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Early Years Resources

09/05/2022
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Simple Storage Solution Hacks for your Setting

As we all know, finding storage can be a recurring nightmare for many early years’ settings. From classrooms and nurseries to childminder and pack-away settings, there is always the issue of where to store the never-ending supply of resources for little ones. In this blog, we will discuss a variety of creative storage solution hacks for both indoor and outdoor resources. This will include some repurposed and upcycled solutions designed to provide you with more functional space without breaking the bank. Factors to Consider It is important to consider a... Read More

08/03/2022
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How to make a minibeast hotel

What is a minibeast? A minibeast, creepy crawlies, insects and bugs are quite literally a small animal. They are defined as “invertebrates” which means that they don’t have a skeleton inside their body. This often means they have other forms of protection such as shells or hard coverings called “exoskeletons”. Some of the more commonly known types of minibeast are spiders, bees, butterflies, snails, worms, centipedes and caterpillars but there are actually around 25’000 different types of minibeast living in the UK! How do minibeasts help the environment? Although they... Read More

What is Numicon? 19/08/2021
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What Is Numicon and Why is It Important?

The history of Numicon An effective learning tool for helping children visualise numbers, Numicon works by using a multi-sensory approach. The nature of Numicon resources means that children can learn by seeing, feeling and understanding mathematical concepts through play. The idea of Numicon originated from a school-based research project carried out by Ruth Atkinson, Romey Tacon and Dr Tony Wing. The project helped them understand that children had difficulties understanding abstract ideas without pictures to help them. This idea later gave birth to the concept of the ‘Numicon Approach’. An... Read More

13/01/2020
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Learning About Chinese New Year 2020 [VIDEO]

It’s that time of year again when Chinese New Year celebrations take centre stage! A holiday filled with colour, culture and celebration, Chinese New Year is celebrated annually but follows the Chinese Lunar Calendar, so the date always changes but falls sometime between January and February. This year it takes place on the 25th January 2020. Watch the video below to learn all about the celebration and find answers to questions such as, “What ‘year’ is it and what does that mean?” “How is Chinese New Year celebrated in China?”... Read More

space storytime set product review 08/10/2019
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Space Storytime Set – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. EYR Space Storytime Set Review I recently received a lovely space storytime set with all space related activities and toys inside it. It reminded me of learning about when man landed on the moon as a small child at school and being fascinated with how that could happen. This story time bag contains two lovely little puppets of a star and an alien that can go with singing time; ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘5 Little... Read More

sensory garden in primary school 18/03/2019
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How To Create a Sensory Garden at School

Here at Early Years Resources, we are firm believers in the idea that children learn more when all of their senses are fully engaged. Nicky Roeber, from Wyevale Garden Centres, discusses the many benefits of creating an outdoor sensory space in your school, along with a few tips on how to do this. What is a sensory garden? A sensory garden is a space which has been designed to stimulate and indulge all five senses, using plants, flowers, light and sound to create a completely immersive experience. If you teach... Read More

sensory play in early years 24/01/2019
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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

outdoor mark making kit 31/12/2018
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Outdoor Mark Making Kit – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Outdoor Mark Making Kit Review The Outdoor Mark Making Kit arrived in a large plastic box with a lid which was ideal for storing the equipment and easily storing after use. The contents of the kit included spray bottles, texture printers, large brushes and a pack of smaller brushes, patterned rollers, some squeezy bottles and some small droppers. This set is perfect for doing painting activities on a large scale outdoors or inside and would have... Read More

superpower superhero set review 04/10/2018
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Superpower Superhero Set Activities – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Superpower Superhero Set Review Having been sent a set of these lovely little superheroes, I was happy to note that they were wooden and brightly coloured and each had a unique character of their own which would appeal to both boys and girls. Given unusual names such as; Priya, Luna, Xander, Orva, Kenzo and Tait, which herald from different cultures and countries, makes them truly inclusive as a toy and could be useful for helping children... Read More

21/11/2017
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EYR Superpower Superhero Set Product Review

It`s the start of another year and as usual my class is enhanced with activities and items to engage my new cohort based on their interests. This usually means amongst other things that my class will have lots of superhero themed activities! I have the usual capes, comics, books, and figures ranging from Spiderman to iron man and Wonder Woman to Super girl. All good so far. However, it’s the same characters every time and they don’t engage everyone. I was therefore intrigued by the superhero figures I saw on... Read More