Physical Development

Children should play with their food

Given the importance of healthy eating to physical development, and the way that many governments have struggled to deal with childhood obesity, not just in the UK but around the world, it’s surprising that we don’t spend more time encouraging our children to play with their food.  Well, perhaps not during mealtimes (when it can… Continue reading Children should play with their food

Mathematics

Counting on repetition: helping your grandchild to master numbers

Daisy first started to learn about numbers from rhymes and action songs then last year she started to watch Numberblocks programmes on Cbeebies.  This series of programmes has really improved Daisy's understanding of numbers. Over recent months, with the help of Mummy, Daddy and her childminder, Daisy has learnt the names of numbers up to… Continue reading Counting on repetition: helping your grandchild to master numbers

Misc

Feeding Rudolph and his friends with RSPCA recipes

Daisy and the family will be staying with us this Christmas so I am planning activities I can prepare ready for their visit.  One thing we will be making this year we will be a reindeer food mix for Daisy to sprinkle on our lawn on Christmas Eve; the perfect snack for Rudolph and the… Continue reading Feeding Rudolph and his friends with RSPCA recipes

Physical Development

Cooking Time with Toddlers; learning in the kitchen

While a lot of Daisy's play and activities centre around toys and play equipment we've recently started to involve her in some basic food preparation activity; encouraging her to join in when we're preparing vegetables for a meal, letting her stir milk into a drink and to use a small butter knife to butter her… Continue reading Cooking Time with Toddlers; learning in the kitchen

Physical Development

How to use a builder’s mixing tray for messy play with under two’s

During my recent stay with Daisy we had plenty of messy play time, using the latest addition to her play area. Daisy now has a large blue plastic tray for her messy play. Daisy really enjoys messy pay so this tray is in use most days and she's been enjoying all different types of messy… Continue reading How to use a builder’s mixing tray for messy play with under two’s

Physical Development

More Play Ideas using Extra large disposable foil roasting trays

Daisy's continued to enjoy play with the two large foil roasting trays. This time we set the trays out with some dried macaroni, some colourful kitchen serving bowls and beakers, and a few stray items that Daisy added herself. Pasta is ideal because it's a dried food item so if Daisy does put it in… Continue reading More Play Ideas using Extra large disposable foil roasting trays