Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? It’s true!! There’s some lovely places to explore in and around our city via the canal system and Arlo is obsessed with the idea of opening a canal lock. One other thing this four year old is constantly engaged with is play – and water is the easiest resource to provide. This Smoby Aqua Play Mountain… Read More »Smoby Aqua Play Mountain Lake – review
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
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
With autumn rolling in we have the odd sunny day where itâ€™s great to get outdoors and enjoy a brisk walk amongst the falling leaves, but most of the time in the U.K. itâ€™s rainy, miserable and cold. Itâ€™s really easy to pop on a movie and snuggle up, but very quickly this becomes boring â€¦. and itâ€™s far too early to crack out the… Read More »Educational fun and games for rainy autumn days
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
This is a sponsored blog post I am extremely passionate about learning through play. I share all sorts of activities we do at home and most of the time it looks like complete chaos, but there’s method behind the madness. I try to incorporate opportunities to learn in to everything we do, in such a subtle way that Arlo doesn’t realise he’s learning new life… Read More »How to incorporate the senses in to sensory play.
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
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
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.
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