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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

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

British Science Week 2019 blog image 27/02/2019
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British Science Week 2019

The theme for this year’s British Science Week, which takes place between the 8th and 17th March, is journeys. We’ve picked out a few different ways in which the theme can be tied to the national curriculum to help make your British Science Week 2019 activities fun and engaging… Journeys on Earth and Beyond The most obvious journeys are the ones that we do everyday; driving, flying or even walking. Whether it’s teaching children about travelling to different places on Earth or exploring space and beyond – physical journeys are a great... Read More

Edible Sensory Play Activities 14/09/2018

Edible Sensory Play Activities

This article has been written by Katie from Sensory Sensations Sensory and messy play is so important and beneficial for babies and younger children. Not only is it lots of fun, but there is a lot of learning going on when they are playing that you might not realise. When a child engages in sensory play and messy play, they are: Improving their communication skills Enhancing their memory Learning cause and effect Learning and developing new tastes, textures and smells Exploring shapes and colours Growing independence through play Developing fine... Read More

25/07/2018
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Top 10 Rainy Day Activities

Stuck inside with restless kids because it’s pouring down with rain outside? We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be…but don’t let the rain dampen your plans! Keep the children entertained even when it’s raining with these fun rainy day activities for early years. Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids Get Crafty Inspire the children’s creativity and get crafty! Kids DIY projects are a great way of keeping the little ones busy when they are stuck indoors. We have a large range of kids craft ideas that... Read More

den play activities and ideas 28/06/2018

Den Play Activities and Den Building Ideas

“A den is the child’s chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are” – David Sopel Who didn’t build a homemade fort out of bed sheets when they were little? Den building and den play brings a lot of joy and happiness to childhood and engages children for hours with endless role play adventure opportunities! Children just love creating their own little imaginative world and hideaway, where they can make up their own rules, scenarios and language – and... Read More

insect week activities 15/06/2018
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National Insect Week Activities & Ideas

Encourage the children to celebrate all things creepy crawly this National Insect Week (18-24th June 2018) and learn more about the most diverse group of animals with our exciting range of hands-on insect activity ideas – perfect for your primary school, nursery or early years setting! Top 10 National Insect Week Ideas & Activities Create a Miniature Minibeast Scene Build your own magical miniature world of creepy crawlies! Inspire the little ones imaginations by using our mesmerising In The Garden Tuff Tray Mat as your tuff spot base – then... Read More

sand and water play activities 08/06/2018
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Top 10 Sand & Water Play Activities

Bring the seaside to you with our top 10 sensational sand and water play activity ideas! There’s no better time to get outside and enjoy some superb sand and water play than when the sun is shining down in the summer! Children naturally love to explore and investigate – and sand and water play is a great way of inspiring the children’s curiosity and keeping them engaged. Not only does sand and water play provide children with endless hours of digging and splashing fun, but it also enhances the children’s learning... Read More