Early Years Resources Blog

outdoor learning experience 19/07/2018

Outdoor Learning Benefits for Early Years

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. What can children learn and experience outdoors? Children can learn and experience many things in the outdoor environment and being outdoors helps them to establish a healthy and active lifestyle. It offers children opportunities to use their bodies physically by engaging in activity with freedom of movement. This will help them to become confident in their abilities and support those children who learn best when outdoors or through activity and movement. Children will learn to run, climb,... Read More

04/07/2018
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Beach Collage – Summer crafts

Bring the beach to you with this fun seaside themed craft! You will need: A paper plate Yellow & blue paint Paintbrushes Play sand (optional) Scraps of foam Brown paper Green tissue paper A small white ball Felt tip pens A cocktail umbrella Scissors PVA glue Small stones and shells To create this summery beach collage, follow these simple steps: Paint one half of the paper plate yellow and the other half blue. Optional: before the yellow paint dries, sprinkle some sand onto the wet paint to create a textured sandy beach.... Read More

04/07/2018
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Floating Boats – Summer Crafts

Create some outdoor fun this summer with these creative DIY floating boats! You will need: Corks Pipe cleaners 2 elastic bands Sticky tape Wrapping or patterned paper String Scissors Follow these 5 simple steps to create your boat. Start by lining up the three corks and then secure them with 2 elastic bands. Next, make the mast from 14cm of pipe cleaner folded in half. Create a sail by cutting a right angled triangle from wrapping or patterned paper and tape it to the pipe cleaner mast. Then, secure the... Read More

04/07/2018
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Outdoor Activities for Physical Development in Early Years

Don’t underestimate the importance of physical development! It is crucial to promote physical activity in early years to try and prevent the growing problem of childhood obesity. There are so many different physical activities to enhance physical development in early years and outdoor play is one of the most effective ways of doing so! The great outdoors is the place where children are most likely to engage in physical activity and is an excellent environment for young children to explore and challenge their emerging physical skills and movements. A healthy... Read More

den play activities and ideas 28/06/2018

Den Play Activities & Ideas

“A den is the child’s chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are” – David Sopel Who didn’t build a homemade fort out of bed sheets when they were little? Den building and den play brings a lot of joy and happiness to childhood and engages children for hours with endless role play adventure opportunities! Children just love creating their own little imaginative world and hideaway, where they can make up their own rules, scenarios and language – and... Read More

outdoor playground benefits 28/06/2018

How Outdoor Play Benefits Children

Are you making the most of your school’s playground area? With the continuing rise of technology, it is even more important to balance indoor play with outdoor play. Nowadays, children are spending one quarter as long playing outside as their parents did just one generation ago! Outdoor play introduces children to a new learning environment and increases exercise. With growing childhood obesity rates, anything that we can do to inspire children to enjoy time outdoors is to be encouraged. Most schools do have playgrounds, but not all schools are making... Read More

outdoor childminding setting 26/06/2018
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Maximising Your Outdoor Learning Space

This article has been written by OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ Childminders, Chloe Webster & Bridgit Brown, from Pebbles Childcare. As a home-based childcare provision, we are not blessed with significant amounts of space, and similarly, a large sum of money to put into buying a range of outdoor resources that larger settings benefit from. However, we believe and are huge advocates of utilising the space we have and using a diverse range of equipment and resources in order to meet the learning and development needs of the children in our care. We... Read More

Essential PE Equipment 21/06/2018

Top 10 PE Essentials for Primary School

To increase the children’s physical activity, encourage sports participation and enhance physical development, it’s extremely important to provide a broad range of beneficial PE resources and equipment in your primary school! But what are the most crucial pieces of equipment for a child’s physical education? Kick start a healthy lifestyle for the kids and make sure you’re definitely not missing any of these essential PE supplies for your primary school! Top 10 Primary School PE Essentials & Benefits Cones Cones are a staple resource for PE! They are extremely versatile... Read More

insect week activities 15/06/2018
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National Insect Week Activities & Ideas

Encourage the children to celebrate all things creepy crawly this National Insect Week (18-24th June 2018) and learn more about the most diverse group of animals with our exciting range of hands-on insect activity ideas – perfect for your primary school, nursery or early years setting! Top 10 National Insect Week Ideas & Activities Create a Miniature Minibeast Scene Build your own magical miniature world of creepy crawlies! Inspire the little ones imaginations by using our mesmerising In The Garden Tuff Tray Mat as your tuff spot base – then... Read More

14/06/2018

The Importance of Messy Play for Physical Development

Squelch… Squish… Splat… Kids just love getting mucky and making a mess – whether that’s squishing jelly through their hands, smearing mud across their faces or crunching rice krispies between their fingers! So does messy play really benefit a child? Yes! Messy play is extremely important for a child’s development. It provides children with an exciting tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity. Children learn through experimentation and discovery and messy play encourages children... Read More