Today is National Playday! On the first Wednesday in August each year individuals and communities across the UK celebrate Playday in a number of different ways! Past events have included celebrations such as street parties, mass woodland adventures and festivals in parks, each community that takes part adapts the celebration to suit them!
How’s the weather holding up in your part of the world this summer? Hopefully you’ll be basking in sunshine, and only having to dodge the odd shower here and there!
Here at Learning Resources we do our best to reuse and recycle, we know it’s important to take care of the world around us and keep it clean for the generations of little learners that are inheriting it from us!
Keeping the children entertained for a full six weeks can be a costly, the price of everything seems to have shot up lately. I recently went to an outside summer festival and paid £3 for an ice-cream! They’re certainly not known as 99’s anymore!
This summer we’re running a parent campaign to help you keep your youngsters occupied during the long holiday, whatever the weather! All the items in our Summer Savers category are Buy One Get One Free for the whole summer! Quote SUMMERSAVERS14 when you place your order.
Most schools in the UK will be breaking up in the next few days, the summer holidays are here!
Do you dread six weeks of having the children at home, or do you love having them around more? There have been many debates in both teacher and parent forums online discussing if six weeks is too long for a school holiday or if a four week summer holiday would be more beneficial, and as you’d expect, there are arguments for both! Many parents struggle to afford child care for the full six weeks, and more frequent, shorter holidays would be much more manageable. On the other hand, for many families the six week holiday is the highlight of the year that they spend months looking forward to and planning. I don’t think a decision will ever be made to please everyone, but we can certainly make the most of what’s on offer around us.
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This time of year is great for exploring what fruit and vegetables are around, either produced locally or rife in supermarkets. The upcoming summer holidays will see many families out picking their own fruits and veggies in the local fields or at home in the back garden!
The NHS are keen for us all to get at least five pieces of fruit and veg in everyday, there are adverts on TV about it all the time! Unfortunately it’s not always as easy as it seems to get children (or adults!) to eat the recommended five portions, as some are picky about them or just won’t touch them full stop!
A hot topic of discussion in the media at the moment is the ongoing debate regarding gendered toys for children. Just last week Minister for Women, Jenny Willcott appeared on ITV’s breakfast news show ‘Good Morning Britain’ discussing the impact gender segregated clothes, toys and resources have on children, their self-identity and even their future career prospects.
My daughter ‘Squirt’ loves being outside, she’ll happily play for hours in the garden, at the beach, and she loves nothing more than a play park! She enjoys it so much; it’s easy to sneak in some fun learning activities without her even noticing she’s learning!
We all know the benefits of being outside; fresh air, exercise, vitamin D and the boosts to children’s immunity, needless to say how much extra space there is out there! Whether it’s the school playground or at home in your back garden, the activity ideas and resources are endless! My niece particularly enjoys the ‘jumpoline’ (trampoline!) and we can see her coordination and balance have already improved.
We’re well and truly into picnic season now, and I hope you’ve got some fab picnics coming up! Let’s hope the weather is on our side, and we’re not faced with too many rainy days this summer. I remember inside picnics when I was little, my mum would set a blanket out on the living room floor, and we’d have lots of various snacks in little wicker baskets! It was just as much fun as an outside picnic, however we weren’t allowed to play with the frisbee for some reason!
I’m sure you’d all agree that an outside picnic is far more exciting than an inside one (frisbee or no frisbee), but in case we do have to dodge the showers this summer, have a look at our New Sprouts Picnic Set. The set includes everything needed to have a great inside picnic, including squirting ketchup and mustard bottles (my favourite bit!) and slices of watermelon.