Category: Outdoor play

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

Take a look at some of our other favourite activities:

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.

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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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!

A look back at 2018: Gardening

In 2018 as well as planting and growing our annual sunflowers which, this year were a mixed success(!) we also planted some herbs, fruit and vegetables. We had some success with rhubarb and also with mint. However, despite also planting some peppers, courgettes and onions, only the carrots proved fruitful – I blame the weather!

We will be having another go in 2019 and hope to report better success!!

 

 

Pooh sticks!

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd June, saw Oxfordshire play host to the ‘World Pooh Sticks Championships’.

As all Winnie the Pooh fans will know, Pooh Sticks is the game of dropping twigs into a stream from the bridge above and seeing whose stick emerges first from the other side.

Here at Aston Childcare we love an impromptu game of pooh sticks! The children’s excitement of watching their floating twig arrive safely at the other side of the bridge never fails to amuse.

It’s a game we probably all remember fondly from our own childhoods. There really is nothing simpler than throwing a stick in the water that the children love so much! No childhood is complete without a game of PoohSticks!