Monday, 22 August 2016

Unicorn day!

Today we explored some of the Unicorn crafts that we bought from Baker Ross. I think they turned out pretty nice! A mix of ages from Early Years to After schoolers!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


How do you a move an object that is nearly as big as you and quite heavy? Well this little one worked hard at problem solving this very issue. She knew that pulling it along was quite hard to do and not getting her very far. She did know that getting it on it's edge would mean that it could be rolled. She has seen this way of moving tyres, several times on our TOLC site.  She just had to get it up on its end.

Once it was up she rolled it to where she needed it and then lowered it back down.

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

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


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