Mini Beast Blocks – Review

As anyone will see who follows my Instagram page @mamasden I love to use wooden toys in my childminding setting. I follow a curious approach with my children. I encourage them to get hands on with the toys, manipulating them, combining them in different ways and being inventive with games. Part of my approach is…

Top 10 Play Ideas – Holiday Addition

The summer holidays are here and many families will be jetting off or road tripping to their holiday destinations .. ever mindful of their little darlings and ways of keeping them entertained when the beach, holiday clubs or pool aren’t quite enough. I’ve jetted off to Turkey. I’m lucky to have access to our families…

Curious Play Outdoors – Winter

As a Childminder who is highly influenced by the Curiosity approach I like to spend lots of quality, educational yet largely child led time outdoors. I am lucky that I have a large garden and lots of green open spaces on my door step so I can give the children lots of free play opportunities…

An Invitation to Play

|• Let their imagination soar •| ______________________________________ Why do we always want what others have? We spend endless hours scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest and daydream about what we could achieve if we… only had more money, only had one child, only had a bigger house…. in truth much of what we see is set…

Evolution: How basic beginnings evolve to brilliant learning zones.

|• E v o l u t i o n •| ______________________________________ Funny isn’t it how things evolve over time…. much like my setting has evolved my ways of sharing my ideas have also expanded and in January I decided to include my early years ideas onto my instagram feed Mama’s den. I tentatively started…