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Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play

Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play


Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play


No matter what the time of year, no matter what the setting - sensory, small world activities are unbelievably valuable for children. They allow them to explore so many concepts first hand for example:
Acting out and making up stories, using stories to aid their play, getting lost in their imagination, creating, mixing, filling, exploring texture and cause and effect to name a few. 
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Unusual Gifts for all the Family

Unusual Gifts for all the Family




When I have a loved ones Birthday coming up, I love to think outside the box and buy items that are not the obvious thing to buy. I like products that are quirky, fun, different and practical. So I must admit I did spend a considerable amount of time looking on Uncommon Goods. This is why I really love my bedtime browsing sessions. After the super busy days, this is MY time of day, where I get to zone out a little and do something for me. 

It's often at this time I discover some pretty fabulous things. From products, to people to follow on social media and websites.

Today I want to share with you a list of 9 fabulous out of the ordinary products:

Unusual Gifts for all the Family


Created by Britta Ambauen from Texas, this beautiful locket is enclosed by tree branches on the front and encased are a set of gem stones that link to your loved ones Birth dates. Inside the locket the quote 'from deepest roots, tallest branches grow'. This would make a wonderful gift for a person who holds their family very dear. With almost 100 reviews you, why not come and read all the lovely feedback relating to this item and read about all the happy receivers!

Made by Heather and Myles Geyman, both artists from Pennsylvania. They have a passion for creating products that are beautiful and functional. 
This vase is exactly that and is a great space saver too! So if you know someone who enjoys the pretty things in life, someone who perhaps enjoys cuttings from the garden, fresh flowers through out the year - then why not treat them to a lovely vase to add to their home.

Selling out like hot cakes, this is a creation by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen that is all about love from the early days of creation to when it lands in your home. 
Keep a lamp at home and gift the other to a friend or relative. Through wifi you connect your lamps with one another - no matter how far the distance. A simple touch omits a colour to your loved one to let them know you are thinking of them. What a lovely way to show someone they are in your thoughts!

Unusual Gifts for all the Family


We can never record or document too much about the ones we love the most. These books  are well organised and have a brilliant range of questions you may not think to ask. Not only are they lots of fun to fill in together, they can be past down through the generations so they can get a good feel and knowledge of who their Grandparents were and what they achieved in life.

I find it quite difficult at times to buy for the Men in my life so their Gifts for Men section was fun to look around.

Weaning can be so much fun! Exploring new food, tastes and textures is very exciting for little ones. It can be a super messy time too with parents worried that their children aren't quite getting all the food and nutrients they should be getting because too much is ending up on the floor. 
These bowls have a suction cap on the bottom which sticks to the table preventing spills. A great parenting hack!

If you have a Baby Shower coming up there are a fabulous range of gifts to browse.

The Gym is a big part of many peoples lives these days. Often the 4 items that accompany people whilst at the gym are their keys, a drink and some money/bank cards their mobile phone. This clever water bottle holds your mobile phone, notes and credit cards within the bottle. Keeping your items together and with a headphone port accessible on the bottom you can still enjoy listening to your music whilst you work out!


Unusual Gifts for all the Family


Children will love the opportunity to colour their very own pillow cases! Whilst exploring the world children will enjoy learning the names for different countries, what different countries are famous for (landmarks/animals) and also their shape and position on the globe! The pens are washable and once the pillowcase has been washed there will once again be a fresh canvas to get creative onto. 

Very popular with a very impressive review count! Created by husband and wife inspired by their son who loved playing with his construction toys. This plate set (with utensils available to purchase also) is a great way to encourage healthy eating that is fun and engaging!

Did you know that each month of the year has its very own flower assigned to it? These beautiful keepsakes make the perfect Birthday gift! Created by Shari Dixon from Tennessee, her work often incorporated flowers and leaves, making her work timeless. 


I could honestly keep going and going! I could have done a post alone on Personalised Wedding Gifts. Not only does this website sell thousands, upon thousands of unique items.... I love how you get to read about the people behind the product. I have spent hours discovering products that I love and then being drawn in to reading about the makers and creators. There are often links to their blogs and subsequently social media channels so you can follow along to see what other products become available.

I have read about families developing items together, people supporting charities and recruiting people in rehabilitation programmes, artists that are inspired by nature and travelling. Its been very fascinating to see how different people become inspired and how they move forward with their dreams. This was exactly why this website was created. To share with people not only a fantastic set of items to purchase but to make it much more personal and be able to find out about the people behind the product.

If you are someone who is passionate about sustainability you will be pleased to know this is all part of this brands ethos and a plus that they donate to non-profit organisations as part of your orders.

So if you are looking for something fun and unique to gift or treat yourself to, this is the place to look at - with delivery available world wide.

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You may also like:

Nursery Rhyme Crafts - Once I caught a Fish alive    St Patricks Day activities for kids    Process Art Drip Painting


Space Themed Sensory Play    Easter Activities for kids    Three Little Pigs sensory play


Spring Themed Sensory Bag    Easter Activities for kids. Cross Suncatcher Craft    Duck Themed Activities. Duck Tuff Tray.




Literacy Ideas for the Classroom. Story Chair.    Creative Area ideas for the Classroom.    Shirt and Tie Fathers Day Card Creative Area ideas for the Classroom.

We were delighted to work with Uncommon Goods and share with you the fabulous range of products that are available to buy.
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LEGO Sea Rescue Plane

LEGO Sea Rescue Plane


LEGO Sea Rescue Plane


After our recent enjoyment building and playing with the Snow Resort Chalet that we got from Tesco I was really keen and excited to try another LEGO product. We decided to go for the Sea Rescue Plane 60164.

Lego is not far from hitting its 100 year anniversary. It's not a toy I have brought or played with since I was a child myself, but now my children are getting a bit older they have really been enjoying playing with the LEGO I played with as a child. Almost 30 years old the LEGO is still in perfect condition despite being played with lots. 

After all the fun we had with the Snow Resort I have been taking a look at Tesco Direct and viewing their large range of LEGO Products - there really is so much choice! 

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Ramadan Tuff Tray

Ramadan Tuff Tray


Ramadan Tuff Tray - Ramadan Activities for Kids


Ramadan is a month long fast. It is a time considered for intense prayer and devotion to the religion of Islam.
Ramadan is a spiritual journey to help followers empathise with the less fortunate and makes them feel closer to God. It is based on the lunar calendar so the fast lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During the festival - Muslims fast from dawn till dusk (which can be up to 16 hours this time of year!) and enjoy eating during the evenings.
People often give money to charities to help feed the hungry. You will also find people reading the holy book The Quran.

Not all people fast. The elderly, children under the age of 14, travellers, the sick, breastfeeding or expectant mothers are all exempt. 
Fasting is one of the five pillars that form the foundation of Islam. Other pillars include a pilgrimage to Mecca, Faith, Charity and Prayer.
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Mark Making with Kinetic Sand

Mark Making with Kinetic Sand


Mark Making with Kinetic Sand


Have you had the pleasure of experiencing Kinetic Sand? We just love the stuff here and play with it on a regular basis. In fact the children can't get it out without me being drawn to it too! I find the sand is rather mesmerising, calming and quite fascinating. The sand is squeezable, mould-able, never dries out and doesn't stick to your hands! Today we have been using some different tools with the sand as opposed to the usual moulds we use.

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LEGO The Snow Resort Chalet

LEGO The Snow Resort Chalet



I have fond memories playing with Lego as a child. I can still remember the structures I sat building with my Dad and the imagination that flowed afterwards. Lego is a fantastic tool for creativity, problem solving, following step by step instructions and critical thinking. Its a brand that has been around for years. 

Founded in 1932 LEGO has been past down through the generations. The name LEGO derived from two Danish Words - "leg godt" meaning Play Well.
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Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday


Open Farm Sunday


I was recently browsing the web when I came across the event Open Farm Sunday. I had never heard about this event before but it has been running since 2006! Where have I been I thought? 

I had a good look into the event and discovered that 1000's of Farms across the UK open their doors to the public free of charge on the 11th June. It has proven to be very successful and has been a great way for farms to connect with people and show them what their roles entail. 

LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) manages the event and each farm offers something a little different, when events sharing their own individual stories. Activities you can expect to see and join in with on the day include tractor rides, farm walks, nature trails, pond dipping, farm shops and so on. 

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Outdoor Mark Making Kit

Outdoor Mark Making Kit


Outdoor Mark Making Kit


I am a big believer in offering as many opportunities to create and experiment for children as possible, particularly where mark making is concerned. 
Exposing children to a wide range of materials and tools to mark make with is such a valuable stepping stone to writing. Not only is it great for writing it gets children moving, having fun, creating and imagining. The benefits are big, so the more we can offer the better.

Within the Early Years we are responsible for working with the children's interests. Observing what children enjoy and offering more opportunities to encourage and develop their learning.
Close your eyes and imagine the Creative Area in your classroom (or your home setting). What resources do you offer? What medias do you allow the children to experiment with?
It is important to offer variety to children who are drawn to the Creative Area but to also entice other children to give the Creative Station a try. You will find that different materials and resources will excite certain children so finding that connection if very important for success.

We have been sharing activity ideas for over 3 years now so you have no doubt seen lots of our mark making ventures. Today I would love to share with you an Outdoor Mark Making Kit with a difference from Early Years Resources. 
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Handa's Suprize

Handa's Suprize


Handa's Suprize Tuff Tray - Exploring Culture with Preschoolers


Have you read the story Handa's Suprize? It is such a charming tale that encourages positive relationships. Handa's Suprize has been named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK. Wrote by Eileen Brown this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in South West Kenya. Handa goes out of her way to create a fruit basket full of different fruits for her friend, Akeyo. She carries the fruit all the way to her friends village, contemplating which fruit will be her friends favourite. Unknowingly to her, along the way different animals are pinching the fruit from the basket. As she reaches her friends village it is Handa who gets the suprize. 

The text in this story is perfect for the 4-7 year old age bracket the book is aimed at. It's a story you can't help but love. It brings awareness to children of different culture. It gives a great base for venturing into many different activities including fruit tasting, talking about friendships (PSED), counting and reconising numbers to name a few.

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Bringing Your Baby Home On A Must-Have Budget

Bringing Your Baby Home On A Must-Have Budget


Bringing Your Baby Home On A Must-Have Budget

We were at the park with some family friends of ours last weekend and the topic of new parents crept into a conversation (as it always seems to do when you are a parent yourself). We started talking about the advice we had been given when expecting when Dan - our dear friend - told us about a piece of advice he had been given. “I hope you have a lot of money tucked away.” At first, he was a bit stung because the privilege and honor of being a parent and bringing up a happy child are not one that should be reserved for the rich. However, the advice wasn’t wrong, having children is expensive.
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Recycled Carton Bird Feeders

Recycled Carton Bird Feeders


Recycled Carton Bird Feeders - Spring and Summer Activities for Kids


Well it is May already and I don't know about you but I am really enjoying the slightly warmer weather! Its refreshing being able to get outdoors without lots of layers! We have taken to the garden most evenings now the lighter nights are here! We have been enjoying lots of games and of course the garden tidy up ready for Summer. We have been looking at different areas where the children can leave their mark. 

I love nothing more than children's creations and so today I am sharing with you some beautiful coloured carton bird feeders we have made to help our garden birds that visit a few times each day.
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Amy Louise
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Pirate Themed Tuff Tray

Pirate Themed Tuff Tray


Pirate Themed Tuff Tray


It's a very miserable May day today. I am sitting down with a brew and sharing with you a wonderful Pirate themed tuff tray created by the lovely Sue Baxter. Sue Baxter joins us often here on Learning and Exploring Through Play, and shares the fabulous play set ups she has carefully planned for the children. The activities link to topics, personal interests of the children, celebrations - you name it! 
Sue is an outstanding rated childminder and after seeing her play invitations she sets up for the children daily - its clear to see why!
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