Tag Archives: pre school
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
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
Hands are fascinating. Just how well do you know the back of your hand? Wrinkled, smooth or hairy, every hand is different. They do so much for us. Imagine life without them for a moment, and the different solutions those without the use of hands have to find. We use our hands to move, to feed, to make.… Read more
Going to the doctor’s can be a scary ordeal when you’re under five. Strange rooms, people in funny uniforms, and dare I mention… needles shudder. And often this fear carries over into adulthood (even if it’s just very mild dread).
This is a bit of a shame really, because the NHS is full of wonderfully dedicated and friendly people.… Read more
2016 sees the Naughty Monsters in the Sky back in planetarium. The terrible twosome help answer some of the most important questions of all: “Where does the Sun go at night?”, “Does the Moon really change shape?” and “Why don’t I always see the stars?”.… Read more