Events and Festivals

chinese new year activities 22/01/2020

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

kids zombie survival kit 25/10/2019

Zombie Survival Kit for Kids – Halloween Ideas

Forget trick or treating this Halloween … it’s time to prepare for the next zombie apocalypse. Get ready to save the world from those pesky zombies with the essential EYR Zombie Survival Kit for kids – containing everything you need to survive a zombie outbreak! Children’s Zombie Survival Kit: You never know when the next zombie outbreak is about to happen, so we have complied a list of essential resources you need to create the ultimate zombie survival kit to make sure that you know how to survive the zombie... Read More

chinese new year 14/01/2019

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


8 Christmas Facts to get you Feeling Festive!

The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the Christmas jumpers are on as we count down to Christmas. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas facts – sure to get you in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Male Reindeers shed their antlers at the beginning of December when mating season ends, but the females keep theirs throughout December, making it most likely that Santa’s reindeer are female. Rosie the Red Nose... Read More

british science week 2018 ideas activities 06/03/2018

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


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


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


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


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

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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