Tag: Toddlers

Sensory play tray: Construction play tray

I was so encouraged by the success of our sensory porridge play tray a while ago that I set up another sensory play tray recently to follow the little ones interest in transport.

I currently care for 2 little ones who both love diggers and cars and can often be heard playing and making a brrrm sound* so I was hopeful that the construction play tray would be a hit.

I had filled the tray with some old ingredients left over from my sons weaning days. I added a number of diggers and sat back and let the children explore.

Whilst observing their play, I could see many areas of learning and characteristics of effective learning taking place.

  • *Early Years Outcomes; Speaking – Uses sounds in play eg. Brrrm for a car (8 -20 months)

Take a look at our other favourite sensory play trays:

Painting with babies and toddlers

Here at Aston Childcare, painting is always a big hit with the children.

Because I take children on from babies quite often their first ever painting will be done here and it’s lovely to give these to their proud parents at the end of the day.

Finger painting is a great way to introduce babies to painting. Edible paints and washable paints are good to start off with.

Painting is not only fun for the kids but helps stimulates their brains too. Process Art (Where it’s all about the process and not the end product) is also a great way to foster creativity in children too.

Terrific Tiaras!

Last week, the children were busy making these terrific tiaras! I adapted the activity slightly depending on their age which ranges from 18 months to 6 years old. They all loved the activity and wore their fantastic creations with pride!

A look back at 2018: Star card wreaths

If there’s one (or three!) things my mindees always love it’s glitter, glue and sequins! With this activity they were able to indulge their love of all three. We have done these fantastic cardboard wreaths before but this time they were star shaped!

This time round it was turn of two 2 year olds I look after. Didn’t they do well?!