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

Understanding the World

How small world animals can inspire early role play

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

Understanding the World

Discovering insects and other minibeasts

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

Communication & Language

Cluck, quack, bleat, bark and miaow: listening to and copying sounds.

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.