Monday, 19 December 2016



Lots of matching numerals, quantity and  counting taking place today in my little maths area!
First counting frogs as they placed one on each numeral to 5.
Then using other items with spots and numerals on to match and organise. Lovely to see children playing and learning mathematical concepts at the same time!

Monday, 7 November 2016


I am noticing more interest in name writing in my 3.5 year old's at the moment. They are all girls and have started to write their names on their own pictures. They are all at different stages. The youngest can pretty much write her name without any help. It is backwards due to being left handed but still very clearly her name. Another carefully writes over each letter and can name some of them. The third asks me to write her name so that she can trace over it and recognises the first letter. She sometimes draws a circle around the whole letter rather than following the line but this is happening less the more she practices. '

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy


Schemas really do show up in all areas of play. These pictures are a perfect example of how my little ones found a way to explore their Trajectory schema today while we took a walk to observe Autumnal changes starting. A nice long wall to push their trains along!

We spent quite some time repeating this interest and going back and forth..... up and down.

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

Characteristics of effective learning:
  • Playing and Exploring - Using what they know in their play.
  • Active learning - Being involved and concentrating.
  • Creating and thinking critically - Having their own ideas/ Using what they already know to learn new things.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


"I am making things with heads! I have 2 heads!"

That is what I was told and that is what she made!

Little "E" has the concept of recognising a quantity at a glance. This is an important mathematical concept to understand. You don't want to be counting everything all the time. You want to recognise a quantity by sight. Making an estimate for larger groups and recognising small quantities with just a glance. One fun way to help children with this is to use dice. Very quickly we have all learnt to recognise the spots on a dice with just one look. The way the spots are positioned is a very important part of this but also we learn to see a quantity and know its value through repetition of this experience.

It is a good skill to observe and practice of with the children in your care!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematical 


Maths is everywhere! It is all to easy to think that we need to set up mathematical areas and activities but the most valuable learning takes place in a more natural, daily way. I have been making more of a point of noticing these opportunities as they happen and supporting those moments appropriately.

One of these moments happened on a day trip to a local river for a play. While we stopped for our lunch, little "M" counted each of her pieces of satsuma before eating one.  Then she counted again. I took this opportunity to make a mental observation of where her counting was at while joining in the game and showing how much fun i was having watching her count. 

I noticed her counting seems to have regressed a little so we are going to work on this area. 
I used phrases like "1 less" and "we now have fewer"  to show that we were subtracting them as she ate each piece. When we counted again I would count with her to support her with the numbers that she was missing out. By the end of it she had started to include some of the missing numbers again herself. 

By counting each segment one at a time and pointing to it, we reinforced her understanding of numbers having a meaning and representing quantity.

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

Thursday, 6 October 2016


This was a snapshot from out Autumn walk last week. A group of toddlers and pre schoolers all carrying bags and collecting treasures! That's not the photo i am sharing with you though......

This is!

 The reason I am sharing this is because a 4 year old girl suddenly pointed to the road and said "That's where the motorbikes drive!" She then followed it up buy pointing to the rest of the road and saying it was for cars. It took me a moment to see what she was seeing...... but there it is. A fixed bit of tarmac running down the middle, just  big enough for motorbikes!

Just for a second, I was transported in to the mind of the 4 year old! Bikes don't need the whole road. They have their own road!

It is moments like this that I remember how much we take for granted and how much we just don't see anymore. Walking with children lets you see the world through new eyes again.

That never gets boring!!

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

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Forest school today included some visitors from a friends farm. Gertie the pregnant Goat and Lamby. These are pets and are lead trained. They came to eat some grass and weeds and spend time with the children. Lamby was also very helpful in teaching us where wool/ yarn comes from!

My eldest son had a great time walking them around the site.

We linked their visit with a woodwork yarn craft. Using a hammer to bank nails in to blocks of wood and then winding yarn around the nails to make pictures and patterns.

My youngest son and his friend spent most of the morning in ditches metal detecting and dug up some cool items! The favourites were a very old Jays fluid bottle and an even older Liptons Tea sign.

We are neighbours with an Antique Center so the boys cleaned up the sign and took it to be valued. It sold a few weeks later at auction for £18! They are very happy with their first treasure hunting and money making experience!


Stick bread making at Forest School is a weekly favourite for my little ones. Today we added some fresh blackberries which are growing in abundance on the site! The berries warmed slightly in the bread and became soft and jam like!

Monday, 12 September 2016


Today we had a car themed day for all my little car lovers!
I set up a little car wash/water shoot in the kitchen so that the children could enjoy some water play. I added bubbles, toy cars and toothbrushes for cleaning.

I also photocopied some car design sheets so that my budding car designers could set about creating the next best selling sports car!

I offered some foam car shapes and a selection of pens, stickers and small items that could be cut and stuck on if desired. I provided and example car as a prompt and left the children to get creative with their own car decoration!

My older children used some of the car kits that I bought and built race cars with pull back mechanisms in them. These were not as easy to build as the box lead us to believe and I had much more input in to this than I had expected. After much frustration, hot glue and perseverance we had some working cars!

The younger children built these wooden car kits. Pencil holders apparently although most of them got used as teddy cars!!

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Learning is everywhere and so is creativity. Today we found Elderberries and dandelions that made perfect paint when squashed. The berries are so easy to squash that even toddlers can manage it which makes it a very good activity to suit all ages. If they eat the berries then they will not be harmed either. 

We used stones to crush the yellow petals and use the yellow juice to make marks on the cobbles.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive art and design
  • Understanding the World


Autumn is arriving and the first treasures are starting to appear! Conker gathering is always a big hit and I never tier of seeing how the children react to their first conker opening. A year on and my 3 year old's have some recollection of last years conker hunting. But the magic is still very real for them!

Very quickly we remember that the shells need careful handling! Prickly!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


So many things to find on our walk today! Numbers were just one of them. 
The boys found a Post box with a number on it and more numbers where the collection times were printed. The boys can not yet recognise or identify numerals but they could see that these marks had meaning and pointed them out to me.

I pointed to each number and said the number for them. They stood together chatting and gesturing for a while till something else caught their attention.

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


So much fun had today, just by taking a couple of toy cars to the village skate ramp!

When we arrived the boys ran up and down the ramp a few times while holding their cars. I sat down and showed them how to push the cars up the slope and then watch them roll back down again.
It didn't take long for the boys to give this a go for themselves.

It was interesting to watch them try and guess where the car would end up. Sometimes it zoomed between their feet on the way back and they would squeal as they span around to chase it off the edge of the ramp.

This was a great opportunity to observe their developmental stage of cooperative play. Pushing cars back and forth to one another.

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


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