Summer days

Aren’t they the best…

Sun is shining, birds are singing, children are happy…life is good!

No joke this is the power of a sunny day in London.

So today we went in the search of the Gruffalo, Big Bad Mouse and The Bear. Yep, we went on a mission. Drove to Oxleas Woods,  Shooters Hill, our nearest woods and started on our adventure.

Partnered up, the children were very excited to get going. While searching for our story characters, we also collected leaves, twigs and other natural items to use for a new project at the allotment.

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We marched through the woods singing “We’re going on a bear hunt..we’re not scared”. Except some of the children did get a bit scared and asked to go home. But wait, we couldn’t, we’d lost our way. When we got to a crossroad we asked them-Which way should we go?

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We thought and thought until the children found the solution- a magic leaf, a stick and a moon shaped stone to show us the way…

We did find our way our but not the Gruffalo, or the Big Bad Mouse nor the Bear… there’s always another time.

However, we  did find a park. Perfect for our picnic.

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Tummies now full it was time for play. I did mention it was a park not a playground. No equipment needed to have the most amazing afternoon. We did so many physical activities, the children moved freely with confidence and pleasure, trying out different types of moves, exploring how their bodies work, running skillfully, negotiating space, adjusting speed or avoiding obstacles. All this unintentional learning going on while enjoying a sunny day in the park. Great, isn’t it?

Rolling down the hill? Yes please, even I joined in. I tell myself age doesn’t matter, I’m not sure what the passers-by thought.

Playing football…

Doing gymnastics…

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Perfecting those martial arts moves…

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Attempting to climb a tree..and not any tree, the biggest of all

And let’s not forget about those friendships and special moments shared…off to explore

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So yes, next time the sun is up, forget all about fancy toys, planned activities, exciting places, just go to your local park and maybe, just maybe, you’ll experience a magical day, just like we did.

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Our week in photos

What a great week. I finally feel that summer has begun hence the summery activities.

We’ve had so many sunny days and we do take full advantage of those. When sunny days are sparse you do learn to appreciate and enjoy them.

We did a lot this week from water play to allotment, to library, walk in the woods and messy play.

Words cannot describe how much fun we had so I won’t even try, just have a look at the pictures and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Monday- Water Play

Tuesday-Walk in the woods& picnic in the park

Wednesday-Allotment day

Thursday-Visit to the library

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Friday- Messy play: painting

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Family and Love, Family and Love, Family and Love, yes, repeat those two words. They are the most important values for a child to learn. If a child grows up loved and with a sense of family, that’s your base to build upon.

We live in a world that’s changing every day, even if the changes don’t affect us immediately, they are changes that sometime in our children’s future they will have an impact.

Family dynamics are so different in today’s world, even within our small setting each family unit is different.  Here at Dee’s Childcare we pride ourselves on providing a home from home environment where children and their families are welcomed and celebrated. That is why I love the family vibe within the setting.

Our children learn that family is always there and that they are loved.  We support their parents in teaching the importance and significance of family.  Father’s Day is a perfect occasion to reinforce those values.

Let me show you some ideas your children can make as gifts for their dads.

I know I know, Father’s Day has been and gone but don’t think this post is too late, take it as it’s a year early.

Again we scoured Pinterest and found a few ideas which we then changed up a little and personalised to our own style.

First Gift- Personalised Rock Frame

You will need:

-a basic wood frame

-small rocks

-PVA glue and clear varnish

-my/our daddy rocks sign

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This is how our making the gift process went:

Decima bought the frames from Poundshop- it doesn’t need to be anything fancy because you’re only going to be covering it with rocks.The children gathered the small rocks on a trip out to the allotment. The road leading to the allotment is unpaved so a perfect rock picking place.

Next was the sticking… a bit tricky at first because from what we read we should have used a hot glue gun or super glue. Neither was safe for the children and I really wanted them to do it. Ok, I admit, I might have helped them a little, here and there.So we tried pva glue on a frame, left it overnight and it was holding next day so we went for that. Also applied a coat of clear varnish at the end to make the rocks shiny.

Next step was taking a picture with the dad and his child/ children while they held the “My/ Our Daddy Rocks” sign. It’s really a sheet of paper written with a black marker.

Something like this…

And this is the final result

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Second Gift- M & M Bottle

You will need:

-a bottle or a

– packets of m & m’s

-a tag with a cute message

And the result is…

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All packed and ready to go

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This is it, it’s as simple, hope it gave you inspiration and ideas for next year because m&m dads should always be celebrated.