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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

31/10/2019
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How to Use Stories to Boost Multicultural Literacy

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days It doesn’t matter where we’re from or what our cultural background is a story has the power to unite us and help us understand one another. A story helps us celebrate our cultural diversity and to teach children respect and tolerance for others. A story can help children learn about the world they live in and the different cultures. If you are telling a story from a different country, eg. a different version of a... Read More

kids zombie survival kit 25/10/2019
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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

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

22/05/2019
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Taking Storytime Back to Nature

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Tonya and Natasha will be in Manchester on Friday 28th June delivering two workshops ‘Introducing Maths with Stories‘ and ‘Taking Stories Outside‘. >> Learn more It’s great to be able to make the most of the summer weather, and I’m sure we’re all hoping for a repeat of last year! Children love all that fresh air but sometimes it’s just too hot to be running around, so what better way of helping them cool down then getting them to create and tell stories outside? There are lots of ways you can make up stories just by... 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