Balance Bike for big kids!

For kids aged 6 to 10 years, we recommend the Strider SS-1 (Super 16″).

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Super Strider

Routines, sequences + learning about time

Make time at the end of each day to talk about and write/draw into your wall calendar, what will happen the next day, e.g. swimming on Mondays, library on Tuesdays, football with dad on Saturdays and in the holidays, Church on 2nd Sunday in the month, …

     So on Monday nights he needs to find his swimming things (perhaps they are in different rooms?) and put them into the swimming bag by the door ready to take tomorrow morning. On Tuesdays he needs to find the 3 books (every week you take out 3 books, which makes it predictable and easy to remember) and put them in a bag for tomorrow.

     In this way your child will begin to see predictable patterns to his life. It doesn’t matter, if he cannot read as it’s about creating a little ritual or routine to help the child to understand what happens next and who does what. Hang the calendar up where he can see it, and treat it with care. Let him see, when you write into it and talk to him about it. If he is interested, you can do little drawings. But keep it simple, so you can be quick and responsive to him, and then do, what needs to be done.

     It will also give you simple things to talk about and a time to do so, with opportunities for new ideas from your child and to reflect back on things that have happened in the past, last month or would be nice in the future. It will also help him to see how time is planned and passes with

•             events gone and to look forward to,

•             occurring regularly (e.g. every Monday) or occasionally,

•             the days of the week,

•             tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next week, in two weeks’ time, in May, in the summer, …

You can buy your calendar in our shop


David Palmer's Hand Crafted Toys with Tools.  (

Affordable high quality wooden toys and play equipment. When David heard about the Learning-to-learn activities to help children with developmental delay and saw how effective they are, he offered to make the basic play materials for our work with children and families at an affordable price. His wooden play things are beautiful, solid and made to last.



Simple household items like those shown in the photograph can provide hours of simple fun and interaction with your child at no cost.

 Household things

For example:dropping clothes pegs, pebbles or seeds into a plastic jar or bottle, clipping clothes pegs onto a plastic cup in patterns, stacking pastry cutters, dropping old curtain rings onto a kitchen roll holder, threading rings or beads onto a piece of string, feeling the different textures of a kitchen scrubbing pad or using sponges as building blocks - the games you can play together with these are only limited by your (and your child's) imagination. 

Mindbuilders' Rhyme Cards Sets 1 and 2.
Rhyme cards for having fun with a child who is difficult to engage.
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Books and Games for Your Child

This month we have prepared a list of books, toys and games to help you stimulate your child's imagination.
Click on this link to see the PDF document.

Action-rhymes and songs

Rhymes and songs are a wonderful way of engaging with a child. They are not for teaching, but through them a child will be able to learn by himself. Sounds have a powerful effect on the speaker and the listener. When we sing or speak rhythmically and the tones are received by the child, he begins to listen, and    to look at us. He may even become engaged and move himself to the rhythm he hears. When we put rhythmical movement and words together, we give purposeful meaning to what we are doing. The child feels the urge to take notice of us, when we “entertain and woo” him, in a novel way. With repetition the child gradually builds a memory of the movement and words. In many subtle ways the words, rhythm and movement help the child to organise himself, and they have a healing effect on him. It is through movement that speech comes to the child. His breathing becomes healthier, as the child engages and enjoys the familiar rhythm, movement and words.

Walking by bike
'Henry won't walk, when we are out. He is almost 5 now, but he always wants to be picked up and carried.'

These bikes without pedals are ideal to help young children to improve their coordination and sense of balance. And your child will love it once he realises he can go fast down a little slope.

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