Early Years Resources Blog

Autumn display competition 15/10/2018

Autumn Display 2018 Competition

WIN an Art & Craft Hamper – Worth £180! It’s competition time! The colourful season has arrived and we want to see the most amazing autumn 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 Autumn 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 ‘AUTUMN DISPLAY COMPETITION ENTRY’ and state the following in the email: Contact Name, Name of Establishment, Age of Children, OFSTED... Read More

10/10/2018
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What Inspection Trends Mean for You

Are You Really Ready for an Inspection? Inspections can be daunting for any preschool, nursery or playgroup. Knowing how to navigate Ofsted rules, regulations and guidelines has become increasingly important in order to stay on the right side of a ‘good’ inspection outcome. Funding cuts have meant that support and training available to the private, voluntary and independent sectors have been cut back, impacting the ability of early years practitioners to effectively prepare for inspections. In a study done by Early Years Fundamentals Ltd of early years Ofsted inspection reports... Read More

superpower superhero set review 04/10/2018

Superpower Superhero Set Activities – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Superpower Superhero Set Review Having been sent a set of these lovely little superheroes, I was happy to note that they were wooden and brightly coloured and each had a unique character of their own which would appeal to both boys and girls. Given unusual names such as; Priya, Luna, Xander, Orva, Kenzo and Tait, which herald from different cultures and countries, makes them truly inclusive as a toy and could be useful for helping children... Read More

halloween pumpkin cake recipe 28/09/2018

Halloween Pumpkin Cake – Recipe

How To Make Pumpkin Cake Make this ghoulishly good pumpkin cake, made with spices, chocolate chips and grated pumpkin – you can’t really taste the pumpkin, but it makes the cake extra light and moist. Younger children will have great fun helping with the baking this Halloween! Ingredients: A piece of pumpkin or squash weighing around 350g (12oz) 1 orange 175ml (12 tbspns) sunflower oil 200g (7oz) soft light brown sugar 4 medium eggs 225g (8oz) self-raising flour 1 tspn baking powder 1 tspn bicarbonate of soda 3 tspns ground cinnamon 2... Read More

Suncatcher autumn crafts 27/09/2018

DIY Suncatcher – Autumn Crafts

How To Make Autumnal Suncatchers Hello sunshine! Now that the colourful Autumn leaves are falling, it’s the perfect time to encourage the children to make their own beautiful suncatchers using the leaves they find – ideal for those sunny autumn days and a great way to welcome the season. Materials you will need: Paper plate Crayons Paints Clear sticky-backed plastic Leaves Wool Scissors Hole punch To make your own autumn suncatcher, follow these simple instructions: Decorate the rim of a paper plate with paints or crayons. (Different coloured fingerprints would also look good).... Read More

Leaf prints autumn crafts 27/09/2018

Leaf Prints – Autumn Crafts

How To Make Leaf Prints What better way to celebrate the colourful Autumn season than with some colourful leaf crafts! This simple, yet fun, idea is a great activity for the children in your setting. Materials you will need: Thin white paper Wax crayons Black card Scissors Glue Leaves To make your own leaf prints, follow these simple instructions: Arrange the leaves on a flat surface, bottom side facing up. Place a sheet of white paper over the top. Use a wax crayon to gently rub over the top of... Read More

Woven Leaves Autumn Crafts 27/09/2018

Woven Leaves – Autumn Crafts

How To Make Woven Leaves Hello Autumn! It’s time to experiment with design and colour this season and make these striking Autumn leaves. Encourage the children to observe Autumn leaves around them – What do they notice? Which colours do they like? This fantastic Autumn crafts idea is ideal for children aged 0-5 years old. Materials you will need: Stiff card or cardboard  Green and brown water colour paint Paint brush Autumn-coloured wool Tape Scissors To make your own woven leaves, follow these simple instructions: Prepare for the activity by cutting... Read More

Halloween spider cupcakes recipe 27/09/2018

Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes – Recipe

How To Make Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes Trick or treat your way to some baking with the children this Halloween and have a go at making at these spooky spider web cupcakes. Quick to make and even quicker to eat – they’re scarily delicious! Ideal for children aged 7-11 years old. Ingredients for the cupcakes: 125g butter at room temperature cut into large pieces 125g self-raising flour 125g caster sugar 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 2-3 tbsps milk 2 large eggs Ingredients for the icing: 150g icing sugar... Read More

pumpkin prints halloween art craft 27/09/2018

Pumpkin Prints – Halloween Crafts

How To Make Pumpkin Prints for Halloween Make your very own pumpkin prints! Get the kids into the arts and crafts spirit this Autumn with this colourful craft idea for Halloween. Ideal for children aged 0-5 years old. Materials you will need: Orange and Black Paper Glue Paints Paintbrush Apple Black Fine Liner Pen To make your own Pumpkin Prints, follow these simple instructions: Mix some orange paint onto a plate. Cut an apple in half and use it to print some shapes onto black card. When the shapes are... Read More

Leafy ghosts halloween crafts 27/09/2018

Leafy Ghosts – Halloween Crafts

How To Make Leafy Ghosts for Halloween With Halloween just around the corner and the colourful Autumn leaves beginning to fall, why not get crafty with the leaves and engage the children in some Autumn DIY. So when you’re next out on a brisk Autumn nature walk, take a bag with you to collect some leaves and turn them into an array of friendly ghosts when you get back – perfect for a spooktacular Halloween display! Materials you will need: Dry Leaves White Acrylic Paint Paintbrush Thick Black Marker Pen... Read More