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Early Years Ideas

24/01/2022
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9 Chinese New Year Ideas & Activities

This article has been written with the help of early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite festivals and celebrations. This year, 2022, will be the Year of the Tiger. There are lots of Chinese New Year activities you can do, and there are 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,... Read More

10/01/2022
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10 Activity Ideas For Your Setting This National Storytelling Week

This blog has been written by EYR Industry expert Emily Hanson, a qualified EYFS teacher with an M.Ed in Education from the University of Cambridge. In this blog, Emily delves into 10 different activity ideas to help you celebrate National Storytelling Week with your little ones. To learn more about Emily, visit her website or follow her on Instagram. As National Storytelling Week 2022 beckons, we are reflecting on this year’s brilliant theme of ‘Your Story, My Story’. Whether it’s retelling a child’s life and their journey to the person... Read More

fun and interesting facts about christmas 02/12/2021
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10 fun and interesting facts about Christmas for children

Get yourself and the children feeling festive with our top 10 Christmas facts. 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 and the children in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. These names are sure to ring a bell!... Read More

Endangered Species and Activities 21/05/2021
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Endangered Species Day Activities and Resources

21st May marks Endangered Species Day – a day to highlight the threats thousands of different species of animals, insects, flowers and plants, and other creatures face. More than a whopping 37,000 species across the world face extinction. Now more than ever it’s important we teach our littles one’s empathy and the importance of caring for the world around them. We hope that learning about endangered species will instil a greater love and respect for animals, nature and any species they may encounter. If you are an educator or a... Read More

12/02/2021
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Top 6 Children Activity Ideas For World Book Day

World Book Day is just around the corner and it’s the biggest celebration of its kind. We celebrate World Book Day to salute authors, books, illustrators and to give all young children the opportunity to read and explore books of all kinds. From dressing up, face paint and – of course – reading, you can embrace World Book Day in your own creative way, and we want to make sure you have a full day of exciting World Book Day activities, whether you’re at home or in the classroom! Pick... Read More

06/01/2021
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Chinese New Year Traditions & Activity Ideas

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese Calendar. It marks the start of the New Year and each year this is represented by a different animal from the Chinese zodiac. The coming year, 2021, will be the year of the Ox, symbolising persistence and honesty. Chinese New Year Traditions To celebrate the New Year, there are many traditions: Before the festivities, families clean their homes thoroughly to make them ready for the celebrations. It is considered unlucky to clean on... Read More

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 Taking Early Learning and Maths Outdoors 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 early learning opportunities, as it encourages physical activity and sparks a greater curiosity. Not only do children get the benefit of being out in the fresh air surrounded... 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