Spending time outdoors with your child is beneficial to both you and them. If you have a garden with trees or a nearby woodland, then I recommend building a den. Dens make perfect birdwatching hides for those who are keen on spotting our feathered friends. They provide shelters and basecamps for woodland walks or picnics in the woods. Building Dens offers a range of advantages to children of all ages.
Dressing up in a variety of costumes is an important type of play that every child needs to have access to and experience. It is an important activity where they are using their limitless imaginations, building language and vocabulary skills and gaining confidence. Here are the benefits of playing with costumes.
We're Going to See Hetty Feather! Being big Jacqueline Wilson fans, we jumped at the chance to go and see and review the stage adaptation of Hetty Feather, one of my daughter's favourite trilogies by one of her favourite authors. In the Autumn of 2014, Random House published Jacqueline Wilson’s 100th book, Opal Plumstead. My daughter received, and thoroughly enjoyed, Opal Plumstead as her Christmas book ( we always do a book as a present) […]
A passion for music is something that everybody should have. There is such a vast array of musical styles out there that there is sure to be something for everybody. When you are a parent, you should introduce your child to the world of music. If, at first, it seems as though your little one does not like music at all, you should keep at it. Over time, they will start to adore particular songs […]
Did you see the Solar Eclipse? Like many, I spent the week chatting to my 3 children about the solar eclipse due to happen 20th March. We looked at information on the internet, spoke about the special glasses and other methods for looking at an eclipse and how rare it was… So we were rather excited going to sleep on Thursday night, hoping that our little spot of the UK would be clear blue skies […]
We're really getting into our letters! This week, it is the letter D. I do hope you're enjoying using some of the ideas in my previous How to teach posts. I know my youngest is having a great time learning his letters. He even asks me when he can do the next one! As always, I promise a variety of ways to teach tis sound so am pretty sure you'll find at least one activity […]
We're mmmmotoring through the letters now.. see what I did there? Here are some fun and easy ways to help your child to learn this letter. It is one of a series of posts about teaching various letters, so do have a look at the others for inspiration for more than just the letter m. Let's get started.
Learning letters can be a little boring for little people, so I have tried to put in as many fun ways to learn as possible. This week we are looking at the letter ‘n‘. I do hope you find something here that you can do with your child.
Teaching sounds and letters should be fun for both you and your child. Use art and crafts, physical activity and experiences to make the letter more real to your child. This post is about the letter ‘i' and how to enjoy teaching it to your child.
Have some fun teaching your little one all, about the letter ‘p' with these fun activities. Forget about being formal and sitting around looking at letters..these activities are creative and will get you moving while you learn.
Positive School experience Sometimes it is difficult to know how to make school and going to school a more positive experience for your child. Having a positive experience of school is important for children. Important because they are in school for such a large amount of their days. Important because it affects their attitude to their work, the people at the school and the level of enjoyment. Studies find that having a positive school experience […]
Sensory play is an invaluable part of high-quality early childhood learning. A Sensory tray provides children with sensory materials which are used to enhance and stimulate their senses of touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing. Using sensory materials gives children the opportunity for kinesthetic and self-directed play which encourages the development of: Fine and Gross motor skills – Children are able to improve and develop their fine and gross motor skills through the manipulation of […]
St George's Day is a time to celebrate the patron saint of England. It's a super excuse to enjoy or learn about some of England's customs and traditions, and also to think about knights, castles, and dragons!
Creating a sensory tub for different themes is a fabulous way to get your little one interested and learning about different special days, colours, textures, sizes, shapes and theme related objects. Try to keep it simple, focusing on what the children are currently interested in – fitting things inside other things and filling and emptying. Ideas of things to add to your Easter sensory tub Use any size tray or container to […]
Toddlers and preschoolers need plenty of time to just run around and play – adventure playgrounds, parks and the beach are all great places for kids this age. If you don't have access to a safe outdoor space, perhaps look into local soft play areas. I know that some of our local ones offer discounts to children who attend during school hours and also advocate special rates to encourage parents to bring their child for […]
At each stage in a child's development, your role as a parent changes. The support, encouragement and type of interaction your child needs from you is constantly adapting as he grows. Things that were important at 1 may loose significance when he is 2. As a parent, you need to modify how you behave towards your child to meet these ever changing needs. Your 2 year old Chatter Words, words, words. 2 year old children […]
This is a great way for you to help your child to celebrate themselves. Children enjoy making and creating things about themselves. Children usually have a sense of pride in what they do and love showing that off. Here's a way for your child to record all that is special (or not) about themselves in an All About Me poster. With a few simple materials you can create a lovely visual reminder for your child […]
Help your child to learn the significance of writing. What it represents and means. Writing is a series of symbols. Children are able to memorise and recognise letters as they do with pictures and objects. There are many ways in which this can be made part of their lives and normal day to day activities. A few simple household items and a few spare minutes are all you need to create a writing environment for […]
We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake. “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man”, “Pat-a-cake”, “patty-cake” or “pattycake” is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English Nursery Rhymes.
Have you been wondering how to create or provide the opportunity for literacy development? Do you know that there are really simple and effective ways to do this in your own home? This article gives you tips and ideas which will enable you to do this.
Did you know that 38% of grade four students have reading abilities below the lowest basic level as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)? The NAEP is the only ongoing survey of what students know and tracks their performance in various academic subjects for the United States. In their report, the NAEP found that 38% of grade four students had reading achievement below basic levels, with a basic level reading score being […]
So, you want to teach your child to read, but before a child can learn to read, he or she must first learn at least some of the letters in the alphabet, their names, and the sounds that they represent. To be able to read, a child must be able to recognize the letters, know the sound of the letters, and be able to recognize the letters quickly and say the sound without hesitation. […]
Phonics is a necessary part of any good method of teaching children to read. Teaching Children phonics and helping them develop phonemic awareness is the key to mastering words, which is the first key step toward successful reading. Children need to develop a knowledge of the letters, the sounds represented by the letters, and the connection between sounds created by combining the letters where words are formed. This is an essential part of mastering reading, […]
Learning to read at a young age is important for the development of the child. It helps them develop a better understand of their surroundings, allows them to gather information from printed materials, and provides them with a wonderful source of entertainment when they read stories and rhymes. Children develop at different rates, and some children will develop reading skills quicker than other children; however, what's important is that as the parent, you are keenly […]
Do you know what's wrong with our children today? The problem is that the powerful brains of our healthy children are rarely challenged by complicated thoughts. Instead, they're further dulled by television and video games. By teaching children to read early, you open up an entire new world of learning and imagination for them. It enriches intellectual stimulation and provides access to new and rich sources of information. The bottom line is that learning to read […]
Autumn is a lovely transitional time of year when the fresh colours of summer give way to all things red, orange, golden and brown. I adore how the landscape changes and how the leaves glow in the sunlight. Decorating for autumn (or Fall for those readers in the US) can give your home a warm and cosy feeling just as the nights draw in and the weather chills. It is also the time when we […]
Now that the rain keeps falling, I thought you may like to learn some fun and funny poems about rain with your toddler RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY Mother Goose Rain, rain, go away, Come again some other day, Little Johnny wants to play. Rain, rain, go to Spain, Never show your face again I'm waiting for a rainbow I'm waiting for a rainbow I'm waiting for the sun. I'm waiting for the rain to stop. […]
Going away on holiday? Before you leave, get out the paints and get messy. Make these lovely postcards to send to friends and family far and near. Postcards Age group: 1 year+ What you need: Large piece of plain card (or cheat and buy ready cut plain postcards) paints sponges, brushes or fingers scissors or paper trimmer What to do: Have your toddler decorate the entire sheet of cardboard with patterns created through sponging, fingers […]
Simply talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child are easy ways to build a firm literacy foundation. Your usual everyday activities, like going to the shop or library, as well as those special treats –like museum or zoo trips – all provide opportunities to develop literacy.
What better way is there to get your little ones thinking about our planet than by filling a week with activities about it. We have put together some practical ideas to help you teach your toddlers about looking after the environment. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment and is held on April 22 each year. It is similar to World Environment Day. Earth Day falls during spring in […]
Nursery Rhymes series: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Humpty Dumpty.
Nursery Rhymes Series Part 3: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at the three most common rhymes about sheep: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Little Bo Peep.
Music is present in many areas of our daily lives. From live musical scores in theatre to television, mainstream movies, a celebration of worship through song, special holiday and celebration songs, and a variety of ceremonial services, singing and music play a significant role in our culture. In our homes, music can become part of our family—a natural part of our daily interactions and lives.
In modern times, with the invention of television, DVDs, games consoles, computers and other visual media, books have taken a less prominant role in our lives. So why is it still necessary to read with children?
How do you know what types of books to choose for your baby or toddler? What can you do to encourage and foster a love of reading? Below I discuss how you can choose the right books, activities that encourage reading and family fun ideas that everyone will enjoy whilst making reading a focus.
Most babies and toddlers love books. They are often funny, bright and colourful, with loveable characters. But there are many reasons to read books that are less obvious. Take advantage of these less obvious reasons for reading to them.
Nursery Rhymes series Part 1: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Babies and toddlers learn to talk by listening. The more words they are exposed to, the quicker they learn to talk. Daily exposure to words helps the brain to develop. Now I don't mean watching television or listening to the radio or other mediums. By exposure I mean, listening to a real person, one who is engaged with the child.
How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language by: Nicole Dean The word is spreading. Sign language is a great way to communicate with pre-verbal babies and toddler. New moms everywhere are grabbing American Sign Language books and absorbing them feverishly. Pregnancy classes are full of moms teaching each other basic sign language and day care centers across the country are training their teachers in sign language.
Nursery Rhymes Series Part 1: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at two that refer to spiders: Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet.
Get your little ones up and moving with this harvest song sung to the tune of London Bridge. Age group: 1 year + What you need: Gather clean dry leaves (you could use fabric leaves if you prefer) and bring them inside in a large space. Give a few of the children small brooms or plastic rakes What to do: If you have lots of children to participate in the activity, get them into a circle shape and […]
During October, many people will celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. This is the celebration of the victory of good over evil; the uplifting of spiritual darkness. Diwali is becoming a well known and popular festival in Britain and non-Indians also join in the festivities. Here are some ideas for those who wish to join in! In Britain, Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm and in a similar way to as it is in India. […]
Toddlers love to play dress up and let's pretend. My daughter is currently very much into pretending to be a nurse. This activity is a good way to teach your child about the role of doctors and nurses and also to build their confidence for times when they may have to see one. Use the tips which follow to let your toddlers imagination go …
There are so many wonderful nursery rhymes that we thought we would help you along with some of the old original words. Remember, they can also be turned into a singing session with your toddlers or even used for pretend play acting.
Before They Even Go To School, Kids Learn a Lot of Skills from the World of Play For children, play is naturally enjoyable. And since it is their active engagement in things that interest them, play should be child-led, or at least child-inspired, for it to remain relevant and meaningful to them. Children at play are happily lost in themselves; they are in their own realm of wonder, exploration, and adventure, pulling parents in at […]