One of our favourite activities here at Wellies is storytelling. Stories have so much to offer! They develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, and create a sense of wonder! 
Children learn in lots of different ways and one fun way in which they can learn about different concepts and gain new skills is through water play. 
Learning through food. Baking and cooking can be so much fun. Exploring colours, shapes, tastes, smells and textures. It's a topic we all love to talk about...Food! 
 
There are many ways in which a child can learn. Learning when we were children was quite different to learning today. There are so many amazing ways children can learn now, from adventurous apps, guided YouTube videos, interactive courses and much more. 
 
The next few months are the most exciting of the year in terms of cultural festivals, events and celebrations. We truly live in an amazing and diverse world, so it’s only fair we celebrate it the best we can, right? 
 
Can you believe it’s autumn again?! We don’t know about you but this year has just flown by! 
 
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges, or even trauma. We believe, it’s not something that children either have or don’t have; like many things in life it’s a skill that kids develop as they grow. 
 
Perhaps before we were parents, toys were something that babies and children played with and enjoyed throughout their younger years. But as we learn, there is a science and art to what makes the perfect toy for a child's optimal sensory development. 
For some little ones, it can be a little daunting and scary going into a new place for the first time, meeting new people, having a new daily routine and environment you are not used to. So, when your child arrives at nursery, although it is exciting, the whole experience can sometimes be overwhelming. 
 
We’ve had a few questions recently about how best to mentally prepare a child for the socialisation aspect of starting nursery. 
 
We would like to stress that we don’t expect every child to always be happy or full of confidence in social situations at nursery. Why? Because naturally not every child is like this. It’s not in their nature, which is perfectly normal and part of what makes them unique. 
 
Here are our top tips that we give parents before they arrive to make this transitional part of nursery a little bit easier. 
Before we talk all things food, a massive thank you for all the great feedback on part one of our series, where we spoke about how to prepare your child for the nursery when it comes to sleep. If you haven't read our previous blog post, make sure you head over HERE. 
 
Now it's time to talk about what you as a parent can do when it comes to food before your little one starts nursery. 
 
Food can be one of the most complex areas of a child's development to perfect. Food is not only essential to ensure your baby is getting a wide variety of nutrients but also for other areas such as speech development. 
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