Category: Childminding

Childminding Activities: Blackberry picking

I have spoken before about my favourite activities to do with the children. Just like feeding the ducks and conker collecting, Blackberry picking is another favourite of ours. Once again, it gets us outside, the children love it and it’s free!

Blackberry picking is a great activity to help children learn to manage risks. Blackberries are often found in amongst stinging nettles and prickly bushes which gives the children an opportunity to assess risk.

It provides children the opportunity for some Maths – counting their blackberries being an obvious one and they can explore mathematical concepts such as full and empty.

They can extend their vocabulary learning new words such as “ripe”. Children learn where blackberries grow and how to care for things in the environment. They develop their fine motor skills in picking the blackberries and handling them whilst using their gross motor skills stretching up high to reach them and on the walk itself.

All the while they are developing their personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills by interacting and chatting to one another.

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

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Summertime!

The blazing sunshine and scorching temperatures this week have certainly marked the arrival of Summer! The children have enjoyed shady, morning, lakeside walks, splashing in our water table, water painting, ice lollies in the garden and fun ice lolly crafts.

We always ensure in high temperatures that we have our sunhats and suncream on. We stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and ensure that we stay hydrated.

Here’s to a great Summer!

Baby Bjorn High Chair Review

We are all familiar with the phrase “Buy Nice or Buy Twice” and that was certainly the case when I purchased high chairs for the children.

Our Baby Bjorn highchair has been in use for the past 6 years and I see no reason why it won’t go on and on. A couple of high chairs I purchased from a leading high street retailer went in the tip after just a few months.

Although the initial price tag was a little eye watering(!) it has proved it’s worth in the long run.

Our Baby Bjorn high chair has seated many happy babies and toddlers over the years and is still going strong.

We not only use it for snack and meal times but its used for many of our activities too. I love that the tray is removable and can be put in the dishwasher and the whole chair is made of plastic so can be wiped down and cleaned with antibacterial spray after each use. Its easily folded for easy storage too. What’s not to love?!

Brands we love…Crayola

As a Mum and childminder, there are certain brands I find myself turning to time and time again. If I want to buy educational, long lasting, high quality games and resources there are certain brands that I know will always deliver on quality. Again, with Arts and Crafts supplies, there are certain brands that produce quality resources that will stimulate, interest and excite the children.

First up, Crayola is a brand that specializes in art supplies. It is probably a brand best known for its crayons, which we of course love but it produces a whole range of arts supplies that we have enjoyed over the years too…

Their first markers are fantastic for little ones and their very first mark making activities…

Prior to lockdown, the older kids were loving these scented pens…

These twistable crayons are fantastic and solve the issue of snapped crayons…

And as you know, we are great lovers of stickers here, fantastic for little ones developing their fine motor skills.

See which other brands we love and why:

Valentine’s Day

The children have been busy this week following our Valentines Day theme.

They have enjoyed painting and printing hearts, making cards, colouring pretty heart wreaths, making pretty felt rainbow heart decorations and having fun with heart shapes in playdough and clay.

We have been exploring hearts with our chunky shape puzzles and looking at hearts in our shapes book. Everyone has got involved from the very youngest, aged 1, to the eldest, aged 7.

Baker Ross Sticker scene boards

I have spoken about our love of stickers here at EY&B before! These stickers scene boards from Baker Ross in particular, are fantastic. We have enjoyed all sorts of themes – Genies, Snow Princesses, The Solar System, Spring Animals, Easter Egg Hunts and Santas Workshop to name just a few.

Children are given their own board depicting a scene to which they can add numerous stickers off a sticker sheet. It’s a great activity for developing fine motor skills. The children love having ownership of their very own board and sheet of stickers. They love to chat about where they are placing their stickers. The themes are a great topic of conversation and help extend the children’s vocabulary learning new words such as “sleigh” and “carriage”.

“I’m gonna put my Princess in the carriage here”

“I’m going to put my polar bear here”

“I’m gonna put my snowflakes in the sky”

“My snowman can go in the pond”

Little ones from as young as two can enjoy these and children up to the age of 7 in my care are currently still enjoying them very much too.

Areas of Learning Covered: Communication, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.

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.

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.

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