Category: Incidental Learning
|November 18, 2015||Posted by Luschka under Projects & Series, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet This year we are making a big deal out of Advent. I am totally overcompensating for the fact that there are no cousins, no nieces and nephews, no aunts, no uncles and no grandparents around, and on as tight a budget as possible, I’m trying to make every day of Advent special in one […]
|November 12, 2015||Posted by Luschka under Creative Development, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet We’re participating in the Bostik Bloggers campaign for a few months, which means every month a box of crafty goodies arrives in the post and my children’s faces light up because they know what’s coming! This month the theme was ‘snow’, and in our box of tricks we received something that among the other […]
|November 10, 2015||Posted by Luschka under Creative Development, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet Marble art is a lot of fun, and if you use large enough sheets, you can use them for gift wrapping your Christmas presents. If you’re a little concerned about marbles with small children, then you can use non-toxic water beads instead. They do the job the same way, but if they are softer […]
|October 21, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, 5-6 years, By Age, Home Learning, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet I’ll admit up front that I cheated with this craft and didn’t use real leaves. All the leaves, buttons and embellishments were provided in the craft kit from Bostik as part of the #BostikBloggers challenge, and we did a few Halloween crafts, but we also did two Autumn crafts (you can buy similar leaves […]
|September 3, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, 5-6 years, By Age, Cooking, Home Learning, Incidental Learning|
Tweet I don’t know why, but as long as I can remember I’ve loved Jazzies. I really don’t know why – they are made from cheap chocolate, and full of Hundreds and Thousands (Nonpareils, to my American readers) that taste of nothing. When we decided to do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for our home-ed […]
|August 12, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, 5-6 years, Book Reviews, By Age, Communication, Language and Literacy, Discovering Nature, Good Stuff, Home Learning, Incidental Learning, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Products, Reviews|
Tweet I didn’t grow up in the UK, or in fact in any kind of regular family – sorry guys – and despite earning a BA in English Language and Literature at university, there are many authors that I never heard of till I became a parent myself, names like Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl and a […]
|July 9, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, 5-6 years, By Age, Discovering Nature, Home Learning, Incidental Learning|
Tweet A few weeks ago we were sent a Wildlife Jack book for review, and it’s such a lovely book. Actually I think it’s quite unusual in the way it’s done. The book is called “I can fly” and is about birds and bird flight, and Jack who wants to fly with them. I love […]
|July 1, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, 5-6 years, By Age, Discovering Nature, Home Learning, Incidental Learning, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Non-Food Recipes|
Tweet I love the idea of helping out nature, though living on a lush green Island with rolling hills and meadows, it can be hard to imagine that we need to. But, because here and now we might not need to, doesn’t mean I don’t need to instil a wish to protect our wildlife in my children. At […]
|June 13, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 5-6 years, By Age, Creative Development, Discovering Nature, Home Learning, Incidental Learning, Rainy Day Activities|
Tweet My girls and I have been talking about birds the last few days, inspired by the ‘how do birds fly?’ question. One of the things we’ve done is look at the difference in beaks, wings and tails on different birds, and in the course of our play-learning, we decided to make a bird mobile. […]
|June 11, 2015||Posted by Luschka under 5-6 years, By Age, Discovering Nature, Home Learning|
Tweet I’ve just had a new campaign from the RSPB land in my inbox – if you’re a subscriber you will have too – and it’s really sweet. It’s the perfect timing too, as the girls and I are looking at ‘birds’ at the moment, how they fly, what makes them different and so on. […]
I’ve just requested the pack for my girls too – we don’t have a garden at the moment, just a driveway, but that strikes me as even more reason to see what we can do to ‘create a home for nature’. The pack includes straightforward tips and hints to help the nature that shares your space, from frogs and newts, to butterflies, beetles and bumblebees. You can download it either in English or Welsh, and you can also choose to have the English version posted to your home address.
The RSPB website have also added 20 new activities to include nature-friendly activities in your home environment. You can filter the activities based on your available space: balcony, small garden, large garden or neighbourhood. You can add a filter for which animals you want to help, and how much time you have to spend on your project.
Once you’ve chosen your activity you can download an activity PDF to instruct you throughout, and there are also links to the RSPB shop if you want to buy any products from them to help you, though you aren’t required to.
You can make it interactive for yourself and the children, and ‘pledge’ to complete an activity – the birdbath activity currently has 15 pledges – and you can even share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #homesfornature.
I think it’s a fantastic way to keep the kids busy over the summer, prepare the garden for autumn and winter, and give the world that supports our lives a bit of support too.
Do your children like kids magazines? The RSPB do a fantastic wildlife magazine 6 times a year suitable for young children. Starting at £4 a month you’ll receive a magazine, welcome gift and more. Find out more here. There are also tons of free teaching resources here.