Mess-free finger painting 

I have seen lots of posts and photos around the internet of babies and toddlers doing mess-free finger painting, aka paint in ziplock sandwich bags. A charming, sensory experience – messy without the clear up. I thought I would see if Frida was interested. I popped some glitter glue and a couple of splodges of…

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Developing object permanence: using the object permanence box

Famous Swiss psychologist  Piaget argued that developing an understanding of object permanence – that objects and people are still there even when out of sight – is one of the most important things for an infant to come to terms with.  For very small infants, when something is not being seen it is as if…

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Discovering the sandpit

Today Frida had her first experience of a sandpit. I must say I was slightly apprehensive – I actually really dislike them and find the thought of getting grubby sand everywhere very off-putting (I can’t be the only one, can I?). However. That’s not Frida’s problem, it’s mine, and not a good reason to deprive…

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Offering choice: choosing clothes at 9 months

I read this brilliant blog post by Nicole from the Kavanaugh Report on providing meaningful choices for babies and toddlers and it really resonated with me. I want my daughter to learn that she can impact on her surroundings – that her desires are valid, and that the choices she makes are important. I don’t see why…

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