Physical Development

Managing Messy Play At Home

Messy Play is such an important part of the Early Years’ experience; in nurseries children will have plenty of opportunities for messy play using ice, cold pasta, jelly, sand, water, dough, compost.... they're all enjoyably messy for young children! When the weather is fine enough to be outside then you can also practise messy play… Continue reading Managing Messy Play At Home

Expressive Arts & Design

Bringing The Learning Play Into Your Home

Yesterday, through the wonders of modern technology I was able to watch Daisy playing at home with Mummy and Daddy.  When Daisy plays at home, her play is different from the play she has when she's at a playgroup or with the childminder.  In Early Years environments, activities usually have 'zones' for different types of… Continue reading Bringing The Learning Play Into Your Home

Understanding the World

Sharing and Learning from what happens in Autumn

We adults are familiar with the sequence of the seasons and the gradual changes that take place in nature during autumn. As part of beginning to understand the world around her (part of the Early Years curriculum), this year we've started to talk to Daisy about the way trees change in autumn, and to observe… Continue reading Sharing and Learning from what happens in Autumn

Physical Development

Wibble Wobble, Messy Jelly learning on a plate

Indoors or outdoors, Daisy regularly enjoys messy play.  Of course some of her messy play is spontaneous and sometimes we plan activities for her.  Messy play can involved all different types of media from mud and compost to things found in the kitchen like flour, custard and jelly. Setting out the play For a recent… Continue reading Wibble Wobble, Messy Jelly learning on a plate

Physical Development

Pouring activities for hand-eye coordination using gross and fine motor control

From experience I’ve found that one type of play can often inspire another activity a few days later using the same play equipment but with a different focus and different results.  Messy play remains a regular activity for Daisy and since their recent introduction funnels have become a permanent part of her activities. Having watched… Continue reading Pouring activities for hand-eye coordination using gross and fine motor control

Literacy

Making meaningful marks: getting ready to write

Messy play for Daisy regularly involves paint and different papers. She has paint brushes and sponges and sometimes she just enjoys the paint itself, tracing her fingers through the paint. Sometimes I see her 'play' with her food in the same way, running her fingers through the sauce. Daisy's hard at work 'mark making', using… Continue reading Making meaningful marks: getting ready to write

Physical Development

Messy play: take your toddler to mud club

A guest post by Daisy’s Dad. Has your toddler made their first mud pie yet? With depressing statistics suggesting that children’s daily lives have become increasingly domestic and digital, the popularity of activities like mud clubs and woodland nurseries seems set to rise, as parents attempt to introduce some balance into their children’s play options.… Continue reading Messy play: take your toddler to mud club

Physical Development

Messy play – bubbles and water play at home

'Water Mumma!' 'Bubbles Daddy!' Daisy very clearly asks for different play each morning and she frequently asks for water play; she is content to play with water in a variety of ways. None of the water play ideas needs any special equipment and can be set up indoors or outside. They all provide more messy play… Continue reading Messy play – bubbles and water play at home

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