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chinese new year 14/01/2019
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Fun Facts about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year takes place on the 5th February 2019, and this time it’s the Year of the Pig! There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Pig is the last of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture, and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year. The system has existed in Chinese culture for more than 2000 years since the Qin dynasty, and over time has been incorporated into every day life. Here are a few facts about the occasion that... Read More

british science week 2018 ideas activities 06/03/2018
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British Science Week Ideas & Activities

Engage children in the wondrous, wild and wacky world of science this British Science Week! The annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths is taking place from 9-18 March this year. 2018 sees the Year of Engineering and promotes the theme of Exploration and Discovery to encourage children to “think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives”. Spark scientific curiosity and let the little ones unleash their inner Einstein this British Science Week! Stuck for STEM activity ideas? There are many different ways that you can get... Read More

06/02/2018
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Make Your Own Chinese Fans

Celebrate the Chinese New Year this February by making these decorative fans. You will need the following: Red A4 paper Glue Scissors Hair elastic Thread Craft Sticks To make the Chinese paper fans: Fold an A4 piece of red paper backwards and forwards, starting with the short edge, to make a concertina shape. Each fold should be 2cm wide Trim off any extra paper when you have finished folding. Repeat with the other sheet of paper Glue the two pieces of paper together and fold them in half Tie in... Read More

06/02/2018
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Chopsticks relay game!

This simple and fun activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills. For the game you will need: 4 bowls Cotton wool balls (alternative: pom poms) 2 pairs of chopsticks How to play: Split the children up into two equal teams Line each team up at the start point and give the starting players a pair of chopsticks each Place a bowl of cotton wool balls in front of each line Place two empty bowls (one for each team) at a suitable distance away from the start point When the... Read More

06/02/2018
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Make Your Own Paper Fortune Cookies

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these fun, traditional fortune cookies, filled with positive messages or jokes. To make these cookies you will need the following: Coloured or patterned paper White paper Black pens Scissors Glue CD Pencil Take a sheet of coloured of patterned paper and place a CD (or another circular object) on top Draw around the CD with a pencil and then neatly cut out the circle. Repeat this for each fortune cookie you wish to make Next, take a sheet of white paper and cut it into... Read More

06/02/2018
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Easy to Follow Dog Origami

Celebrate the Year of the Dog this February with these handmade paper dogs! To make these you will need the following: Origami paper (alternatives: coloured/patterned square paper) Black felt tip pen Wiggly eyes Glue To make an Origami Paper Dog 1.Fold the origami paper/square paper in half (corner to corner). Crease along the fold to make a triangle. 2. Now fold one of the corners downwards to make a floppy ear. 3. Repeat with the opposite corner so that you have two floppy ears. 4. To make the muzzle, fold... Read More

08/03/2016
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Get Involved With British Science Week

Here at Early Years Resources, we’re really looking forward to British Science Week 2016 – which takes place between the 11th and 20th March. It’s an exciting opportunity to really raise the profile of science within education, and promote the stimulating possibilities that can be found within the subject. This year, the theme is all about the different spaces where science can be found and carried out. The British Science Week website has an array of ideas and teaching activities that are suitable for early and primary years. The activities... Read More

29/02/2016
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World Book Day – Ideas and Activities

When is World Book Day? This March, the annual World Book Day will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s a day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and of course, the pleasure of reading! The event is so popular, that UNESCO has designated World Book Day as a worldwide celebration which is marked in over 100 different countries. On the day, children of all ages will get together to participate in events where they can talk about their favourite books, hear from others about the stories they enjoy, and... Read More

valentines day facts 10/02/2016
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Valentine’s Day Facts and Craft Activities

The origins of Valentine’s Day are rather hazy, but popular legend is that St Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius 2 decided that single men made better soldiers than married men and outlawed marriage for serving soldiers. St Valentine thought that this was very unfair so he married the young couples secretly. When Claudius found out, he had St Valentine imprisoned and later put to death. Legend has it, the couples who Valentine had married gave him letters and... Read More

29/01/2016
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Early Years Pancake Day Ideas and Activities

When is Shrove Tuesday? Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is sometimes known, is a traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting, and Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fast, and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. As well as eating pancakes it is traditional to have pancake races and toss pancakes! What is a... Read More