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Outdoor Maths 18/09/2020
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Tips and Tricks on Taking Maths Outside!

During these unprecedented times we are always looking at ways in which we can adapt and switch up the environment we work in. Now more than ever we are looking for new ways that children can learn numeracy in a safe environment. Whether this is in Primary School or Nursery, with your Childminder or Homeschooling, we have the tips and tricks to adapt your usual teaching style to suit your outdoor maths lessons. So why not take the children outdoors and use the endless amount of space to explore how... Read More

How to have a fun and educational zero-waste picnic with children 08/07/2020
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How To Have An Educational Zero-Waste Picnic with Children

This article has been written by Mike Hardman, Marketing Manager at catering equipment supplier Alliance Online, who shares his tips for a zero-waste picnic that teaches children about the importance of eco friendliness. Early years children love picnics — especially when teddy bears are invited along! And, as well as being fun, they can present lots of great learning opportunities. Here’s how to host a fun and educational zero-waste picnic that teaches children important lessons about protecting the Earth. Plan out your menu Before you buy or make any food,... Read More

outdoor maths activities for early years 17/06/2020
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Outdoor Maths Activities for Early Years

“What is mathematics? It is a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature” – Shakuntala Devi Looking for a more hands on approach to teaching maths? Summer is the perfect time to take mathematics outdoors! Try our outdoor maths activities to make outdoor learning fun and exciting. Outdoors is the perfect setting for many cross-curricular learning opportunities, as it encourages physical activity and sparks a greater curiosity. Taking maths outdoors refreshes the children’s learning environment and provides more space for activities. It also offers a wide range of creative... Read More

how children learn through play and types of learners in early years 20/05/2020
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How Children Learn Through Play

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers from ATR Consultancy, who explains the different ways children learn through play and shares tips for how you can support them. Children have different ways in which they learn through play. By recognising their individual learning styles, we can help them to develop. There are 4 different types of learning styles: Visual Kinaesthetic Auditory Logical Visual Learners: Visual learners learn through seeing. They may like to sit at the front of the classroom at story time so they can... Read More

creating a memory box with children 19/05/2020
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How To Build A Memory Box with Children

Written by Kirsty Prankerd, Managing Director at keepsake and gifting brand Write From The Heart. In this article, she shares her tips for creating an educational memory box that your children will love to look back on in years to come. With the UK under lockdown and most schools and nurseries closed, we’re all spending a lot more time at home. As a result, it can be tough to keep thinking of new ways to keep the kids busy — and even trickier to make sure they’re still learning and... Read More

tuff tray homeschool activities Sabrina Olizar-Smoke playofthewild 05/05/2020
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Simple Homeschool Activities To Make Learning Fun

Sabrina, mother and teacher from Play of the Wild, shares her favourite homeschool activities and tips to help parents home school their children whilst the schools are closed in the UK – and make learning at home more fun! For the last month, our family, like many others across the world, have been trying to home school our small children. While it is nice to have lots of quality time with children while they are little, it can also be a challenge to try to teach them whilst also having... Read More

tray play benefits 11/03/2020
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The Benefits of Tray Play

This article has been written by mother of two and tray play advocate, Rachel Moffatt. How does tray play benefit children? Learning through play is the main focus of the early years foundation stage. It is all about making learning fun. Tray play provides a focused area of play with the contents ‘somewhat contained’. Setting out inviting activities with cognitive and physical challenges has a significant benefit to early childhood development. Tray play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover independently, and fosters their creativity and imagination. There are... Read More

26/02/2020
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Understanding Loose Parts Play and its Benefits

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Loose parts play is about having a variety of ‘loose parts’ i.e. materials which can be moved around, carried, stacked, lined up and manoeuvred in multiple ways to enhance creativity when playing. First proposed by architect Simon Nicholson during the 1970s, more and more settings are adopting the idea that children can design their environment by themselves through loose parts play and that it can be re-designed at will. Items such as crates, wooden logs, pallets,... Read More

kids animal pancakes for pancake day 21/02/2020
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Healthy Animal Pancake Recipe for Kids

Pancake Day is crêpe-ing up on us… So let the kids join in with the flip-tastic fun and create their very own animal pancakes. This deliciously healthy animal-themed pancake recipe is a great way of getting fruit into the children’s diet – even those fussy eaters! Why is it important to cook with kids? It is important to involve children in the cooking process from an early age as it is an essential life skill, which allows them to employ basic concepts of early maths and science within the real... Read More

STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Early Years for british science week 12/02/2020
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STEM Tuff Tray Activities for Spring

“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering and math”— Ainissa Ramirez Introduce STEM into the early years this British Science Week (6-15 March) and engage children in STEM learning through our range of hands-on and fun tuff tray activities for spring. Tuff trays are a fantastic open-ended resource which provide an array of exciting learning opportunities. By creating exciting spring STEM based set ups in your tuff tray, children will be able to observe and explore different concepts, ask questions about the world around them and engage with... Read More