Category: Childminding

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.

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.

Childminder Activities: Autumn Arts and Crafts

The children have been busy with lots of Autumnal Arts and Crafts. These lovely felt and glitter leaf shaped stickers used in these lovely pictures were from our favourite Arts and Crafts supplies Baker Ross

Aren’t they lovely!

Arts and Crafts for all ages

One of the most challenging tasks as a childminder, is entertaining children of different ages. I find that Arts and Crafts are a great way of including everyone, whatever their age.

Whilst I supply all the necessary tools and materials to make and produce a craft, the older children can complete the activity all by themselves, however intricately they wish, whilst younger ones may prefer to enlist my help with tricky cutting and sticking. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers can enjoy the sensory and messy play experience of handling different materials and gluing and sticking.

These card wreaths for instance were enjoyed by a 5 year old and a 2 year old:

And these pirate chests and swords were created by a 10 year old and a 4 year old.

easy craft ideas for children
easy craft ideas for children

Summers last hurrah!

What amazing weather we have had this week! We have enjoyed visits to the park, trips to feed the ducks and playtime in the garden all to the backdrop of glorious bright, blue skies. Our sunflowers are now in full bloom, just as we are seeing our first conkers falling and a change in the colour of the leaves, all in time to say goodbye Summer!

Sowing and Growing: Cress Heads

Here at Aston Childcare we have had great fun growing these fun Cress Heads.

We filled our pots with soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seeds on top. We watered our pots and then covered them with a piece of paper and secured with an elastic band. We then popped them up on a sunny windowsill and waited. In just a few days the paper on my sons pot was bulging and he was so excited to take the paper off and see the cress beneath. My seeds took a few days longer to grow but still a great result.

These are great for kids as a first gardening project and super easy. These pots just have mine and my sons name on but you could go to town on your plant pot with stickers, paint and pens to make them extra fun if you wished.