I was fascinated this week when I saw a report on BBC Breakfast about a ‘back to basics’ experiment in a UK nursery which, it’s reported, has stimulated creativity and improved communication amongst the children involved (especially the boys, apparently) – and decluttering the rooms in the process. I also found an article about it in the Mail Online (published back in March of this year).
Matt Caldwell, the Head of the nursery was, apparently, inspired by similar schemes in Germany which replaced plastic toys with everyday items and real size objects – so, for example, instead of a miniature/child-size/toy version of a musical instrument, they would have an adult-sized, real one to explore.
Other items were day-to-day objects such as kettles, bottle tops, egg boxes, corks, pine cones, conkers, lavender and pots.
The backs were taken off electrical items so the children could see how they were constructed. Continue reading “What is a Toy?”
We’re coming, now, towards the end of the summer in the UK.
Many of you may have spent time enjoying your own garden this summer, if you have one – or someone else’s garden, or a public park or beach-side garden, perhaps?
This is a light-hearted look at what might be in that garden – what draws you, where you regain balance and perspective, perhaps – based upon your MBTI personality type and preferences.
Do you recognise yourself, or your favourite (place in the) garden here?
I certainly do!! Continue reading “What’s in your garden?”
I wasn’t at Glastonbury this weekend, but I did see a recording of Sir David Attenbourough’s spot.
He’s amazing – so respected – able to hold the attention of such a large crowd, many of whom were 70 or more years younger than himself – that’s no mean feat!
He’s lost none of his energy and passion – yet, I think he delivers what he says in an understated but serious manner – without talking down to anyone.
A great role model, not only for what he’s doing for us all and the planet, but also for any of us who might be wondering how we might be/behave in our own later years perhaps ..?
If you missed it, here’s a recording I found – it’s less than 4 minutes:
Plus a great comic-style article which a friend sent me recently which you might like, too – click here.
Lukas Bates completed the London Marathon in a very respectable time this week (3hrs, 54m, 21s) and all whilst wearing a fancy dress costume of the London landmark: the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben.
What hit the news, though, was that his costume was too tall for him to get underneath the frame at the finish line without some help:
This made me smile for several reasons. Continue reading “He took it in his stride – literally!”
Why is it sometimes so hard for us to feel genuinely happy for other people in our lives when they achieve success or something really lovely or lucky happens for them?
Do we smile, but through gritted teeth?
How do we feel when we look at this photo, for example?
Do we smile along with the person in it?
Or think she might be showing off?
Or wonder if she wants to ‘rub it in’ that she can afford the money and the time to be where she is, having fun, and we can’t?
In my experience, envy or jealousy doesn’t happen every time – but sometimes it does…
And what does it say about us if we feel a twinge?
Does that mean that we’re a bad person?
Or does it just mean that we’re human? Continue reading “I’m so happy for you… (or am I?!)”
I’m interested to see in last week’s news that, based upon findings they published last year: “being in a positive mood on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect”, Nottingham University are continuing with another piece of research into whether they can harness this to improve the effectiveness of flu vaccinations for older people, who are particularly vulnerable to this virus.
Later this year a group of patients aged 65-85 will have their mood measured, watch 15 minutes of Michael McIntyre (one of my favourite comedians, too BTW) and then have their mood retested. Blood tests will be taken before the jab and four weeks later to see if they have higher antibody responses.
So, could a good laugh help ward off the flu?
Most of us are pretty familiar with the phrase ‘think outside the box’ in terms of taking a more creative approach to something.
But there’s an article in today’s Metro which I saw being discussed on the Jeremy Vine show on Channel 5 about a company selling boxes to put over your head and help you think inside the box.
The panel on the show had some boxes similar to those being sold and put them over their heads while they discussed it.
The discussion was pretty light-hearted and did make me smile – and I leave you to form your own views as to the usefulness and pricing of the article in question.
Personally, I have a vivid image in my mind, now, of a person in a the middle of an open plan office with a box on their head covered in rude and funny Post Its from their mischievous colleagues…