Rock Pool - Summer Arts and Crafts 07/08/2020
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Rock Pool – Summer Crafts

Take the children on an imaginary trip to the seaside this summer and make this fabulous rock pool. Collect recycled materials such as egg boxes, foil pie cases and scraps of craft foam and wool, and in no time at all you’ll have created your very own sealife centre! Suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art materials you will need: A piece of thick card Newspaper Egg boxes Masking tape PVA glue & water A plastic container Large brush for... Read More

Summer Straws - Summer Crafts 06/08/2020
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Picnic Straws – Summer Crafts

These picnic straws are the perfect accessory to brighten up any summer outing or picnic! Suitable for ages 0 to 5 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art materials you will need: Scissors A pencil Coloured card Coloured pencils or felt pens A glue stick Small sticky dots Sticky tape Straws Instructions for your Picnic Straws: Draw the shapes onto coloured card and cut them out. Cut out a circle for the middle for the flower, a butterfly’s body and a beetle’s shell from another colour.... Read More

04/08/2020
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Buzzy Bees and Happy Hummingbirds – animal crafts

These Buzzy Bees and Happy Hummingbirds are the perfect accessory for your flower pots, windows or vases! Suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started: Art materials you will need: Plastic bags Masking tape or sticky tape Coloured tissue paper Pipe cleaners PVA glue A glue brush Thin garden sticks or skewers Scissors Feathers Thin white card Gems and googly eyes Instructions for your Buzzy Bees: Make an oval body from a plastic bag in the same way as the hummingbird. Tear... Read More

school closures in ireland and re-opening 27/07/2020

Re-Opening Schools in Ireland – A Primary Teacher’s Perspective

This article has been written by primary school teacher Lorraine, from All Things Primary, who shares her lockdown experience in Ireland and school re-opening plans for September. Times are very uncertain for many people around the world at the moment, but I don’t think it has ever been as uncertain for teachers and school communities than it is right now. In Ireland, schools have been closed since March 12th and are scheduled to reopen in under 5 weeks time. Unlike the UK, the school closures here were blanket closures –... Read More

a childminders life after lockdown - re opening childcare setting 21/07/2020

Life After Lockdown – A Childminders Experience

This article has been written by Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Childminders, Chloe Webster & Bridgit Brown, from Pebbles Childcare, who share their experience re-opening their childcare setting after lockdown. Like many practitioners across the country preparing to re-open after lockdown, we were naturally apprehensive – could we keep the children safe? Would the children return happily after such a long period of absence? What will our practice look like with new guidelines, routines and practices in place? These were all thoughts that went through our head as we prepared to re-open the... Read More

Paper Plate Monkeys 15/07/2020
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Paper Plate Monkeys – Jungle Crafts

Make your very own paper plate monkeys. These cheeky monkeys are fun to create and will make a wonderful jungle-themed art and craft display! Ideal for children aged 0 to 5 years old. Read these simple instructions below to get started on your Paper Plate Monkeys crafts: Art materials you will need: Paper plates Paints – dark brown, light brown and black Paintbrush Scissors Glue Instructions for your Paper Plate Monkeys: Step 1:Draw around the arm shapes onto the edge of a paper plate and cut them out. Keep the... Read More

Oogly-googly Octopus 14/07/2020
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Oogly-Googly Octopus – Under The Sea Crafts

Summer has arrived with Oogly-Googly Octopus Crafts. Get down under and get creative with some enjoyable arts and crafts with the kids! Suitable for children aged 0 to 5 years old. Read these simple instructions below to get started on your very own Oogly-Googly Octopus: Art materials you will need: Cardboard tube Googly eyes Paint Scissors Instructions for your Oogly-Googly Octopus: Step 1:Paint a cardboard tube and leave it to dry. Step 2:Once dry make 8 cuts about a third of the way up the tube and bend the tabs... Read More

Jiggy Jellyfish 13/07/2020
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Jiggy Jellyfish – Under The Sea Crafts

Dive into some underwater fun with these fabulous Jiggy Jellyfish crafts for kids. Get creative and enjoy ocean-themed arts and crafts this summer for your under the sea projects! This jellyfish crafts idea is ideal for children aged 0 to 5 years old. Read the simple instructions below to find out how to get started on your very own Jiggy Jellyfish: Art materials you will need: Double sided tape Googly eyes Needle and thread Paint Paper bowl Ribbon Scissors Tissue paper in three colours Instructions for your Jiggy Jellyfish: Step... Read More

Crusty Crabs 10/07/2020
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Crusty Crabs – Under The Sea Crafts

Summer has arrived with these Crusty Crabs, get creative and enjoy some arts and crafts! Suitable for ages 0 to 5 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started on your Crusty Crabs: Art materials you will need: A crab template Assortments of paints Paint brush Scraps of bubble wrap Instructions for your Crusty Crabs: Step 1: Children can draw and cut around a crab template themselves or use a template that an adult has cut out for them. To make a crab template, type ‘crab template’ into... Read More

Handprint Parrots 09/07/2020
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Handprint Parrots – Animal Crafts

These colourful Parrots are fun and easy to make, the perfect summer craft to do with kids! Suitable for ages 0 to 5 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started on your Handprint Parrots: Art materials you will need: Coloured or patterned paper Scissors Glue Pen/pencil Googly eyes Instructions for your Handprint Parrots: Step 1: Draw a body and beak onto coloured paper and cut them out. Glue the beak onto the body. Step 2:Draw around your hand lots of times onto different coloured paper and cut... Read More