When Daisy was just six months old one of Grandad’s friends gave us a Mini Top made by the Danish company Gonge. This brightly coloured plastic child-sized ‘bowl’ is now so widely used in young physical education that it has become the logo of the company that makes it. Gross Motor Control It's important for… Continue reading A Top Danish toy for active play; Mini Top
After several wet days prevented us from visiting the nearby playground with Daisy we decided to visit a local Parent and Toddler group, and ended up returning on the following two wet days. It's the first time that Daisy's been to Parent and Toddler sessions and experienced some free play opportunities in a well-equipped environment, along… Continue reading Parent and Toddler groups: a guide for grandparents
On the days that we see her, we're always involved in Daisy's bathtime routine.The bath toys are stacked up at one end of the bath and Daisy chooses what she'd like in the bath (usually that means everything goes into the bath) and she is now being encouraged to help to put the toys back… Continue reading Squeezing activities; jumbo pipettes in the bath
Last week my computer needed a bit of attention. Earlier that day I'd been reading this article and as he worked at my computer, I was chatting with the IT technician about using tablets and smart phones with young children. He told me that he doesn't let his children have access to a tablet or… Continue reading Using tablets and smart phones with toddlers
Sometimes we plan and prepare play with Daisy. Sometimes her play is in an instant, led by her curiosity to find out about the world around her. So when Mummy had some felt to make up the Very Hungry Caterpillar costume, Daisy wanted to have some felt too.Daisy took some of the large pieces and… Continue reading Exploratory play – Touch; Shape and Texture
When I watched Daddy and Daisy laying on the floor, singing and playing Sleeping Bunnies I then realised that I haven't written much about some of the more physical play we've been doing together. Sleeping Bunnies came after we'd been playing together with a soft ball. I put the empty laundry baskets on their side… Continue reading Balance and playball fun; dribbling with Daisy
Today's blog is to share Daisy's World Book Day dressing up outfit. Mummy created the fantastic hat and the cardigan is one that I knitting for Daisy and just happens to be perfect for her 'homage' to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I hope this brightens your day as much as it brightens mine.
I paid another visit to the World Book Day official website and browsed through the resources for nursery aged children where I found a couple of That's Not My Usborne colouring activity sheets. And there are even more That's Not My..activity sheets on the Usborne website. Daisy's showing an interest in using crayons so I printed off some of… Continue reading World Book Day 2018; Nursery and Pre-school Resources
Late afternoon and Daisy had discovered the laundry on an airer and was rushing about the house with a pair of her stripy tights in her hands while Daddy was trying to make her a drink. Then Daddy remembered that I'd told him about the World Book Day official website. The website is full of… Continue reading World Book Day 2018: reading resources for toddlers
At the start of the year I wrote my blog 'Using everyday items to develop eye and hand control in toddlers' and in the weeks since, I can see how Daisy's eye and hand control skills have flourished (she recently hit her 16 month eye and hand control milestone), particularly as now, as well as… Continue reading Ideas for using sensory tubes with toddlers-‘filling holes and spaces’.