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Outdoor Maths Activities 17/06/2020
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Outdoor Maths Activities for Early Years

“What is mathematics? It is a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature” – Shakuntala Devi Looking for a more hands on approach to teaching maths? Summer is the perfect time to take mathematics outdoors! Try our outdoor maths activities to make outdoor learning fun and exciting. Outdoors is the perfect setting for many cross-curricular learning opportunities, as it encourages physical activity and sparks a greater curiosity. Taking maths outdoors refreshes the children’s learning environment and provides more space for activities. It also offers a wide range of creative... Read More

how children learn through play and types of learners in early years 20/05/2020
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How Children Learn Through Play

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers from ATR Consultancy, who explains the different ways children learn through play and shares tips for how you can support them. Children have different ways in which they learn through play. By recognising their individual learning styles, we can help them to develop. There are 4 different types of learning styles: Visual Kinaesthetic Auditory Logical Visual Learners: Visual learners learn through seeing. They may like to sit at the front of the classroom at story time so they can... Read More

creating a memory box with children 19/05/2020
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How To Build A Memory Box with Children

Written by Kirsty Prankerd, Managing Director at keepsake and gifting brand Write From The Heart. In this article, she shares her tips for creating an educational memory box that your children will love to look back on in years to come. With the UK under lockdown and most schools and nurseries closed, we’re all spending a lot more time at home. As a result, it can be tough to keep thinking of new ways to keep the kids busy — and even trickier to make sure they’re still learning and... Read More

tuff tray homeschool activities Sabrina Olizar-Smoke playofthewild 05/05/2020

Simple Homeschool Activities To Make Learning Fun

Sabrina, mother and teacher from Play of the Wild, shares her favourite homeschool activities and tips to help parents home school their children whilst the schools are closed in the UK – and make learning at home more fun! For the last month, our family, like many others across the world, have been trying to home school our small children. While it is nice to have lots of quality time with children while they are little, it can also be a challenge to try to teach them whilst also having... Read More

tray play benefits 11/03/2020
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The Benefits of Tray Play

This article has been written by mother of two and tray play advocate, Rachel Moffatt. How does tray play benefit children? Learning through play is the main focus of the early years foundation stage. It is all about making learning fun. Tray play provides a focused area of play with the contents ‘somewhat contained’. Setting out inviting activities with cognitive and physical challenges has a significant benefit to early childhood development. Tray play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover independently, and fosters their creativity and imagination. There are... Read More

STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Early Years for british science week 12/02/2020

STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Spring

“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering and math”— Ainissa Ramirez Introduce STEM into the early years this British Science Week (6-15 March) and engage children in STEM learning through our range of hands-on and fun tuff tray activities for spring. Tuff trays are a fantastic open-ended resource which provide an array of exciting learning opportunities. By creating exciting spring STEM based set ups in your tuff tray, children will be able to observe and explore different concepts, ask questions about the world around them and engage with... Read More

chinese new year activities 22/01/2020
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Chinese New Year Ideas & Activities

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite festivals and celebrations. This year, 2020, will be the Year of the Rat. There are lots of activities you can do for Chinese New Year and different ways to incorporate this festival within the areas of learning. For example, telling the story of the 12 animals who competed in a race to represent the years of the Chinese zodiac – these are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,... Read More

19/12/2019
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How To Record Stories and Boost a Child’s Storytelling Skills

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Telling stories is what makes us human, we all tell them every day but how do we first learn to tell stories? We regularly say that children are natural storytellers. They hear stories everywhere and they use them to make sense of the world and solve their problems. Their brains are like sponges and they absorb everything going on around them which is why it’s so important to read to them from a very early... Read More

outdoor winter activities for kids 05/12/2019
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Outdoor Winter Activities for Early Years

Are you ready to take on winter? The winter weather might be frightful…but it’s time to grab your winter warmers and head outside for some fun outdoor winter activities with the kids. Don’t let the brisk winter chill put you off taking the children outdoors! Outdoor play is extremely important for a child’s development – as it enhances their physical activity, mental wellbeing, independence and creativity. Winter is the perfect time to explore new and unique outdoor learning opportunities, so we have put together a list of un-brr-lievable outdoor winter... Read More

11/11/2019
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5 Playground Games for Encouraging Children to be Active

Children don’t have long break times, usually between 20-30 minutes. So how can they be encouraged to use this time to do something active? We’ve put together a list of traditional and engaging playground games, ideal for the schools and for helping children improve PE skills, make friends and be in the right mindset for learning afterwards! Donkey Donkey is a classic game with many different names. It can be played with a minimum of two people, though we’d recommend no more than 7.  In a circle of against a... Read More