Early Years Resources Blog

chinese new year 14/01/2019
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Fun Facts about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year takes place on the 5th February 2019, and this time it’s the Year of the Pig! There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Pig is the last of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture, and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year. The system has existed in Chinese culture for more than 2000 years since the Qin dynasty, and over time has been incorporated into every day life. Here are a few facts about the occasion that... Read More

08/01/2019
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How stories can cover more areas of the EYFS curriculum than just language and communication.

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Stories are one of the most versatile tools you can use when educating children and if you combine them with other creative activities they become even more powerful! Not only that but combining stories with creative activities, such as puppet making, will also give you the confidence to know that you can fulfil every aspect of that all important EYFS curriculum. So how does creative storytelling cover all of the EYFS? Obviously stories are an... Read More

07/01/2019

Early Years Resources 2019 Catalogue – Out Now!

2019 Catalogue – Out Now! We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our 2019 Early Years Resources Catalogue – packed full with over 6000 innovative and cutting-edge products to enhance your primary school, nursery or early years setting. From art and craft supplies and outdoor equipment to EYFS & KS1 curriculum resources, furniture and much more! Request a FREE catalogue today and uncover exciting in-house product development and new-to-the-market resources to familiar favourites and unique one of a kind products that you won’t find anywhere else. Why should you... Read More

outdoor mark making kit 31/12/2018

Outdoor Mark Making Kit – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Outdoor Mark Making Kit Review The Outdoor Mark Making Kit arrived in a large plastic box with a lid which was ideal for storing the equipment and easily storing after use. The contents of the kit included spray bottles, texture printers, large brushes and a pack of smaller brushes, patterned rollers, some squeezy bottles and some small droppers. This set is perfect for doing painting activities on a large scale outdoors or inside and would have... Read More

17/12/2018

8 Christmas Facts to get you Feeling Festive!

The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the Christmas jumpers are on as we count down to Christmas. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas facts – sure to get you in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Male Reindeers shed their antlers at the beginning of December when mating season ends, but the females keep theirs throughout December, making it most likely that Santa’s reindeer are female. Rosie the Red Nose... Read More

13/12/2018
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Why parents engaging with their child’s stories is the key to boosting their language and communication skills

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Did you know that the more words that a child knows by the age of 8 is the biggest predictor of their future success, regardless of their social and economic background? It’s also been established that children with poor vocabulary at the age of 5 are more than twice as likely to be unemployed by the age of 34. So having a good command of language and vocabulary can help a child succeed in life... Read More

Winter display competition 2018 21/11/2018

Winter Display 2018 Competition

WIN a Christmas Hamper – Worth £100! ** The Winter Display Competition deadline has been extended ** It’s competition time! Winter is just around the corner and we want to see the best Winter or Christmas Displays. We have 3 amazing prizes up for grabs and all you have to do is complete the following 3 simple steps. How To Enter Create a beautiful Winter Display Take a high quality Photograph of your completed project Send the photo to us via Email at sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk – (use the email subject line ‘WINTER DISPLAY COMPETITION ENTRY’ and state the following in... Read More

21/11/2018
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Are you looking for some creative ways to improve language and communication?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Children have an amazing capacity for creativity, their imagination holds no bounds. Children also love stories and it’s a great way to enhance their language and communication skills. So combining stories with creativity can be very powerful, and that’s what we call creative storytelling. Creative storytelling is about combining stories with creative activities and it will help children to really engage with a story. Activities such as puppet making and role play bring stories to... Read More

06/11/2018
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How can parents boost their child’s vocabulary?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  A child learning to speak their first words is one of those magical times and once they start there’s usually no stopping them. But children need to know how to put those words into context and there’s no better way of doing that than with a story! Unfortunately, not all parents read to their children and this can be for any number of reasons. It may be that their parents didn’t do it with them... Read More

01/11/2018

The Benefits of Small World Play

“Everything you can imagine is real” –  Pablo Picasso Does small world play benefit children? Small world play refers to imaginative play with ‘small’ toys, encouraging children to use their imaginations and create both everyday and fantasy worlds in familiar surroundings. It involves processes including active learning and imitation, and allows children to communicate knowledge about life and the world around them in a safe, contained environment. Whether it’s acting out a well-known home scene, or fighting a dragon in a fantasy world; small world play enables children to develop... Read More