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The Benefits of Block Play

The Benefits of Block Play

Wooden blocks are a traditional and favourite toy loved by many. They stand the test of time because of their simplicity. A block is a loose part resource that can be used in so many ways, open ended with no predetermined purpose, a child can imagine and create while...

Summer Holiday Top Picks

Summer Holiday Top Picks

The summer holidays are already upon us, although after months of lockdown it doesn’t feel as though much has really changed… or is that just our house! We have been blessed with weeks of beautiful sunshine. Here are my top picks to really embrace our British...

Guest Blog: Making the Most of the Little Things During Lockdown

Guest Blog: Making the Most of the Little Things During Lockdown

This months guest blog is from Sam Goldsworthy Childminding, a wonderful mother and daughter team. You can follow them on their adventures at Facebook and Instagram @samgoldsworthychildminding. As most of you know I am Sam from Sam Goldsworthy Childminding. We are a...

Guest Blog by Mamasden | Including Nature in Your Daily Rhythm

Guest Blog by Mamasden | Including Nature in Your Daily Rhythm

This months blog post is brought to you by Jennifer Wooldridge @mamasden. Jennifer is a childminding mother of 3 who is highly influenced by the natural world and loose part play. She creates a fun learning environment and her instagram, facebook and blog posts offer...

Guest Blog by Sam Goldsworthy Childminding | Forest School

Guest Blog by Sam Goldsworthy Childminding | Forest School

This months Forest School blog post is brought to you by the wonderful mother and daughter team at Sam Goldsworthy Childminding.One of our favourite outings that we provide is definitely Forest School which has become a weekly ritual in our setting. We use the same...

Hygge: Creating Happiness and a Cosy Family Feel

Hygge: Creating Happiness and a Cosy Family Feel

This months guest blog is by the fantastic Kimberly Smith from KSEY Consultancy. Lots of the members of my rep team are enrolled on her Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation™ course so I approached Kimberly for advice when creating a Hygge Collection for the website....

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone reading this blog. This year has been so exciting for Tinker Tray Play. I never even dreamed that my little Etsy store selling home made tinker trays and treasure baskets would grow into the shop I have today. My website is 5 months old now...

Tinker Tray Play Christmas Gift Guide

Tinker Tray Play Christmas Gift Guide

Top Ten Christmas Picks Christmas is just around the corner, so close I can almost hear the tinkling of the reindeer bells in the air... a perfect time for me to share some of my top picks and best sellers with you!1. Seasonal Subscription BoxesGive the gift of a...

Guest Blog by Rainbow Sensory Gifts – Easy Messy Play

Guest Blog by Rainbow Sensory Gifts – Easy Messy Play

I am going to start this blog post off by saying… I am not a blogger! I am a busy mum of two, who is trying to run a small business and keep everyone alive and happy! My early years teaching experience gives me invaluable insight to the benefits of play/sensory...

Getting to Grips with Loose Parts Play

Getting to Grips with Loose Parts Play

Written for, and published by The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/pacey-blog/march-2019/getting-to-grips-with-loose-parts-play/ Anna Welch, owner of Tinker Tray Play, 26th March 2019. Children...

Treasure Baskets: A Heuristic How To

Treasure Baskets: A Heuristic How To

My first Treasure Basket encounter was as a new mum at a baby class run by my local children’s centre… and I didn’t get it. I remember wondering why on earth they were passing round baskets full of strange household items, and not toys. Surely funding constraints...

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