Sunny day: a fun day for a picnic

Sunny day: a fun day for a picnic

My parents have a picture of me as a toddler, happily munching on grapes, while sitting on a blanket in the middle of a ring of laughing adults. One day I asked my mom who the people were. She replied, "I have no idea. You just sat down and started eating their grapes."

I believe that when your child knows that there will be afternoon tea outdoors, she can't wait to pick up the picnic basket and all kinds of food to play. "Great! Mom!" Then followed the adults excitedly, really looking forward to it!

Your child and his little partner are particularly engaged in playing with picnic toys.Lay out the classic checkered picnic blanket and start unpacking all the the high quality, wooden plates, cups, and utensils from the matching, cloth-lined wicker basket.

Sort and match various fruits to make a delicious fruit plate. Match with ice cream or use colorful cakes and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.The fruit pieces and the croissant pieces, each featuring Velcro-like fasteners, bring the excitement to life as kids use the child-safe wooden knife to cut them all in half.The children had a great time and parents also had time to relax.

A picnic allows you to continue your outdoor exploration without interruption. Eating al fresco is another fun way to enjoy nature. And a picnic introduces your children to new experiences. Sometimes a change of atmosphere can even encourage a picky eater to try some new foods. Increase your odds of success by involving your child in packing the basket.

 There's something very special about a picnic basket and a red-checkered table cloth. Back at home, toddlers will want to continue the fun with their food toys.

 The Ealingkids Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket layers essential basic skills and important pro-social behaviors on top of this fun pretend play.

 "Fill and spill" toys are always a hit with the toddling set. You can amplify the learning by asking them to put different foods, colors, or shapes into the basket.

 As part of your toddler's pretend play, he can set a place for himself and for you. Ask him to please pass a certain food item (or ask by color or shape). Make sure to model saying thank you! Now it is his turn . Through this pretend play, he is learning about sharing and good manners.

 And next time you head to the park, pack a picnic and enjoy the season!


May 19, 2021 — Ealingkids
The Benefits Of Toy Food And Play Kitchen For Child Development

The Benefits Of Toy Food And Play Kitchen For Child Development

If you or your partner have the habit of cooking at home and you see that your kids are trying to get involved… you should

see this as a good thing and a good chance for you to help them develop their inner chef aspirations by letting them play around with Toy Food and Play Kitchen!

And if you are wondering what are the benefits of playing with these types of educational toys, you may want to refer to the rest of this article…

#1 – Visual Recognition Of Shapes, Patterns And Colors

Playing with toy food can help your child to get a better understanding similarities and differences in shapes, colors and patterns. This helps your child sort according to toy food type, texture and size. What you take for granted as your ability to differentiate between and sort colors, shapes and patterns with a quick glance actually got its start when you were just a child. Promote toy food and play kitchen interaction to give your child a head-start in these important developmental areas.

#2 – Self-Confidence In Their Imagination

When your little chef-to-be places toy french fries on his toy peanut butter and jelly sandwich, his creative imagination on a new recipe is unleashed. Cooking in real life and toy cooking playtime rewards experimentation. This is driven by your children’s imagination when you applaud their efforts. Their self-confidence is boosted when they realize they can imaginatively combine and create any toy food creations they can dream up.

#3 – Teamwork, Teamwork, Teamwork

As you have probably discovered yourself on several occasions, cooking a good meal for the whole family involves teamwork. It is no great secret that working effectively with others toward a common goal is an important skill consistently used by successful and happy adults. And when your child teams up with other children or helpful adults in the toy kitchen, teamwork becomes second nature.

#4 – Preparation And Cleanup Teach Responsibility

Responsibility can benefit your child in a limitless number of areas. When your child is very young, they may not understand that the food they eat has to be prepared, and that cleanup has to take place afterwards. When playing with toy food and cooking in the playtime kitchen, your child quickly understands that proper preparation before and cleanup after are integral parts of the food making process.

#5 – Delegation And Follow-up

Playtime cooks need to be as effective with delegation and follow-up as do their real-world counterparts. Sometimes creating toy food masterpieces requires taking charge and directing the efforts of other children. And delegation is worthless without effective follow-up. These two skills are paramount as an adult, and get a developmental boost from toy food and playtime kitchen activities.

May 19, 2021 — Ealingkids
The Importance of Mark Making for Early Years

The Importance of Mark Making for Early Years

“Scribbles are products of a systematic investigation, rather than haphazard actions” 

– John Matthews

Encourage children to make their mark! Young children have a natural desire to explore and experiment. They relish in the sensory and physical experience of mark making – enjoying the sensation of marker pens gliding across a whiteboard, paint smearing onto an easel, chalk scraping into the tarmac and grains of sand running through their fingers.

Mark making is much more than just a scribble! Babies and toddlers learn and begin to make sense of the world through mark making. It is the beginning of a child’s journey towards writing and is an important step in a child’s development for handwriting, creativity and coordination. Initially children take pleasure from the physical activity of mark making, but as they develop, they realise that they can control their marks and their creativity starts to thrive.

What is mark making?

Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that early years children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.

Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod them into soft dough. Mark making isn’t just bound to the indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level! Let them drag a stick through the mud or go wild with colours with a jumbo Outdoor Mark Making Kit!

Why is mark making so important?

A step towards writing…

Research has shown that mark making is crucial for a child’s development and learning. It not only teaches young children how to hold a pen correctly, but it also prepares them for writing and develops their handwriting skills.

Physical development

When children are making these early marks, they are practising to hold a pencil and are attempting to control their marks with their muscles. This enhances their physical development by improving their fine motor skills and helps to develop their hand-eye coordination.

Creative representation

Mark making can also represent a child’s thoughts and ideas. It gives children the opportunity to express themselves creatively and allows them to communicate their feelings through their drawings or even use their marks to tell a story! As they develop, their marks become more complex and sophisticated and their creativity blooms.

Brain and language development

By giving children the opportunity to explore different mediums of mark making, it engages them in sensory play and allows them to discover new exciting materials. This helps to enhance a child’s critical thinking, brain development and language development, which gives them the ability to build towards more complex learning tasks in the future. These marks can also support emerging concepts of maths, developing into mathematical representation and enhancing learning.

May 19, 2021 — Ealingkids
The Importance of Physical Activity for Children

The Importance of Physical Activity for Children

The Importance of Physical Activity for Children in School

Hop, skip, jump…it’s time to get the kids active!

How physically active is your child? In a digital world where children are spending more and more time looking at screens and less time playing outdoors, the problem of childhood obesity is becoming a growing concern in the UK. It is therefore extremely important to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from a young age to try and reduce inactivity and sedentary in children.

Do your children do enough physical activity?

The chief medical officer guidelines recommend that children between 5-18 years old should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day! This refers to moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity, from light cycling on a bike to swimming laps in a pool. Primary school is an ideal setting for engaging children in daily exercise and teaching them how to adopt and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

How much physical activity should children do in school?

It is suggested that children achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity in school and at least 30 minutes outside of school. With children spending most of their week in school, it is crucial that schools and teachers play an active role in promoting a healthy lifestyle and give pupils plenty of opportunities to be physically active during school time.

In order to attract all children into being physically active in school, it is important to offer an array of different activities and sports in your setting to appeal to everyone. Children are generally full of energy and there is such an abundance of activities that you won’t be short of ideas on how to engage them in physical activity!

So why is physical activity so important for children?

Physical activity has countless health benefits for children! Not only does exercise improve a child’s overall health and fitness, but it can also help to improve their mental health and cognitive development as well.

Here are some of the key benefits of physical activity for children:

  • Builds confidence and improves social skills
  • Gives children the opportunity to learn new skills and teaches them important life skills
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Helps to develop coordination
  • Enhances concentration and learning, which increases productivity and success
  • Makes children feel good and elevates their mood
  • Inspires positivity and encourages tolerance
  • Helps to relieve stress and maintain mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Improves sleep and energy levels
  • Reduces the risk of morbidity and mortality from chronic non-communicable diseases
  • Improves overall health and fitness and helps children maintain a healthy weight to prevent childhood obesity

Are you kitted-out with the essential equipment and resources for PE and sports?

Make sure your PE and sports area is well-equipped with beneficial resources to enhance physical development. If you need to improve the PE and sports supplies in your setting, explore our extensive range of children’s PE & Sports Equipment to enhance your primary school’s resources and encourage children to be more active today!

May 19, 2021 — Ealingkids