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Outdoor Classrooms

This blog post has been written by Jeanette Morris our in-house Early Years Specialist who has over 33 years of teaching experience and a real passion for Early Years Education. Having taught for more years than I care to remember, and having lived through more initiatives in primary education than I care to remember, I must confess to being slightly … Continue reading

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The Importance of Handwriting and Mark Making

In a world where technology surrounds us more and more, the temptation to text and type has never been greater. Just think about the number of devices you have lying around your home; tablets, smartphones and computers have quickly become everyday gadgets. The rise of emails, text messages and social media updates have all taken over as our main methods … Continue reading

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Outside In All Weathers

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin 1819-1900.   Learning is constant for all children, it occurs anywhere and everywhere. There’s so much fun to be had outdoors, it really is all about the right clothing and … Continue reading

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5 reasons to request our 2017 Childminders’ Selection Catalogue

This year we have put a lot of thought into our Childminders’ Selection catalogue, so we thought we’d highlight some of the ranges and share why we think they’re perfect for childminders. Our selection has a variety of home comforts, educational toys and games, childminder essentials and of course the ever popular art and crafts we believe should be a … Continue reading

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Easter Fishing Game

An Easter twist to a traditional ‘hook-a-duck’ game that encourages creativity, numerical skills and dexterity. All you need is the following: A Paper Plate Scissors Coloured Card Felt Pens Patterned Paper/Gift Wrap Paper Clips Wooden Skewers or Lolly Sticks Sellotape Thread To make the Easter fishing game Draw chicks bodies and egg shapes (like in the featured image) onto coloured card and … Continue reading

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Egg Box Chicks

Put together your own nest of chicks with this step-by-step tutorial. All you need is the following: 1 Egg Box White, Yellow, Green & Brown Paints Medium Paintbrush Orange & Yellow Card Wiggly Eyes 3 Yellow Feathers Cocktail Stick Pencil Scissors Glue Shredded Paper (optional) Start by removing any labels from the egg box and remove the top off the … Continue reading

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Colourful Easter Wreath

Enjoy putting together this easy to make decorative Easter wreath. Children will enjoy decorating each individual egg using whatever they desire. All you need is the following: Paper Plate Coloured Card Glitter Card Easter-themed Shapes, Sequins, Plastic Jewels etc. Any Additional Decorations Hole Punch Thin Ribbon Scissors Pencil Glue/Glue Dots/Glue Gun To make an Easter Wreath Use scissors to cut … Continue reading

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Spring Display Competition

It’s that time of year when the days start getting longer and the flowers start blooming. So what else is there to do but run a Spring Display Competition…and yes, we have another 3 great prizes up for grabs! Follow the same 3 simple steps below to enter: Create a beautiful Spring display. Take a photograph of your completed project. Send … Continue reading

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Lovely Lolly Butterfly

Any mother would love to get this cute butterfly on Mother’s Day and the kids will love making it! All you need is the following: Red Card Thin card for Template Patterned Paper Scissors Glue Stick Pencil Lollipop Sparkly Pipe Cleaner Googly Eyes Black Marker Pen Sticky Tape To make a Lolly Butterfly Cut out two hearts onto red card. … Continue reading

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Heart Canvas Collage

Show your love this Mother’s Day with this beautiful heart collage. Get the children to decorate them however they wish as they get creative with their imagination. To make this you will need the following: Canvas (or Strong Card) Paints A Selection of Coloured Paper & Patterned Paper Buttons, Plastic Jewels & Small Decorations Sheet of Tracing Paper PVA Glue … Continue reading

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