One of my favourite parts of my Nanny Day is when my little charges wake up. Along with my wake up call that rest time is over, I get cuddles and laughter and lots of snuggles. Some other rest time wake up antics are lost toy searching; jumping and climbing over Nanny Ju Ju; under the bed seeking and of course deciding who gets their … Continue reading Wake Up!
We reached the stage of Balance and Precaution a few months ago – these included walking forward down the stairs (not bum shuffling or backward crawling); climbing on and off the couch and sitting at the big table (the mummy and daddy table). When my little charges feel a bit off balance or are managing a tricky manoeuvre such as standing on the stool to … Continue reading Balance and Precaution: Me Careful
This week we had a playroom rearrange and a new kids table came upstairs that we perfectly positioned in the middle of our kids zone aka The Command Centre. Cars, airports, an animal farm and of course some cooking were simultaneously and creatively played using it. The construction of our Lego City started and was soon the most played with which included a Post Office, … Continue reading Play Facilitator: Observing parallel and social play
We pay attention to the Stages of Play with child : child but not with adult : child play. In the home I believe it is important to give kids ‘their space’ in the way of parallel and solitary play. They need to know you are close by but not infringing on their exploration of independent play. Each age group differs in the amount of … Continue reading Enhancing Play at Home: Stages of Play
I like exploring all the possibilities available using a certain medium. In the case of Chalk, here are a few possibilities to explore: Trace around shapes – triangle, square, hand, foot, ball. Drag a piece of chalk behind you to make a snail trail and see where you have been or even better get your little charges to follow your footsteps. Pop a piece of … Continue reading Chalk Activities: A few ideas