Category: Childminding

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.

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!