time to take the builder's tray outside for some messy play. Messy play outside is even more fun than messy play indoors. And it's still possible do messy play in a small space outside. For messy play with compost you just need enough room for a few flower pots and… Continue reading Messy play with compost and gardening with Mummy
Recently Daisy became really interested and wanted to help whenever Daddy made Mummy a cup of tea. Each time she signs 'Hot', says 'Tea' and 'Stir' as she reaches to help Daddy. So it was an obvious choice to purchase a little tea set for Daisy. Mummy then enhanced the play by making a simple… Continue reading The Lid on a Teapot: fine motor control, the world around her and early number.
Lucky grandmother that I am, I've just spent a couple of delightful days with Daisy. Early yesterday morning she kept reaching up and tugging at the voile curtains at the lounge window. She was so determined to move the curtains that in the end we had to hook the curtains out of the way. We… Continue reading The world outside her window