Daisy has a small wooden pram but for a while she wasn't particularly interested in it. It was just where all her cuddly toys and teddies were stashed away at the end of each day. Then Daisy started going to the playgroup regularly. Watching at Playgroup The playgroup always has plenty of different wheeled toys… Continue reading A buggy of her own – the value of play with toy buggies and prams
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
I’m continuing to use our local libraries to find a variety of books to share with Daisy. I’m selecting different types of books; board books, interactive books, books with flaps as well books with traditional pages. Where possible I also try to include a book that links with Daisy's current interests. So given Daisy's interest in… Continue reading More about the value of your local library
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
'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
With her tiger in her hand, Daisy's just been chasing after Daddy and roaring loudly at him! At the moment, Daisy's very fond of her bagful of small world animals and daily she'll find her bag of animals and set them out in her play. Recently, the focus of her play with the small world… Continue reading Cluck, quack, bleat, bark and miaow: listening to and copying sounds.
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
Daisy uses a mixture of signing, gestures and speaking to communicate with us. She's started to put two words together to make little sentences like "Where ball?" and with her intonations we're able to understand. Then last week I spotted Daisy tracing one of her fingers around her palm saying "Round, around" and adding "One",… Continue reading The Language of Numbers
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.