Love Child led learning – Old MacDonald sensory bin 

Following a child’s lead…As you can see I had set up a lovely little sensory bin this morning for the little man. He is very into animal sounds at the moment and constantly points out animals in books and picks up toys to make sounds. He is also on constant repeat singing his version on old macdonald. So I made this modest little sensory bin with his farm.

Needless to say the farm went out the window very quickly, as he went and got some bowls out of the cupboard to fill and empty rather than play with the animals. So I followed his lead and did some filling and emptying. I then added a funnel and a jug to practice pouring, which he absolutely loved! 

Second child lead learning of the day was the Hoover. Needless to say having a lentils sensory bin down stairs in your open plan house was asking for a large amount of cleaning up. Whilst he was deeply involved in the sensory bin I decided to have a quick Hoover up of the rug that was now full of lentils. He stopped and watched and suddenly made the revelation of what a hoover does! He watched me Hoover the mass amount of lentils, ran back to the sensory bin, grabbed a hand full of lentils and threw them on the floor in front of me as I hoovered and continued to watch in awe as I hoovered them up. He did this a few more times before he wanted to test this theory that the hoover will make anything in its path disappear. He tried balls and cars, obviously neither of which worked. So he went back to lentils. Thankfully he decided since it only hoovered up lentils it wasn’t that fun and went back to his sensory bin.

Sensory bins are a wonderful experience for children and there are probably thousands of ideas out there for them. You can shape them to a child’s interests and Schemas and also to current themes or planning in your settings. I had planned on writing a post about sensory bins today and sharing lots of ideas, I will do that another day, as today I wanted to show you that the magic of learning happens when you let children guide their own learning and your planning and play. You can extend their play through parallel play, sustained shared thinking or my adding a few more resources that fit the play they are immersing themselves in but please please please never stop a child and show them how you want them to play or what the activity ‘should be’! Be truly child centred and child led even in your adult led and planned provision, this is how the most learning will get done. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x

Love outdoor learning – day 8 of 30 days wild

Day 8 of #30dayswild Listening walks!
Listening walks are a wonderful free activity that you can do with children of any age, anytime, anywhere. You can do it at the park or your local woodlands, walking to the shops or school or even in your own garden. 
A listening walk gives children the opportunity to listen carefully to their environment and talk about what they can hear, this can be the name of the things they can hear or for those with developed verbal skills a description of what they can hear. 
Here is a lovely little page from talking points to explain listening walks and give you some variations on listening walks: 
Listening walks give a great opportunity for literacy as well as communication and language. You can use tick sheets and go on a listening scavenger hunt and mark off the sounds you hear on your walk.
Teach Preschool has a picture checklist for listening walks:

Head outdoors for a listening walk

And here is a written check list for children who are able to read:
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 
#outdoorlearning #listeningwalk #earlyyears #education #primaryeducation 

Love Learning – Children educate themselves?

This is an extremely interesting article about children’s learning and play. I’m just reading article number 3 of this series.

I am a great believer that you support children through an enabling environment and that they should lead the provision you put in place. I also believe you should never help a child do something that they can do themselves or they are trying to do themselves, obviously unless they are visibly distressed. This article links to the way in which children naturally learn. Enjoy.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

Love Lifecycles – day 7 of 30 days wild 

Day 7 of #30DaysWild just watched a Sparrowhawk hatch live on #BBCSpringwatch 

You can watch the magical moment or carry on watching live at 

What a lovely way to show children the magic of life cycles!

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

#Sparrowhawk #Lifecycles #Earlyyears #Primaryeducation 

Love nursery rhymes – day 6 of 30 days wild

Due to the grey thundery skies Day 6 of #30dayswild wasn’t as wild as it could of been.

Today we listened to the thunder and the rain from inside and took the opportunity to sing some weather related songs. These included I hear thunder and it’s raining it’s pouring. 

Nursery rhymes are great for children’s communication and language development as well as literacy skills. The joy of nursery rhymes are they are completely free and available anytime any place. Currently our favourite in this house is baa baa black sheep, now that the little one can say baa. 

Have a read of this wonderful document all about the importance of nursery rhymes for children’s development: 

Also there the activities you can plan around nursery rhymes are endless! 

From sensory bins:

To maths activities:

And everything in between!

Physical development –

Science –

Here are 45 nursery rhyme crafts from How Wee Learn:

45 Nursery Rhyme Crafts

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x