The Benefits of Messy Play For Children

Children love getting messy. Baby girl loves nothing more than jumping into muddy puddles. Or playing with her milk and Coco Pops. She loves to get her hands dirty. I love the benefits of messy play for children that it can bring to them. Messy play is also beneficial for babies as well, it can help with their cognitive development.

The benefits of messy play - The rise of messy play It is known that children have always enjoyed getting messy — from splashing in puddles to playing games in the mud, youngsters love getting their hands dirty!

Together with Infinite Playgrounds, designers of canopies for schools and advocates of sensory play, let’s take a closer look at messy play and how it can be implemented in schools and nurseries.

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Win a Selection of Reading and Activity Books from Oxford University Press

Would you like to win a selection of reading and activity books tailored to the correct stage for your child?  Well at the bottom of this post you can, but first here is a little bit of info about this fantastic new range from the Oxford University Press.

Having spoken with parents of young children as part of extensive market research into home learning, OUP found that many parents were unsure which books were matched to their children’s stage of learning, and therefore struggled to identify which books to read at home. Additionally, while they wanted to support their child’s school learning at home, they wanted the process to be fun, rather than to feel like a chore tagged on to already busy lives.

To help children to make progress at home, whilst encouraging reading and learning for pleasure, OUP has created two new ranges of reading and activity books – Read with Oxford and Progress with Oxford –  and Read with Oxford Stages, a new, clear, and comprehensive six-stage levelling system to support learning progression at home.

The OxfordOwl website now hosts extensive new and free supporting materials for use at home. Not sure where to start? Try our simple test to find out which Read with Oxford Stage is best for your child, or have a look on www.oxfordowl.co.uk to find out more about each stage, including tips to support your child at home, free activities, downloadable activity sheets, and suggested reading lists.

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Music Makes Your Kids Smart … Really Smart

Back in the nineteenth century, musical ability was seen as a sign of great intellect. Like mathematics and studying the classics, music was seen as one of the four essential skills that marked a true thinker apart from the general population. Over time, that view has changed, but science has discovered that there was a lot of wisdom in the attitudes of the nineteenth century. It turns out that learning to play a musical instrument really is good for your brain.

This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to encourage children to learn a musical instrument while they’re young. At that stage, their brain is still wiring itself up, making it the perfect time to get them interested in playing the drums, the flute, the piano or whatever else they might be interested in. Music is a universal language, like maths, and they’ll be able to use it in the future to connect with others and spread joy, no matter what their culture or background.

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Most scientists agree that music is beneficial for child development. They’ve discovered many brain benefits of music. Here is just a sample of what they’ve discovered and why music helps make kids very intelligent.

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We took the Wicked Uncle challenge

I love trawling around Twitter, reading blogs, entering a few competitions and looking out for blogger opportunities. So when I saw Wicked Uncle had put out a tweet looking for bloggers to take up their Wicked Uncle challenge, I answered their call.

You know me I love a challenge!

We took the wicked uncle challenge -Rachel Bustin

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Little Passports – Early Explorers Review

I came across the Little Passports subscription service through Angela over at Days in BedLittle Passports have an Early Explorers kit, which is the one I received to review and a World Edition. They cover the ages 3-5 and 6-10 years old.

The idea behind Little Passports is to inspire your children to learn about the world around them. It’s an  educational subscription box that will arrive through the mail every month.

Little Passports suitcase - Early Explorers

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Are you keeping your Child off School in protest of the SAT’s for 6-7 year olds?

I have woke up to headlines in the news of parents keeping their primary school children home from school today all across the country in protest of SAT’s for 6-7 year olds. They want the government to scrap all SAT’s for 6-7 year olds.
I don’t have a child in that age bracket, mine is still only 3 months old, but since becoming a mother these sort of topics really interest me now. What will the education system be like in 6 years time for my child? 
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My point of view is that exams are all a part of learning. You go to school to learn don’t you? Well after learning segments of Information tests are naturally the next part. 
Some parents are saying that it’s making their children anxious, stressed and feeling sick and they don’t want to go to school. 
Fair enough. Maybe it’s the parents getting all worked up about the SAT’s and it’s rubbing off on their kids. Putting pressure on them to do well. I honestly don’t know as I am not in that situation. This is my opinion. 
I remember being at school and having weekly tests at that age. What’s the difference between SAT’s and a test that the teacher makes up? Maybe the SAT is on a formal paper, but a test is a test and should be treated the same in the eyes of a 6-7 year old. 
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Let the kids have the experience of taking SAT’s surely it will help them to understand the system further on in their education, and make the next ones easier. Treat it as a learning experience. At that age does it matter if your 6 year old gets every question right? Or any correct at all. The whole experience should be made fun. They are only 6 year olds after all.
What are your thoughts on SAT’s for 6 and 7 year olds? 
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