Does Pasta Grow on Trees?

Excuse the absence, my hands have been rather full welcoming Master H into the family. We are five months down the line and life is pretty busy with two boys in tow!

This post has been inspired by Master L who is currently fascinated mapsby where things come from and how things are made. The questions are endless and his three year old mind is not always fully satisfied by my answers! “How are our bodies made?” “Where does milk come from?” and “What is our house made from?” are a few of the latest examples. I hope the resources below aid your little learners inquisitive minds.

Books: Usborne have a superb collection of non fiction books and flashcards, written in a child friendly, colourful way with brilliant illustrations and diagrams. Their ‘Lift the Flap Questions and Answers’ range covering topics such as ‘the body,’ ‘animals’ and ‘the world’ I would highly recommend. Available at high street book shops as well as online. Approximately £9.99. books-group

Maps & Globes: excellent visual support for all those geographical questions, planning routes and making observations. Making maps is always a fun activity too. If you are looking for a child friendly maps book, look no further than the wonderful ‘Maps’ by A & D Mizielinska, approximately £15 from all high street book shops and online. The illustrations and information will keep your little learners entertained for many many years to come.

Do You Know?: a brilliant, very informative CBeebies show, which explains how and why things work. A firm favourite in our house at the moment.

Materials: exploring different materials in play is a fantastic way for children to understand how and why things are made from different things. Wood, plastic, fabric, metal etc are all great for investigating texture, strength, durability. Using different materials in construction activities can aid creative critical thinking skills from a very young age. A pile of junk, packaging, building blocks and sticks can all make a wonderful starting point.

Food: talk about where food comes from and how it’s grown really helps children’s interest in what they eat. New flavours and tastes are even more exciting when they come with a story!