Love cooking – Little Cooks Co product review

As someone who massively believes in teaching children independence and important life skills such as cooking early on in life, I am absolutely thrilled to introduce this amazing subscription box to you all. Little Cooks Co is a monthly subscription box for just £7.99 that provides you with all the dry ingredients you need to make a delicious snack with your little ones, the box includes the recipe card for the snack, as well as a recipe card for a simple hot family meal you can also cook with your little ones too.

The company’s tag line is Healthy Kids cooking kits delivered through your door and this is completely true with products that are organic,l and contain no refined sugar or gluten, it truly is a perfect way to spend quality time together having just delicious healthy fun with your little ones.

The Little Cooks Co was founded by two amazing mums, one of which is a registered nutritionist. The company was founded upon the believe that the kitchen is heart of the family and that it is somewhere to share and learn as a family. The companies philosophy is keeping it natural and keeping it simple. Little Cooks Co is passionate about making a difference to children and families across the UK by providing an exciting way to access healthy food and start good food habits early on in life.

What did we receive?

This month we received a recipe card for Bouncing energy balls!

They were simple to make with only peanut butter and boiling water needed in addition to the dry ingredients provided.

We received an additional recipe for a hot family meal to cook, this one was Fantastic family meatloaf!

We also received a special tea bag for the little one.

We even received some beans to plant and grow our own ingredients, these also came with an instruction card.

What did we think?

Luke was absolutely thrilled with this box and enjoyed making the energy balls. He was excited about having his own recipe card and even attempted to read it himself, although we aren’t actually at the reading stage yet. At the end we all enjoyed the treats he had made as a family and he tried his first ever cup of tea.

After we had enjoyed our treats we got the plant pots and compost out to plant our beans.

Needless to say we were impressed. This product has really stood out for us and is definitely something we would subscribe to in future. It is good value for money; it is a quality product and has a lovely philosophy behind it which is hard to deny. Add to that the lovely products you can buy along side your box, such as a recipe binder and apron for your little one, you really can’t go wrong.

Please visit Little Cooks Co and try a box for yourself.

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

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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 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:
http://www.kbyutv.org/kidsandfamily/readytolearn/file.axd?file=2011%2F3%2F2+Rhymers+are+Readers-Why+Important.pdf 

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

From sensory bins:
http://adventuresofadam.co.uk/old-macdonalds-farm-tuff-spot/

To maths activities:
http://picklebums.com/five-currant-buns-free-printable-puppets/

And everything in between!

Physical development – http://lifeovercs.com/jumping-with-jack-be-nimble-gross-motor-activity/#comment-51620

Science – http://www.science-sparks.com/2015/08/06/humpty-dumpty-science-ideas/

Here are 45 nursery rhyme crafts from How Wee Learn:

http://www.howweelearn.com/45-nursery-rhyme-crafts/
Enjoy.
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

Love outdoor learning – day 5 of 30 days wild

Day 5 of #30dayswildForest School!
Tuesday is usually forest school day for us at Ace Forest School.


Forest school is a fantastic learning experience for children. We are lucky enough to have Ace Forest School locally which caters to children from birth and up as they have forest school playgroup. Most forest school cater from pre-school and up and are happy to take classes of up to 30 children during a session. During a forest school session children tend to learn about fire safety and often get to cook some food on a fire. They also get to handle tools and most importantly get to grips with the outdoors through mud kitchens, muddy puddles, climbing trees. The opportunities are endless. There are so many opportunities in the outdoors including maths and literacy. Here are 35 ideas for outdoor learning that include maths and literacy among some other lovely ideas:

http://nurturestore.co.uk/forest-school-activities

Today we took part in some lovely activities at Ace Forest School, we did some leaf threading – all you need are some nice strong leafs, a hole punch and some wool. We also made some ladybirds – this included some wood cookies/slices, some paint and some corks or anything that will print a round shape. Our lovely forest school leader Jane provided us with edible paint incase any of the little ones fancied a taste and they did some printing and once it was dry they could decorate their ladybirds with some black dots.

Some of our favourite activities at forest school are the mud kitchen, the treasure basket (you can create your own with some outdoor goodies you collect, such as acorns, sticks, stones etc), playing hide and seek and also going on a bug hunt. Using magnifiers to have a good look at some little bugs can provide lots of fun and an opportunity to embrace learning across the curriculums. But these activities are to name just a few. 

Forest schools are available to settings and schools for block sessions or one offs. Forest schools are becoming widely available to children on weekends, so even if your child’s setting isn’t involved in one it doesn’t mean you can find one yourself. Some nurseries offer forest school as part of there curriculum, either on site on a small scale or at a separate site. A fantastic setting that offers this in the Liverpool area is Dukes and Duchesses Day Nursery. 

The forest school association offers a lot of information about forest school including its rich history and the learning opportunities it holds http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/

But don’t worry if you can’t get to a forest school, there is plenty of fun to be had in your local woods or national parks, or even in your own garden. Let children take risks, climb trees, look a buys, dig in the mud and jump in muddy puddles. 
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

(Non of the organisations mentioned are affiliates, just some examples of outstanding provision).