Loose parts play: Setting up a tinker tray

In the 1970s an architect called Simon Nicholson proposed an idea which has come to be known as the theory of loose parts; that it is the loose parts in our society – items which can be arranged, manipulated, moved around, and redesigned – which empower our creativity. There is no rule about what these…

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Beautiful Books: Hidden World

We have discovered some beautiful new books recently, and I wanted to share some of them with you. Two of our favourite new additions to our bookshelves are the Hidden Worlds books, Ocean and Forest. Each book is structured in the same way; double-pages with six big fold-out pictures, each containing a line of information about…

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Talking about the weather: DIY weather wheel + book recommendations

Frida and I have been talking a lot about the weather at the moment! She is British, after all, so she has a LOT of weather-based small-talk ahead of her. To allow Frida to simply record the weather – and to encourage her observation – I made her a very simple weather wheel. I simply…

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“Is she dead?” Discussing art with young children

Talking about art with young children is a wonderful thing to do. Not only does it encourage critical thinking, understanding of others and the world around us, observation, and expressing emotions and feelings, but it is simply joyful to spend time discussing something beautiful together. Time and again at the moment, I keep coming back…

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Including meditation in our bedtime routine

I recently renewed my Headspace subscription. For those of you not familiar with Headspace, it’s a brilliant mindfulness and meditation app (not sponsored by the way – I just love it). I hadn’t used Headspace for well over a year, and I was delighted to notice that there is now section of meditations for children.…

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