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Helping Your Child Become More Independent

Helping Your Child Become More Independent

    Parents are naturally inclined to do things on their child’s behalf, whether that be to save time or simply to make life easier for the youngster. However, when parents take over, they are inadvertently sending a message that they don’t have faith in their child’s abilities, which will unfortunately have long-lasting side effects. Your child will never learn to believe in themselves or solve problems independently… Read More »Helping Your Child Become More Independent

    5 Screen Free Activities for Children

    5 Screen Free Activities for Children

      Lots of children (and adults alike) rely on screens as a source of entertainment and communication, but this isn’t always the best option for their overall health and well-being. Children need to engage in a variety of different stimulating activities so that they can develop key skills and remain active. So, if you’re wondering how to keep your children entertained without the use of a digital… Read More »5 Screen Free Activities for Children

      Play time online

      Play time online

        Arlo is getting to the stage now where he’s interested in games and competition. He’s always claiming he’s the winner, it’s always a race to brush your teeth the fastest or climb up to top of a hill first, and so I began to introduce games to him at Christmas. One of our absolute favourites is crocodile dentist – I had this as a little… Read More »Play time online

        Melting rainbows – a baking soda and vinegar activity

          This is a really fun project for budding scientists – when you mix baking soda and vinegar a chemical reaction occurs which creates bubbles. This is fun all on its own but when you involve colours things take on a new direction. I’ve previously written about how Arlo’s schema penchant is for transformation and so setting up little science experiments for him to explore is… Read More »Melting rainbows – a baking soda and vinegar activity

          Mixing potions tray activity – and discovering schemas in play

            This was an interesting play set up, I’m so used to having to pretend that shaving foam ice creams are delicious – I wanted to put Arlo’s mixology skills to the test for real. I’ve been reading about schemas recently and figuring out that Arlo seems to have a penchant for transforming things and so I wanted to build on this through our play. It’s… Read More »Mixing potions tray activity – and discovering schemas in play

            How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

            How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

              I often use rice and chick peas for indoor play activities. They provide the sensory fun element of play but as dry ingredients the clean up process isn’t as daunting as it is with slime. Here is how to dye chick peas for messy play.  You will need: Chick peas Poster paint Vinegar A pint glass Sandwich bags My process for dying the peas is… Read More »How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

              Painting outdoors with toddlers

              Painting outdoors with toddlers

                Arlo absolutely loves painting, and playing with colours. He hasn’t stopped talking about the snow painting activity we did and every morning he looks out of the window checking for snow. We do of course get our messy play materials out indoors but there’s nothing better than having a giant canvas outdoors. Unfortunately the snow has all gone, but I had an idea and thought… Read More »Painting outdoors with toddlers