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Hillers Garden Centre Warwickshire

Hillers Garden Centre Warwickshire


Hillers Garden Centre Warwickshire


I am always on the look out for new places to visit. Often Garden centres have lots of hidden gems that are perfect for children to have fun! From soft play, fairy gardens, miniature railways, animals and super large sandpits - there is so much fun to be had. 

Today I wanted to try somewhere new. I often find places to visit on Instagram. I always share on my instalive stories where we are so be sure to find us on there - Instagram @learningthroughplay8.

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Amy Louise
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Nature Weaving

Nature Weaving


Nature Weaving - Forest School

Just before Autumn arrives we have been enjoying some Nature threading. After our Sticky Tape Nature Pictures, we have been inspired to stay on track with more Nature activities. There is still lots of beautiful blooms and foliage everywhere! It's hard to believe that before long lots of this will disappear, as plants and trees go to sleep for the cooler months. 

Before I go on to share how this activity unfolded I just wanted to share this:

I am a huge believer in leaving plants and bushes to grow for the bugs and bees. Some plants thrive when you cut weaker/dying blooms. Sometimes bushes have to be cut back to keep things neat and its at this time where this activity is a perfect one to do. I wouldn't ever actively encourage anyone let along children so go hacking plants and bushes down for crafts. 
Make sure you explain this to the children too. Teach them to respect the outdoors from a young age.


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Amy Louise
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Ice Cream Sensory Play

Ice Cream Sensory Play


Ice Cream Sensory Role Play


I'm not sure how we did it, but school is out for Summer! Horayyy! We've had a heatwave the last few weeks and its a welcomed relief being free from a little routine! During the boys nap times me and Neve are enjoying some quality time together and today we made a back garden Ice Cream shop. 

I brought the most adorable ice cream bowls and spoons that I have been really looking forward to using with her! I will share where I brought them from below. She has always been a fan of sensory play so this was really up her street. 

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Amy Louise
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Sticky Tape Nature Art

Sticky Tape Nature Art


Sticky Tape Nature Art - Forest School Ideas


We are pretty much half way through our Summer holidays. Its gone by so fast! When Neve broke up in July, I thought - 'BRILLIANT we have so long off together now for lots of quality time'.
I feel like I've blinked and 3 weeks have gone by just like that. We've been enjoying lots of outings and recently had a lovely family holiday. Its all been go go go - so it was like medicine for us to be able to enjoy a very pretty creative craft together yesterday. 

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Amy Louise
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Mouse Paint Colour Mixing

Mouse Paint Colour Mixing


Mouse Paint Colour Mixing


I love having lots of little activities that can be pulled together quickly. There are opportunities that arise during the day where you can do something to bring all the children together (like our Fruit Sensory Bin) or enjoy a little one on one time with them (like this activity).


From the early days we teach children colour recognition. We give them the freedom to mix colours here and there - but then what?

Today I want to share with you a lovely activity (and story) to build on knowledge of colours. 

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Amy Louise
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Sensory Fruit Water Play

Sensory Fruit Water Play


Sensory Fruit Water Play for Preschool


With weather really pleasant as of late, the invitation to play outdoors is often too tempting to refuse. We are spending most of our days in the garden lately and I love it! Makes such a difference having an open space to burn off energy and have fun!

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Amy Louise
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Frozen Water Beads Sensory Play

Frozen Water Beads Sensory Play


Frozen Water Beads Sensory Play for Preschoolers

I feel like we are being spoiled with the lovely sunny weather at the moment! To the point I'm beginning to feel hard done by if its cloudy! Doesn't it make so much difference being able to spend much time outdoors in the sunshine, running free and exploring all it has to offer! I know lots of you have been enjoying my activities I have been sharing on Instagram. Water beads are always really fun and popular!

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