Tuesday, 18 April 2017

SILLY, FAT DADDY PIG. YOU ARE SO NAUGHTY! What are we teaching our children?

What is Peppa Pig teaching our children?

I am not saying that all tv should have an educational quality. I grew up on drug induced kids tv. "Jamie and the magic torch" and "magic Roundabout", so I fully appreciate a good 10 minute program of silliness. But Peppa Pig is something else.

She is not just a bossy little know all that quite honestly does nothing for her brothers self esteem, but she is down right rude to her dad. What does mummy pig do when this happens? She joins in! They actually bully Daddy Pig!!

He is called Silly. Naughty and Fat on a daily basis and laughed at. He is so down trodden that he just accepts his lot in life and the domestic abuse continues.

Our very influential 2 and 3 year olds do not distinguish reality and fiction in the same way adults do. They take what they see and mimic it. So what Peppa is teaching our little ones is how to be a spoilt, rude and disrespectful brats, who shouts at their friends and parents, sticks their tongue out when they can't get what they wants and to shame every person they see who is overweight.

I know this is just a bit of fun and a tv show...... but we underestimate what our children take in. It is worth a bit of thought from us adults I think. I am sure there are better programs out there that children could enjoy!

Friday, 14 April 2017


Practice is making perfect! Painting large letters on the patio in water, marking letters in the mud when out on walks. Mark making and threading activities, and now tracing over the letters with a pen.

All this has led to some pretty awesome attempts at managing to write her name by herself!

I think she made a pretty good job of this!


A real fun and simple, cheap activity to do with little ones is to cut out pictures of animals and then pictures of their young. laminate them if you wish so that they can be used over and over. 
The children love to look at the pictures and recognise the animals. They can make animals sounds for the picture they select or you can make a sound (if you are good at that sort of thing) and see if your child can find the matching animal.
 Introduce your child to the sets of animals. The babies that match each parent. 
Use the correct language for each baby animal. For example "lamb" or "calf". 

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Understanding the world
  • Mathematical 

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Stickers a great tool for little artists. Peeling off the sticker backs and placing them on the paper is a great fine motor skill and gets little hands working in a very controlled way. Many little ones need some support initially but soon get the hang of it!
The end art work is bright and vibrant. No wrong or right way. No end product that the adult manipulates to achieve. This is all their own work, all about the process and always looks amazing when they finish!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Chocolate crispy cakes for Easter! A must for all children. Easy mixture of rice krispie's and melted chocolate. mix together and pop in cup cake cases. Add little chocolate eggs and refrigerate.

You can't trust the kids to brake the chocolate in to the bowls though..... one for the mouth.... one for the bowl.....

 Ready for a little snack!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


The children have been using nature as inspiration for their painting today. They used different brushes and rollers to make marks on their paper that reminded them of the plants we have been seeing in the garden and on our walks. They talked about the colours of the leaves and petals. It was a lovely recap on our recent daily walks. 

It was interesting to see how they used the green as a background and then added little blobs of colour for the flowers. They really seem to have taken in some observations of the plants growing around them.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Saturday, 25 March 2017


A trip in to Oxford, Pokemon hunting, turned in to a visit to the Botanical gardens. Somewhere I have never been but fancied visiting for a while. We even ended up getting a years membership.
It is a lovely spot along the river. There are pedalos and punts for hire on the other side of the bridge if you fancy it!

The ducks were super friendly and if we had planned this visit we would have brought them a little treat.

Not a huge place to visit but that in itself makes it special. A little piece of heaven to enjoy for a morning or an hour. Little hidden treasures to find.

More tropical plants and palms are in the green houses.

This stinky plant was in flower when we visited. We were told we were very lucky as it only flowers for a couple of  days a year! We just followed our noses. A strong smell of rotten meat which the bugs love apparently!!

I would recommend you take a look around if you are in the area. Take a picnic and enjoy it by the river. They also do activity mornings for pre-schoolers.


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