Friday, 18 January 2013

With technology being aimed at younger and younger children it was interesting to read an article in the new March edition of PC PRO called Toddler tech by Simon Brew. It discusses both the pros and the cons of young children using iPads and tablets as learning aids, not to replace books but in addition to them. In the article, a headteacher from Birmingham is said to praise their use if done in a complementary way, saying 'Very young children are able to manoeuvre their way around the iPad with surprising alacrity'. It would seem that by using a tablet the barrier posed by a mouse and keyboard is removed. Potentially this could help those children who are less dextrous to be able to access a wider range of educational material.
The article also includes discussion about different tablets and the differing cost and what you get for your money, so well worth a read.



Monday, 16 July 2012

Reviewing new books


It is always a delight when we receive new books to review for the website, and last week was no exception with the arrival of a lovely selection of books from PatrickGeorge. The vibrant choice of colours and the clever use of acetate give all of the books a unique feel, which I’m sure will make them long term favourites with young children and adults alike.
Included in the parcel were two new books ‘I Taste’ and ‘I See’ from a series based around the 5 senses, I love the illustrations which are bold and colourful but I also love the humour, which I feel will make children want to look at the books again and again.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Etsy favourites

Etsy is a great place for finding quality hand-made toys for your children of all ages. 
Here are a few of my current favourites for July:

1. Play Teepee - Children love to be able to hide away and these lovely teepees are ideal for both inside and outside. I love the selection of designs too!
2. Tell Me a Story set - What a great idea, especially useful for developing language skills, it could be used as a one to one activity or with a small group, every story being different.
3. Fruit Tree Lacing set - Threading is always a popular activity and attaching fruit to the tree adds another dimension teaching children about where different fruits come from.
4. Wooden Cornwall Village play set - I love this set, the colours remind me of sunbleached scenes from holidays past. Each set is hand crafted and painted making them that bit more special that the usual sets you can buy.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Outdoor fun



After several weeks of helping with Forest School activities and realising I hadn’t had so much fun playing outside since I was a child, I’ve decided that we really need to add some outdoor play activities and ideas to our site, so watch this space...........

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Caldecott Medal for illustration


With the rain still coming down, what better day to update all the children’s book awards on the site. I always look with special interest at who has won the Caldecott Medal, an award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. In the past this award has highlighted some lovely books and this year is no exception with A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.




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