Toddler Room

Toddler Room

Fork painting

Using items that you have around the home to get creative with, can both be fun and exciting. This is a great experience that provides a child with the opportunity to make their own decisions during their play. We can introduce some luscious new words, turning green to; Emerald, Juniper or Shamrock.

Potential Pedagogy of Pegs

Pegs offer many great learning opportunities for our children, in this video Ben demonstrates just some of the ways that they support young children’s muscle development, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination as well as how to use them to teach children addition, subtraction and sound recognition and blending.

Straw Threading

As well as being fun, threading helps young children develop small-muscle control and strength in their fingers. Small-muscle control is important when learning to write. When children become more capable of manipulating objects, they also gain confidence and develop independence

Masking Tape Highway

Small world play is a great learning resource. Not only can it teach children about rules and life within their own community, it can also broaden their knowledge to distant places, cultures, and societies.

Matching Numbers Challenge

Resources:

  • -Padlocks.
  • -Keys.
How to do this activity:
  • -Encourage your child to choose a padlock and tell you the number it has on it e.g. “what number does your padlock have on it?”
  • -Challenging your child to problem solve by matching the number on the padlock with the same number key.
  • -Try doing this with each padlock and key.
Learning:
    This will help your child to learn how to count in sequence, recognise numbers and to match quantity accurately.

Underwater Counting

Underwater Counting is an interactive counting game for young children involving counting the number of objects to 10. The game takes the form of a treasure hunt where children are challenged to find the treasure by achieving ten correct answers.

Breathing Buddies

Breathing buddies is a breathing exercise for children using a soft toy placed on your child’s belly. Children listen to relaxing music while lying on their backs, their only instruction is to watch their buddy rise and fall as they inhale and exhale, helping to calm down the nervous system and refocus the mind.

    Purpose of Breathing Buddies Exercise:
    • - Learn focusing skills
    • - Calm down
    • - Mindfulness of the body and mind paying attention to their bodies helps them relax
      • Why does it work:
        • - When we concentrate intently on the now instead of our mind chatter, we eliminate a significant amount of stress and worry. We shift away our focus from our thoughts and emotions
        • - Deep belly-breathing signals the nervous system to relax, which then lowers stress and reduces the heart rate and blood pressure.
          • What you need?
            • - Comfortable clothes, ample floor space, a buddy (a favourite stuffed toys).
            • - Relaxing music (YouTube has a wide variety).
            • - Ask your child to lie comfortably and place their buddy on their belly.
            • - As you count to three, ask your child to inhale deeply through their nose.
            • - Tell them to fill their belly with air as they inhale they should feel it get bigger and bigger and bigger throughout the count to three, watching their buddy rise as their belly “fills with air”.
            • - Ask your child to exhale to a slow count to four. Tell them to watch their buddy fall as he feels his belly shrinking and shrinking throughout the count to four.
            • - Repeat five to ten rounds of belly-breathing to start with.

Cauliflower Rainbow Pizza

Method:

  • 1. Pre heat oven to 220C / 425F / Gas 7 and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • 2. Chop the cauliflower head into florets and add to the food processor. Pulse until you achieve a rice/couscous consistency. (Alternatively, grate the cauliflower)
  • 3. Place the pulsed cauliflower in a large bowl, cover, and microwave for 7 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • 4. Add the cheese, eggs, and herbs to the cauliflower and mix until combined.
  • 5. Using a presentation ring/mould of desired size form mini pizza bases (If you do not have a ring/ mould then you can free form them by making balls and patting them down.
  • 6. Bake for 15 mins until golden brown.
  • 7. Top each base with pizza sauce and desired toppings.
  • 8. Bake for a further 5-10 mins until the cheese is melted and toppings slightly.