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How to make space goggles with your child.x

Hello readers and Happy Sunday ! I hope this blog finds you well. All children love messy play and love to get creative expressing their own ideas through creativity. You can give your child any resources you can get hold of and they will turn it into something exciting and fun to them. Children will be using their imagination, using their own initiative to create objects for a purpose to them. When doing these sort of activities your child will be developing fine motor skills , developing their imagination (which is a sector to the EYFS) and having lots of fun building on their emotionl skills and resilience. All of these are skills which children will thrive through life with. Here’s what you need to make ‘space goggles’ . 2 empty toilet roll holders  . Paints . Stick on eyes . Glue . Feathers . Pom-poms  . Pipe cleaners . Any craft resources you have How do we make them? 1] Glue your 2 empty toilet roll holders together side by side. 2] Encourage your child 2 choose different colour

Teaching your child shapes.x

Hello readers , Shapes are all around us in everyday life. Teaching children shapes will introduce similarities and differences between two concrete objects. You can ask your child whether a circle is the same or different to a triangle and you can talk about why they are different with your child. Here children are starting to categorise objects. Letter recognition is introduced with the teaching of shapes as O is similar to what a circle is. Shapes are an important part of our lives and being able to recognise them helps with problem solving too. Here are my top activities on teaching shapes: 1. Shape sorters , as your child attempts to fit the shape in the correct slot say to them , for example if the shapes a square , look a square , encourage your child to repeat you holding the shape up. 2. Making imprints,  using wooden blocks , use paint and dip the shapes into the paint and get your child to dab them on the paper after each shape they do point to them and say what shape is wha

How to develop fine motor skills.x

Hello readers, Happy Sunday! Fine motor skills are vital and should be developed when children are lacking in them. Fine motor skills are the small muscles that control the hands, fingers and thumb. Without fine motor skills children may struggle writing, zipping up their jackets, picking up small objects, feeding themselves, developing hand eye co ordination and creative activities. Without fine motor skills children may struggle to perform self care routines resulting in a lack of confidence. With the support of an adult, fine motor skills can be developed by providing activities and resources to do so. it is important to remember that children may not be able to complete these activities first time without practice which may cause upset and frustration to the child. As an adult we must remember children are not born to know how to do things they have to be taught and shown. To strengthen these muscle children can be given activities which build the fine motor muscles, below are some

How beneficial is a play based learning approach.x

Hello readers , Happy first day of the month☀️ There has been many debates on whether or not a play based learning approach is the way forward for children to learn and develop effectively. Many think play a based learning approach will benefit children as they are able to choose what they want to do, based on their own interests being centered around themselves. Doing this will lead to the child becoming more focused as they are doing something they enjoy and not forced to sit and learn from a teacher. A play based learning approach is very much open and allows the child to take you on a journey through their learning and their own ideas. Having a play based learning approach does not set any goals or targets for the children to achieve, even though the play has a purpose. Here there is no pressure on the child to succeed and they are not being forced to sit and learn.Children will often show their own curiosity and develop social skills when playing with other children around them, t