Hinksey – not just splash, but also play!

  Hinksey 1You can’t miss the playground between Abingdon Road and the famous Hinksey Splash Park! We discovered it on a somewhat “catastrophic” day in the summer of 2013, while the water games didn’t work. The neat recreational park looked like a rescue area back then! We had a memorable time – mothers sitting with their babies in the shade of the trees and children discovering the different games offered by the park.

Some months laterHinksey water (1), there was a flood at the playground and a part of it went underwater, however this didn’t stop the children from playing… It’s a good option when you think to yourself  “gosh, where can we go to change a bit from the usual playground down the street?”

What?  The Hinksey Park Playground

Where? Lake Street, off Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4RP

How can I go there? Several busses coming from Oxford’s City Centre stop close to the park. You can also cycle there from the City Centre (Abingdon Road) or from East Oxford via Donnington Bridge (take the fabulous walk close to the Isis and then left [before the University College Boathouse], pass by the Four Pillars Hotel and here you are in front of the Hinksey Park Playground.) Continue Reading

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Jeu de sable pédagogique

Little Messy PLay 2014-06 (2)Juste un petit mot de retour de l’école où j’ai déposé notre fillette. J’ai si souvent raté l’occasion de faire une photo de leurs multiples activités qui me donnent toujours envie d’avoir 3 ans… Ce matin, je n’ai pas pu résister devant ce grand bac à sable posé sur une table avec des pinces à cornichons et des baguettes asiatiques. Le tout pour aller à la pêche aux lettres… Vive la dextérité et aussi le plaisir d’écrire son nom avec les nouilles. Un régal pour les sens! Bravo à l’équipe des maîtresses pour leur créativité. C’est la version soft et instructive d’un “messy-play “.

Du sommeil au pipi, tout est une question d’entraînement

carry potty- A Hippie in a Minivan… en tout cas pour les enfants! Parmi les aspects que j’apprécie particulièrement dans ma “british life” c’est la découverte de la langue. À mes débuts lorsque je baragouinais plus que je ne parlais, la “stay at home mum” que j’étais apprenais à toute vitesse le vocabulaire lié à la petite enfance. Je m’emmêlais parfois les pinceaux entre “nap” (sieste) et “nappy” (couche) transformant le temps du repos en “nappy time”!
Côté éducation, idem le vocabulaire est d’une grande richesse -souvent inexplorée sur le continent. Ici on parle de “tummy time” pour encourager l’enfant à rester sur son ventre, muscler son dos, puis au fur et à mesure découvrir le quatre pattes… Les Anglais sont fort en matière d’encouragements (cf. mon billet “Good boy, well done”) parlent de “sleep-training” lorsqu’il s’agit d’accompagner l’enfant à dormir seul et “à faire ses nuits”. Continue Reading

Explore new playgrounds in Oxford: Bury Knowle Park

Bury Knowle BLOG3Are you looking for a change?  Do you feel like trying some exciting new slides or games? We recently went on a bike excursion to the Bury Knowles Park in Headington! Wait a minute, don’t lose interest… Headington is not that far away from Oxford as you might imagine… Frankly, this playground is worth seeing! Everything is about the atmosphere here. When you get in, you are not just crossing a gate, you are walking through a wardrobe as in Narnia’s story…
You will find that the playground games are full of fun and very imaginative: unicorn and crocodile see-saws, great swings and slides and a pirate ship immersed in sand with a water game area. I couldn’t resist trying a special spinning swing with my other half, the kind where you fly around in seconds… our children just howled on!

What? The Bury Knowle Park -London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9HX

How can I go there? Several busses coming from Oxford’s City Centre stop nearby. You can also cycle there: take the Morell Avenue to avoid the Headington hill, then the Gipsy Lane which leads onto Headington Road.

Suitable for Babies and Toddlers? Bury Knowle BLOG2Yes! The playground is divided in two main parts: one of them –enclosed by yellow gates- is more suitable for the younger ones, up to toddle age. Outside this area (see picture) you have some exciting playground games for older or more adventures children (spinning swings, zip wire, climbing spaces).

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