outdoor winter activities for kids 05/12/2019
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Outdoor Winter Activities for Early Years

Are you ready to take on winter? The winter weather might be frightful…but it’s time to grab your winter warmers and head outside for some fun outdoor winter activities with the kids. Don’t let the brisk winter chill put you off taking the children outdoors! Outdoor play is extremely important for a child’s development – as it enhances their physical activity, mental wellbeing, independence and creativity. Winter is the perfect time to explore new and unique outdoor learning opportunities, so we have put together a list of un-brr-lievable outdoor winter... Read More

29/11/2019
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Elf Shelf Sitters – Christmas Crafts

Make these festive Elf Shelf Sitters with the children and encourage some Christmas Creativity! Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art Materials You Will Need: Red, Green, White, Skin-toned, Black felt fabric Scissors Glue Paper cups Buttons Black paint Paintbrush STEP 1: Cut a strip of flesh toned felt and glue it around the lower part of a paper cup. Cut a circle of the same colour and glue it on the base of the cup. STEP 2: Cut a strip of red felt and glue it around... Read More

29/11/2019
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Paper Tube Christmas Tree – Christmas Crafts

Make this festive Christmas Tree made out of paper tubes with the children and encourage some Christmas Creativity! Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art Materials You Will Need: Cardboard Tubes Gold Card Green and Brown Card Glittery Shapes Scissors Glue STEP 1: Gather together the cardboard tubes. You could use kitchen roll tubes or thinner tubes from rolls of tin foil. Cut the tubes into decreasing lengths so that they form a tree-shape when placed together. Cut a final short length for the tree trunk. STEP 2:... Read More

27/11/2019
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How Can Stories Help Bridge Cultural Differences?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Stories are such a powerful tool, they can help us to make sense of the world and each other. This is because we are hardwired to learn this way and that’s why there is no better way to help young children learn about each other and each other’s cultures. Although we live in a very multi-cultural society there are just as many similarities between us as there are differences and using stories, especially fairytales, from... Read More

Christmas pizza box 22/11/2019
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Christmas Pizza Box – Chistmas Crafts

Make this festive Christmas Pizza Box with the children and encourage some Christmas Creativity! Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art Materials You Will Need Pizza Box Glittery Card Metallic Paper Coloured Ribbons Scissors Glue Stick Googly Eyes STEP 1: Decorate the outside and the inside of the pizza box by gluing big strips of silver, blue and light blue glittery card. STEP 2: Create a cone Christmas tree with the green glittery card and decorate it. STEP 3: Sketch the outlines of the snowman, the hat and... Read More

18/11/2019
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Understanding the Basics of Phonics

Phonics is the way in which children begin to understand words, and as such is one of the most important parts of a child’s early education. This blog will go over the basic principles of phonics and the terms used, to help better understand the subject and consequently help children learn more effectively. Phonics deals with phonemes; the smallest unit of sound. Though there are only 26 letters in the English Alphabet, there are 44 phonemes. We’ve listed them below along with an example of how they sound; One of... Read More

11/11/2019
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5 Playground Games for Encouraging Children to be Active

Children don’t have long break times, usually between 20-30 minutes. So how can they be encouraged to use this time to do something active? We’ve put together a list of traditional and engaging playground games, ideal for the schools and for helping children improve PE skills, make friends and be in the right mindset for learning afterwards! Donkey Donkey is a classic game with many different names. It can be played with a minimum of two people, though we’d recommend no more than 7.  In a circle of against a... Read More

childminder winter catalogue out now 06/11/2019
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Childminders Winter Selection 2019 Catalogue – Out Now!

We are extremely proud to announce the launch of our latest Childminders Winter Selection Catalogue! Boasting a range of innovative products selected for childminders, this year’s winter edition is sure to inspire! Inside the catalogue, you will find a selection of engaging resources for the upcoming winter festivals and EYFS themes to explore this winter. Alongside the essential childminding resources for winter, you will also be inspired with fun craft ideas for Christmas and Winter. To get your hands on a FREE copy of our brand new childminders winter selection catalogue 2019,... Read More

04/11/2019
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How to Ensure Play Supports Classroom Teaching

“Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills” The Lego Foundation in Support of UNICEF, 2018, Learning Through Play ‘Imaginative Play’ and ‘Pretend Play’ are often referred to in relation to Early Years and the EYFS. But after children take that leap away from nursery and towards Primary School, does play disappear from their education altogether? Of course not! Play has been proven to be crucial for Foundation and KS1 development, helping to develop fundamental skills such as communication, and supporting... Read More

31/10/2019
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How to Use Stories to Boost Multicultural Literacy

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days It doesn’t matter where we’re from or what our cultural background is a story has the power to unite us and help us understand one another. A story helps us celebrate our cultural diversity and to teach children respect and tolerance for others. A story can help children learn about the world they live in and the different cultures. If you are telling a story from a different country, eg. a different version of a... Read More