spinning rainbow window crafts for kids 27/03/2020

Spinning Rainbow – Crafts

LEARNING ZONES: – Exploring & Using Media & Materials – Imagination – Understanding the World With colourful rainbow pictures popping up in windows all over the country, now is the perfect time to let the kids get crafty and create their own magical spinning rainbow. Perfect for a beautiful window display or decoration to brighten up your home or setting. Using card and paints, follow these simple crafts instructions below to make a spinning rainbow with the children and spread hope and joy. Can you find the pot of gold... Read More

23/03/2020
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The Benefits of Height Adjustable Furniture

Height Adjustable Furniture has been around for a while, but what makes it so appealing to schools, nurseries and settings? Here are just a few benefits of investing in Height Adjustable Furniture… Health: Children spend a long time sitting at tables during the day, for a significant portion of their lives. It is therefore paramount that the furniture they are using, chairs or tables, can support this strain on the body. If desks are too low or too tall, this can affect children’s posture. This may not sound too bad,... Read More

spring bunting for easter crafts 16/03/2020
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Springtime DIY Bunting – Easter Crafts

Create Spring themed bunting for the perfect Easter decoration! Get the little ones excited for Easter and make your very own colourful Bunting! An ideal arts and crafts project for children aged 5-7 years old. Simply follow these instructions! Art materials you will need: Coloured card – in blue, green, yellow and red Pink patterned paper Black card White card Scissors Glue Pencil Hole punch Garden twine How to make Springtime bunting: Take the coloured card and cut out six flags (two of each colour) for the spring themed bunting.... Read More

easter bunny finger print cards 16/03/2020
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Finger Print Easter Cards – Crafts

Create the perfect cards for Easter! Get the little ones excited for Easter and make your very own festive bunny cards! An ideal arts and crafts project for children aged 0-5 years old. Simply follow these instructions! Art materials you will need: Coloured card – in turquoise, yellow, orange and pink White card Coloured Ink pads – orange, purple and yellow Black fine liner pen Green felt tip pen White pom poms Glue stick Strong glue Scissors Pencil Ruler How to make two rabbits on a hill card: To make... Read More

tray play benefits 11/03/2020
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The Benefits of Tray Play

This article has been written by mother of two and tray play advocate, Rachel Moffatt. How does tray play benefit children? Learning through play is the main focus of the early years foundation stage. It is all about making learning fun. Tray play provides a focused area of play with the contents ‘somewhat contained’. Setting out inviting activities with cognitive and physical challenges has a significant benefit to early childhood development. Tray play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover independently, and fosters their creativity and imagination. There are... Read More

10/03/2020
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What Is Numicon & Why Is It Important?

Did you know that Numicon, the multi-sensory classroom resource, grew out of a classroom-based research project? It was funded by the Teacher Training Agency and created by Numicon authors Ruth Atkinson, Romey Tacon and Dr Tony Wing. Numicon is a mathematics teaching approach that was designed to help children understand maths. This new approach has grown through the years into a highly successful teaching resource and is now the market-leading UK primary school maths programme. It is based on the popular and highly effective concrete-pictorial-abstract approach (CPA). Numicon sets and... Read More

26/02/2020

Understanding Loose Parts Play and its Benefits

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Loose parts play is about having a variety of ‘loose parts’ i.e. materials which can be moved around, carried, stacked, lined up and manoeuvred in multiple ways to enhance creativity when playing. First proposed by architect Simon Nicholson during the 1970s, more and more settings are adopting the idea that children can design their environment by themselves through loose parts play and that it can be re-designed at will. Items such as crates, wooden logs, pallets,... Read More

kids animal pancakes for pancake day 21/02/2020

Healthy Animal Pancake Recipe for Kids

Pancake Day is crêpe-ing up on us… So let the kids join in with the flip-tastic fun and create their very own animal pancakes. This deliciously healthy animal-themed pancake recipe is a great way of getting fruit into the children’s diet – even those fussy eaters! Why is it important to cook with kids? It is important to involve children in the cooking process from an early age as it is an essential life skill, which allows them to employ basic concepts of early maths and science within the real... Read More

20/02/2020
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What Do Behaviour and Mark Making in the Early Years Have in Common?

Enjoyment and Success in Both Relies on Strong Physical Development. This article has been written by Ellie Collar from Early Years SEN. As an early years person, when I work with primary aged children struggling with their attention or their impulse control or their handwriting (or spelling, or reading) they almost always show insecure gaps in their early development that weren’t successfully filled in their early years. Their development is working like a jenga tower: no matter how excellent a teacher is, as they go on balancing carefully taught formal... Read More

STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Early Years for british science week 12/02/2020

STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Spring

“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering and math”— Ainissa Ramirez Introduce STEM into the early years this British Science Week (6-15 March) and engage children in STEM learning through our range of hands-on and fun tuff tray activities for spring. Tuff trays are a fantastic open-ended resource which provide an array of exciting learning opportunities. By creating exciting spring STEM based set ups in your tuff tray, children will be able to observe and explore different concepts, ask questions about the world around them and engage with... Read More