Category Archives: Pre-school Days
Maybe you didn’t realise what it was. The stones in buildings or pebbles on beaches can be millions of years old. In some types of rocks you find fossils, which are impressions of things that were alive long ago.
You can go fossil spotting yourself on the beach, in places like Seaton Sluice, near Whitley Bay.… Read more
The nights draw in and the air takes on a chill, and leaves crunch beneath your feet on the pavement. Autumn has definitely arrived.
But autumn is beautiful, in all its many colours. The greens fade, the reds appear, and the oranges and yellows shine through.
Most leaves are normally green due to chlorophyll, which is a chemical needed for the plant to make its own food using energy from sunlight.… Read more
This post is guest written by Medhavi Kakkar, Public Engagement Intern at Life.
Imagine a dinosaur, any dinosaur. Yes, even Barney the dinosaur. Does the one you’ve imagined have a long tail?
Have you ever wondered what these tails were used for? Were they used for grasping objects like monkey tails?… Read more
We all know what you get when young children mix paint: every possible shade of… brown. I don’t really understand brown – one of the most common colours on earth, and I can’t quite work it out.
Colours of paint absorb some colours of light and reflect others. White light is made up of a whole spectrum of colours, the result of different lengths of light waves.… Read more
Wind is fun. (All right, who giggled? No, not that kind of wind.)
We’re surrounded by air all the time, and apart from the fact that we keep on breathing, we don’t pay it much attention. Unless it’s moving. Wind can feel like we’re being hit in the guts with a wheelie bin – it has power, it has menace, it has character.… Read more
An interesting mission as a new intern: design the next Pre-school Day activity!
I tried to approach it by thinking about the things that little people like most. One of the first things that came to mind was animals.… Read more
Think about the changes that their bodies experience in the first couple of years of life: They go from seeing fuzzy light and dark no further than a parent’s face, to understanding shapes and colours at a huge range of depths by the age of 6-8 months.… Read more
Sometimes we have profound reasons for our choices of pre-school day activities. Sometimes we choose things mainly for convenience. Sometimes we are inspired by what’s in front of us, or something we’ve heard about recently.
Slime is wonderful stuff to make and play with as long as you don’t mind a bit of mess.… Read more
This post is guest written by Carole Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Food Science at Northumbria University.
Fresh, brightly coloured foods provide a whole range of nutrients to your body, but synthetically coloured foods like sweets can be detrimental to your child’s health and affect their behaviour.… Read more