10 ways to inspire independent play

Getting children to play on their own is essential for their deeper cognitive development and the sanity of their adults. Here are ten ways in which we inspire play through ‘Invitations To Play’. Most of these can be set up with resources you already have at home (or sourced second hand). This may give you…

Ethical and Sustainable Choices In Children’s Clothing

An unusually warm April has meant getting organised on the boys summer wardrobes rather quicker than anticipated. Since I run a non-profit clothing library in my spare time, this has of course been the first point of call. However, our stock of boys clothing as been loaned out rapidly this season and donations in larger…

Growth

In the last week the wind has battered the little terraced house and we have felt such gratitude for its solid old walls and sturdy exterior. We are but a few hundred metres from the coast and our exposed position means that the wind literally howls when it hits the house- a truly eerie sound…

Sensory Play- naan

Often the loveliest opportunities arise from life’s small problems. Having two little ones with some food allergies, our options are sometimes limited when it comes to buying some edibles such as naan (Indian flat bread)- which contains Ghee. As such, we have been making our own naan to go with our delicious lentil and tomato…

A Few Lovely Things this week…

Treasures on the beach- mermaid purses (shark eggs) Veg boxes- two ways A delivery from Growing With Nature ( plot to plate less than 2 miles) Learning… Building wooden towns -and then knocking them down… music two ways….piano by CC, gramophone by me..wish I could play the piano! Finally getting around to stripping the lavender…

The Age Of Stupid

If you have an hour spend it wisely….watch Franny Armstrong directs Pete Postlethwaite in an extraordinary piece of film –  a profound epitaph for Mr. Postlethwaite.