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Yoga for Young Children

I’m a huge fan of yoga and I’ve practiced in some way for most of my adult life. When I fell pregnant with my first child, one of the first books I bought was ‘Baby Om’ to learn how I could practice with my newborn. The reality was slightly different to the beautiful, graceful images depicted in the text and there was no mention of dealing with squirming, crying or projectile vomiting. I also hadn’t factored in the menagerie of animals keen to join the fun. This didn’t become part of our daily routine but the intention was there! You are never too young to practice yoga! Baby yoga classes are gaining popularity in the UK and around the world. To find out more about the benefits of baby yoga, check out this blog post from the UK company Blossom and Berry:  https://www.blossomandberry.com/7920-2/ Toddlers and young children can also greatly…

Climb a Tree with Me

As a parent, we celebrate our children’s first gross motor milestones. The first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, those precious first steps. But then the baby book runs out of pages.Our children become stable on their feet and we are more likely to complain about their new physical feats. Climbing out of the cot, scaling the bookcase, or in my house, escaping out of the ground floor window! We probably should be celebrating these achievements. Maybe not encouraging a fast route to injury or applauding an escape attempt but appreciating a commitment to physical self-development that most adults would envy. Toddlers and young children constantly challenge themselves. They push their bodies to the limit, fall down, get back up and find new ways to get where they want to be. Their resilience and tenacity is impressive but as they get older and master the skills, they…

Using Story Baskets for Sensory Play

It’s easy to make your own story telling baskets at home. It’s never too early to read to your little one and cultivating a love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child. Why not make reading even more fun by using story baskets of props and engaging your child’s senses?! How to Make a Story Basket  Pick a story that you think your child will enjoy. It can be a picture book, story book, fairy tale, song or poem. You don’t have to have an actual book, as long as you know what happens so you can tell your child. Use toys and props that you already have in and around the house. Use your imagination: stones and twigs can represent different landscapes, pieces of fabric can be used as the sea or a river, soft animals can be characters and small toys or…

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