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sensory maths activities 02/09/2019

Sensory Maths Activities for Early Years

“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics” — Edsger Dijkstra Looking for new and creative ways to engage children in maths? Try our top sensory maths activities and ideas for early years! Whether you are shopping, baking, telling the time, budgeting or planning a trip, mathematics is an essential life skill which we use throughout everyday life – so it is extremely important to relay a positive attitude towards maths. By building essential maths skills from an early age, it enhances a child’s critical thinking, spatial awareness, problem... Read More

workshops stories outside 07/05/2019
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How to Breathe Fresh Air into your Storytime

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  When the weather is lovely we all like to be outside to make the most of it and it’s a fantastic way to boost your children’s storytelling skills. Stories are everywhere but we can also take them anywhere. For instance why not play a game of giant steps. Start the story off, then everyone takes a giant step and you tell the next part of the story, then take another giant step and tell the... Read More

30/04/2019
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How to Bring Maths to Life

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Not all of us find maths an easy subject but with the help of a good story, maths can be lots of fun for everyone. We all learn differently; some like to learn visually, some are quite tactile whilst others may be more aural or kinaesthetic. By combining stories and creative activities as a way of introducing maths, you’ll guarantee to help all of the children in your setting making learning maths a whole lot... Read More

21/03/2019
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Improving Numeracy in the Classroom

 “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein Maths is a tricky thing; a lot of children (and people!) either take to it or don’t. One thing for certain is that if a strong foundation of basic skills is provided at EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children are more likely to grasp more complex concepts in secondary school. Improving numeracy in the classroom is consequently critical. EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculums are quite varied. There are a lot of areas to... Read More

sensory play in early years 24/01/2019

Sensory Play in The Early Years

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. What is sensory play? Sensory play includes activities that stimulate children’s senses such as sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. By providing this type of activity children will learn more about the world around them in a natural way, through their senses. Such activities contribute to brain development by stimulating the neurons in the brain to make connections, and help with development in all areas of learning. For example, as children explore sensory materials they develop... Read More

19/10/2018

The Importance of Literacy in the Early Years

Once upon a time… We all know the famous words, but can you remember the first time you heard them? From an early age, kids and parents tell stories for many reasons; to bond, to help sleep, to improve reading, and most importantly, for fun! Reading and writing are often seen as the fundamentals of early education, and it’s easy to see why. They constantly crop up in everyday life; from reading road signs to writing out your shopping list. This is why so much importance is placed on children’s... 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

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

23/04/2018

The Importance of Mark Making for Early Years

“Scribbles are products of a systematic investigation, rather than haphazard actions”  – John Matthews Encourage children to make their mark! Young children have a natural desire to explore and experiment. They relish in the sensory and physical experience of mark making – enjoying the sensation of marker pens gliding across a whiteboard, paint smearing onto an easel, chalk scraping into the tarmac and grains of sand running through their fingers. Mark making is much more than just a scribble! Babies and toddlers learn and begin to make sense of the... 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