Officrèche Blog

Look, smell, chop, cook and taste – when Foodini came to Officrèche

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Chopping and grating, kneading and mixing, children love cooking at Officrèche, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Our preschoolers had a full hands on experience making different dishes every day when Foodini Club sent in their recipe packs for a week. The Brighton-based company launched its child-friendly recipe kits for families on a trial basis back in […]


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Search for Snowdogs – have fun while you learn

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Spotting Snowdogs is a new sport in Brighton and Hove. It’s like Pokemon Go in real life with something to touch and enjoy, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. For children of all ages it is a wonderful learning experience with added excitement when you come across a giant colourful dog in an unexpected place. When they […]


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Let’s dig in the sand and have fun on the beach

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Let’s be honest, Brighton beach isn’t great for children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. We may take our little people for a jaunt along the pier, but between the Palace Pier and i360 the prolific number of bars is not inviting to  toddler. Sand is lacking, even at low tide. There is a patch of sand […]


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Touch it, feel it, squish the dough

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Babies and children in all the rooms at Officréche love playing with play dough. They squish it, bash it, shape it and create with it. The team of early years practitioners always make it a bit more interesting than commercially available doughs, and it is simple to make. Extra texture by adding rice, visual stimlation […]


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Vegetable phobic? Try the blind taste game

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Children’s eating habits can be a mystery at times, writes Officréche early years manager Lisa Taylor. We try every trick in the book, serve them hand prepared, healthy, nutritious food from the moment they cut their first teeth and still, all of a sudden, they don’t like something they have gobbled up every week before! […]


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Sniff it!…Divine or Disgusting? Preschoolers’ smelly discovery

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Children start off learning everything using their senses, writes early years manager Lisa Taylor. They touch, taste, listen and see the amazing world around them and sniff at all the fascinating discoveries it has in store for them. We must nurture the senses through exploratory experiences – this seems especially important considering the sensory overloaded […]


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Watching things grow – seeds, soil and water

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  Children love to explore and ask comments about the natural world – particularly discussing how things grow, change and decay. Planting encourages children to explore and learn through their senses and also helps them to understand where food actually comes from. Some children genuinely believe that food comes from Tesco – imagine their delight […]


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Sensory Ice Painting

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As the winter months draw to a close, why not celebrate the end of the season with a spot of sensory ice painting? This is such a wonderful little project for little ones, and so easy to set up too. And the activity leads to lots of opportunities for extended learning and creativity too. Here’s how […]


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Water play!

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Now that the weather is warming up and we’re likely to be spending more and more time outside, why not dust off the water table and indulge in some water play? It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a specific water table either- a washing up bowl, under bed storage tub or even a bucket […]


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5 ways to use left over Easter eggs

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If your children have been inundated by the Easter Bunny this year, you might be tempted to either gift some of the chocolate, or store it away for a rainy day. The fact remains you won’t want them to eat it all in one go, so here are 5 ways to use left over Easter […]


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