Physical Development

A Top Danish toy for active play; Mini Top

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

Physical Development

Squeezing activities; jumbo pipettes in the bath

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

Physical Development

Exploratory play – Touch; Shape and Texture

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

Physical Development

Balance and playball fun; dribbling with Daisy

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

Literacy

World Book Day 2018; Nursery and Pre-school Resources

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

Literacy

World Book Day 2018: reading resources for toddlers

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

Physical Development

Ideas for using sensory tubes with toddlers-‘filling holes and spaces’.

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’.