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Exploring space toys

Exploring space toys

By Allie White Information Processing Research Science Solar System Space Space Science Space Toys STEAM STEM Telescopes

Children are very excited about Space Toys at the moment – the recent Mars mission had us all on the edge of our seats and has reignited an interest in all things out of this world! (For those of you who missed it, Perseverance (a one-tonne NASA rover) landed on...

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Fun Easter activities for all ages

Fun Easter activities for all ages

By Allie White Activities Art Christian Craft Customs Easter Egg Rabbit Traditions

Easter activities can take all manner of forms. Last week I talked about the all encompassing Egg Hunt (I am planning this year’s at the moment for my grown up children in the form of some sort of geocaching activity). For those wanting something more crafty, there are some super...

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Easter Books - all the fun of the Egg Hunt!

Easter Books - all the fun of the Egg Hunt!

By Allie White Books Easter Egg Hunt Family Fun Lift-The-Flap

Easter will soon be here and many parents are looking for more than just chocolate to excite their children! We have always given Easter gifts – something small, usually crafty or a book – which give the children something to do whilst they eat their eggs! Easter books are great...

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Learning to tell the time

Learning to tell the time

By Allie White Fractions Home Learning Learning at home Maths Teaching Time Telling the Time Time Times Tables

Telling the time is an important skill in everyday life, but some children find it very tricky to learn.  It does help if your child has an awareness of time, how it relates to their own experiences (talk about morning, noon, night; “good morning, it’s 7 o’clock, time to get...

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Learning about Money

Learning about Money

By Allie White Counting Home Learning Learning at Home Maths Maths Games Money Money Games Money Toys Numeracy Skills Shopping Shopping Toys

For most children, learning about money is an area of real-life maths that they really enjoy! Here is something that makes sense and has a reason – useful maths. Children are aware of money from a young age from going shopping to pocket money to listening to adults talking about...

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Maths Learning at Home

Maths Learning at Home

By Allie White Developmental Dice Games Family Games Family Learning Home Learning Home Learning Games Learning at home Maths Maths Games Maths Learning Mental Maths

Maths learning at home is something that can involve the whole family and can be fun – yes, honestly! However, first you, as parents, need to approach it with a smile (no matter what your experiences were at school!). The people at National Numeracy are absolutely right when they say,...

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Home Learning Games

Home Learning Games

By Allie White Cognitive Skills Cooperation English Family Games Home Learning Home Learning Games Literacy Maths Problem Solving Social Skills

Home learning isn’t as daunting as some parents fear it to be! It is not the same as home schooling where the onus is on the parent to guide the teaching. Home learning really means scaffolding the learning from school, giving your child more chances to make sense of that. ...

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Lockdown Learning made easy

Lockdown Learning made easy

By Allie White Curriculum Support Home Learning Letter Writing Lockdown Phonics Practical Learning Resources for Learning Times Tables

Lockdown learning is at the forefront of most parents’ minds at the moment. Whilst schools and teachers continue to astound us, delivering online lessons and resources with very little notice and doing their utmost to cater to every child’s educational needs, it is still very natural for a parent to...

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Christmas Eve toys and games

Christmas Eve toys and games

By Allie White Board Games Christmas Christmas Books Christmas Eve Family Games Marble Run Orchard Toys Traditional Toys Traditions Wooden Train Set

Planning toys and games for Christmas Eve takes up way more of my organisational time than it should! I have always loved playing with my children’s toys (with my children, of course) and games in which everyone can participate are a family favourite. Even though my children are older, they...

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Learning Resources - making learning fun!

Learning Resources - making learning fun!

By Allie White Coding Fraction Puzzles Fractions Home Learning Learning Resources Motor Skills Problem Solving Science STEAM

Learning Resources are a company trusted by schools and therefore you can trust that your children will get a great learning experience from their toys. When looking for home learning toys, Learning Resources is often the place to go.   Children love to share what they have learned at school...

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Djeco - a whole world of wonderful

Djeco - a whole world of wonderful

By Allie White Creative Developmental Djeco Imaginative Play Pre-school Toys Toddler Toys Traditional Toys Wooden Toys

  Djeco toys are just glorious! Created in 1954 by Véronique Michel-Dalès at a time when few women were stepping out on their own in business, the company has been hugely successful and won four Oscars for toys in the 1960s! Djeco pride themselves on creating products which are attractive,...

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Gifts for 11 year olds

Gifts for 11 year olds

By Allie White 11 year olds Curriculum Links Family Games Hobbies Learning through play STEAM STEM

Buying gifts for 11 year olds is quite exciting as this is the age where they start to make the move from playful, developmental toys to desiring something which offers more of a challenge. They have pretty much developed their social, cognitive, creative and motor skills and are ready to...

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