Why Sensory Play Is Important

Everyday, we use our five main senses to understand and explore the world around us: touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste. Sensory play includes activities which engage these senses, such as playing with water, sand, play-dough and rice. The range of activities is unlimited in scope and you may find that you are engaging in […]

09-12-2020 Keep Reading

Bonfire Night Recipes: 15 Child-Friendly Options

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, takes place annually on the 5th of November in the UK to celebrate the unsuccessful attempt of Guy Fawkes in blowing up Parliament in 1605. Now, people commemorate the historical event by lighting fireworks, playing with sparklers and gathering to see large public bonfires. It is a […]

04-11-2020 Keep Reading

Ideas for Halloween: 5 Fun Activities for Children

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays. It is the perfect excuse for dressing up, eating sweets and being creative! Witches, cats, bats and ghosts adorn everywhere, creating a spooky, yet exciting atmosphere! To help you make the most of this Halloween, we have put together five fun activities to keep you entertained. 1. Pumpkin […]

28-10-2020 Keep Reading

How To Detect Speech Issues in Early Years

As caring parents, we all want what’s best for our little ones especially when it comes to health and education. It’s natural that we’d want to know that our child is developing properly and not experiencing learning difficulties. From the outset, it’s important to remember that children develop at their own rate. Some babies walk […]

22-09-2020 Keep Reading

7 Barely Known Benefits of Soft Toys for Toddlers

Think back to your childhood. We all had a favourite soft toy when we were young, right? Well, as time has gone on there has been some debate as to whether such simple soft toys can be of much benefit to young children. Despite being cute, some people would argue that these are hardly the […]

15-09-2020 Keep Reading

Homeschooling – A Temporary Solution To Your Child’s Educational Needs?

As lockdown eases and the Prime Minister encourages children to return to school, parents are facing a new dilemma. Should they send them back or keep balancing working from home alongside childcare and education? Perhaps you still have concerns about the spread of the virus, your kids live in a multigenerational household with higher risk […]

03-09-2020 Keep Reading

Choosing The Right Nursery for Your Child: 7 Top Tips

How do you know which nursery is the right fit for you and your child? Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the right nursery for your child:

25-08-2020 Keep Reading

10 Fun Sensory Play Ideas For The Home

Kids in their early years benefit from activities that stimulate more than one of the five senses at a time. This is also known as sensory play! These activities improve their motor skills and can be easily set up at home. In fact, many of them won’t require any fancy equipment or tools. So simply […]

18-08-2020 Keep Reading

5 Key Social Skills for your Child & How to Boost Them

While academic performance is certainly important in life, being able to communicate and get along well with other people is equally crucial when it comes to being successful. Sometimes taken for granted, social skills, just like literacy and numeracy are skills that need to be taught and nurtured in children. Soft skills are a little […]

11-08-2020 Keep Reading

Why Learning Through Play Matters? An Insider’s Perspective

As a parent, understanding the principles that underpin the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can be really empowering, since it will allow you to understand the different stages of development of your child from 3 months to 5 and a half years of age. At Hatching Dragons, we know that parents and key workers are […]

30-07-2020 Keep Reading