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How does metal taste?
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I bet you remember with crystal clarity - and more than a touch of revulsion - what a copper coin tastes like on your tongue. But you probably haven't tried it since you were two or three years old.
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The early years of childhood are a time for experimentation and fun, of deep learning and engagement. But when school starts, we can fall into the trap of focusing on traditional subjects. There is less time to explore and pursue new interests. Life is less fun.
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As adults, there can be whole years of our lives when not much happens. It's only when we try something new that we feel alive. .
The key to learning is to keep it interesting. If it's interesting you pay more attention. If you pay more attention, you're more likely to remember it.
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Seeing dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum for the first time is memorable. But, in its own way, inviting your child to help chop the vegetables for the first time is equally so.
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What could you do to keep that sense of wonder alive for your child? .
What new experience could you offer today?
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To find out more about Provocations, our new bite-sized blog, take a look at our story highlights or visit the website 😀
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Children love playing with dough because it feels so squidgy in their hands and is easy to manipulate.
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You can buy all sorts of rollers and cutters and machines to put it through, but we find these things take away the simple pleasure of handling the dough and using the imagination to create new shapes.
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What’s more it’s easy to make your own play dough at home. Follow this simple recipe for hours of easy creative play:
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You will need:
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2 cups flour
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1 cup salt
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2 cups water
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2 tablespoons cooking oil
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2 teaspoons cream of tartar
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1 teaspoon food colouring (optional)
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Place all the ingredients in a pan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring all the time. .
You’ll know it’s ready hen the dough mixture ‘comes away’ from the side of the pan. Turn the mixture out onto a board and kneed well to remove any lumps. Allow to cool and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Play dough is number 19 in The 100, our comprehensive list of toys, games and fun things to do for children from birth to five to experience - find out more on our story highlights or on the website 😀
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Today’s provocation is - Where do you stand on writing for the under 5's?
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Lots of mark-making and no pressure to form letters?
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Our first son is at a school where they are keen on daily practice, with cursive script taught from the beginning. Hard work! And confusing, perhaps. But it's a position many of our children find themselves in.
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But, like reading, once you can do it, whole worlds open up.
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Are the gains worth it? What do we lose if we wait until seven like some countries?
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And if we accept the current reality, what can we do to help?
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What did YOU enjoy when you were five?
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See inside a toddler's mind with a wooden railway.
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Back and forth, round and round, through, over and under. Trains move in ways that correspond neatly with many of the most common schemas. These are patterns of thinking that young children use to make sense of the world.
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You'll often meet toddlers who are obsessed with their railways, repeating movements again and again. At this age, it's the motion of the vehicles and their position in space that is of interest. Only when children reach three or four do they focus on story-telling and creating small worlds.
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You can tell that schema play is happening because the action centres on one particular stretch of track - a tunnel, a bridge, a turntable (enveloping, positioning and rotation respectively). This is valuable information! You now know which activities to offer to deepen your child's understanding.
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Visit The 100 on our website to see our overview of schemas for more details.
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Babies learn by looking for the unexpected.
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Just like us, babies have a mental model of how they think the world works. When something unexpected happens, it challenges what they'd previously believed. So they have to take in new information that will enable them to piece together a more accurate picture. It's why you'll see them repeat actions many times. They're testing to see if their understanding was correct.
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You'll also see them modify their actions to see what difference it makes. They drop food from a high chair. How did it land? What was the impact like? Did it bounce? What sound did it make? How do those outcomes change if I drop it from higher up or lower down? If I throw instead of drop?
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The longer they stare at something, the more interesting they find it. The more interesting it is, the more unexpected it must have been.
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It's why they like to drop food from their highchair. They want to see what happens.
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And there you were thinking they did it on purpose to annoy you!
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Look around the room now. Is there something that works in an unexpected way? Or that has a new texture or sound or taste?
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What would your baby delight in discovering?
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(Clue: it's not another toy.)
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Mark-making is number 17 in The 100.
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Mark-making skills develop in much the same way as language. Initially babies and young children delight in the pure physicality of it, running their fingers through sand or scribbling with chalk on a patio.
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Gradually they realise they can control the marks they make as their gross muscles and hands grow stronger and they become more co-ordinated. They also discover that the marks they make can communicate feelings, thoughts and ideas.
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Mark making gives children a powerful tool for thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
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Mark-making top tips:
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Chunky crayons are a great way to get the smallest of hands scribbling. And for perfect pencil grip every time, break the crayons into stubby inch-long pieces. You'll find that the tripod grip then happens automatically.
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Focus on getting the broad sweeps right first. Whole-arm motions, up-down and spirals. This is why streamers are so great. Or offer a bucket of water, some paint brushes and a wall.
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Mark-making leads naturally to writing, and done correctly it can really make a difference. But it's also an end in itself and should be fun.
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Don't forget to mix it up and get outside. Scrape lines in mud with sticks or draw in sand with feet or fingers. .
Mark-making opportunities are everywhere.
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Today’s provocation: going to nursery vs staying at home.
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Research suggests that high-quality early years education is good for all children, regardless of the family's income or social background. And the benefits last into adulthood.
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Some children benefit from going to nursery because the alternative is to be at home, where their needs are not being met. For the rest, it's simply the case that a well-run pre-school offers a richness of experience that is hard to replicate at home (although that doesn’t mean children should go for five days a week). .
That's not to say that it can't be done, only that parents need the time, resources and dedication to make it happen.
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How do your skills measure up? Do you feel you have the knowledge it takes to offer a full range of learning opportunities at home?
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For inspiration, why not take a look at The 100? It's our guide to the toys, games and fun things-to-do that we believe all #preschoolers should experience.
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Provocations is our new bite-sized blog, where we ask the questions and you supply the answers. To find out more, visit our website 😀.
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Boredom is one of the most important entries in The 100! Why? Because the time children spend being bored is when the magic happens.
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The lack of stimulation and feelings of discontentment that come with being bored are what drives a child to find something to do. Being bored begets independence and creative thinking, problem solving, motivation and resilience - all important life skills. And yet as parents we tend to fear boredom, lining up activities and putting them in front of screens that don’t let their minds wander. Keeping children ‘amused’ may actually do them more harm than good!
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Of course, you don’t want children to only be bored. Like all activities, it’s a good idea to schedule boredom. Build time into the day when you don’t have a planned activity. Make sure there are plenty of pencils and paper, books and interesting things to play with. If the sun is shining, insist they go outside and don’t come back in for a while. Help them out by providing props, but never tell them what to do. .
You yourself will need resilience, to battle through the cries of ‘I’m bored!’ But hang in there and you’ll reap the rewards.
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Play is the child's work, or so it is said. But how much, and for how long? Formal schooling doesn't begin until seven in many countries in stark contrast to the early focus on reading and writing we have here in the UK.
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Are our children missing out? Is our approach wholly negative?
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Perhaps you know of a child who would have benefited from an extra year of play. Maybe they were diagnosed with learning difficulties when all they needed was another year to mature. What a shame that a bright child, so young and enthusiastic could be branded a failure - a stigma that can last a lifetime.
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But what of the child who arrives at school able to read and write? Doesn't she also deserve to be somewhere that stimulates and challenges her?
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The system is not going to change anytime soon. We can disagree with it. We can even fight it. But for our children who have started school this month, we also have to accept it.
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If schools won't offer the experiences our children need, we must provide them ourselves.
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What could you to to keep the spark of play and creativity alive at home?
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Water play is no 15 in The 100, our comprehensive list of toys, games and fun things to do that every child from birth to five should experience.
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It might look like they are just splashing around having fun, but water play fosters learning in almost all developmental areas for young children.
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Visit any nursery and you'll see pre-schoolers happily engaged in pouring water from one container to another - an back again. The notion that a tall, thin beaker might hold less than a short, wide one is very difficult to grasp when you are three. At this age, taller means bigger, and with greater capacity. The only way children come to understand that this is not always the case is through experimentation. Pouring and emptying, for hours at a time.
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This kind of play is so fundamental to children of this age that it's hard to imagine learning maths without it.
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But you don't need a water table or any fancy equipment. You don't even need a garden. A bath with a few empty shampoo bottles will do just fine. If you can find a plastic jug, a funnel and a couple of feet of hosepipe, so much the better, but it's not essential.
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It's hard to overstate how much water play your child needs. On a summer's day they will be outside for hours, with nothing more than a bucket and a couple of old yoghurt pots.
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Pouring and emptying.
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Pouring and emptying.
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It's a kind of meditation.
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For some water play inspiration, take a look at our Free Activities section, where you will find water play with pipes and guttering.
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Bit of an impromptu Grapat giveaway - and it’s pretty big!
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We had lots of beautiful toys lying around after a recent photo shoot and they’re now looking for a loving home. Would you like them?
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Everything’s new. It was unboxed for the shoot but is now safely back in its original packaging.
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Here’s what you’ll get:
Spring nins
Summer nins
Autumn nins
Winter nins
Nins Carla
Houses and nins
Houses
12 Nins
Free-play box
Marbles
Rainbow spools
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There are so many nins and houses you could make your own city. So many play possibilities. :)
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To Enter:
1. LIKE this post
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Competition ‪ends 16/09/2018 at midnight‬. .
This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, Inc. Onehundredtoys’ decision is final. By entering, you are confirming that you are indeed at least 18+ years of age, release Instagram from any and all responsibility and you are adhering by Instagram's terms of use. UK residents only
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Wind the bobbin up? Blackbirds baked in pie?
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It’s tempting to question the relevance of nursery rhymes in the 21st century. But ask any primary school teacher and they’ll tell you - the child who knows their nursery rhymes is almost always among the best readers and writers in their class.
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Nursery rhymes are such a great introduction to literacy because they teach early phonic skills - hearing and manipulating letter sounds. Nursery rhymes also give children early practice in pitch, volume and rhythm - laying the foundations for the musicality of everyday speech.
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And while they may sound old-fashioned to us, the magical content of so many nursery rhymes - brown paper for a broken head and blackbirds pecking off noses - encourages visualisation and imagination, skills they’ll need later on for writing and creating their own stories.
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Nursery rhymes are no 14 The 100, our comprehensive list of toys, games and fun things every child from birth to five should experience. To find out more, visit our story highlights or our website 😀.
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