Looking to celebrate Black History Month with your little one? Check this out! Please note these are inspired by a resource from islingtoncs.org for more information click here. Arts and Crafts · Use books, pictures and artefacts for inspiration for activities such as mask making, jewellery, clay work, sculpture and fabric printing! · Your little one can paint a self-portrait (make sure they have the right colours to make skin tones). · Make art based on artist
Picture books are an amazing learning tool! Children can learn about different things, identify with the characters and so much more. To celebrate Black History Month, here are just some of our favourite storybooks by Black authors and/or illustrators! We've also included Amazon links for you to check these out (via affiliate links). We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola This original story follows the adventures of Charlie and Eddie who are on a h
October is Black History Month! Here at The Butterfly Patch, we’re celebrating it by promoting equality and inclusivity in our nurseries. To shine a spotlight on black history, here are 5 influential black figures that helped shape Britain. Please note there are so many black influential figures, here are just a few picks we think everyone should know about! We’ve included some additional resources below for you to find out more. 1. Harold Moody Born in Jamaica Harold Moody w
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)? If you’re currently registered with us, you might have heard of the EYFS. You might know it as something the practitioners use... but what actually is it? And how does it work? The EYFS is how the government and early years practitioners describe the time in your little one’s life between birth and age 5. This stage is important as it helps your child get ready for school, future learning, and success. The EYFS is put into a fr
Reading about the changing seasons is a great way to help your little one to understand more about the world around them. Here are our top picks of autumn story and picture books and the Amazon links to snap them up (via affiliate links)! Autumn by Gerda Muller This is a great board book without text. With scenes from nature and daily life, it illustrates the season beautifully, allowing your little one to explore the changes in colour and weather. Click here to view it on Am
If you feel unsure about how and when to brush your baby’s teeth, you are not alone! Parents often ask our practitioners: when do you start brushing baby teeth? How do you brush baby teeth? What do you do if your child hates having their teeth brushed? We’re here to help! Parents should begin cleaning their baby’s mouth earlier than most people realize. To make it into a routine early on, it is recommended that you clean your baby’s gums, before their teeth come in, daily wit
September is here! With autumn fast approaching, we will all ultimately be spending more time inside as the weather gets cooler and much...much rainier. With more time indoors, comes the need for indoor activities to have a fun and engaging time with your little one (whilst keeping them busy)! To help prepare, we’ve curated 8 different activities including crafts, sensory activities, and baking guides. Check them out: Autumn Scented Playdough Get into the autumn spirit with s
Temper tantrums can be frustrating for any parent, but these can become learning opportunities both for yourself and your little one. To combat these and learn from them, we’ve put together this guide to temper tantrums! This guide will look at why your little one might have a tantrum, how you can help avoid these and what you should do during (and after) one. Why do children have tantrums? Tantrums can range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath
This guide was created with the support of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) to offer guidance on some of the common development stages that your child may go through, including weaning, food refusal/fussy eaters and toilet training. This part will primarily focus on food refusal, fussy eaters and toilet training. If you missed it, click here to read part 1. Food refusal and fussy eaters It's natural for you as a parent to worry about whether your child is eating
This guide was created with the support of the National Day Nurseries Association to offer guidance on some of the common development stages that your child may go through, including weaning, food refusal/fussy eaters and toilet training. This part will focus on weaning. Part 2 (click here to read) addresses food refusal and toilet training. Weaning Introducing your little one to solid food is also referred to as weaning. It is important that you follow the advice of your hea
Whether you’re thinking about having another baby or have one on the way, you may be wondering how your firstborn will adjust to the change and how to best introduce them to the idea. It’s only natural that your little one might feel a bit left out or upset knowing they won’t be mummies or daddies only child once they find out. This doesn’t mean they want warm to the idea – especially if you get them involved with the preparations! Here are 5 tips for preparing your first bor
It’s almost the Bank Holiday Weekend! A perfect time to go away with the family or for day trips! With the potential of longer road trips this weekend, here are 8 ways to keep your little one entertained on long travel journeys. 1. Say yes to screen time Although it might not sound the best to boost your child screen-time, in the case of long road trips you can afford to make an exception. Turn screen time into a positive and productive activity by downloading educational
Here at The Butterfly Patch, we love The Curiosity Approach! We encourage this in all of our nurseries and believe it’s a wonderful learning tool. So, let’s find out a little bit more about it… The Curiosity Approach aims to create ‘thinkers & doers’ by putting children at the centre of their own development and learning. Toys/technology are taken away from the learning environment, these are replaced with everyday items to encourage children’s natural curiosity to explore an
Being a parent is an amazing experience with many magical moments that create a lifetime worth of memories. However, it is likely there will be some challenges you have to overcome – these aren’t always easy. Supporting your child’s behaviour can be challenging at times, making it a difficult and stressful time. To help, we’ve written this guide with the support of the National Day Nurseries Association to: · Offer some tips to promote and support positive behaviours, ·
This week we sat down with the fabulous duo behind Bargain Boutique. This sensory toy business was created by Tobias, aged 9, with the assistance of his mum, Laura. They are hoping to raise enough money to open a penguin sanctuary in the future. But for now, they are working their hardest to keep going and expanding. They are also offering 10% off your first order (not including shipping) when you mention The Butterfly Patch when ordering. Details of how to order and get in t
The sunny weather has finally returned! Let’s make the best of it with these awesome activity ideas – check these out below. Go on a 'painted rock' treasure hunt – or decorate your own pebbles! This activity is super simple and incredibly cheap - all you need is some paint and paintbrushes! You’ll also need to gather some rocks – you might be able to find these in your garden or at a local park. Your little one can have great fun decorating these with some paint. You can then
Being a parent is an amazing experience with many magical moments that create a lifetime worth of memories. However, it is likely there will be some challenges you have to overcome – these aren’t always easy. Supporting your child’s behaviour can be challenging at times, making it a difficult and stressful time. It’s important to remember that every parent’s experience of this is different – some children may exhibit more challenging behaviours than others, but don’t worry –
Thursday Today we set out to create hedgehogs with mud, water, small sticks, and tools. We haven’t seen any of our spiky forest dwelling friends in this park - yet they seem to be a hot topic.
From the off, children were shown pictures of them. We looked around for things that resemble them. Children pointed out brambles as they have thorns. In doing so the children noticed the first ripe blackberry we’ve seen so far! We quizzed them on their stages of development: flowerin
Here at The Butterfly Patch, we love the Olympics! There is something wonderful about watching nations come together to cheer on a common cause. Hearing inspiring stories about athletes who have beaten the odds is amazing! When learning about the Olympics or celebrating with your little one at home, it's more fun when you incorporate crafts, snacks and activities! So, with the following guides you can host your own mini-Olympics at home! Activity guides Living Room Olympics -
Thursday Mountain climbers!
Mount Morden - an area basking in opportunities for our little adventurers. On the way we interacted with trusted dog walkers allowing us to stroke their fluffy dogs. Dogs are friends. We want children to be comfortable around them no matter the size. We don't promote fear (we know the majority of walkers and can ensure that their dogs are safe).
Diverting off the 'racetrack' we entered the long grass where we could hear crickets chirping. We we