Expressive Arts & Design

Back to the magnetic drawing board

There are few things more exciting for a grandparent than buying and presenting a toy to a beloved grandchild, and watching it being incorporated into their imaginative play. As an educator, I find it especially interesting to observe which toys ‘catch on’ with a child, and crucially when they catch on. Sometimes a toy doesn’t… Continue reading Back to the magnetic drawing board

Literacy

How silly sounds prepare your child for phonics

A guest post by Grandpa Smith. As we look to support our preschool children in the very early stages of reading and writing, it can be easy to forget that the most enjoyable and natural preparation they can undertake will involve exploring sounds. I was driving back from the beach with Daisy recently when I… Continue reading How silly sounds prepare your child for phonics

Expressive Arts & Design

More Creative Autumn-Themed Activities For Pre-schoolers, Using Black Sugar Paper

A pack of sugar (or construction) paper is a great investment offering lots of opportunities for crafting activities including some that perfectly suit events in Autumn. Sugar paper has a slightly rough surface and so is ideal for young children to use in craft activities. (Just in case your grandchild asks: the term "sugar paper"… Continue reading More Creative Autumn-Themed Activities For Pre-schoolers, Using Black Sugar Paper

Mathematics

Going Shopping to Develop Writing and Counting Skills

Writing The skill of writing develops over several years and young children first learn about writing by observing adults writing.  A few months ago we started to introduce Daisy to the process of writing by including her in one of our routine activities that requires writing  We explained that we were going to go shopping… Continue reading Going Shopping to Develop Writing and Counting Skills

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

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