Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Tomorrow we plan on having a fun filled Pokemon day. We have quite a collection of Pokemon themed toys (although we have recently downsized the collection) so managed to put together several fun activities.

The first is a battle game that we picked up at a car boot sale. 

I plan on adding water to this in the morning. Some water type Pokemon in a water tray seemed like a fun way cool off on a warm day!

The little ones can enjoy some colour sorting with a Pokemon twist!

My eldest son has set up a small world scene using fabric, part of the farm set and playmobil!

I filled a basket with Poke-balls. They will be great for hiding Pokemon in or other small toys!

We have several of these collectible disks. I thought it might be nice to use them for building towers. I need to come up with a game for stacking these...... watch this space!

We also have a lot of magnets and little cardboard character disks. I used a magnetic grid board to put with them. I would like to see how the children use this. I am thinking sorting and organising. Maybe counting? I could add some magnetic numbers to this and extend the learning.

We also have this little play set which I thought was cute. Like Polly pocket but Pokemon!

I am really excited to see how the children enjoy everything. I am going set up some crafts and I have some print outs. I will share more abut these tomorrow!
I hope this gives you some ideas for your own Pokemon day. See what you have at home or grab some bits cheap from a local car boot sale! Have fun!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


A few months a go I made this placemats for each of the children in my setting. I asked families for photos of friends, family and pets. I also filled in little gaps with their interests. Such as My little ponies and Paw Patrol! 

You will need:
  • Photos of family, friends and interests.
  • White card
  • A printer 
  • Laminator and pouches

Use a program such as word or powerpoint to make an A4 sized mat by adding the photos and adjusting the size of them until you have a pleasing arrangement. Use a text box to add the child's name in a clear, child friendly font. 
Print out on to card or thick photo paper and then laminate.

These make great talking points over meals and really help to extend the children's language and communication skills. It gives them the opportunity to talk about family, pets and things that have meaning to them. They start to talk about things that happen at home and share stories over dinner.

As long as the mats are not left in water and only wiped over with a damp cloth, then they last quite a long time with daily use. We have been using these for 3 months so far!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


I thought I would share some planning for the Olympic games which start next week!
Feel free to share on your blogs (please link back to this post) and use in your own settings x

Thursday, 9 June 2016


Another day spent at TOLC enjoying the space and wildlife. The children enjoyed the rope swing today. Taking turns to swing back and forth.

We took clay with us to make some nature art. Adding sticks, feathers and pebbles. Anything the children fancied or found. Lots of running off to find just the right stick to add.

The nice thing about this activity is that the children can all manage it. Even the toddlers. They can select their pieces and push them in to the clay. No right or wrong place. Just have fun. The little ones gained finger strength by pushing the stones in to the clay.

Once finished little "B" enjoyed the bucket of water that we used for hand washing. It kept her busy for a good half an hour!

The finished art works!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Today was sports day for Kenzie so I took the little ones to the green to watch. We lay on the grass watching the races, clapping and cheering the teams on. "J" spent ages playing with the cars that we brought with us and filling the back of the ambulance with bits of grass!

Later in the day I topped up the bird feeds and soon had 6 fledgling Starlings fighting over it. I could never mother Starlings..... they always seem to argue and they never share. My little ones could teach them some manners!

The yellow pond Iris are looking lovely at the moment. Nice and bright amidst all the green.

I found this little Aquilegia poking through the trellis as well. I love these plants and have a tendency to just scatter seeds that I find anywhere in the garden. Nice surprise!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


Today we hung out on the school trim trail for a bit. There was a lot of balancing going in. They all asked for my help the first few times but became braver and more independent as time passed.

Littler "M" decided that the children were driving a train and that it needed wheels. So off she went and came back with these!

She walked around the other 2 girls and added the new wheels to the train. Then she took her place as driver!

After the trim trail we went off to TOLC for a Forest School session. We now have a new leader and the site is no longer water logged so we can hold sessions again! So exciting! We had an amazing turn out and more interest has been expressed by people who couldn't make it this week.
The children very quickly fell back in with the rules around the fire that they learnt last Autumn. Well remembered! We made stick bread and enjoyed the mud kitchen today.


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