Early Years Ideas


5 Easy Sponge Activities to try at Home

Sponges are an inexpensive resource that can be used in a variety of different ways to support early childhood development. In this blog we share 5 ways to use sponges of different sizes and shapes in learning and play. These sponge activities have been carefully selected to cover key areas of the EYFS including expressive arts and design, fine motor development and early maths understanding! Read on for simple but fun sponge activities to try in your setting. 1. Sensory Foam Sensory play is a great way for children to... Read More


5 Pirate Outdoor Loose Parts Activities for the EYFS

A-Hoy me hearties! Looking for some new Pirate outdoor activities for your little ones to get hooked on? This blog brings you a treasure trove of activity ideas using simple outdoor loose parts. From imaginative play to physical development, there are a range of ways little ones can explore the Pirates topic. Read on for more! 1. Walk the plank Spark excitement with your little ones and create a pirate themed obstacle course! Add planks onto crates or tyres to create a raised platform for children to balance across. Why... Read More


Celebrating Father’s day with Early Years

Traditional awareness days such as Father’s day can often present issues for carers and early years practitioners. As we know, all families are unique, and sometimes communicating this to children in a way that makes them feel included can be difficult. Using the day as a way of celebrating all different carers can help to make all children feel represented and show their carers how much they love them. In a recent survey, 81% of parents and early years practitioners indicated that when trying to support inclusivity on days such... Read More


Sand and Water Themed Tuff Tray Inspiration

Due to its amazing versatility, one of our favourite resources is our Tuff Tray. Whether you are using our Mini Tuff Tray or the standard size there are no limits to the amount of activities they can be used in! To give you some inspiration, here are our top 5 favourite ways to incorporate your Tuff Tray into sand and water activities. 1. Create a beach Everyone loves a trip to the beach and by using some sand, water and accessories you can create your very own beach for your... Read More


8 Ways to Use your Tuff Tray Outdoors

We all know about the importance of getting outside. However, it can be difficult to think of new and exciting activities that keep little ones engaged without using a lot of costly resources. In this blog we bring you 8 different activities to try with your little ones using only a tuff tray outdoors. Read on for more! 1. Sorting Sorting is a great early maths activity and can be done with any resources! Use our Tuff Tray Paper Pad or our new Tuff Tray Whiteboard to draw out sections... Read More


A DIY Mother’s Day Craft Pack

Mother’s Day is the perfect celebration of the hard work that care givers of all kinds put in to raising and caring for their children. However, there can often be a feeling of awkwardness around Mother’s Day within the early years setting. Every child and family comes to an educational setting with different values and experiences. Not every family dynamic is the same and one of the most important gifts we can give to children is to help them to feel good about the uniqueness of their family. Why celebrate... Read More


3 ways to set up a Dinosaur Tuff Tray to teach EYFS

Tuff trays are a great tool for teaching toddlers about the basics of life. The tuff tray helps children learn through play. It can be used in an infinite number of ways to teach children. From colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, to manners and more! Setting up a dinosaur tuff tray is a great way of teaching children about ancient creatures, fossils, and archaeology. Dinosaurs are a favorite subject of children and adults alike. From the Jurassic period to the Cretaceous period, these creatures have always fascinated people with their... Read More


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

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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

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