Physical Development

04 Jul 2016

5 Ideas to Practice Fine Motor Skills

Lots of fine motor activities to strengthen the muscles in a child’s hands and fingers are sure to give them a good start when it comes to writing, here is a roundup of my favourite fine motor skills activities. 1. Playdough Play dough is one of the simplest ways to […]

03 Aug 2016

Reggio Approach - Mark Making

When looking at the Reggio approach and thinking about exploration, this painting and mark making activity is brilliant. It links well with early writing, physical development and communication & language development. For mark making activity you will need • Paint brushes (as many different kinds as you have) • Sponges […]

20 Jun 2016

Fine Motor Activities for the Ol...

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, everyone is getting into the spirit for a summer of competitive sport and this provides a perfect underlying theme to get children developing their fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills like self-care tasks (e.g. managing clothing fastenings, opening […]

13 Jun 2016

Parachute Play for Preschool Chi...

I don’t think I have ever met a child, or an adult for that matter, who can resist a parachute.  Parachute play is good physical fun which builds on personal, social and emotional development. Resources Parachute Soft balls Bean bags Skipping ropes Beach ball Activities To build on the phonetic […]

17 Mar 2016

Mirror Play: Developing Self Car...

Mirror play using child safe mirrors is a fun way for 2 – 3 year olds to learn about self care and develop independence and can also be used for PHSE activities or to stimulate children’s natural curiosity as part of an About Me topic. For mirror play, we used Soft Mirror Shapes Pack These mirrors can either […]

29 Feb 2016

Arctic Animal Snow Trail Activit...

This winter themed snow and Arctic model activity will ignite children’s curiosity and engage them in outdoor physical play. Children love to explore and follow your lead searching for hidden objects, particularly if there is a surprise to be found at the other end! Playing follow the snow trail gives […]

19 Feb 2016

Feed the Chick: Fine Motor Activ...

This fun Easter themed activity tray is great to encourage children to develop their fine motor skills by using a variety of tools to feed the Easter chicks. It also opportunities for imaginative play, practising communication skills and learning about the cultural and religious aspects of the Easter celebration. Feeding […]

11 Feb 2016

Easter Egg Hunt Tray

Our fun Easter Egg Hunt sensory tray will engage young children’s senses giving them opportunities to explore and learn through self-directed play. This Easter egg tray can also provide interesting resources relevant to children’s cultures and communities. To create our Easter egg hunt sensory tray we used An Activity Tray […]

25 Jan 2016

A Sensory Tray for Chinese New Y...

This sensory tray is a fun way for young children to celebrate Chinese New Year whilst gaining a range of sensory experiences and getting the chance to practice fine motor skills whilst exploring the tray or develop communication skills through role play. Required Resources Chef Wok Set or similar cooking […]

05 Oct 2015

Autumn Sensory Tray

Our autumn sensory tray provides a fun activity for 2 and 3 year olds to benefit from a range of sensory experiences including some colours and natural elements associated with autumn. We also placed our tray in an outdoor environment to allow our helper to fully experience the sounds, sights, […]