I am so sad to hear that Mothercare will be closing all their stores. Mothercare was the first store we turned to as parents-to-be to buy our sons pram and first blankets and bedding. Over the past 5 years I have bought some lovely clothes for him too and it is still a store I regularly turn to.
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.
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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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.
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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!
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
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.