Encouraging play skills through book themed activities

We are definitely a book family in this household. Between myself, J and my husband our house has a lot of books in every room. J has a ‘book nook’ upstairs and a book shelf downstairs, as well as books in his bag and the car! He reads everything from rhyming books to classic kids…

A Visit to the Moon…exploring space with under 5’s.

J has a fascination with space thanks to his love of Star Wars. It started as just an interest in the Star Wars planets but it then began to bring in our own universe too. He started to want to know about Earth, the moon, our planets etc. We’ve been spending time exploring our world…

Halloween Activities for Children Under 5

Well it’s October already. The trees are changing colours, the heating is on and the shops are full of scary masks and fake blood. This must mean that Halloween is around the corner. Gone are the days when Halloween was just one evening where you dressed in a sheet or bin bag and knocked on…

6 Exciting Number Games: A Parents Guide to Early Number Play.

Maths was my least favourite topic in school. I’m pretty sure my GCSE maths teacher had to sell a kidney to bribe the exam board into passing me (hopefully I’m just joking). However, J seems to be the opposite. He has a growing fascination with numbers and a natural ability to learn the concepts of…

STEM and what it means for early years…

Every now and then a new ‘it word’ comes out. Sometimes it’s just renaming something that’s been around for years and sometimes it’s something new and exciting to the sector. STEM is not a new concept. However, it is an area that is becoming spoken about a lot more, especially with younger children. What is…

Encouraging Mark-Making: a parents guide…

Writing and drawing is an area where children are often put under a lot of pressure. They have to hold a pen a certain way, write in a certain formation, remember finger spaces, grammar, spelling. Everything has to have a meaning. Even in the English Early Years framework there is a large emphasis on writing…

Phonics: a guide for preschool parents…

Phonics is something that often splits opinions. Some love it, some hate it. Some believe phonics has no place in early years, whereas others believe it is essential for pre-reading skills. For many, phonics is simply a word used by their child’s provider but parents don’t always understand what it means. Basically put, phonics is…

It’s Easy Being Green…

The world is changing. Both materially and ecologically. There’s so much more packaging, cars, use of gas and electric and all the other nasties which can affect our planet. I am by no means on eco-warrior. However I do try and make changes where I can. We already buy fruit loose rather than use bags….

Living Arrows: 7/52 Mummy’s broken heart…

This past week was a rather emotional one for me as a Mum. It’s probably the first negative autism related situation we’ve had (I’d love to think it’s the last but something tells me I may have to prepare for more battles over J’s life time). Now I’m going to be careful not to mention…

Our top 5 Valentines Day Twinkl activities for pre-schoolers…

This Valentines Day I will be spending the day by myself enjoying peace and quiet (whilst doing the usual housework and eating cake). So we are celebrating this weekend whilst J and Daddy are both home with me. I’m generally a busy parent (I rarely sit my backside down for long, and evenings I’m far…