01/04/2021

Easy Ramadan Craft Activities for Children

Celebrating Ramadan in Your Setting Teaching children about different cultures and festivals that are celebrated by people and communities around the globe is a fantastic way for kids to learn about the diverse world we live in. Ramadan is a precious time for Muslims all over the world and with Ramadan coming up what better way to celebrate this special Holy Month than with beautiful Ramadan-themed crafts. We hope you have a blast creating these wonderful activities! What is Ramadan? In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim... Read More

24/03/2021

Make Time for Crafts

By John Hopley, Creative Steps Editor & EYR Industry Expert. Arts & Crafts have tremendous benefits for the development of young children, and not just in a creative sense. You only have to look at the plethora of craft activities many turned to during ‘lockdown’ to realise the wider wellbeing benefits of creative pursuits, as highlighted by shows such as Grayson’s Art Club and Kirstie Allsopp’s ‘Lockdown Craft Club’. Creative activities for children are, of course, great for incorporating the Expressive Arts & Design element of the EYFS and the Exploration & Using Mixed Media &... Read More

18/03/2021
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Promoting Diversity in Your Setting

As we celebrate Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (15th March – 21st March 2021) now is a great chance to talk about diversity and inclusion and its place in early years and primary school settings – Most importantly sharing ways we can continue to address, promote and embrace it. While we share similarities with each other, we are all unique and it’s important for us to recognise our differences so we can become more accepting of one another. From an early age infants and children will encounter people with varying abilities... Read More

16/03/2021

Imaginative Play Supports Resilience

  This article has been written by Jen Kinsman, EYR Industry Expert, mum of two, and youth theatre leader. In the below she shares her ideas on how imaginative play supports emotional resilience. For more from Jen, visit her Twitter or blog Raising2Children Have you ever felt drained, overwhelmed, or frustrated about a job and all you hear is, “you just need to be more resilient?” I’m glad to say evidence-based research can significantly change those opinions. Resilience is a skill we develop over time with the right kind of... Read More

09/03/2021

Children’s Craft Activities for Easter

It’s that time of year where bunnies, chicks and eggs are popping up everywhere and it can only mean one thing… Easter is here! The big day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about Craft activities for Easter. Celebrating Easter in your setting For some, Easter is a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For others, it’s more about eggs, bunnies, and, of course, lots and lots of chocolate! Maybe for your setting, it’s a little bit of both. But regardless of your... Read More

25/02/2021
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A DIY Mother’s Day Craft Pack

Mother’s Day is the perfect celebration of the hard work that care givers of all kinds put in to raising and caring for their children. However, there can often be a feeling of awkwardness around Mother’s Day within the early years setting. Every child and family comes to an educational setting with different values and experiences. Not every family dynamic is the same and one of the most important gifts we can give to children is to help them to feel good about the uniqueness of their family. So, to... Read More

12/02/2021
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Top 6 Children Activity Ideas For World Book Day

World Book Day is just around the corner and it’s the biggest celebration of its kind. We celebrate World Book Day to salute authors, books, illustrators and to give all young children the opportunity to read and explore books of all kinds. From dressing up, face paint and – of course – reading, you can embrace World Book Day in your own creative way, and we want to make sure you have a full day of exciting World Book Day activities, whether you’re at home or in the classroom! Pick... Read More

04/02/2021

An Easy To Make DIY World Book Day Costume

World Book Day, taking place on Thursday 4th March, is a celebration of all things books, stories and reading. It’s a perfect time to commemorate children’s favourite stories and characters with fancy dress, games and craft activities. So, to help you and the mini beasts prepare for the big day, we’ve put together a simple and fun step-by-step guide on how to make the Very Hungry Caterpillar costume, one of children’s literatures favourite characters! First things first, remember the role play! It’s always fun to dress up as your favourite... Read More

01/02/2021

Ways to nurture Children’s Mental Health

Feeling lost, worried and unsure of what the future holds? It’s almost impossible for adults to comprehend in these unprecedented times so imagine how our youngest children are feeling. As we are passionate about providing quality resources for children, parents, carers and practitioners which will have a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and help them to feel in control when life is so changeable and uncertain. Children may be unable to verbalise their feelings, but may exhibit behaviours associated with worry. Creating a space for children to talk about their... Read More

06/01/2021
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Chinese New Year Traditions & Activity Ideas

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese Calendar. It marks the start of the New Year and each year this is represented by a different animal from the Chinese zodiac. The coming year, 2021, will be the year of the Ox, symbolising persistence and honesty. Chinese New Year Traditions To celebrate the New Year, there are many traditions: Before the festivities, families clean their homes thoroughly to make them ready for the celebrations. It is considered unlucky to clean on... Read More