Understanding the World

A child’s eye view of life cycles in springtime

Here in the UK, our gardens and parks are starting to fill with new growth on plants and colourful flowers have begun to appear. It is an ideal time to take young children out to have a look and to talk about spring and what happens in springtime The world is changing around them –… Continue reading A child’s eye view of life cycles in springtime

Understanding the World

The National Children’s Gardening Week: gardening with pre-school children

"What doing Grandpa?" "I'm going to put some plants in the garden." "My help?" (Daisy's preferred personal pronoun is 'my', as in "my do it") Daisy squatted down next to her Grandpa and while he sorted out the small geranium plants; Daisy grabbed Grandpa's trowel and started to randomly dig in the soil. It didn't… Continue reading The National Children’s Gardening Week: gardening with pre-school children

Physical Development

Learning in the Garden: Load, Lift and Push a wheelbarrow

When Daisy comes to stay she loves to spend time in our garden and she's now developed an interest in our garden tools and equipment.  So when we recently spotted a child's metal wheelbarrow in a charity shop, we knew that it would be perfect for Daisy. Daisy has a toy buggy at home and… Continue reading Learning in the Garden: Load, Lift and Push a wheelbarrow

Understanding the World

What to look for in Autumn; a guest blog by Grandpa Smith

Autumn is Grandpa's favourite season so I've invited him to write this - Daisy may be too young to understand the turning of the seasons but she’s not too young to savour the assault on the senses presented by the arrival of Autumn. It is the most sensory of the seasons providing stimulation colour and… Continue reading What to look for in Autumn; a guest blog by Grandpa Smith

Literacy

More about the value of your local library

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

Understanding the World

Messy play with compost and gardening with Mummy

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