Children In Need

The children have enjoyed colouring these fun Pudsey Bear pictures this week. They older children have been supporting Children In Need by buying lots of fun Pudsey Bear merchandise at school, dressing in non-uniform in return for a donation and buying some yummy cakes from the cake sale.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Yesterday was Outdoor Classroom Day https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ which is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor play and learning.

As a childminder with two school runs, multiple children’s nap times to manage and hot lunches and dinners to prepare, getting out comes with its challenges so Outdoor Classroom Day was a great impetus to get us outside.

We were blessed with beautiful skies and sunshine so armed with just waterproofs to protect us from the wet ground we headed out.

We started off by feeding the ducks…

And some beautiful swans swam over to see us…

Then we had a fun game of pooh sticks…

We saw some lovely sheep…

Before taking a nice walk and jumping in some big muddy puddles…

We went back home for a nice hot lunch and a long afternoon nap…

We had a lovely morning chatting and discussing what we could see. We experienced lots of different surfaces underfoot and found that some were slippy like the wooden bridge when wet. We got up close to open water and listened closely to instructions to ensure we stayed safe.

How did you spend Outdoor Classroom Day?

Areas of Learning Covered: Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.

Elmer’s Slime Starter Pack: A review

My son, like any other 5 year old, loves slime! He has been on at me to make slime with him for a while now. It wasn’t the inevitable sticky mess that was putting me off but rather the lack of knowledge of the best slime recipe. I have read about all sorts of concoctions that supposedly make the best slime but I wasn’t 100% convinced by any of them. So, when we spotted this Elmer’s Slime starter pack I knew it was for me!

The pack contains 2 clear glues, 4 glitter pens and 2 bottles of the all important magical liquid.

Using a bowl he tipped the mixtures in to the bowl and stirred well with a spoon.

You then have to knead the slime until it forms a stuff mixture.

I have to say it made fantastic slime. It washes off hands really easily which is good.

I did try to keep the slime by storing it in an airtight container but when we returned to it a few days later it hadn’t kept well at all so I would say that this makes it quite expensive for a one off activity. However, as a fun birthday present or stocking filler or Christmas present I would highly recommend this.

Available to purchase from Hobbycraft:

https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/elmers-slime-starter-pack/640762-1000

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is always a fun annual commemoration to explore with the kids. The children were busy after school today creating these fun firework pictures. Aren’t they great?!

Halloween Themed Arts and Crafts

The children have been loving their Halloween themed Arts and Crafts the past week or so. We try not to start too early to avoid Halloween fatigue setting in! We’ve read spooky Halloween themed books, coloured pumpkin masks, painted and coloured fun, hanging bats and enjoyed lots of spooky stickers!

These were all enjoyed by children ages 2, 4, 5 and 6.

Stickers and Bats from our favourite Arts and Crafts suppliers Baker Ross.

http://earlyyearsandbeyond.com/2018/12/10/a-look-back-at-2018-halloween/

Childminding Activities: Feeding the ducks

I mentioned yesterday that conker collecting is possibly my favourite activity to do with the children. In that case, feeding the ducks is a close second! Once again, it’s fun, it gets us out in the fresh air, the children always love it and it’s free! What’s not to love!?

Our favourite spot is our local lake and meadows…

It’s an activity we can enjoy all year round.

Here we are last Winter…

In the Summer…

And now, in the Autumn…

As a childminder of course I am always linking activities to the EYFS and with this simple activity we can cover a great deal –

Areas of Learning Covered: Maths, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Understanding the world.

Childminder Activities: Conker Collecting

I think conker collecting is my favourite activity to do with the children. It’s not just fun, it gets us out in the fresh air, it’s easy and it’s free! The children, whatever their age, all love it too.

We are extremely lucky that we have a beautiful horse chestnut tree just seconds from our door so on our way to school and back each day collecting conkers is a highlight of our day. We also have some other favourite spots to collect them too.

Areas of Learning Covered: Physical Development, Communication & Language, Understanding the World, Mathematics and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Autumn Arts and Crafts: Pinecone painting

As part of our Autumn Themed Arts and Crafts, we recently enjoyed some pinecone painting. My mindees aged 2 years old and 1 years old both gave this a go. Whilst the 2 year old absolutely loved it the 1 year old wasn’t quite so sure!

I love the results, don’t you?